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Ringgold Road Renaissance: Mayor Brian Williams Speaks At East Brainerd Kiwanis

Updated: May 17, 2023

Ringgold Road in East Ridge, TN

As a long-time resident of East Ridge, I've witnessed the ebb and flow of our beloved city's landscape for over four decades. Like many of my fellow Kiwanis Club members, I've experienced the mixed emotions in recent years stirred by the ongoing construction on Ringgold Road. The familiar landmarks temporarily obscured, the orange traffic cones disrupting our daily commutes, and the rumbling machinery—I admit, it hasn't always been easy.

But today, as I share the progress that your East Ridge Mayor has made in a few short years, I hope to share a perspective that these are not mere inconveniences. No, my friends, they are the unmistakable signs of progress, of a city moving ever forward.

Construction on Ringgold Road in East Ridge, TN
Ongoing construction on Ringgold Road has been slowing traffic down as the city expands the roads with the addition of sidewalks.

In just a few moments, I will reveal what Mayor Brian Williams, our esteemed guest at the recent Kiwanis Club Feature Event, has imparted to us—a vision that fills me with excitement as a proud resident of East Ridge. So, fasten your seatbelts, my dear friends, for what lies ahead is a tale of a city with its eyes on the prize, and a mayor with an unwavering vision to deliver that prize, in full, to the residents of East Ridge.

Mayor Williams began his speech by sharing East Ridge's mission and vision: to be the pioneer of economic progress. The city's unique status as a home rule municipality, nestled on the border with Georgia, empowers it to make swift decisions that champion the interests of its own residents. One such decision was their action on the Border Region Legislation, aimed at keeping sales tax dollars within Tennessee. This legislation allowed East Ridge to enter into financial incentive agreements, creating a fertile ground for new developments within the Border Region District. Shortly after being approved, the state disallowed any further applications for the program.

The impact of these strategic decisions has been monumental. In a remarkably short span of time, East Ridge has seen a wave of prosperity wash over its streets. We now stand witness to the thriving presence of establishments like Bass Pro Shops, Top Golf, Chick-Fil-A, Hampton Inn, Chattanooga Red Wolves, and the state-of-the-art Food City. Not to mention TPC Printing & Packaging, a manufacturer bringing over 90+ well-paying jobs to the community. Moreover, Camp Jordan has become a vibrant hub for festivals, expos, soccer games, and boasts one of the premier disc golf courses in the area.

The rapid change on Ringgold Road, at first glance, may seem like a natural progression of Chattanooga's expanding population. However, the truth lies in the relentless vision of Mayor Brian Williams—a visionary who strives to be the pioneer of economic progress. His strategic decision-making has resulted in an almost unfathomable amount of progress in a remarkably short period of time. East Ridge's growth, as we've come to realize, was not an accident but a deliberate endeavor to reshape the city's future.

Looking ahead, the future of East Ridge shines brighter than ever. This year, the city projects even greater strides with another anticipated increase in tax revenue. The ongoing developments and promising prospects should give you a new perspective on the traffic slowdowns and growing pains of a city that is reinventing itself. The residents of East Ridge should be proud to hold onto a piece of this community as it continues to grow and thrive.

As members of the East Brainerd Kiwanis Club, we invite our fellow residents to join us at our next meeting. Let us continue the conversation, exchange ideas, and collectively contribute to the growth and prosperity of our beloved community.

Don't miss the opportunity to be part of this exciting journey. Mark your calendars and join us at the next Kiwanis Club meeting!

East Ridge Mayor, Brian Williams, with the members of the East Brainerd Kiwanis Club.


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