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Chattanooga City Council Moves Up Annexation Effort, Bradley County next!

In Agenda 21, Government on December 31, 2011 at 10:20 AM

Chattanooga City Council Moves Up Annexation Effort!

Residents of Bradley County listen and listen closely! Our City and County Mayors and State Leaders are now in cahoots with this ICLEI inspired, United Nations led, 16 County, 3 state Regional Growth Plan and are planning to annex much of our county into the city just like Chattanooga is attempting to do!

This means you will pay higher taxes, be under City and County control! We are attempting to be just like Chattanooga and that amazes me! Why are we going to change the landscape of our community? Why are we risking our children’s future? Why are we standing idle as these “useful idiots” change everything?

Bradley County Citizens Against Annexation, BCCAA will and cannot allow this to happen to our community! Let’s band with Chattanooga to stop this in our town, region and state!

Stay tuned for more details!

Chattanoogan.com reports residents in unincorporated areas of Hamilton County are being targeted by City of Chattanooga to move up their annexation effort under the current urban growth plan.

Residents should attend the City Council meeting on Tuesday Jan 3 @ 6pm to challenge the effort.

This would allow the city to annex within the next 12 months areas in their plan.  

Also contact the Chattanooga City Council members and let them know your opinion of their effort!. Homes along Hunter Road would be affected including higher property taxes, storm water fees, zoning restrictions, gun control, etc.

Residents need to get involved, by contacting Hamilton County Residents Against Annexation (www.hcraa.org) to prepare challenge lawsuits against the City of Chattanooga upon second reading. Residents can join 13 existing neighborhoods who have already filed law suites against Chattanooga for forced annexation . The state law allows residents/businesses the right to challenge annexation in court before annexation can occur, but the window is narrow.

Please forward this information to friends, family, home owner organizations (HOA), business owners and churches and ask them to get involved.

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Agenda 21 and the Transformation of America

In Agenda 21, Government on December 30, 2011 at 4:07 PM

No longer is denial or ignorance acceptable of our local and State elected officials! They have been informed! They have been asked to stop ICLEI out of Chattanooga from saturating Bradley County! I have personally asked just about every elected person in our county and nothing, nada! Not a single person has stepped up and said this must not happen in our community!

We are no longer going to accept the fact that you are going to acknowledge this and nothing will be done because you choose to be in line with the rest of the politicians! Tyranny and circumvention of the people you represent must not be ignored any longer! It is time for you to retire or find another line of work and be replaced with freedom loving people who are willing to represent those who made it possible to hold the position!

It us time to step up and tell our elected representatives enough is enough! If you don’t have the cahunas to speak up, then step aside! There are many out there that want to save our County and Country!

Agenda 21 and the Transformation of America
Posted on July 7, 2011 by Dr. Ed
by Jerry A. Kane, The Millstone Diaries

The United Nation’s Agenda 21 has not attracted the attention of many Americans, but ignorance is not bliss when it comes to this George Soros-funded/Maurice Strong plan for world government. Agenda 21 uses the International Council of Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) to make agreements directly with local governments, bypassing Congress.

ICLEI has received funding from Soros’s Open Society Institute, the Tides Foundations’ Apollo Alliance, and Van Jones’ Green for All. It is deeply entrenched in America through a network of local governments from more than 600 American cities, towns, and counties, which are working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create sustainable communities.

In addition, ICLEI is the major driving force behind “smart growth” and “green initiatives” projects and the domestic leader on climate protection and sustainable development for local governments.

[Sustainable development] “must be accomplished at the local level if it is ever to be achieved on a global basis.”

The problem is that local government officials are blindly acquiescing to ICLEI’s sustainable development policies, which have been set up to eliminate private property rights.

“Land… cannot be … controlled by individuals and subject to the pressures and inefficiencies of the market. Private land ownership … contributes to social injustice; if unchecked, it may become a major obstacle in the planning and implementation of development schemes. The provision of decent dwellings and healthy conditions for the people can only be achieved if land is used in the interest of society as a whole.”—Preamble to Agenda Item 10 of the Conference Report from the United Nations Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat I), Vancouver, BC, May 31 – June 11, 1976

Agenda 21 was drafted as a white-paper at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and it outlines the UN plan for sustainable development in 21st century.

“The objective of sustainable development is to integrate economic, social and environmental policies in order to achieve reduced consumption, social equity, and the preservation and restoration of biodiversity.”

Agenda 21 targets the following unsustainable activities for elimination by 2030:

       Private property rights (property ownership)
       Irrigation, pesticides, and commercial fertilizer
       Livestock production and most meat consumption
       Privately owned vehicles and personal travel
       Fossil fuels for power generation or mechanized travel
       Single family homes
       Most forms of mineral extraction and timber harvesting
       Human beings (Reduce world population below 1 billion)
On June 9 the Ruler bypassed Congress and signed Executive Order 13575, pledging millions of dollars in grants and committing thousands of federal employees from 25 federal agencies to introduce and implement Agenda 21 programs in rural areas and local communities.

[E.O. 13575] “establishes unchecked federal control into rural America in education, food supply, land use, water use, recreation, property, energy, and the lives of 16% of the U.S. population.”

EO-13575 will erode U.S. sovereignty and empower international bodies and U.N. bureaucrats through sustainable development and the Agenda 21 program, where decision making is predicated on “global land use, global education, and global population control and reduction.“

Agenda 21 will replace the free market system with Private Public Partnerships (PPPs) or corporate cronies. In other words, the government will reward some businesses and punish others.

The program will affect the way Americans “live, eat, learn and communicate.” Its overreaching regulations will monitor, regulate, and restrict water, electricity, transportation, healthcare, education, nutrition, agriculture, labor, production, and consumption.

“[T]here is nothing on, in, over, or under the Earth that doesn’t fall within the purview of some part of Agenda 21.”

“No one would be free from the watchful eye of the new global tracking and information system.”

Primarily, Agenda 21 is a globalist plan designed to destroy unalienable rights, constitutional law, national sovereignty, and the middle class in order to erect a socialist world government ruled by an oligarchy of elitist progressives.

“Agenda 21 proposes an array of actions which are intended to be implemented by every person on earth. … [I]t calls for specific changes in the activities of all people. … Effective execution of Agenda 21 will require a profound reorientation of all humans, unlike anything the world has ever experienced.”

Fortunately, many citizen and Tea Party activists across the country have weighed the consequences of standing idly by while overreaching regulations supplant their freedoms and liberties and erode their rights to own property. They are now imparting information exposing the Agenda 21 plan and demanding that their towns and cities withdraw membership and sever ties with ICLEI.

But it won’t be easy to defeat Agenda 21 because not enough people care that their country is being fundamentally transformed by a socialist scheme designed to redistribute their wealth, confiscate their property, cram them into small living areas adjacent to public transportation hubs, and sterilize them to reduce world population. Ignorance will be no excuse when the American Dream is in pieces on the ground.

Inside the planners Mecca! We go! Our day trip to the Waldens Club!

In Agenda 21 on November 3, 2011 at 9:11 AM

We often do things in our lives and ask why? Why did I make that turn? Why did I get married on that day? Etc!  Yesterday, I asked my self why am I at the Walden Club? Who will create a path for me to be there? Although, very cordial and warm reception by all, I don’t think they really wanted us there! I am talking about the 16 County, 3 state regional planners meeting with guest speaker Armando Barnell on November 1st,2011 at the Waldens Club in downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee!

My fellow patriot and I, Karen Bracken were casual observers in what will go down as the biggest heist of our personal freedoms we have or will witness in our lifetimes!

Dressed to the nines we gathered in the front lobby of the Bank of America building to strategize just beyond the outstretched hand of a tall pig with an extended serving tray, a display just outside a coffee shop!

633 Guthrie Street! Waldens Club! Always wanted to visit the Waldens Club! Even as a kid I believe I attempted, although unsucessfully, to gain entrance into this “private club.” A place where a very small pocket of elite rack their brains on how to save the world over a Manhattan and a steak! I have finally arrived! A place where very few “normal” citizens, if you concur that I am normal, will attempt to gain entrance into the “planners mecca!”!  The normal part is debatable!

We enter the building, meet an old friend Mayor Bob Vincent of Rhea County! A great conversation begins and we, Karen, me and Bob enter the elevator with marble type flooring and very clean windows all around! The door closes and in our semi nervous state, although very determined, we forget to press the button to transport us in to the arena of planners and land of socialistic idea! So we sit, unaware that the elevator was not moving! We chuckled and acknowledged that we must push the button first! We had gathered beforehand that the meeting was indeed on the 21 st floor! Didn’t make that number up and was it ever appropriate that an agenda 21 meeting be conducted on the 21 st floor! I notice things like that!

WC was neatly tucked above the number 20 on the elevator display board! With my infinite wisdom and Karens intellect we reduced all ability to make a mistake here and chose WC as our destination!

The door opens and we gather with other Mayors who converged from a bevy of other elevators adjacent to ours!

Dimly lit, granite floors polished to a heavy shine, even felt warm under your feet. Neat little cascades of fresh vases of flowers scattered around with a back splash of a dark fuscia wall. Pictures on the wall, I’m sure from the original artist! We come to a halt by a professionally dressed hostess directing the traffic as we made our way to her podium! Are you here for the meeting and meal of 6 or are you here for a meeting! A meeting of 6? Yes she obliged, “a meeting before the meeting?” Uh huh! Ok, I am here for the planning meeting and a meal, the less benign of the two and surely a safer bet. I like to eat, and I wanted to make sure the meeting and the meal was well understood! Oh yes come right this way and the covey of Mayors and me and Karen follow the leaders. We are well on our way to the meeting of planners and the elite of a 3 state, 16 county coalition, uninvited!

I walk into a beige white room, a conference room of sorts, older drapes hanging, perhaps a piece of the 70s that were left there and discovered once again to be vogue. A few chairs and a big camera for which I assume was for pictures after the meal! Who was I going to get in the picture with! Mayor Davis, Littlefield? Armando Barnell? I was pumped!

As I’m advancing with little resistance at this point, I get a sudden urge to pee. Not good timing! Karen had advanced ahead of me already engaging the elite, me, I’m scanning for a bathroom. Yes, at the most inopportune time my bladder chooses to spasm in front of everyone! A full bladder and a 3 hour meeting, lots of tea, a nervous tummy, not gonna lead to a dry outcome, if not squelched!  Ignoring my natural tendency to unzip it, square up against a tree and let her fly, I forge on!

Hello, hello, the handshakes and greetings were abundant, very cordial, and you could see the sudden smile turn to concern as the couple now entering our venue were not of their species, a stranger at best, God forbid, a “concerned citizen.” 

After a short greeting and a how do you do, we enter the banquet room, several round white tables neatly dressed with white linen and a magnificent view of Lookout mountain was displayed like a picture, as I noticed floor to ceiling windows, 21 floors in the air, beautiful the display before me, feeling like I had just boarded a plane and I was beginning my ascent into the sky!

We politely make our way to the nearest window, we were there, we were in the belly of the beast, we had arrived. I creep over to the window and slowly feel my head starting to spin, walk away darn it before you fall. My fear of heights only rivals my mother when she would scold me as a child, my bladder spasms and I turn toward the crowd of Mayors and commissioners and mayor Littlefield and Mayor Coppinger have their hands extended, nice to meet you, and your name, a fake name at this point would not be wise, just in case I got kicked out, I thought the truth shall prevail! I am Donny Harwood and this is my Administrative Assistant Karen Bracken, yes, we did plan the introduction that way and Karen was reluctant but if it would get us in the meeting, she would take one for the team!

“We are here representing the citizens of Bradley County and the commissioner and city council who represent the citizens,  did not get invited here today!” “Oh, ok, that is nice!” “Yes, we definitely need to get the word out to the citizens of all 16 counties within this coalition” , as they continued to work the room, layers of people continued to casually interrogate us to create an identity with strangers in the room. “I didn’t catch your name, my first instinct was to say, because I didn’t give it to you, but I restrained and remembered my mothers lessons to me to treat others as you want to be treated and you can attract more bees with honey came to mind. I delivered my introduction once again and he said do you mind writing that down on a peice of paper for me or do you have a card? Of course I left my cards in the car, never the less, they now have me in the system and that exchange was satisfactory, a face with a name now!

As we sit, you begin to hear a hum of conversation begin to permeate the room and a blanket of a familiar word would pop out of conversations around the room. Tea Party and Kool aid drinkers would assimilate throughout the clanking of forks on dinner plates as the tone shifted from casual to now we have intruders! Red alert……..but alert casual, politically correct and cordial! We had been officially outed.

The heat in the room was searing, my monkey suit damp, beads of sweat forming on my brow, my leg shaking and I had to pee! I am guessing Mayor Davis was looking at me, perhaps wondering when I was gonna blow! A young gentleman quickly skirted over to the thermostat and said “anybody hot?” Interjecting without consensus in the room I shout “yes” , a partial reprieve, just in time as my backside was feeling the midday sun.

Beth Jones, from Southeast Tennessee Economic Development Council announces, shall we eat? “Yes, I shouted again as if I was begging for a treat, I just wanted to pee!

As the crowd of mayors advances on a multi layered buffet, I divert to the bathroom and relieve my spasming bladder and advance to the buffet!

Up first, a fruit display, complete with salad and dressing. I select a deceivingly heavy dish, perhaps fine china? I resisted all urges to lift the plate above my head and look at the bottom and I’m sure it was a word I couldn’t pronounce. On to the end of the table, I scoop up some garlic potatoes, early peas tender yet crispy, and the meat. A cut of meat amply sliced and savory lying on a bed of flat noodles covered in juices from the primal carcass. This is worth the whole visit!

Karen, a vegetarian, decides to not partake of the meat of the gods and decided on a salad and a cup of coffee. We sachet back to the table, still not completely satisfied that we were gonna be permanent guests or escorted out by police. The thought still lingered, were we staying or were they going to ask us to leave. My knee shaking Karen directs me to stop, the room much cooler now and my heart rate now under 150 beats per minute and we are settling in.

The mayor next to me passes me the butter and then the rolls. I pass it around to Karen, then Mayor Davis. I start thinking, what if they make me pay for this, it becomes clear to me I dont have a credit card on me or enough cash to cover the meal. I scoop up a spoon full of peas, not using the appropriate utensil I’m sure, I chew then start to swallow. “May we get this meeting started and as the Mayors around the room are called on to introduce themselves, we  wondered what we are going to call ourselves, I realize I have created a major malfunction in my swallow!

I have now realized I have partially aspirated a pea and its got to come out! A green pea in your windpipe has got to have a quick exit!

I am bearing down to resist the urge to forcibly spit green peas and mashed potatoes onto mayor Littlefields grey suit totally disrupting the meeting. Karen is engaged in intelligent conversation with other mayors totally unaware of my dismal situation.

I further resist the urge to puke as my peas shift slightly to stimulate my epiglottal opening, definitely going in the right direction, out of my lung and into my stomach, at least that was the plan.

Bending forward in my seat, at this time I am garnering a little attention from Leigh from the Economic Council and a terribly sweet lady from the Benwood corporation, who provide the meal. Quick glances my direction and a reassuring strained grin was enough to assure them I was stable, at least I was not laid out and blue on the floor which is where I knew I would be if I didn’t correct or alter the direction of the pea. If only I could exert a clearing cough. Being a nurse, I deducted that I had about 3 minutes without a good breath and statistically I was out, on the floor and an ambulance ride to the hospital would be my grand exit!

My urgency for breath overcame my desire to be politically correct and throwing up on the back of the mayors back, where I found my self positioned to hide my intense look now etched on my face. I have got to expel this pea and it has to be now! The mayor in front of me was not prepared for the burst of air that hit him about his waist line as a single half chewed pea lands beneath him and bounces under his chair. He jumps in his chair, gezundheit he says! To him it was only a sneeze to me it was a life saving technique necessary for my survival!

As I straighten the collar on my shirt and adjust my jacket I finish my meal with what I am sure was blood shot eyes and a damp forehead! The creaminess of the key lime pie, one of my favorites made all my recent angst not seem so bad, being very careful with my next swallow!

It was our moment to be recognized at the table, just as one of the moderators from the room cleared her throat and offered, ok now let’s see, alright, only the mayors from that table please. I guess that takes care of that! I shut my binder where I had managed to write a make shift short speech! I know, I know everyone is probably saying you should have spoke up, should have “gone tea party” on them! My deduction in this formal setting and with such a collection of dignitaries from 3 states, I am safe to say a vocal attempt to control the room would not be well accepted. Not the place to be disruptive or be obnoxious, I was there to get information to disseminate to the public and an outburst would have prevented that.

The meeting continued and a covert/overt recording of the meeting ensued as the guest speaker of the evening was announced, Armando Barnell, from Harvard, was touted as a planning guru delivered his speech for 30 minutes or so, not alot of detail or actual planning announced but more a meeting of solidarity or consensus, a meeting to tell everyone was on the same sheet of paper, but what was on the paper was all left out! He had plenty of stories and adventures in planning but the overwhelming missing tone in the room is what is it? What are we doing?

I asked many times around the room as I met different people in the room, do you know what this is? I really dont know, but I know it involves grant money! There was a real sense of we don’t really know anything about it, but there is grant money for my town, that’s really all I know!

The simple fact that no information on specifics were delivered was foremost on our minds!  This would have been a great time to deliver the plan or what was going to be happening in their counties. Nothing really of any substance. I don’t think they witheld info because we were there, but specifics were not flowing like the cherry syrup off my key lime pie!

How did every Mayor in the room get vested in this project and not really know what it means? How do you buy into something, sign a grant form for millions and not know what it is you are implementing in your town. I think you know the answer and it’s grant money! 16 mayors have been blinded by money and have absolutely no idea what they have signed on to!

It is so sad to me that our leaders are making poor decisions only for the love of money! You know I didn’t one time hear why this would be good for the citizens or how we would pay for it!  On one occasion the guest speaker mentioned as if he had forgotten to say it while reaching for his paper and strained to say, “oh yeah and we are concerned about your property rights!”  He just threw the strangers in the room a token to pacify and to cover a subject he knew we were concerned about.

Our exit was much easier than our entrance! We walked away with not much more information than what we came in with. I know the mayors in attendance left that afternoon not knowing what this was all about and will return to their respective counties and tell what few constiuency they still influence and tell them it is about federal grant money and jobs, after all wasnt that what we were elected to do?

On the drive home I realized we witnessed an appearence of “consensus”, 16 mayors from 3 states just showed the media they were in agreement and a collaborative effort was personified in Chattanooga and “all are in agreement.”  I came to realize they were only in the room to show solidarity to a plan they know nothing about! What a tragedy! What a maneuver by the planners in the room!  The plan is well on its way! I am tired as I enter my own domain, I have been to the mecca of planners and it wasnt so surprising!

 Have a great day and for goodness sake chew your food before you swallow!

Part two of this blog will soon surface, I am reviewing audio and video now and will attempt what few descriptors there were in the meeting!

Next meeting November 17th, 530 pm at the Chattanoogan in Chattanooga! If you can make it there, it would be a great time to tell them how you feel about this Regioanl Plan that is going to change your life forever!

Bradley County Mayor Davis says “the time is right” , referring to 16 County coalition to move forward with sustainable development, (Agenda 21)

In Uncategorized on October 19, 2011 at 1:36 PM

A big, huge push by the US Chamber of Commerce and the local Chamber along side our locally elected leaders like Mayors Gary Davis and Mayor Tom Rowland have once again made a deal with the devil and in this case the United Nations via the ever so willing Chamber of Commerce!

The regional, 16 County, 3 state coalition will be one of the most government encroaching and expensive events in our lifetime! There will be billions, if not trillions of your tax payer dollars wasted and spent in the name of job creation! Hello, the Chamber spent hundreds of millions of dollars in Bradley County last year and only netted around 200 or so net jobs (source: Cleveland Banner regarding recent award to the Chambers Doug Berry)

If we haven’t learned our lesson by now, it us evident we will never learn! The Chamber of Commerce is a front for the UN with their fully expressed intent of outsourcing our American jobs to “spread the wealth” to other countries! It’s on their website and the US Chamber President Tom Donohue is encouraging it!

Our Mayors making this comittment to this project tells me they need a good dose of “term limits” placed on them by the voters of this county!

They are seeing the “federal money” flowing into their coffers! This has very little to do with jobs! Please, if it did we would not have gone from just over a 1 percent unemployment rate to a near 10 percent in a few short years since they were elected!

Our country us broke and our county is broke and yet we continue to spend, spend, spend! That means to you and me that must foot the bill for this and that is tax, tax and tax us some more to pay for it ! Our property rights are gonna be non existent! The farm you used to own, gone! The reasonable property tax rate you now have, gone!

Our leaders have run amuck and it is time to speak up! Plan to attend the conference below and speak out against this unwanted agenda!

The article below from the Chattanooga times Free Press!
Groundwork To Launch Regional Growth Planning Process Reaches Milestone
posted October 14, 2011

A stakeholder group consisting of elected, business, and philanthropic leaders from the tri-state region of Southeast Tennessee, Northwest Georgia and Northeast Alabama which encompasses three metropolitan statistical areas has announced a major milestone in the effort to lay the groundwork to launch a 40-year regional growth planning process. 

Efforts to identify a team of expert firms to help organize and facilitate the effort have progressed through a request for qualifications, a request for proposals, and reference checks to narrow the field of contenders to three finalist teams:

Wallace Roberts & Todd; Gresham Smith & Partners; PlaceMatters; Ann Coulter; Neathawk Dubuque& Packett; Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness; Center for Neighborhood Technology; Leslee T. Alexander Consulting; Constructive Technologies Group; and RERC Strategic Advisors.

McBride Dale Clarion; Clarion Associates; Fregonese Associates; Kimley-Horn and Associates; Brown Pearman Russell; BAE Urban Economics; Opticos Design, Inc; Ann Coulter; PlaceMatters; The Ochs Center for Metropolitan Studies; and Neathawk Dubuque & Packett.

Renaissance Planning Group; Cambridge Systematics; ICF International; Barge, Waggoner, Sumner & Cannon; Ann Coulter; Neathawk Dubuque & Packett; Robert Grow Consulting; and The Ochs Center for Metropolitan Studies.

All of the finalist teams include local firms, and the companies that comprise the teams reflect the depth and breadth of experience necessary to complete a truly comprehensive regional planning process including expertise in community engagement, many different types of planning, financial analysis, data collection, and the establishment of community metrics.

According to Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger, the effort is designed to pioneer a new kind of long-term, region-wide planning. “Our goal is to create a kind of business plan for the region,” said County Mayor Coppinger. “In addition to incorporating traditional planning topics, the process will include financial analysis. We also aim to establish a set of numeric benchmarks, so we will be able to assess results as we implement the plan and make course corrections whenever necessary.”

All three of these expert teams will make a presentation during an open public meeting on Nov. 17 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Chattanoogan Hotel. Everyone in the region is invited to attend the meeting and provide feedback on the finalists. Event organizers are also planning to broadcast the event via local television and a web cast to make the public meeting widely accessible to people from across the region.

“This is a continuation of the public visioning and community engagement processes that have been transforming Chattanooga and the surrounding region since the early 1980s,” said Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield. “Our community pioneered this approach, and we know that the key to success is making sure everyone has the opportunity to express their values, priorities, and ideas. This effort depends on empowering citizens to identify common ground solutions that inspire enthusiastic and wide-spread cooperation.”

Bradley County Mayor Gary Davis confirmed that the time is right to broaden planning efforts to promote cooperation in the greater region. “Cities and counties across the area have benefited tremendously from localized planning efforts, but job seekers, dollars and traffic cross state and county lines without a second thought,” said County Mayor Davis. “This is an opportunity to coordinate so that we can make the most of our shared opportunities and work together to solve our shared challenges.”

Commissioner Mike Babb, chairman of the Whitfield County Board of Commissioners, pointed to the importance of engaging citizens to set priorities. “Through this process people will have an opportunity to express their thoughts about the issues we face as a community,” said Commissioner Babb. “That feedback will serve as a guide to local leaders as we strive to better steward financial and other community resources in accordance with the priorities of the people we serve.”

“We don’t have to agree on everything, but failing to cooperate when it benefits citizens would be foolish,” said Georgia State Senator Jeff Mullis. “This planning process will enhance coordination among localities without taking away any of their authority or independence.”

“In my mind, the regional planning process is about job creation,” said Tom Edd Wilson, president and CEO of the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce. “We’re competing against the whole world to retain and recruit employers. Coming together as a team on economic development will give us a tremendous advantage in making the most of our economic opportunities while preserving the quality of life that makes us so attractive to the companies we already have.”

Brian Anderson, president and CEO of the Dalton-Whitfield Chamber of Commerce also emphasized how long-term planning benefits the local economy. “Successful companies are constantly planning for the future and figuring out how to adapt to rapidly changing conditions,” said Mr. Anderson. “In these uncertain times, we need an on-going process for implementing that kind of strategic approach across our region.”

“Most folks don’t think about roads until there is a traffic jam or pipes until one breaks,” said Gary Farlow, president and CEO of the Cleveland-Bradley Chamber of Commerce. “But the continued success of our employers depends on proactively ensuring the soundness of the infrastructure that speeds the flow of commerce.”

Following the public meeting on Nov. 17, the stakeholder group which has been working to launch the regional growth planning process will weigh public feedback and other requirements set forth in the selection process to determine which of the finalist teams will coordinate the effort with the aim of starting the process during the first part of 2012.

1. Which counties are included in the footprint for the planning process? 
Alabama Counties: Dekalb and Jackson
Georgia Counties: Catoosa, Dade, Murray, Walker, Whitfield (anchored by city of Dalton)
Tennessee Counties: Bledsoe, Bradley (anchored by city of Cleveland), Hamilton (anchored by city of Chattanooga), Marion, McMinn, Meigs, Polk, Rhea and Sequatchie

2. What organizations and companies have participated in the stakeholder group to launch the process?
The stakeholder group that has come together to fund and launch the regional growth planning process consists of strong representation from local government, business, and philanthropy including:

City of Chattanooga, Hamilton County, city of Cleveland, Bradley County, Whitfield County, Top of Alabama Regional Council of Governments, Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regional Planning Agency, EPB, Northwest Georgia Regional Commission, Southeast Tennessee Development District, Urban League of Greater Chattanooga, Benwood Foundation, Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga, Lyndhurst Foundation, Maclellan Foundation, CBL and Associates, Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, McKee Foods, Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce, Shaw Industries, Cleveland-Bradley Chamber of Commerce, Unum, and CreateHere.

3. What is the value of this process to local governments?
By giving local governments the ability to cooperatively plan and coordinate with neighboring jurisdictions, the process will help elected officials focus on the greatest impact for the most people with the least expenditure, while reducing duplication of efforts.

To play a lead role in starting an economic legacy of job creation founded in regional cooperation to ensure continued prosperity for citizens, children, and grandchildren.

By giving citizens an opportunity to express their values, priorities, and ideas, the planning process will provide local governments with the ability to better steward financial resources in accordance with the priorities of their constituents.

The process will also serve to inform residents of the challenges their home communities share with those across the region and to engage them in developing solutions with broad support.

4. What is the value of this process to local citizens?
A process for effectively managing the accelerated growth the region is already experiencing through unprecedented investments by a number of industries.

A seat at the table in planning how the region can become more prosperous and generate additional economic opportunities for ourselves and children.

A forum for better understanding the “big picture” of the region and expressing their ideas, values, and priorities.

The opportunity to join with others in preserving and enhancing what makes the communities special.

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