Chattanooga is one of the first cities in the Tennessee Valley to receive a top environmental rating that officials say can help woo more jobs to Hamilton County.
Chattanooga and Hamilton County shared a platinum rating from TVA’s Valley Sustainable Communities program.
During a news conference announcing the honor today, TVA Senior Consultant Millie Callaway said that only two or three communities in the Valley have received the platinum ranking so far. She said the ranking is weighted towards environmentally sustainable business activities and Chattanooga benefited from its sustainable industrial parks, the Tennessee Riverwalk and the growing number LEED-certified buildings in the Scenic City.
Mike Pare, the deputy Business editor at the Chattanooga Times Free Press, has worked at the paper for 27 years. In addition to editing, Mike also writes Business stories and covers Volkswagen, economic development and manufacturing in Chattanooga and the surrounding area. In the past he also has covered higher education. Mike, a native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., received a bachelor’s degree in communications from Florida Atlantic University. he worked at the Rome News-Tribune before ...