The City of Chattanooga announced today that Brian Smith, former WTCV NewsChannel 9 meteorologist, will serve as the new communications and marketing director for Chattanooga Parks and Outdoors, effective today.
Working with Parks and Outdoors Administrator Scott Martin, Smith will help develop a comprehensive and innovative communications strategy for the department to educate residents about Chattanooga’s world-class parks and outdoor facilities and the distinct benefits they offer from enhanced mental and physical health to social, to bring in touch connectedness. Smith will also serve as the department’s primary media spokesperson.
“Chattanooga’s natural beauty and green spaces are fundamental to our quality of life, and we couldn’t be more excited to have Brian on board to enhance our incredible outdoor facilities and their many benefits for residents and visitors alike,” said Mayor Tim Kelly. “Brian’s extensive experience in local broadcasting and communications, as well as his passion for the outdoors and recreation, make him uniquely qualified to lead communications for our Parks and Outdoors Division.”
“A park or recreation facility shines only when the public knows how to get there and can ‘sense’ the excitement of the people making it possible,” said Parks and Outdoors Administrator Scott Martin. “Brian loves this city. Brian loves the parking system. The combination of these elements enhances Chattanooga’s public parks, outdoor spaces, and events throughout our community. And if it doesn’t work out, it’s always our fault. We are happy to have him on the team!”
Smith comes to town with over 20 years of communications, broadcasting and public relations experience. For the past 8 years he has worked on air for Chattanooga’s NewsChannel 9, first as the host of “This N That” and then as the morning and noon weather forecaster.
Prior to these roles, Smith served as public affairs coordinator for the city of Chattanooga for three years, where he worked with what was then the Parks and Recreation Department to promote the city’s park system in the community and earned the department multiple Tennessee Recreation and Parks awards of the association, including the prestigious 4-star award for excellence and community impact. His love of parks and the outdoors began at a young age in the Boy Scouts, where he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout and served as Venture Crew Leader and Assistant Scoutmaster.
“I am honored to return to the city of Chattanooga and remain in the city I love. My passion for parks and outdoor recreation aligns perfectly with Mayor Kelly’s One Chattanooga plan to easily connect residents and visitors to the hundreds of parks, green spaces and recreational opportunities our city offers,” said Smith. “Together with the new Parks and Outdoor Administrator, Scott Martin, I am thrilled to contribute to an overall better quality of life for all.”
Smith received his bachelor’s degree in communications and meteorology from Mississippi State University. He remains active in the Chattanooga community, volunteering at several nonprofit organizations and serving on several boards including the American Red Cross and Boy Scouts of America.