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Thank You for Making the 2011 POWER OF TEN Regional Summit a Success!
Thanks to all of our partners, sponsors, and summit participants at this year’s POWER OF TEN Regional Summit.
Record Attendance at POWER OF TEN Regional Summit
The largest crowd in the history of the POWER OF TEN Regional Summit gathered on Wednesday, May 25th to hear Governor Bill Haslam, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, Mayor Karl Dean, Alan Matheson of Envision Utah and both federal and regional panelists who discussed regional quality growth planning in Middle Tennessee.
The audience, composed of professionals from the business, non-profit, and government sectors received regional updates on transportation, water supply, infrastructure, economic competitiveness, open space conservation and land use and quality development.
POWER OF TEN 2011 Summit Overview
The 2011 POWER OF TEN Regional Summit was held in Nashville Tennessee on May 25th, 2011 at the War Memorial Auditorium. A record number of approximately 400 regional and state leaders attended, with over 500 registered for the event. The focus centered on our key regional topics of Transportation/Transit, Land Use/Quality Growth and Sustainable Development, Infrastructure, Open Space Conservation, Infrastructure and Economic Competitiveness.
The event brought together Cumberland Region Tomorrow and the Nashville Area MPO together as Co-Hosts and a bevy of other partner organizations. A total of 41+ public and private organizations provided direct or in-kind support that made the event extremely successful. The 2011 Summit Leadership Team consisted of Gary Scott – CRT Summit Chair, Sam Hatcher – CRT Regional Communications Chair, Michael Skipper – Nashville Area MPO, Charles Bone – CRT/Transit Alliance of Middle Tennessee, and Bridget Jones – CRT.
The 2011 Regional Summit provided the opportunity to learn from National and Regional Keynote Speakers. Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and Envision Utah Executive Director Alan Matheson shared great information about these peer region’s successful collaborative efforts that are solving complicated regional issues and how Middle Tennessee can transform its transit options and improve regional sustainability efforts. Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam was in attendance to introduce Governor Hickenlooper. Michael Skipper, Executive Director of the Nashville Area MPO led an interactive electronic session with our audience on regional issues.
Middle Tennessee Leaders Panelists representing the six regional issue constituencies provided insights on how Middle Tennessee is addressing each issue and made recommendations for additional work to be accomplished. Following our local panel, Federal Panelists provided important updates about DOT, HUD, EPA Federal Sustainable Communities Initiatives and funding opportunities that can advance Middle Tennessee collaborative efforts.
Following the Federal Panel, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean’s Call to Action included the formation of a POWER OF TEN Coalition to take the lead on regional visioning, planning and implementation that will allow Middle Tennessee to take advantage of regional, state and federal opportunities. The 2011 Regional Summit ended with our Annual Awards for Regional Thinking and Action given to Susan Turner Taylor, Executive Director of Middle Tennessee and Gallatin Mayor Jo Ann Graves, Founding Chair of the Middle Tennessee Mayors Caucus, for their important leadership contributions in creating regional leadership capacity in the public and private sectors across Middle Tennessee.
Key 2011 POWER OF TEN Regional Summit results included:
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper described how the Denver region was able to create regional collaboration that is Implementing mass transit on a regional scale