Mayor Berke visits Chattanooga park to benefit from Neighborhood Reinvestment Fund

On Monday, Mayor Berke visited Tacoa Park, which will get a new playground as one of the NRF projects. (Image: WTVC)

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke is acting on his vision to build stronger neighborhoods throughout the city. Over the next several months, he's investing in three programs as the city continues to grow.

Keeping Chattanooga beautiful - that's the vision behind Chattanooga's Neighborhood Reinvestment Fund (NRF).

NRF builds on Chattanooga's neighborhood's strengths to improve areas that need a little work.

On Monday, Mayor Berke visited Tacoa Park, which will get a new playground as one of the NRF projects.

Mayor Berke says these updates should improve public safety, create more foot traffic for small businesses and keep neighborhoods strong.

City Councilman Russell Gilbert talked about the importance of projects like this.

"Every once in a while you need to do a little touch up work in certain areas to spruce it up. Make more activities for people to do. So I think it is a great thing," says Councilman Gilbert.

Over the next few months, there are more plans to help the city, including investing in the Small Business Corridor program, which will help with infrastructure projects, training and certification programs.

Another investment is the city's first Affordable Housing Fund. $1 million every year over the next five years to help produce and preserve housing for low income families.

The mayor has events for these three programs starting today and over the next two Mondays.

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