Fosnes: Starting on Aug 13 the POWER OF TEN brings the discussion to you

For more than ten years, Cumberland Region Tomorrow has convened hundreds of elected officials, community development professionals and engaged movers and shakers from across our 10-county region at the annual Power of Ten Regional Summit to introduce ideas and conversation around the topics of sustainable development, open space preservation, transportation and collaborative goal setting to benefit communities both large and small.

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted just about everything in our lives, including our ability to host events like this in person, and many of us are increasingly concerned about how it will alter thinking around the growth-related issues that matter to us. Transit, parks and open space, urban density and sprawl, and the economic vibrancy of our Main Streets are just a few of the areas facing challenges in the face of public health concerns.

The Power of Ten will shift to a virtual format this year, kicking off on Thursday, August 13 with an incredible keynote by Brent Toderian, an internationally respected practitioner and advocate for creative, vibrant city-building. Brent brings the perspective of 25 years of experience in advanced urbanism, city planning and urban design. He served as Chief Planner for Vancouver, BC for six years before establishing TODERIAN UrbanWORKS in 2012, sharing his expertise and collaboration with cities, agencies and best-practice developers around the world.

Brent will focus on threats to communities from the pandemic and how fallout will impact our views on things like urban density, transit options, the continued rebound of our Main Streets and downtowns, and the availability of parks and open spaces.

Our format will allow a lively Q&A session with Brent followed by a panel of local mayors and planning professionals. Mayors Paige Brown (Gallatin) and Chaz Molder (Columbia) together with planning professionals Doug Demosi (Rutherford County​), Emily Hunter Wright (City of Franklin) and F​aye DiMassimo (Nashville-Davidson County) will reflect on takeaways from the keynote and perspective from their own communities. We are thrilled to have them joining us and to have Gail Carr-Williams, former Associate Director of Community, Neighborhood and Government Relations for Vanderbilt University, facilitate the panel. The virtual format of the summit, which is being produced by Nashville’s own StagePost, will give us some exciting ways to engage our audience in these important discussions.

The learning won’t stop with this event on the 13th!

We will mimic our traditional summit breakout sessions with four follow-up discussion forums with local experts and thought leaders on urban planning, parks and open space, downtown redevelopment and transportation. These breakout sessions will be moderated by Cumberland Region Tomorrow board members who work in these areas on a daily basis.

Don’t miss this unique regional gathering and the opportunity to get ahead of the curve on the path to healthy and vibrant communities in the post-pandemic environment. We’ve reduced our registration fee to $50 to make this affordable for everyone while still bringing you the incredible content for which the Power of Ten has long been known. CEU credits will be available and your registration will cover the kickoff session on August 13, plus four breakout sessions scheduled during the following four weeks.

Registration will open soon -- in the meantime sign up for email updates here.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available here.

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