Thanks to all of our record number of 49 sponsors and partner organizations, and record number registered attendees for making our 2012 Regional Summit the Best Ever……! See pictures from the event HERE.

The 2012 POWER OF TEN Regional Summit was held in Nashville Tennessee on May 23rd, 2012 at the War Memorial Auditorium. The largest crowd in the history of the POWER OF TEN Regional Summits gathered on Wednesday, May 23rd 2012 to continue our regional discussion on “Capitalizing on Regional Collaboration for Economic Competitiveness”.  Over 375 attendees representing local, regional, and state level business, non-profit, and government sectors heard updates from Tennessee Cabinet Officials, along with Corporate and Regional Elected Officials and Executives, about Middle Tennessee’s progress on our Key Issues of Regional Economic Competitiveness and Transportation/Transit.

The event brought together Cumberland Region Tomorrow, the Nashville Area MPO, and the Tennessee Department of Transportation as Convening Sponsors, along with 49 public and private sponsor and partner organizations providing direct or in-kind support.  The 2012 Regional Summit Leadership Team consisted of Gary Scott – CRT Summit Chair, CRT Summit Committee members Everett  Cowan, Darwin Newton, Reggie Mudd, Seab Tuck, Julian Bibb, and Margot Fosnes, Bridget Jones – CRT Executive Director, Michael Skipper – Nashville Area MPO Executive Director, and Charles Bone – CRT Director and Chair of the Transit Alliance of Middle Tennessee.

Beyond providing professional development credits and networking opportunities for regional leaders, the  Summit serves as a forum to measure our progress and commitment to ensure Middle Tennessee remains an economical vibrant, sustainable, and livable region for decades to come.

Nashville Mayor Karl Dean took advantage of 2012 Regional Summit forum to provide for our annual Regional Call to Action that continues to advance our successful regional collaborative efforts.

Mayor Karl Dean once again provided confidence and direction to Middle Tennessee’s continuing success in advancing our Middle Tennessee Region’s focus on our shared issues of Regional Importance of Economic Competitiveness and Transportation/Transit System Development.

CRT thanks every organization and leader that once again came together to make this annual regional event extremely successful!


2012 Regional Summit Highlights:


  • This year’s theme, Capitalizing on Regional Collaboration for Economic Competitiveness, focused on the importance of livability and regional economies in attracting the best companies and best workers in Middle Tennessee.


  • Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Ralph Schulz moderated the Corporate Keynote Panel discussion, Why Top National Corporations are Sold On and Investing in Middle Tennessee, and featured some our region’s top corporate executives including Terry Strange, Site Manager of Hemlock Semiconductor Group, Matt Gallivan, VP of Government Relations at Community Health Systems, Sallie Bailey, Chief Financial Officer of LP Building Products.


Panelists commented on Middle Tennessee’s great business climate, regional and state-level economic development leadership, quality of life and Middle Tennessean’s attitudes and work ethic, as key to their successful corporations doing business across our ten-county region.


  • Tennessee Department of Agriculture Commissioner Julius Johnson, and Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Chief of Staff Brad Smith provided updates on Governor Haslam’s new Jobs4TN  program.


This nationally recognized program is regionalizing economic development through Tennessee state government and aligning with Middle Tennessee’s successful regional economic development collaborative efforts.


  • Nashville Chamber of Commerce Partnership 2020’s Janet Miller moderated a second panel discussion, Advancing our Region – Key Regional Issue of Economic Competitiveness  that featured our region’s top economic development leaders including James Chavez – CRT Director and President of Clarksville/Montgomery County Economic Development Council, Matt Largen, Director of the Office of Economic Development for Williamson County, Tennessee, and Brandom Gengelbach, President of Maury County Chamber and Economic Alliance.


This panel focused on the important that role Partnership 2020 plays in keeping Middle Tennessee a competitive economic region and showcased leading Middle Tennessee economic development efforts successfully collaborating on implementation.


  • Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer provided updates on his department’s current progress in Creating Jobs and Economic Development in Tennessee through Smarter Transportation Investments, showcasing TDOT’s new mission statement is “to serve the public by providing the best multi-modal transportation system in the nation.



  • Transit Alliance of Middle Tennessee Executive Director Ed Cole moderated a third Middle Tennessee Mayors Caucus panel discussion on our Key Regional Issue of Transportation/Transit which featured Mayors Jo Ann Graves of Gallatin, Ken Moore of Franklin, Howard Bradley of Robertson County and Karl Dean of Nashville.


The Middle Tennessee Mayors Caucus panel rated highest among regional topics of interest and summit segments for a fourth year in a row by providing important updates on Middle Tennessee region’s progress on this important regional issue.


  • Bridget Jones of Cumberland Region Tomorrow moderated the official Announcement Ceremony for the new Tennessee Regions’ Sustainable Communities Roundtable, a state-wide collaborative composed of organizations representing the Memphis, Jackson, Nashville, Chattanooga, and Knoxville regions, funded by the Surdna Foundation and led and modeled after Cumberland Region Tomorrow’s successful Regional Quality Growth Collaborative model.


Tennessee is a southern state that is currently showing great results and promise in implementing Sustainable Communities Principles and Practices through robust regional collaborative efforts in concert with key state leadership, led by Tennessee Regions’ Roundtable partners working  across key regions of the state.


  • Gary Scott, CRT Summit Chair once again recognized and celebrated three important public and private sector regional leaders Mayor Ken Moore of Franklin and Ralph Schulz and Janet Miller of the Nashville Chamber of Commerce Partnership 2020 who are making a tremendous difference in Middle Tennessee through our annual Leadership in Regional Thinking and Action Awards.

Other Key 2012 POWER OF TEN Regional Summit Results Include:


  • Provided a great platform for regional and state public, private and political sector leaders to share their views and support for regional collaboration and implementation.
  • Provided a great educational program to 400+ 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.


  • Continued use of the Middle Tennessee Region’s website to support the promotion, marketing and communications efforts for the 2012 Summit and future Regional Summits while maximizing use of POWER OF TEN Regional Update e-newsletter for pre and post summit regional web-based communication efforts.


  • Built upon POWER TO TEN Branding for CRT and the Ten-County Middle Tennessee Region and enjoyed great regional media coverage and information dissemination through our network of partner organizations to educate public and private sectors on important current initiatives in our region, and other economic regions of Tennessee, regarding strategic plans and successful execution of economic development efforts.




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