CHATTANOOGA, TN (WDEF-TV) Mayor Andy Berke set very high standards for he and his administration when it comes to Chattanooga crime, its communities, and growing the local economy.
He simply wants to build a better city, and some we spoke to say they are beginning to feel a difference.
"We have done more than a year's worth of work in 365 days,” said Berke. “And over the next year, it will only get better."
Only one year and Chattanooga's Mayor Andy Berke feels his administration has made a positive impact on the city, and for this success to continue he says they must remain focused.
Berke said, "we [have to] continue to pull together to address these key priorities, public safety, youth development, a growing economy in neighborhoods."
WDEF spoke with a few business owners, and they already see and feel a difference.
Owner of Nooga Paws, Bob Poore said Berke understands how small businesses work.
"He understands that economic gain by spending your dollar at a local store or though a local business,” said Poore. “So he wants to make sure citizens understand that gain too.”
He added that for every dollar spent at a local business seventy percent stays in the community.
Poore did not stop there he said Berkes vision on the economy help, but he also understands how crime effects the entire city.
"People are only going to go, and buy, and play where they feel safe doing those things,” said Poore.
Other people who live in the city agree that they do feel safer now.
"We feel safe coming downtown and in the summer time we like to spend a lot of time here with out family,” said Chattanooga resident John Hammel.
That's something many couldn't say a few years ago, but Berke understands that this doesn't stop here. There are other communities that still need attention.
Mayor Berke also added that the Harriet Tubman housing complex is a part of his plan to help out communities other than just in the downtown area. It will not only add needed jobs to the area but also benefits the neighborhood around the site.