Nashville Region’s Vital Signs
Each October, the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and the MPO publish a major report to the region that tracks data points related to key issues affecting Middle Tennessee’s economic well-being and quality of life in order to facilitate conversation about community-driven solutions to reinforce our strengths and address our weaknesses.
The report states that the regional economy continues to experience growth that is the foundation of a high quality of life in the area. Job growth is high, unemployment is low, and our dollars go farther. The report includes a dashboard of indicators on a variety of issues to identify emerging issues that may threaten quality of life and seeks to answer the following three questions:
1. What is required of our labor force to continue our prosperity?
2. How does the well-being of our residents impact our quality of life and prosperity?
3. How well are we connecting people to jobs, housing, and recreation?
The report includes a number of recommendations regarding education, employment, healthcare, and transit access, among others.
1. Education attainment levels are increasingly important to a region’s
economic competitiveness. What we should do:
• Leverage Tennessee Reconnect, Gov.
Haslam’s initiative to help adults enter higher
education and gain new skills to advance in the
workplace, to increase education attainment
rates for adults.
• Share best practices throughout the region to
ensure Tennessee Promise students complete
their associate degree or credential.
• Continue commitment to K-12 reforms,
including rigorous standards, aligned
assessments and accountability for results.
2. While Nashville-region
residents have greater access to quality care than residents in peer
regions, they fare worse on many health outcomes compared to peers –
even when accounting for differences in demographics. What we should do:
• Take advantage of our health care system
to coordinate care, reduce costs and focus on
• Expand health insurance to Middle
Tennesseans without it.
• Strengthen partnerships to better serve
low-income Middle Tennesseans.
• Enhance public infrastructure to promote
3. Traffic congestion is expected to increase, and without other options, our inability to move about the region will jeopardize future economic development
efforts as we become less attractive to new residents and businesses. To remedy this, regional leaders must be engaged to ensure that our transportation system
keeps pace with anticipated growth. To guide action, Middle Tennessee should:
• Dedicate local funding to expand public
transit options and call on state and federal
leaders to identify additional revenue to
address unfunded transportation needs.
• Leverage the strengths of the region through
“Moving Forward: Transit Solutions for Our
Region” to achieve community-based goals for
the expansion of public transit options.
• Implement “Complete Streets” to better
connect the transportation network to local
destinations, improve safety for pedestrians
and bicyclists, and provide better access to
• Upgrade existing roadways and transit
services with modern technologies to improve
traffic flows and provide real-time travel
- Nashville Region’s Vital Signs
- Annually, usually released early October
- Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce