National Journal has a post today on Chattanooga and Mayor Andy Berke's view of continuing tech developments in the city.
The post, titled "Is Obama Right About Chattanooga?," includes an interview with Berke in which the mayor answers questions about his long-term economic goals for Chattanooga and President Barack Obama's recent trip to the Amazon fulfillment center at Enterprise South.
When asked about the city's growing reputation as an innovation hub, Berke said he'd rather not compare Chattanooga to other cities in the U.S. where similar projects are ongoing.
"I'm trying to get away from all that," the mayor is quoted saying. "In the past, we've called ourselves the 'Boulder of the South.' Then, the next Austin. All kinds of comparisons. My mantra has been: Now is our time. Let's not worry about what others are doing. Let's be proud of where we are and take advantage of all our opportunities."
Berke was also asked to comment about being a Democrat in a state awash with Republican leaders and policies.
"The Chattanooga lifestyle is based on less politics and more on our surrounding[s]—great outdoors, fantastic quality of life, a tremendous friendliness," he said. "That, to me, is much more important than any Democrat's discomfort with being a red state. I am a Democrat, and I love [it] here."
A version of the post was also featured on Atlantic Cities, titled "Chattanooga, America's Next High-Tech Hub?"
Updated @ 2:18 p.m. on 8/19/13 to correct a factual error: The original article said the National Journal's headline was "Chattanooga, America's Next High-Tech Hub?" when it was actually "Is Obama Right About Chattanooga?"
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