The Tennessee Regions’ Roundtable is a network of five lead regional leadership organizations and partners, key state and federal agency advisors, affiliate agency partners, and philanthropic leaders working collaboratively for successful implementation of quality communities principles and practices across our West, Middle and East Tennessee Regions.

Our purpose is to bring together public, private, and philanthropic leaders and organizations across our unique and diverse regions to advance local, regional, and statewide quality communities implementation through knowledge and resource sharing, education, communication, and collaborative efforts.













Shared Objectives:

  • Economic competitiveness and job creation
  • Quality community development ensuring choice and access to housing, transportation, workforce participation
  • Wise use of fiscal and natural resources


“The Tennessee Regions’ Roundtable is the first model of its kind. Our purpose is to
work with the private and public sector to find strategies and identify policies we
can all agree on that maintain Tennessee’s high quality of life and ensures economic
prosperity and opportunity for all Tennesseans.” 

– Dr. Bridget Jones, Cumberland Region Tomorrow


Tennessee Regions’ Roundtable Quality Communities Principles

  • Enhance economic competitiveness
    Improve economic competitiveness through reliable and timely access to employment centers, educational opportunities, services, and other basic needs by workers as well as expanded business access to markets.

  • Provide more transportation choices      
    Develop safe, reliable, and economical transportation choices to decrease household transportation costs, reduce our nation’s dependence on foreign oil, improve air quality, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and promote public health.

  • Support existing communities
    Target federal funding toward existing communities—through such strategies as transit-oriented, mixed-use development and land recycling—to increase community revitalization, improve the efficiency of public works investments, and safeguard rural landscapes.

  • Value communities and neighborhoods
    Enhance the unique characteristics of all communities by investing in healthy, safe, and walkable neighborhoods—rural, urban, or suburban.
  • Promote equitable, affordable housing    
    Expand location- and energy-efficient housing choices for people of all ages, incomes, races, and ethnicities to increase mobility and lower the combined cost of housing and transportation.

  • Coordinate policies and leverage investment
    Align federal policies and funding to remove barriers to collaboration, leverage funding, and increase the accountability and effectiveness of all levels of government to plan for future growth, infrastructure, and services.