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Thursday, October 3 • 1:45pm - 3:00pm
The Transforming Power of Parks & Open Spaces

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This session addresses the history of Chattanooga's renaissance from its earliest days being cited as the dirtiest city in American by Walter Cronkite on CBS news in 1969 until present days of enhanced commercial and economic resurgence.  The quality of life enhancements in developing strategic park sites in and around downtown started with the attention being placed on the city's natural environment and the engagement of the citizens through a visionary goal setting process. The most significant planning elements in the city's quality of life improvement strategy will be highlighted. The economic benefits to the city as a result of these park developments will be provided in detail during the last 30 years.


Larry Zehnder

Retired Administrator, Chattanooga Parks and Rec

Jeannine Alday Grogg

Retired Chief of Staff, Hamilton County
Jeannine Alday Grogg was formerly Chief of Staff for two Hamilton County Mayors. She alsoserved Hamilton County as Administrator of the Human Services Division which included theParks Department. Before coming to county government she served for nine years in the countyschools as... Read More →

Ron Littlefield

Former Mayor of Chattanooga

Thursday October 3, 2019 1:45pm - 3:00pm EDT
EPB, 7th Floor, Room 1