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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NashvilleNext: “Preferred Future” workshops announced. Make plans to attend!


Make plans to attend one of five upcoming NashvilleNext community gatherings in October and November to see the possible future that Nashvillians picked and discuss what’s next for Nashville!

During the meeting, Metro Planning will present a “preferred future”– a direction our city and county could possibly take over the next 25 years. This “preferred future” is based on thousands of comments by and conversations with community members over the past year and a half.

Public input on this “preferred future” will help shape a draft General Plan which will guideNashville community’s growth, progress, and preservation through 2040.

CRT’s role with NashvilleNext is to engage our ten county region’s leaders in the development of a unified vision and plan for Nashville’s future growth and development. Please take the time to attend and provide your input at one of these important community meetings:

Thursday, October 30th at 5 pm–Rocketown (601 Fourth Avenue South)
Monday, November 3rd at 6pm–Whites Creek High School
Thursday, November 6th at 6pm–Hillwood High School
Monday, November 10th at 6pm–McGavock High School
Thursday, November 20th at 6 pm –Southeast Library Complex (at the Global Mall)

For additional information, visit the NashvilleNext website.

Salt Lake City Region’s Collaboration and Transportation/Transit Successes

The Salt Lake City Region of Utah has seen great success in creating a shared vision by strategically communicating and educating, getting wide-spread consensus, doing the necessary design and planning, and working collaboratively to fund and implement their regional transit system that is accomplishing many shared goals and providing equitable service to their region.

Boarding the first FrontRunner commuter train from Provo to Salt Lake City. Flickr photo by Steven Vance  -

Boarding the first FrontRunner commuter train from Provo to Salt Lake City. Flickr photo by Steven Vance

Here in Middle Tennessee, we can learn from their collaborative methods and shared success.

The Salt Lake City region’s leaders and organizations have successfully linked regional transportation and transit investments to their community and economic development, housing creation, and natural resource goals while leveraging their infrastructure investments. Unparalleled collaboration among several lead regional groups, state and local governments, business and citizen leaders is the secret sauce to their successful efforts,

By working together and maximizing each group’s expertise, resources, and contacts, the Salt Lake City region’s leaders can show other regions how to collaborate and implement regional efforts like transit system funding and development that works in the context of shared regional goals and provides services for all of their region’s communities.

Cumberland Region Tomorrow has been tracking best practices from Envision Utah for all 14 years of our existence since we were both early in the game of regional visioning, planning and implementation exercises, which are now more prevalent across the country. Both of our groups led regional visioning projects with many partners and John Fregonese’s services. Both of our regions took the next step to implement regional visioning findings through Quality Growth Toolbox services delivered in partnership with local governments in their regions.

Envision Utah leaders visited Middle Tennessee to kick off our CRT toolbox project organizational effort in the Fall of 2004. Past Envision Utah Executive Director Alan Matheson also spoke at our 2011 POWER of Ten Regional Summit and told the story about that region’s efforts at that point in time. Click here to check out Alan’s 2011 presentation.

Take a few minutes to read this great Salt Lake City region’s story provided by Transportation for America (T4A) to learn how all of the Salt Lake region’s lead groups have had a hand in their region’s shared successes. T4A is a project of Smart Growth America. CRT, the Nashville MPO, the Nashville Chamber, and Transit Alliance of Middle Tennessee work with T4A programs in support of our programming and our work in our region’s efforts. Sign up today to receive future T4A e-newsletters to learn from other successful region’s transportation and transit efforts.

Intermountain miracle: 140 miles of rail in 15 years

Salt Lake’s transportation investments fuel prosperity
A can-do story of inclusive planning, bipartisan support and ambitious investments


In 1994, Salt Lake City didn’t have a single mile of high capacity public transit. Now, between their commuter rail, light rail, and a brand new streetcar, they have about 140 miles. How did this metro area on the edge of the desert pull off such a feat? Amidst the usual stories of partisan gridlock, Utah stands out as a model of collaborative planning among citizens, elected leaders, the business community and others. Together they managed to stare down a recession while making transportation investments that accommodate projected population growth and bolster the economy and quality of life.

It’s another inspiring story of a “can-do” region. See how they did it in this in-depth profile, the latest installment of our ongoing series — and share it widely.

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Smart Growth America to host webinar discussing HUD’s new disaster resilience grants

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Smart Growth America will be hosting a webinar on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 from 12-1:00 PM CST. The webinar will focus on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) new National Disaster Resillence Competition.


In the wake of natural disasters, communities are faced with tough decisions related to the rebuilding and future redevelopment of the affected areas. This new grant opportunity is designed to help communities that have recently been affected by disasters understand the implications of these choices and how to rebuild in sustainable and economically resilient ways.

Click here to learn more about this funding opportunity or to register for the webinar.

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