First two sections of Progress today!

Posted 2/13/18

Readers of the Cleveland Daily Banner, and those who follow the happenings of our community closely, will take note of today’s issue.As announced earlier, we have revamped the look, the feel and …

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First two sections of Progress today!


Readers of the Cleveland Daily Banner, and those who follow the happenings of our community closely, will take note of today’s issue.

As announced earlier, we have revamped the look, the feel and the content of our annual Progress Edition, and the first two of six special sections dedicated to our community are unveiled today.

Similarities to past annual editions remain, but the differences outnumber them. Specifically, this year’s focus on 2017 growth — which includes a preview into 2018 and beyond — includes a variety of freshly developed news stories, features and photographs.

Rather than rely on independently written stories from many of our businesses, industries, organizations, groups and nonprofits, we have concentrated more on news stories written by our newsroom staff involving some key facets of our Cleveland and Bradley County hometown, as well as the continuing growth and economic development of our community.

And, instead of publishing it all in one giant volume, this year’s Progress Edition will feature six sections. 

The first two debut in today’s issue of the Banner. They include “Business & Industry,” which is Section A, and “Government,” Section B.

Over the next few weeks we will feature the remaining four sections. They include, as well as their dates of publication:

• Tuesday, Feb. 20: Section C, “Faith,” and Section D, “Health & Education.”

• Tuesday, Feb. 27: Section E, “Tourism & Recreation,” and Section F, “Community.”

Truly, it has been an exhaustive effort — and it still is, because there is still time for organizations to participate in some of the remaining editions. Every department within our newspaper office has been involved in the development of this comprehensive review of 2017, and the accompanying outlook into the New Year.

From advertising to the newsroom, from creative services to the pressroom, from the administrative offices to our collection of contracted carriers, our team at the Banner has worked together to assemble this year’s product.

We believe readers will like it because our leaders, and all departments, have put their hearts into it.

“We believe we’re onto something with the new look and feel of the Progress Edition,” Banner Publisher Ralph Baldwin said in an earlier announcement. “We ask our advertisers — those who are already partnering with us and those who would like to begin — to feel free to contact us with their questions and suggestions.”

Much time and energy has been put into developing the first two sections, published today. Even more effort will be expended to bring the next four sections to our readers, and to the entire community.

Many believe, and we agree, that progress is a perspective. What some see as a little beyond the norm, others view as a continuing commitment to growth — which affords opportunity to the more than 40,000 residents who live inside the city of Cleveland, and the more than 100,000 who reside within our Bradley County collective.

We are proud of the work of our newspaper staff on this year’s Progress Edition. Their efforts are showcased in the first sections published today.

We hope all will enjoy these opening chapters of the story of Cleveland and Bradley County for 2017, and beyond. 

As you read today’s sections, our employees continue their dedicated efforts to bring the next four in weeks to come.

Happy Progress!


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