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                                                                                                                                                                                         RINGGOLD:               FORT OGLETHORPE:
                                                                                                                                                                                         5063 Alabama Highway    3610 Battlefield Parkway
                                                                                                                                                                                         Ringgold, GA 30736      Fort Oglethorpe, GA 30742
                                                                                                                                                        706-965-3000            706-858-8430

        Golden Ringgold                                                                                                                            CATOO SA
        That quaint north Georgia combination of   “We have a great business community since                                                                              Local Personality Randall Peters
        history, preservation, and modern bustle   the RDP was formed,” related Raye Brooks,                                                                              is a lifelong Catoosa County resident.
        attracts visitors and locals to Ringgold, the   the organization’s president. “We have
        Catoosa County seat. With rich tradition   become a close-knit family, more than just                                           Randall Peters has been a local independent insurance agent here   Our three municipal
        and a compelling story that dates back well   businesses. We look out for each other and                                        for the last 40 years, and is an advocate of Catoosa County.  governments,
        before the Civil War, Ringgold thrives.  send each other customers. I shop local.                                                                                                 Catoosa County,
                                             Ringgold has a little of everything – great                                                “Catoosa County is a place where many people want to live for
        Constructed in 1849, the Ringgold Depot                                                                                         many reasons. We have good schools, low crime, a relatively   Ringgold, and
        was once the hub of railroad traffic in the   restaurants, retail shops, and most services   Little General Park                peaceful small town atmosphere, and we are very near a larger   Fort Oglethorpe,
        area. Today it serves as a perfect venue for   that not all small towns offer.”                                                 city, Chattanooga, Tennessee, that has many amenities. We have   are well managed
        weddings, family reunions, and other                                                                                            excellent access to health care with a broad range of medical   and in strong fiscal
        gatherings while remaining a vivid reminder                                                                                     providers and excellent nationally rated hospitals.  condition. They do
        of the city’s heritage, forever linked to the                                                                                                                                     an excellent job in
        railroad that connected commerce and                                                                                            Although due to growth, our traffic is heavier than it once was.   maintaining our
        passengers to the wider world.                                                                                                  But we still have relatively moderate traffic considering the many   infrastructure, and
                                                                                          Janet and Bob Miller enjoy a                  amenities we enjoy nearby.                        managing for the
        Surrounded by other buildings constructed                                         slice of cold water melon on                                                                    changes brought
        from the mid-19th to the early 20th century,                                      a summer afternoon. Janet                     To illustrate how we have grown but still maintained an excellent   about by our
        the heart of the city is inviting for a stroll                                    relocated to this area from                   all-around balance, there are 16 counties in the Chattanooga   strong growth.
                                                                                          upstate New York and she met
        and leisurely exploration. Shopping is a                                          Bob here at her local church.                 metro statistical area, and Catoosa County is either first or tied for
        pleasure in Ringgold, thanks largely to the                                       The Catoosa County area                       first in both lowest unemployment and highest per capita income   My wife is from middle Georgia, and she has said often that she is
        cooperative efforts of Ringgold Downtown                                          with its mild climate and                     compared to all their 16 counties.                very happy that we made our life here in Catoosa County.” - Randall
                                                                                          scenic mountain landscape
        Partners.                                                                         is a magnet to retired seniors.

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