Thrive 2055 To Host Series Of Public Meetings This Spring

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Thrive 2055 will launch a new series of public input events, called Input Incubators, this spring. The first meeting will be held June 5, from 6-8 p.m. at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center in Chattanooga, followed by six additional input opportunities in Cleveland, Rock Spring, Kimball, Dalton, Scottsboro, Ala., and Graysville, throughout June and July. The Input Incubators will coincide with the launch of MetroQuest, an online interactive tool with maps showing different ways the region could grow by the year 2055. Features represented in the maps include potential population growth patterns, economic development and residential housing types, new or expanded roadways, and scenic landscapes.

Thrive 2055 Project Manager Bridgett Massengill said rather than provide a blueprint for growth, the illustrations put forth concepts that could inform future strategies.

“Over the last year and a half, we’ve heard what people value most about their home communities and this region,” Ms. Massengill said. “The mapping exercises will now give us the opportunity to peek into the future and evaluate anticipated needs we may encounter based on the roughly 400,000 new residents expected to move into our region during the next 40 years.”

People attending the public input events will learn about visually mapping future growth, view four potential growth possibilities for the Thrive 2055 region, and offer feedback in the form of polling and discussion exercises. Participants are encouraged to provide more detailed input online via MetroQuest beginning the first week in June.

Thrive 2055 began gathering ideas for the direction of the three-year regional growth project last spring when it organized its first series of Input Incubators and self-led “Meetings in a Box” around the 16-county region. Feedback resulting from those activities led to the creation of Thrive 2055’s four initiatives: Regional Economic Development, Education and Training, Regional Transportation, and Natural Treasures.

“We recognize the value of community ideas and feedback in a process like Thrive 2055, whose mission is to proactively engage the people of this region to create strategies for the next 40 years,” said Maggie Neff, Thrive 2055 communications and outreach coordinator. “Now that the four initiatives are under way, we’re asking the public to evaluate some ‘what ifs?’ and let us know what aspects they like and which ones they don’t care for.”

Thrive 2055 will incorporate the newest public input into the creation of a Strategic Action Plan at the close of its second phase later this year. Further information about the project and additional input opportunities may be found at www.thrive2055.com.


Dedication Day For Home For Veteran Is Friday

Buffalo Valley, Inc., Chattanooga Mayor Berke’s office and the DAR are working together to house four Chattanooga’s homeless veterans with families. Judge David Campbell Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolutions is providing kitchen, bath and cleaning supplies for the four homes, including flags of the U.S.A. The first item to be used was a mounted, ... (click for more)

Mike Croxall: A Snapshot Of New Home Constructions Costs

If you’re in the market for a new home, you may be wondering about the factors that contribute to the total cost of the home. The National Association of Home Builders recently published a Cost of Construction Survey, which details the various costs of building a typical new single-family home. Many of the results show that costs have remained consistent in recent years. According ... (click for more)

Man Found With Home-Made Explosive Device Near Businesses In Hixson

A man was found with a home-made explosive device outside businesses in Hixson late Tuesay night.   A business was evacuated and portions of Highway 153 and Hamill Road were cordoned off while the device was taken away.   Joshua Redden, 34, was charged with possession of a prohibited weapon, public intoxication, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession ... (click for more)

Weather Service Warns Of Possibility Of Isolated Tornadoes For Chattanooga Area

The National Weather Service warned of the possibility of isolated tornadoes for the Chattanooga area on Wednesday. Strong thunderstorms are also possible. The warning is through 4 p.m. Here is the advisory: SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT UNTIL  4PM EDT  WED ...SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS POSSIBLE TODAY, ESPECIALLY AREAS EAST OF INTERSTATE 75... A STRONG UPPER ... (click for more)

Tennessee Business Expansions On Rise Across State

In 2016, Tennessee was named State of the Year for Economic Development by Southern Business & Development Magazine based on project totals and the variety of industries that invested in the state and created jobs. To a great extent, Bradley and Polk Counties have benefited from that investment.   From February 2015 to February 2016, Cleveland/Bradley County led the ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: My Life With 007

I was 13 when the first of 24 James Bond movies came out and, at a time when my sap was just beginning to rise, I will never forget Ursula Andress stepping out of the sea wearing that white bikini. Our hero walks over to the dripping Honey Ryder – that was her name in “Dr. No” – and she says in the Swiss accent, “Are you looking for shells too?” And the first classic reply of thousands ... (click for more)