Chattanooga, Tennessee – Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield delivered the 2008 State of the City address today at the Chattanoogan ballroom which was filled to capacity. This is Mayor Littlefield’s third State of the City address since taking office in 2005.
Included among numerous accomplishments, Mayor Littlefield touted the 350 new jobs that will be created by Alstom Power’s multi-million dollar investment in our community. “By almost any measure, Chattanooga and Hamilton County are doing very well. In fact, better than at any previous time in my memory” said Mayor Littlefield. “There has never been a better period of cooperation between city, county and chamber officials and staff. We are totally united toward the goal of jobs and economic development for our community.”
During the speech, Mayor Littlefield also reiterated his commitment to much needed additional downtown parking. “It’s time to extend the transit system and build more structured parking at critical points throughout downtown and the north shore. The economic health of our downtown and north shore areas is dependent on cost effective parking and transit.”
Other comments included the challenge of rethinking the main downtown library and once again making it a state–of–the–art facility and, “the cultural center that it deserves to be for the coming decades.” The future potential of the Moccasin Bend National Archeological Park as it is developed and the recent successful effort to unify the complex emergency 911 system, making it more effective and efficient, were also emphasized in the speech.
Visit www.chattanooga.gov to view the complete text of the 2008 State of the City speech.