Nashville, TN

NashvilleNashville had an early history of city–county consolidation and regional collaboration as well as a strong Black middle class rooted in regional educa- tional and health institutions. The metro has a comprehensive private sector leadership with demonstrated interest in issues of social equity and there are efforts to develop cross-constituency civic leadership. Nashville is also a state capital, giving it a base of public sector employment that can help with equitable growth.

Thank you to everyone in Nashville who generously shared their time, ideas and insights with us:

Phil Armor, Deputy Executive Director and Director of Regional Planning Greater Nashville Regional Council

Lewis O. Beck, Jr., President
Nashville and Middle Tennessee Central Labor Council AFL-CIO

Bill Canak, Professor Sociology and Anthropology,
Middle Tennessee State University

Won Choi, Executive Director
Ray Sellis, Former Director
Tying Nashville Together

Chris Cotton, Research Coordinator
Garret Harper, Director of Research
Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce

Nancy Eisenbrandt, Chair
Paul Haynes, Executive Director
Nashville Career Advancement Center, Local Workforce Investment Board

Lindsay Jerry Lee, President
Tennessee AFL-CIO

Bridget Jones, Executive Director
Cumberland Region Tomorrow

Megan Macaraeg, Director
Middle Tennessee Jobs with Justice

Janet Miller, Chief Economic Development and Marketing Officer
Chamber of Commerce’s P2010

Paul Ney, Director
Charlie Williams, Deputy Director
Mayor’s Office of Economic and Community Development

Phil Orr, Sr., Vice President, Community Investments
United Way of Metropolitan Nashville

Ralph Schulz, President and CEO
Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce

Karen Stevenson, Dean
Business, Applied Arts & Technologies, Nashville State Community College

Lani Wilkeson Rossman, Vice President
The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee

Jerry Williams, Executive Director
Leadership Nashville

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