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:

  • Introduction of Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam
    Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper described how the Denver region was able to create regional collaboration that is Implementing mass transit on a regional scale
  • Envision Utah Executive Director, Alan Matheson told the story of regional growth planning in the Salt Lake City region and provided valuable implementation lessons for Middle Tennessee
  • Nashville Area MPO Executive Director, Michael Skipper led participants through an interactive regional discussion highlighting growth and development issues in the ten county region
  • The Middle Tennessee Regional Panel informed participants about the status of the six key regional issues, highlighting current efforts, and made recommendations for additional work to be accomplished
  • The Partnership for Sustainable Communities Federal Panel Informed the region’s government and non-profit leaders of the current philosophy and opportunity for federal funding through the DOT, HUD, EPA Sustainable Communities Initiative and outlined how Middle Tennessee can could benefit from the opportunity and answered questions concerning grant applications
  • Mayor Karl Dean Made A Regional Call to Action that called for formation of POWER OF TEN Coalition to support regional visioning, planning and implementation for the advancement of Middle Tennessee
  • Moderator Charles Bone presented Leadership in Regional Thinking and Action Awards to Susan Taylor, Executive Director of Leadership Middle Tennessee and Gallatin Mayor, Jo Ann Graves for their work in creating regional public and private leadership capacity in Middle Tennessee
  • 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 on and managed an impressive group of 41 regional sponsors and partners that contributed to the success of the 2011 Summit
  • 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
  • Provided a great platform for regional and national political leaders to share their views and support for regional collaboration and implementation
  • Created a new website to support the promotion, marketing and communications efforts for the 2011 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
  • Positioned the website to be the electronic communication platform for future regional visioning 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, 2010 and 2011 Regional Summits, Cumberland Region Tomorrow continues our Public/Private Partnership with the Nashville Area MPO and a bevy of key regional organizations

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