Middle Tennessee’s Lead Organizations

Since 1999, our Middle Tennessee Region has seen the creation of ten important regional institutions that are leading our successful regional collaborative efforts today. Through leadership of these organizational leaders, our current Regional Collaborative Actions are built upon four important stages of work. – Collaborative Leadership, Vision and Consensus, Program Action and Strategic Implementation.

Middle Tennessee’s Leadership Matrix

Leadership Middle Tennessee

The mission of Leadership Middle Tennessee is to broaden the regional perspective of diverse and proven community leaders. Through networking, collaboration, and strategic thinking, we are committed to developing regional leaders who can contribute to long-term solutions that sustain and balance the quality of life and economic growth for our collective unique communities.


Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce Partnership 2020

As part of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce mission to—create economic prosperity—the Nashville Chamber focuses on economic development in the Nashville region through the Partnership 2020 initiative. This nationally recognized program is Middle Tennessee’s leading economic development initiative for retaining, expanding, businesses to Nashville region.



Cumberland Region Tomorrow

CRT_LogoFounded 2000, Cumberland Region Tomorrow is a private, non-profit, citizen-based regional organization working with public and private partners, dedicated to planning for the future livability and economic vitality of the ten-county Middle Tennessee Region. CRT supports and encourages growth planning, with emphasis on land use, transportation, and preservation of the rural landscape and character of the region’s communities.

Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization


The Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is committed to providing leadership to the region in the planning, funding, and development of a regional multi-modal transportation system; one that promotes personal and social economic prosperity while encouraging sustainable growth and development practices to protect and preserve valuable community and natural assets.


Middle Tennessee Mayors Caucus

The Middle Tennessee Mayors Caucus was formed in July of 2009 to provide leadership on important issues facing a rapidly changing regional landscape. Transportation, and particularly the pursuit of a modern mass transit system, served as the early catalyst, but in its brief history the Caucus has served as an effective forum for building personal relationships among Mayors and has helped local governments support each other on issues ranging from flood recovery to proposed state legislation.

Transit Alliance of Middle Tennessee

The Transit Alliance of Middle Tennessee is a non-profit organization with the mission of encouraging private sector as well as public sector support for new investments in mass transit in the ten county region of Middle Tennessee.

The Transit Alliance of Middle Tennessee is committed to communicating the value of regional mass transportation needs and options. The Alliance fosters education across the region about the economic value of mass transit investments. Through these communication and education efforts, the Alliance will actively participate in the steps necessary to secure dedicated revenues for mass transit investments in the months and years ahead.

Greater Nashville Regional Council (GNRC)


The Greater Nashville Regional Council (GNRC) is a regional organization of the 13 counties and 52 cities of the Greater Nashville Region of Middle Tennessee offering a variety of programming, products and services, both on the municipal and regional level, to our member counties. We serve the counties of: Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Houston, Humphreys, Montgomery, Robertson, Rutherford, Stewart, Sumner, Trousdale, Wilson, and Williamson.

American Institute of Architects, Middle Tennessee

AIA Middle Tennessee, a component of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), shall strive to advance the standards of the architectural profession, to promote the public awareness of architecture, to serve the members and the public at large through education, legislation, recognition of work, and social events, and most importantly to support a better quality of life by promoting the quality of our built environment.

The Land Trust for Tennessee

Our region has seen significant growth in recent years, and our communities continue to blossom, bringing new businesses and drawing new residents. But the very reason many people live in Tennessee – its rich history, green rolling hills, scenic landscapes, open farmland and rural back roads – must now actively be preserved or these precious unique characteristics will be lost. The Land Trust, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, works with partners at the federal, state and local level to assist landowners, citizen groups and other interested parties to preserve forever the scenic and natural values of land throughout the state.  Lands protected include private land, public parks and open spaces.  Our main tool for ensuring this preservation is called a conservation easement, and it is an alternative to just selling the land for development.


POWER OF TEN Regional Summits – Collaborative Leadership in Action

Leaders from all Middle Tennessee’s regional organizations join the Cumberland Region Tomorrow Summit Committee, the Nashville Area MPO, and TDOT in annual POWER OF TEN Regional Summit events that have brought  together 1300+ regional leaders and 49 sponsoring organizations since 2009 to focus on our shared Issues of Regional Importance.  The above photo shows Regional Leaders from the first POWER OF TEN Regional Summit in 2009