Featured Regional Initiatives

West Tennessee Region 

Mid-South Regional Greenprint & Sustanability Plan

Not limited to a single state, the Mid-South Regional Greenprint and Sustanability Plan seeks to unify parts of Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi in developing a regional vision for a network of green spaces connecting four counties in three states. The plan aims to create a multi-jurisdictional approach to integrate housing, land use, economic and workforce development, transportation, and infrastructure investments in Shelby County, Tennessee; Fayette County, Tennessee; Crittenden County, Arkansas; and DeSoto County, Mississippi.


Southwest Tennessee Region


Regional Economic Development Initiative (REDI)

The Regional Economic Development Initiative (REDI) was established by the Southwest Tennessee Development District in 2010 to create a public/private partnership in 11 counties in Southwest Tennessee. The REDI program has four areas of concentration: Education/Workforce Development, Technology, Entrepreneurship, and Capacity Building. Since its inception, SWTDD leaders have created and successfully launched its first two REDI program initiatives that improve human capital and address workforce development and education.


Middle Tennessee Region


Cumberland Region Tomorrow’s Collaborative Leadership Model

Successful regional visioning, planning, and implementation requires collaborative efforts and actions among key public and private sector organizations and leaders. This collaborative leadership approach is essential for regional planning efforts to move through the necessary stages to bring focus and action to implementation efforts that support shared regional goals and outcomes. Cumberland Region Tomorrow’s role in the 10-county region is to encourage growth planning and implementation with a focus on livability, sustainability, and economic vitality. By bringing people and organizations together, the collaborative leadership approach in Middle Tennessee has taken action on six key issues of regional importance: economic competitiveness, transportation/transit, land use/quality growth, infrastructure, open space conservation, and air and water quality.


Southeast Tennessee Region 


The Southeast Tennessee Development District is partnering with local governments, businesses, non-profits, and citizens from across the region in THRIVE 2055, a public-private initiative focused on proactively engaging people from across Southeast Tennessee, Northeast Alabama, and Northwest Georgia in creating an action plan for making the most of the region’s economic opportunities while preserving what is most loved about these communities. THRIVE 2055 was established and funded by a wide array of businesses, foundations, local governments, and non-profit organizations. The initiative is citizen-led through working groups and a volunteer coordinating committee, assisted by a local project manager, a team of professional staff from partner agencies, and a consulting team.


East Tennessee Region


Plan East Tennessee (PlanET) is a regional partnership of communities and organizations building a shared direction for the future. PlanET seeks ideas to protect the valuable resources and address the region’s challenges regarding jobs, education, housing, transportation, a clean environment, and community health. The goal is to create long-term solutions or investments in the region and to define the next chapter of the rich history, leaving a legacy of optimism and opportunity for future generations.