For half a century, the Ochs center for Metropolitan Studies has been providing data and research to Chattanooga and the region to ultimately help community leaders and planners work better and smarter, officials said. Thursday evening at BlueCross BlueShield, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. the organization will celebrate its long history with a reception and will recognize key people who have been a part of Ochs throughout the years.
The Ochs Center for Metropolitan Studies began serving the Chattanooga community as the Metropolitan Council for Community Services in 1962 and conducts independent data analysis and policy research to improve the quality of life in the Chattanooga region.
The 2012-2013 Board Members are:
Benjamin Pitts, Chair Bill Johnson
Jeannine Alday, Vice Chair Dan Johnson
Brent Goldberg, Treasurer Mary Elizabeth Lynch
Donna McConnico, Secretary Carol Newton
Dr. Avery Jerald Ainsworth Erskine Oglesby
Domina Coleman Alford Edna Varner
Amanda Carmichael Dr. Nancy Watts
Dr. James Catanzaro Elder Witt Wellborn
Dr. Steven Coulter Dr. Ben Wygal