Group of mayors, governors, and other municipal leaders will work together to strengthen local communities

Mayor Tim Kelly will serve on the Department of State’s inaugural Assembly of Local Leaders, a group of mayors, governors, and other municipal leaders who will gather to discuss and inform federal officials on matters affecting local governments.

Mayor Kelly pointed to Volkswagen, Komatsu, Wacker Polysilicon, Nippon Paint, Sanofi, Gestamp, and other foreign investments in the Scenic City as evidence that strategic international engagement has paid enormous dividends for the Chattanooga region. Mayor Kelly will serve on the 2024-2026 cohort, which will launch in January of 2024.

“Chattanooga is a globally competitive city, and Tennessee is one of the top states in the U.S. for foreign direct investment, so I’m honored to be selected for this role. I look forward to learning how other cities have been able to build international relations to help build a better Chattanooga,” said Mayor Kelly. “I also look forward to serving alongside some of our country’s leading local leaders to help make sure that Chattanooga’s priorities are reflected in our foreign policy so we can better invest in the ground underneath our feet.”

The following local officials will also participate alongside Mayor Kelly: