Mayor Berke Names Donna C. Williams To Lead Economic And Community Development

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Mayor Andy Berke announced Wednesday Donna C. Williams will lead the Economic and Community Development department for the city of Chattanooga. 

“As a city, we will connect community with economic development to provide new opportunities,” said Mayor Berke. “By working closely with our key partners, we can grow our city by both attracting large companies and helping to grow startups and small businesses throughout Chattanooga. 

“Donna is the right person to lead this effort.

She has extensive experience in our community, both in real estate and neighborhood revitalization. She has the passion and leadership to help implement my vision for economic and community development, one in which we strengthen our neighborhoods and make sure every part of Chattanooga has the opportunity to grow,” said Mayor Berke.

Ms. Williams is most recently the executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga as well as a realtor and marketing strategist for ReMax/Keller Williams. She spent 13 years working with community-based organizations at Neighborhood Stabilization and Revitalization as well as vice president of Business Development at Elemental Interactive and an account executive at Apple. 

A graduate of Brainerd High School, Ms. Williams earned her bachelor’s degree in marketing from UTC.


Upcoming City Council Agenda For Tuesday

Here is the upcoming City Council agenda for Tuesday: I. Call to Order. II. Pledge of Allegiance/Invocation (Councilman Gilbert). III. Minute Approval. IV. Special Presentation. V. Ordinances – Final Reading: ECONOMIC AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT a. An ordinance to amend Chattanooga City Code, Part II, Chapter 26, Section 26-33, Outdoor Fee Changes to ... (click for more)

Terry Lee Says Tony Sanders "Carrying The Water" For Marty Haynes

Hamilton County Democratic Party Chairman Terry Lee said county GOP Chairman Tony Sanders "carried the water for their dishonest candidate for assessor of property Marty Haynes." Mr. Lee said, "This is not the first time Haynes has hidden behind Sanders; and it likely won’t be the last.   "In trying to focus on what amounts to a clerical error that has already been corrected ... (click for more)

Olympic Events On The Ocoee River Made History – But It Wasn’t Easy

It started with a simple “what if” question while Atlanta officials were working on a bid to host the 1996 Summer Olympic Games.  A group of amateur kayakers from the city began asking themselves: “What if Atlanta’s bid is successful? Then where would the Olympic whitewater canoe and kayak races be held?”  To some of the members of that group, the answer was obvious. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Don’t Kick A Man’s Neck

From the minute my brothers and I each became cognizant, my dad started teaching us the rules of becoming a man. Dad was from deep in Mississippi and he’d been taught a lot of life’s secrets from his father. These lessons have been passed for generations and, the older I have become, I’m convinced a lot of them were borne from The Sermon on the Mount. Our favorite, back in the ... (click for more)

Smokies Nip Lookouts Friday , 7-6, In 11 Innings

The Tennessee Smokies scored a run in the 11th inning to defeat the Chattanooga Lookouts by a score of 7-6 before a nice crowd of 4,150. Felix Jorge was back on the mound, but he was done long before the game was decided as the game went a couple of extra innings. Jorge went the first five innings. He gave up three runs on five hits, a walk and hit a batter. He struck ... (click for more)

Chattanooga FC Hosts NPSL National Semifinal Saturday

All eyes are on Saturday as Chattanooga FC prepares for the NPSL National Championship Semifinal match against Sonoma County Sol at Finley Stadium. In efforts to FILL "FORT" Finley, CFC has extended their discount on $7 tickets until Thursday at 2:00. After 2:00, tickets will be $10 until 6:00 on Saturday, when the price will rise to $12. Tickets are available online at ChattanoogaFC.com.  ... (click for more)