2012 POWER OF TEN Regional Summit State Keynote Speakers Announced


“Capitalizing on Regional Collaboration for Economic Competitiveness”
May 23rd 2012, War Memorial Auditorium, 1:00 – 6:00 pm

This year’s theme, “Capitalizing on Regional Collaboration for Economic Competitiveness”, will focus on the importance of livability and regional economies in attracting the best companies and best workers right here in Middle Tennessee. Recent research by the Bureau of Labor Statistics listed our Nashville region in the top five for job growth in 2011 and regional leaders in the public and private sector are working closely to leverage our region’s growing reputation as a great place to live and work. The POWER OF TEN Regional Summit gathers these leaders all under one roof to discuss how our region will grow and develop in the next two decades and how that development is key in determining Middle Tennessee’s future economic vitality, livability, and sustainability.


Julius Johnson – Tennessee Department of Agriculture Commissioner

Prior to his appointment, Johnson served as Chief Administrative Officer of the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation, a leading farm and rural advocacy organization with the largest membership in the nation. During his 37 years of professional service to the TFBF, he directed the organization’s legislative affairs, served as director of research and served as a regional field service director.

He has extensive experience in working with government leaders and agencies at local, state and federal levels. He has served on the Legislative Tax Structure Study Committee, the Governor’s Council on Agriculture and Forestry, the Governor’s Interagency Task Force on Wetlands and other agricultural committees primarily related to issues affecting rural Tennessee.

As commissioner he directs the work of more than 800 full- and part-time employees with responsibilities ranging from farm and agribusiness development, food safety and pesticide regulation to animal and plant health protection and forest and water resources management. READ MORE

Brad Smith – Economic and Community Development Chief of Staff

Brad Smith is chief-of-staff at the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development.  Prior to joining ECD, Brad was the founding executive director of the Tennessee State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE), a statewide education initiative chaired by former U.S. Senator Bill Frist.  Prior to his work at SCORE, Brad worked in the White House Office of Political Affairs and on the campaign of U.S. Senator Bob Corker.  Brad graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University and has a Masters in Comparative Social Policy from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. More…


John Schroer – Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner

John Schroer is the 29th commissioner of the state agency that oversees a statewide transportation system including highways, rail, airports, waterways and transit.
Previous to his state service, Commissioner Schroer was the Mayor of Franklin, Tennessee beginning with his election in 2007. During his tenure, he was involved in the Middle Tennessee Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) serving on its executive committee. By virtue of his position as mayor, he was a member of the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) and served as its treasurer. READ MORE


The summit agenda also includes panel discussions from some our region’s top corporate executives, state economic development officials, and regional economic development leaders on what attracts business and supports economic growth in Middle Tennessee.

More information on additional speakers and other summit information will be released over the next few weeks. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to hear key leaders across our region discuss Middle Tennessee’s current and future economic and quality of life opportunities.

Make plans to attend the 4th annual POWER OF TEN Regional Summit as we continue our focus on Middle Tennessee’s Key Regional Issues and Opportunities.


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