Business Improvement District revisited at city council

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — The proposal to bring a business improvement district to Chattanooga is getting a second chance with the city council.

More flowers, cleaner sidewalks, less graffiti — that all one step closer to coming to the heart of downtown Chattanooga at no extra cost to the city.

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Last week, no city council member seconded the petition to create a Business Improvement District — killing the ordinance without a vote.

Now, the idea is getting another chance as a resolution.

“I felt a lot more energy afterwards. I had some discussions and got some clarifications on a lot of things that was going to make the BID so successful and a good part of our city,” Councilman Erskine Oglesby said.

The BID would have business owners within the district pay the city every year for some extra attention to those areas.

Included would be beautification projects and downtown ambassadors dedicated to helping visitors and residents alike.

“This is something new, and I think it’s everyone trying to get their head around it. The most important part of it is that property owners have been the ones to vote that say they want to pay. And it’s a million dollar investment in the city every single year,” said Kim White, president and CEO of River City.

Sixty-one percent of the 195 property owners affected voted in favor of the BID.

The BID will be discussed at next week’s economic and community development committee meeting. It will then have to be voted on to be heard once again on the council’s main agenda.

“Since we’ve had a restart, they will have time. If there’s questions about it, we have reached out. We’ve had property owners reach out. So there is time to take a deep breath and understand more about the ins and outs of the bid,” White said.

Knoxville, Nashville and Memphis all have successful BID that Chattanooga would model after.

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Angela joined the News 12 team in November of 2017 as the weekend sports anchor and reporter. Angela is a proud member of an Army family, which means she has hometowns all over the Eastern Seaboard. Most recently, she calls Peachtree City, Georgia, home, where she graduated from Trinity Christian School and spent her free time driving her purple golf cart. She then headed to Milledgeville, Georgia, to attend Georgia College and State University. A proud Bobcat, Angela graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Mass Communication and represented her December 2016 class as one of three valedictorians. Angela comes to the Scenic City from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where she worked at the NBC affiliate, WMBF News. Before the big move, she worked as Georgia College's Sports Information Assistant, which let her get paid to be the Bobcats' biggest fan. It all started in Savannah, Georgia, though, where she interned for SAV's number one station, WTOC. When she's not working, you can find Angela watching the New York Giants, Rangers or basically any other game that's on. She also loves traveling, hiking and exploring new places, all with her camera in hand. If you have any story ideas, big or small, feel free to reach out to her on Facebook and Twitter, or email her at amoryan@wdef.com."