News & Notes

February, 2015

February 20, 2015

The Nashville Area Chamber highlights transportation as key economic development issue 
The Chamber's Partnership 2020 economic development initiative is expanding its focus to address the region's top challenges — education and transit. Those issues, which have long been local touch points, will be studied more aggressively to help recruit more corporations to Middle Tennessee.

February 9, 2015

Mayoral candidates offer thoughts on regional transit solutions
Transportation and improving transit is one of the top issues facing those aiming to be the next mayor of Nashville. The Nashville Business Journal asked each candidate for their thoughts on solutions to improving transit in Middle Tennessee. 

February 6, 2015

Opinion: What the transit issue is really all about
Tennessean columnist Keel Hunt shared his perspective, a bit of history and a call for the next mayor of Nashville to be a leader in the development and execution of transit in our region. 

February 4, 2015

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx iusses challenge to elected officials
Secretary Foxx is challenging mayors and local elected officials to take significant action to improve safety for bicycle riders and pedestrians of all ages and abilities over the next year through the Mayors' Challenge.

January, 2015

January 23, 2015

MTA presents recommendations of the future of the Amp
This week, Nashville MTA CEO Steve Bland presented recommendations to the MTA board on the future of the Amp. The Nashville Area MPO will continue to work with the MTA and RTA to support regional transit as part of comprehensive strategy to improve transportation in Middle Tennessee.

January 13, 2015

Chamber announces legislative priorities; support for regional mass transit and funding
The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce released its 2015 state and Metro legislative agendas this week. Priorities include participation from the state for funding mass transit, and expanding Metro Nashville's mulit-modal transit systems. 

January 12, 2015

Sen. Corker calls for federal gas tax increase
Low gas prices have rekindled talk on Capitol Hill about raising the federal gas tax to eliminate huge annual deficits in the federal Highway Trust Fund that pays for road and bridge work around the country. 

January 9, 2015

First U.S. high-speed rail project begins construction
On Tuesday in Fresno, California, USDOT Sec. Foxx joined Governor Jerry Brown, Congressman Jim Costa, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, California High-Speed Rail Authority (CaHSRA) Chairman Dan Richard, and others to celebrate the official groundbreaking for the high-speed rail system that will connect Los Angeles to San Francisco.

January 5, 2015

Tennessee named 'State of the Year' for Economic Development
For the second straight year, Tennessee won a top ranking for boosting jobs and capital investments through company relocations and expansions.

January 5, 2015

Nashville's Public Art - Explained and Mapped
he Metro Arts Commission launched a new mobile website,, that gathers all of the city's public art collection into one place, making it searchable on an interactive map that's loaded with details. 

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