Background 

Regional organizations in West, Southwest, Middle, Southeast, and East Tennessee have been working on successful regional and local issues and projects that have given our state a head start in the implementation of Sustainable Communities programming. Tennessee state government departments have and continue to lead important state policy efforts like the Tennessee Department of  Transportation Policy and Smart.

Growth Leadership Institute Report, Transportation Process Alternatives for Tennessee: Removing Barriers to Smarter Transportation Investment and Governor Haslam’s nationally recognized Jobs4TN economic development initiative that is regionalizing economic development efforts. Building upon this work, Cumberland Region Tomorrow, through affiliation with Smart Growth America, identified an opportunity to coordinate the development and submission of grant request to the Surdna Foundation for the creation of the Tennessee Regions’ Roundtable in June of 2011 to build upon these successful efforts.

CRT Executive Director Bridget Jones assembled key leaders from the Chattanooga, Knoxville, Memphis, Jackson, and Nashville Regions and the Tennessee Departments of Transportation, Agriculture, and Housing Development to meet with Surdna Program Officers in June 2011. These leaders helped to shape the focus of the grant narrative and confirm strategic commitments to participate in the 2012 and 2013 Surdna Foundation grant funded project.  In response to these efforts, collaborative work across our five major Tennessee regions in conjunction with State and Federal Advisors is underway that is accomplishing our intended outcomes and objectives.

 

First gathering of the Tennessee Regions' Roundtable Leadership Network, May 23rd, 2012

First gathering of the Tennessee Regions’ Roundtable Leadership Network, May 23rd, 2012