Thursday, April 24, 2014 · 11:28 a.m.

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke was among 16 city mayors who met with President Barack Obama Friday afternoon.

The meeting in the Roosevelt Room at the White House was intended to discuss ways in which the Obama administration can serve as an active partner on job creation and ensuring middle-class families have a pathway to opportunity, according to a press release from the White House.

"This is an outstanding group of both mayors and mayors-elect of some of our largest cities," Obama reportedly said. "They have a shared vision of cities as being critical hubs of creating jobs; creating business; seeing startups develop; making sure there are pathways, gateways for opportunities for people from the surrounding areas, states, regions and, in many cases, the world."

"This is a great opportunity to highlight the important assets that create local jobs and strengthen Chattanooga's economy. From our resurgence in manufacturing to our spirit of entrepreneurism spurred by the gigabit infrastructure, we are a city full of opportunity," Berke said in a prepared statement. "I am excited to join a handful of mayors from across the country to discuss the innovative ways we can build upon our successes."

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