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“Chattanooga’s story is one of renewal. Over the last 50 years, our city has transformed itself from a small, polluted trading post on the Tennessee River into a thriving city recognised around the globe as one of the best places in the world to call home. But the truth is that too many in our community are still left out of that story of progress. That’s why I ran for Mayor – because I saw an opportunity to build ONE Chattanooga, a unified city that focuses on inclusive growth to bring prosperity to every resident, regardless of their background or zip code.”

– Mayor Tim Kelly


Tim Kelly is the 74th mayor of Chattanooga. He grew up in Chattanooga and attended undergraduate school at Columbia University. Upon return to Chattanooga, Kelly expanded his family’s automotive dealership and launched several successful ventures of his own, including co-founding Chattanooga’s professional soccer club. He later earned his MBA from Emory University’s Goizueta School of Business. Kelly has always been active in the community, serving on boards for multiple nonprofits and even teaching as an adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga. Since being elected mayor in April 2021, he has made great strides on his vision to create One Chattanooga – a city where every resident has the opportunity to thrive and prosper.

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One Chattanooga Vision

Launched by Mayor Kelly in April 2021, the One Chattanooga plan consists of 7 goals and associated strategies that will help close the long-standing gaps in housing, education, public health, and economic opportunity that exist between neighbourhoods across the city. Once fulfilled, these goals will realise our collective vision of a unified community where opportunity exists for all and where prosperity is plentiful for every resident, regardless of background or zip code.

One Chattanooga Relief and Recovery Plan

Using a one-time infusion of federal COVID-19 pandemic relief funds, Mayor Kelly has invested $30 million in 36 innovative, local initiatives that together will spur economic growth while closing gaps in public health and education across the city. With unprecedented investments in the areas of affordable housing, workforce development, early learning, and public health and safety, the recovery plan addresses Chattanooga’s most difficult challenges, with the potential to catalyse generational change.