Mayor Andy Berke has an op-ed in this morning’s newspaper reflecting on what President Barack Obama’s visit today means for Chattanooga.

Berke’s thoughts were printed on the Times editorial side of the Chattanooga Times Free Press. In just more than 700 words, Berke recounts the city’s boom as a manufacturing hub in the 1950s and ’60s, decline, and eventual comeback during the 1990s and 2000s-which included the creation of new regional manufacturing jobs at Volkswagen, Wacker and Amazon.

“We have weathered the Great Recession and are on the road to recovery,” Berke wrote. “There are now more people working in Chattanooga than when President Obama took office. But we know that is not good enough for those still without a job or for those who need to work two jobs. It is not good enough for parents and students struggling to pay through college.”


Berke writes that Obama’s trip to Chattanooga today will “ignite a needed discussion” regarding the future of manufacturing, technology, education and infrastructure for Chattanooga, Tennessee and the nation.

To read Berke’s op-ed, click here.