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Chattanooga City Council Strategic Plan (2014)

Chattanooga City Council Strategic Plan (2014)

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A summary of goals for the Chattanooga City Council.
A summary of goals for the Chattanooga City Council.

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City Council Strategic Plan
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 SUMMARY
 
January 2014
 | Chattanooga City Council Yusuf Hakeem, Chairman, District 9 Chip Henderson, District 1 Jerry Mitchell, District 2 Ken Smith, District 3 Larry Grohn, District 4 Russell Gilbert, District 5 Carol Berz, District 6 Chris Anderson, District 7 Moses Freeman, District 8
 
City Council Strategic Plan Summary
2014
 
 INTRODUCTION 
 In late November 2013, the City Council underwent a strategic planning process facilitated by the University of
Tennessee Knoxville’s Institute for Public Service
through the Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS). The development of the plan was conducted by Honna Rogers and aided by Margaret Norris. The session began with an overview of the planning process. The objectives were to create a mission statement, scan the internal and external environments, create a vision statement, then devise goals and objectives to guide the Council in achieving its vision. This  plan fully accomplishes the aforementioned goals and objectives.
 MISSION STATEMENT 
 The first exercise of the Council was to develop a mission statement and came to a consensus on the following:
The Council’s mission for 
 the City of Chattanooga is
to promote an ethical, inclusive environment which enhances and sustains the well-being of
the people.”
 
VISION STATEMENT 
 The Council was then tasked to develop a vision statement. The purpose of the vision statement is to encapsulate the future overall goal of the City. The Council came to a consensus on the vision statement below: The Counc
il’s vision for 
 the City of Chattanooga is
to be the regional center for economic development accomplished through innovation, sustainability and partnerships, creating a dynamic environment in which to
live, work and play.”
 
STRENGTHS, WEAKNESSES, OPPORTUNITIES, and THREATS ANALYSIS Strengths
 The next step in the planning process was to conduct a SWOT analysis. To complete this exercise the Council analyzed a variety of information including data detailing regional, local, and national trends in education, economic development, health, and demographics. Through this analysis, the Council
determined the City’s strengths included: a robust publicly
-owned fiber optic network, a strong  philanthropic community, a vibrant downtown, strong community involvement and sense of national and local pride, cooperation with the Mayor and his Administration, strong economy, natural beauty, diversity, and a robust transportation network.
Weaknesses
 
Equally important to determining strengths, the Council was tasked with determining the City’s
weaknesses. The Council identified the following weaknesses: violent crime, an aging community leadership, lack of available funding, a part-time Council, a community divided by income, lack of affordable housing, lack of youth preparedness, insufficient infrastructure, and lack of citizen trust in the  police force.

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