Collaborative Action for Quality Growth
Cumberland Region Tomorrow brings people together to address regional challenges and opportunities we face with the future growth and development of Middle Tennessee. Our mission is to foster communication, collaboration and action as we help plan for the long-term livability, economic vitality and sustainability of this place we call home.
CRT is a collaborative regional partnership that works at the local, regional, state and national levels to:
• Convene regional leadership on shared issues of regional importance
• Address our regional issue of land use and Quality Growth through CRT’s Quality Growth tools, resources, and services
• Create Tennessee’s first Sustainable Communities Network through our regional, state, and national partnerships
Is your city interested in smart growth, but not sure how to make it happen? Bring in the development experts with one of Smart Growth America’s 2015 free technical assistance workshops.
Each year Smart Growth America offers a limited number of free workshops to help local leaders and residents make their communities more livable, sustainable, and vibrant. Now in its fourth year, this program helps communities find solutions to local development issues, so that participating communities are able to grow in ways that benefit residents and businesses while protecting the environment and preserving a sense of place. Over 50 communities have already received Smart Growth America’s assistance through this program.
Applications are now being accepted for our 2015 workshop series. Communities can apply for one of 12 workshop types as part of the free program, including:
- Implementing smart growth 101
- Planning for economic and fiscal health
- Sustainable land use code audit
- Complete Streets
- Using LEED-ND to accelerate the development of sustainable communities
- Walkability workshop/audit
- Regional planning for small communities
- Smart growth zoning codes for small cities
- Transportation performance measurement
- “Cool planning”
- Parking audits
- Implementing transit-oriented development 101
Any unit or subdivision of local government, Indian tribe, or regional government is eligible to apply for these free workshops. Communities may apply for more than one workshop, but must submit separate applications for each. Applications are due by Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 5:00 PM EDT.was selected as one of the 18 communities to participate in the free technical assistance program in 2014. In order to help implement the new Complete Streets policy which was passed by the City of Memphis in 2013, workshops were held to provide the City with tools to communicate and address design elements of the new Complete Streets policy. Click here for more information on Memphis’ use of Smart Growth technical assistance.
Chattanooga has also been successful in utilizing national smart growth resources. In 2013, Chattanooga was one of 43 communities nationwide to receive technical assitance through the Environmental Protection Agency’s Building Blocks for Sustainable Communties Program. With a large baby boomer population, Chattanooga chose to focus technical assistance on creating great places and supportive neighborhood design for people wanting to age in place. Co-applicants and partners on the effort, including the Department of Neighborhood Services and Community Development, Choose Chattanooga and the Southeast Tennesse Area Agency on Aging and Disability, viewed the program as an opportunity for Chattanooga to evaluate and assess current neighborhoods in order to help plan for and address the needs of an aging population. Click here for more information on Chattanooga’s use of smart growth assistance.
Cumberland Region Tomorrow is proud to be Tennessee’s leading non-profit quality growth partner and member of Smart Growth America, a national coalition of leaders and nonprofits supporting Smart Growth practices in American communities. CRT and SGA’s ten-year partnership has yielded many opportunities and benefits for both organizations, bringing nationally recognized expertise and resources to our communities, region, and state.
With CRT Executive Director Dr. Bridget Jones serving on the Board, Smart Growth America is the only national organization dedicated to researching, advocating for and leading coalitions to bring quality growth practices to more communities nationwide. From providing more sidewalks so people can walk to their town center to ensuring that more homes are built near public transit or productive farms remain a part of our communities, smart growth helps make sure that people across the nation can live in great neighborhoods. Smart Growth America counts CRT as a leading local partner, and our partnership has been an invaluable source of resources at every level of CRT’s work.
- Our ten county region’s economic growth is desired and continuing
- An increase from 1.8 to 3 Million people living in the region is predicted by 2035
- Our current and future population and mobility patterns increase congestion
- Future commuter rail transit services from Nashville through Ashland City to Clarksville can provide transportation options for workers and residents and reduce congestion in that portion of our region