Joint Committee on Regional Coordination
In August 2016, the executive boards of the Nashville Area MPO and the Greater Nashville Regional Council (GNRC) entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) that established a framework for the two organizations to explore ways to enhance coordination among local communities and between regional organizations in Middle Tennessee. As part of that agreement, a joint committee was created to develop recommendations for improving the efficiency and effectiveness of regional decision-making and to better align transportation planning programs with other regional activities related to economic development, infrastructure investment, and quality of life.
In September 2017, following 14 months of research, evaluation, and consideration aganist the goals established by the MPO/GNRC Memorandum of Agreement, the Joint Committee recommended that the Nashville Area MPO program be integrated into the GNRC. Doing so would help streamline and improve regional coordination among local governments across Middle Tennessee, align infrastructure planning with economic development initiatives, and bring Middle Tennessee in line with the state of practice in peer regions. Click here for highlights of the effort.
The committee included appointments by GNRC Chairman Mayor Ken Moore (City of Franklin) and MPO Chairman Mayor Hutto (Wilson County) and is co-chaired by Mayor Kim McMillian (City of Clarksville) and Mayor Mary Esther Reed (Town of Smyrna). The committee included representation from the GNRC, the Nashville Area MPO, the Clarksville Urbanized Area MPO, the Middle Tennessee RPO, and the largest cities located within each Census-defined urbanized area of the region. The purpose of the Joint Committee was to lead the study of options and develop recommendations for improving coordination and decision-making across Middle Tennessee according to a set of shared goals. Members serve on the committee to find opportunites that are mutually beneficial to both organizations and their respective local community.
Materials and Resources
Meeting Agenda Packets & Notes
-Agenda Packet - December 14, 2016
-Agenda Packet - Feburary 2, 2017
-Agenda Packet -March 29, 2017
-Meeting #6 Notes
Review of Middle Tennessee Organizations
Review of Peer Regions
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In 2005, the greater Chicago area formed the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) by combining the region’s MPO with the area’s regional council. Together, through this new organization, local communities and area leaders adopted a regional comprehensive plan that not only satisfies federal requirements for MPO long-range transportation planning, but addresses several other important regional issues as well.
For more information about the work of the Joint Committee on Regional Coordination.
Michael Skipper, AICP