Born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Andy Berke served as State Senator for Tennessee’s 10th District from 2007 to 2012 before becoming the 65th Mayor of Chattanooga in 2013. As Mayor, Andy is focused on growing the local economy, ensuring every child has the opportunity to succeed, making Chattanooga’s streets safer and neighborhoods stronger -- all while running a high-performing and effective government. Known as the Gig City, Mayor Berke has worked to maximize Chattanooga’s high-speed fiber optic infrastructure, establishing the first Innovation District is a mid-sized city and concentrating his efforts on digital equity. In 2015, Mayor Berke was named the Municipal Leader of the Year by American City and County magazine for innovative initiatives such as Baby University, Tech Goes Home, and NetBridge, as well as for his leadership during a domestic terror attack on July 16, 2015, that took the lives of four Marines and a Naval Officer.
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