2010 Convening the Region Summit:  A Region Pulls Together through… The Power of Ten

The Cumberland Region Tomorrow 2010 Convening the Region Summit was held in Nashville Tennessee on May 26th, 2010 at the War Memorial Auditorium.  At this event, over 450 regional and state leaders that represented key partners organizations gathered to focus on our key regional topics of Transportation/Transit, Open Space Conservation, Infrastructure and Economic Competitiveness.

The 2010 Regional Summit provided the regional forum for the public unveiling of the Nashville MPO 2035 Regional Transportation Plan and began the public input period for this important regional planning effort.  Our DOT, HUD, EPA Federal and State Initiatives for the Future Panel segment provided up-to-date information on new policy and funding opportunities that can support our regional planning, visioning and implementation efforts.  We also heard from TECD Commissioner Matt Kisber, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely, Middle Tennessee Mayors Caucus Chair Jo Ann Graves, Transit Alliance of Middle Tennessee Executive Director Ed Cole,  and Land Trust for Tennessee President Jeanie Nelson and Director Julian Bibb, about current efforts in Tennessee that are advancing our Six Issues of Regional Importance.

The event brought together CRT, the Nashville Area MPO and TDOT together as Co-Hosts and a bevy of other partner organizations.  A total of 36+ public and private organizations provided direct or in-kind support that made the event extremely successful.  The 2009 Summit Leadership Team consisted of Gary Scott – CRT Summit Chair, Sam Hatcher – CRT Regional Communications Chair, Michael Skipper – Nashville Area MPO, Ed Cole – TDOT/Transit Alliance of Middle Tennessee, Charles Bone – CRT/Transit Alliance of Middle Tennessee , and Bridget Jones – CRT.

Key 2010 Summit event results included:

  • Provided a historical context for advances in Regionalism and Cumberland Region Tomorrow’s ten year anniversary
  • Informed the region’s government and non-profit leaders of the current philosophy and opportunity for new federal funding through the DOT, HUD, EPA Sustainable Communities Partnership Initiative
  • Attained commitment of support from a large core group of regional leaders for on-going best practices for Regional Transit and the 2010 planning process for the Nashville Area MPO 2035 Regional Transportation Plan
  • Gained regional consensus and commitment among public and private leaders and the regions 54 units of local government to work collaboratively on defined steps for planning Regional Transportation/Transit System Development
  • Built upon POWER TO TEN Branding for CRT and the Ten-County Region and enjoyed great media coverage in partnership with Dye Van Mol Lawrence
  • Collaborated with and managed an impressive group of 36 regional sponsors and partners that contributed to the success of the 2010 Summit
  • Provided a great educational program to 450+ attendees that received professional development credit through strategic partnerships with AIA Middle Tennessee, Nashville Area MPO/APA, and UT Institute of Public Service MTAS/CTAS
  • Hosted three regional experts from Smart Growth America,  EPA and FHA that created great interest and momentum toward a regional application for future planning, visioning and implementation funding
  • Provided a great platform for regional and national political leaders to share their views and support for regional collaboration and regional transit system development
  • Presented the 2010 Awards for Regional Thinking and Action to Mayor Karl Dean and Sam Hatcher, for their professional and personal contributions to successful regionalism
  • Continued use of our CRT POWER OF TEN website to support the promotion, marketing and communications efforts for the 2010 Summit and maximized use of POWER OF TEN Regional Update e-newsletter tool for pre and post summit regional web-based communication efforts
  • Positioned CRT to become a lead regional organization to coordinate the distribution of regional information in our areas of interest, through our network of partner organizations
  • As a result of the 2009 and 2010 Regional Summits, Cumberland Region Tomorrow continues our Public/Private Partnership with the Nashville Area MPO and other key regional organizations



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