THRIVE 2055 Proposing A Call To Action

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The leadership committee of Thrive 2055 is announcing a call to action of key priorities for the tri-state 40-year regional planning initiative. The public is being asked to visit Thrive 2055’s website to fill out a survey which will help determine if the call to action accurately reflects the issues of most impact to our ability to thrive as a region.   

“Over the past year, Thrive 2055 leaders have traveled over 3,500 miles across 79 towns and 16 counties to directly talk to 3,200 individuals thus far,” said Bridgett Massengill, project manager of Thrive 2055.  “Additionally, nearly 300 volunteers have dedicated their time in committee activities researching issues they deal with on a daily basis to assist in shaping the proposed priorities for our region.”

The first year of Thrive 2055’s three-year planning process encompassed three major steps.  First, identifying that which contributes to the regional vitality based upon multiple input opportunities from the residents and workers in the region; second, analyzing forces and trends shaping the region; and third, gaining an understanding of the region’s existing performance in areas such as education, workforce development, economic competitiveness, natural environment, health and wellness, transportation and infrastructure.  The outcome reports of all three steps are posted online at

“Before we move into the next planning phase, we want to be certain we are focusing our efforts in the right place,” said Brian Anderson, chairman of Thrive 2055’s coordinating committee. “We want to know, did we get it right? Are we accurately reflecting our region’s values and are these the areas in which we can have the greatest influence to promote positive change for our region?” 

The brief survey, which includes the proposed priorities, principles and values can be found at

Thrive 2055 is a public-private planning initiative for the tri-state region of Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama. Counties included in the region are, in Alabama: Jackson and DeKalb; in Georgia: Dade, Walker, Catoosa, Murray and Whitfield; and in Tennessee: Bledsoe, Bradley, Hamilton, Marion, McMinn, Meigs, Polk, Rhea and Sequatchie.  

October Home Sales Indicate Increase In New Listings

The October home sales report from the Greater Chattanooga Association of Realtors includes a healthy rise in new listings.  Transitory periods in the market are common this time of year, and after a persistent period of steady year-over-year climbs in sales metrics, recent low national numbers have not fulfilled what many predicted. But on a positive note, jobless ... (click for more)

Real Estate Transfers For Nov. 12-18

NOTICE: The Hamilton County Register’s Office did not publish this data. All information in the Register’s Office is public information as set out in T.C.A. 10-7-503. For questions regarding this report, please call at 423 266-2325. GI numbers, listed when street addresses are not available, refer to the location of transactions (book number and page number) ... (click for more)

Fire Breaks Out At McKee Bakery Plant 2; Damages Listed At $15,000; Propane Tanks Were Near Blaze

Fire broke out at a McKee Food plant at Collegedale on Saturday night. At 6:45 p.m. , an employee at McKee Foods called 911 call reporting a fire at McKee Foods Plant 2 located at 10260 McKee Dr. Tri-Community Volunteer Fire Department responded and arrived on the scene reporting flames 15 feet high at one end of the building of Plant 2. According to fire officials, ... (click for more)

Woman Shot Saturday Night Near O'Rear Street

A woman was shot while driving on Saturday night. Just after  9 p.m.  the Chattanooga Police Department responded to reports of a person shot. Once on scene, police located a female victim near the 2500 block of O'Rear Street suffering from a life-threatening gunshot wound to the face. The victim was driving a vehicle when the vehicle was struck by gunfire. She  ... (click for more)

Lung Cancer, The Deadliest Cancer In The United States

This time of year, I remember to give thanks for my faith, my family and friends and my health. Recently, I learned that lung cancer is the deadliest form of cancer in the United States; in fact, more Americans die each year from lung cancer than any other type of cancer. One in 13 men and one in 16 women will develop the disease in their lifetime. It’s important to learn about ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Trouble With Chicago

On “Black Friday” night, I saw television footage of what was said to be about 2,000 people marching in protest in Chicago. The very vocal mob descended on the toniest street – Michigan Avenue – to spew its rage over a police officer who shot and killed a 17-year-old, this over a year ago in October of 2014. The just-released tapes of the incident embroiled the blacks who insist ... (click for more)