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Civics 101: Chattanooga & Hamilton County Government

  • The Edney, Floor Five 1100 Market Street Chattanooga, TN, 37402 United States (map)

Do you understand how your local government works? In this class we’re going to look into the Hamilton County and City of Chattanooga government. We’ll talk through the roles of the County and City Governments, the way that ordinances are passed, and also how to make your own perspectives and preferences known to our local representatives.

In this class we will discuss the basics of:

  • How the City and County governments are structured
  • How the City and County governments work together
  • How to make your voice heard
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This class provides an opportunity to look at Chattanooga and Hamilton County government through the "glasses" of a former city and county planning and community development professional who has spent the past six years being a volunteer watchdog who champions government transparency and advocates for the public interest.

The Civics 101 series is in partnership with the League of Women Voters of Chattanooga and The Chattery.

About the teacher:

Helen Burns Sharp is from Chattanooga. She has a BA in Political Science from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and an MA in Government from the University of Texas at Austin. Her employment history includes 16 years as Principal Planner at the Tennessee State Planning Office, 3 years as County Planner for Cobb County, Georgia, and 18 years as Community Development Director for the City of Albany, Oregon. She started Community Development Consulting in 2008 and Accountability for Taxpayer Money (ATM) in 2014. She is currently President of the Downtown Owners' Collective and a board member of the Riverfront Business and Residential Partnership, the Unity Group of Chattanooga and the Tennessee Coalition for Open Government.