About the Middle Tennessee Region


mid_tn_regionSpanning from the east banks of the Tennessee River to the rise of the Cumberland Plateau, Middle Tennessee plays host to landscapes that are among the most diverse and scenic to be found in the South.  The region’s low rolling hills and vast Tennessee and Cumberland River Watersheds boast a wealth of natural beauty and resources, as well as a rich cultural and historic heritage, from some of the most crucial battles of the Civil War to the rise of country music in Nashville, the state’s capital.  Today, Middle Tennessee’s historic agricultural landscapes, main streets, and rural communities are thriving alongside the high-tech creative economic clusters that have made its larger cities home.

Nashville and the Middle Tennessee Region’s early success in regional implementation began with regional economic development partnerships and regional leadership development in the 1990s, leveraged by a successful 2001 Cumberland Region Tomorrow Regional Visioning Project scenario planning effort, which has supported successful community and regional planning, design, and implementation and created region-wide acceptance of new comprehensive plans that support Sustainable Communities and Quality Growth Principles.  Currently, the Middle Tennessee Region is focusing on multi-modal transportation and transit implementation, building upon the 2010 Nashville Are MPO 2035 Transportation Plan’s Bold New Vision for Mass Transit that is being implemented among a strong partnership led by the Middle Tennessee Mayors Caucus, the Transit Alliance of Middle Tennessee, the Nashville Chamber of Commerce, and other key stakeholder groups.  Middle Tennessee is experiencing great success through aligned regional organizational capacity and collaboration demonstrated by the 50+ regional organizations working together through the Middle Tennessee POWER OF TEN Network.


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