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A Recipe for Award-Winning Online Community Engagement

​This webinar from MetroQuest and the American Planning Association will present proven best practices, research findings, practical tips and award-winning case studies to guide agencies towards the successful application of online community engagement for planning projects. Participants will walk away with an understanding about how to leverage digital citizen engagement to achieve unprecedented results using cost-effective tools. Special guests from the Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority will be online to talk about the nMotion, one of the most innovative and successful... Read more

Memphis Bike Share Will Be Private, Nonprofit, and Community-Led

​When local companies, organizations, and community-members in Memphis found out that getting a publicly-driven bike share system would be a no-go, they didn’t give up. In fact, they decided to take matters into their own hands. The result of the collaboration is Explore Bike Share, which is setting up for its big launch later this year with 60 stations and 600 bikes. Read more... Read more

Nashville Is Ready to Embrace Transit

​Nashville seems poised to do something about its car dependence. Regional planners have put together a $6 billion transit expansion plan that calls for four light rail lines, three bus rapid transit routes, a commuter rail connection, and more. Meanwhile, a bill backed by the governor has been advancing in the statehouse to allow both a statewide gas tax increase and local transit referendums. It looks like a referendum in Nashville would fare well. Read more... Read more

Webinar: How to Retain Maker and Manufacturing Industries with Creative Zoning Tools

As manufacturing space is threatened by residential, commercial, and retail uses, cities are starting to think creatively about where small-batch production can happen in a city. Learn about new or proposed zoning initiatives in Somerville, Nashville, and Indianapolis that are helping makers and manufacturers protect real estate space they currently occupy or can move to in the future. Register now... Read more

Sherwood Forest Conservation Effort Protects Endangered Wildlife Habitat And Local Jobs in Tennessee

The Conservation Fund and The Land Trust for Tennessee, in partnership with the State of Tennessee, announced the protection of 4,061 acres of forestland in the South Cumberland region of Tennessee. With funding from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)—through both the U.S. Forest Service’s Forest Legacy Program and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund—more than eight miles of streams in the Crow Creek Valley and vital habitat for more than one-third of all... Read more

Four Cities Chosen for $40 Million Investment in Public Spaces

Can investment in parks, libraries and recreation centers help reverse the worrisome trend of economic and social segregation in cities? Four national foundations are betting big on that theory. Starting today The JPB Foundation, Knight Foundation, The Kresge Foundation and The Rockefeller Foundation are coming together to invest a total of $20 million in public spaces in four cities: Akron, Chicago, Detroit and Memphis. That money will be combined with $20 million in matched funding from local sources, resulting in... Read more

Nashville Affordable Housing Advocates Score Two Victories

Nashville’s Metro Council approved two proposals aimed at creating more affordable housing in Davidson County. The first piece of legislation is a new three-year pilot program for residential developers to compete for $2 million in grants to build affordably housing. The second bill centers around inclusionary zoning, and requires apartment developers in Nashville who are building five or more units to include a percentage of new affordable or workforce housing units when requesting zoning variances for density or height. Read... Read more

Downtown Franklin Association Receives Main Street America Accreditation

The Downtown Franklin Association has been designated as an accredited Main Street America program by the National Main Street Center. Historic Downtown Franklin, Tennessee, boasts brick sidewalks, a stunning collection of Victorian buildings and a host of “Best of” accolades, including “Best Small Town in Tennessee,” “America’s Most Romantic Main Street” and “One of America’s Greatest Antique Destinations,” among others. In May 2012, Franklin was ranked No. 4 on Livability.com’s Best Places to Visit for Historic Preservation. Read more... Read more

National League of Cities Launches First-Ever Equitable Economic Development Fellowship

​The National League of Cities (NLC), PolicyLink and the Urban Land Institute (ULI) are launching the first-ever Equitable Economic Development Fellowship, a two-year, $1 million effort to help equity, transparency, sustainability and community engagement become driving forces in local economic development. Six cities were chosen to participate in the inaugural year of the fellowship: Boston, Charlotte, Houston, Memphis, Milwaukee and Minneapolis. Read more... Read more
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