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

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Featured Stories

Transit needs and opportunities for our growing Middle Tennessee Region

On September 3rd, News Channel 5 ran a story entitled “New Commuter Train Possible Between Nashville, Clarksville”, which discussed the possibility of transportation improvements in the Northwest area of Middle Tennessee. CRT was glad to be a part of this coverage along with Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan. Check out the story in the clip below:

The key points of the story were:

  • 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

As reported, our ten county region’s population will reach 3 Million by 2035 as projected in the Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization’s 2035 Nashville Area Regional Transportation Plan. CRT was glad to share information on our ten counties’ commuter statistics and congestion for this story. Check out the Regional Issue of Transportation/Transit on our website for more specifics and details. CRT research taken from 2010 Census data shows that 62% of our region’s workforce lives in one county and works in another. The table below is a breakdown on each county’s commute numbers from 2010 data.


From this research and data, it is easy to see how highly connected our Middle Tennessee Region is with our workforce from neighboring counties traveling back and forth every day. This intense inter-regional travel combined with intra-regional freight and through traffic on Middle Tennessee’s three interstates compounds congestion further.

Mayor McMillan’s remarks on the potential heavy rail service from Nashville to Clarksville illustrated the promise of regional rail transit service to that rapidly growing part of our region. She also highlighted the importance of the upcoming 2040 Regional Transportation Plan from the Nashville MPO to put in place the mechanism for this future regional transit infrastructure investment.

Regional leaders across Middle Tennessee, including CRT, recognize the need to provide a variety of transportation and transit options to address workforce mobility needs and traffic congestion. A complete Multimodal transportation system is vital to a region’s economic and environmental health and functioning. We all want to support our growing economy and enhance our quality of life for all of us that make up our region’s growing workforce and population. Strategic transportation and transit infrastructure investments, along with strategically working to create a regional jobs/housing balance that supports a range of housing options and choices near job centers is critical to Middle Tennessee’s continuing success. When we have a good spatial match between job centers, housing and transportation choice, skills needed, and workforce accessibility, our region can change commuter patterns and options, decrease congestion, and increase Middle Tennessee’s desirability for many years to come.


Have your say in the future of Nashville! Pick your future Nashville by September 15!

Nashville may be an “It City,” but what do we want it to be in the future?

Nashville is changing rapidly, with new housing and retail areas, lively conversations about transit and growth. NashvilleNext – a plan for the future of Nashville – wants YOUR input on how Nashville should grow in the future. Click here to take the ten-minute interactive survey here!

Take the survey and help shape our future!

Take the survey and help shape our future!

Your input will help guide future decisions about housing, transit, arts and culture, economic development, environmental protection and more. When you’re done, your input will be added to more than 10,000 Nashvillians who have commented on the future of Nashville. Thank you for making a difference!

NashvilleNext is a plan for the future of Nashville intended to ensure the prosperity and well‐being of our city and region for the next 25 years. It’s a plan on a scale that has never been undertaken before, based on the open and transparent exchange of ideas with Nashvillians.

Cumberland Region Tomorrow continues to be a partner in the NashvilleNext process serving on both the steering and the community engagement committees. Our job is to ensure that leaders from our entire ten county region are included and engaged in the NashvilleNext process. Please take the time this week to have your say in the future of Nashville and Middle Tennessee!

Get involved today!

Spotlight on Franklin, Tennessee: Preventative Health through Community Development

In 2014, Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) leaders are making it a priority to visit leading Tennessee communities that are placing an emphasis on quality growth and community design and development that enable residents to live active and healthy lives. These local governments are promoting improved community health outcomes in their built environments, especially when they connect local community health education programs that encourage local residents to be active in daily activities.

Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner visits with Franklin officials to discuss preventative health and acting living initiatives.  (Source: Mindy Tate)

Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner visits with Franklin officials to discuss preventative health and acting living initiatives. (Source: Mindy Tate)

The clear relationship between preventive health and community design and development that includes connectivity through sidewalks, cross walks, greenways and parks, and choices in transportation like walking and biking are becoming apparent through these visits.

Last week Commissioner John Dreyzehner and his staff made a visit to Franklin to meet with Mayor Ken Moore and his staff to understand how this leading Middle Tennessee community is promoting “Preventative Health” through downtown and corridor revitalization that supports their healthy and active living initiatives. CRT was happy to work with Mayor Moore and his community partners to organize this best practices visit.

Earlier this year TDH staff worked with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s Office of Sustainable Practice and local leaders in Kingsport to visit that city, and the Southeast Tennessee Development District in Southeast Tennessee and local leaders to visit Pikeville and Athens. Organized by local officials and by partners of the Tennessee Regions’ Roundtable Network, these visits showcased best practices that highlighted effective community leadership and redevelopment program successes.

For more information about the communities visited, take a look at CRT’s publication of Best Practices Case Studies from the Tennessee Regions’ Roundtable Network. Also watch the video of Dr. Dreyzehner’s presentation at the 2014 Power of Ten Regional Summit to learn more about his vision to promote preventative health through healthy and active living.

Stay tuned for more information about upcoming best practices case studies visits in West Tennessee.

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