Annual Partnership Luncheon

On Dec. 9, 2015 nearly 200 Middle Tennessee mayors, legislators, and community leaders met for the presentation of Middle Tennessee Connected - the draft update to the Regional Transportation Plan and to honor individuals and organizations who have made a significant contribution to Middle Tennessee's transportation initiatives over the past year.

Scheduled for adoption in early 2016, Middle Tennessee Connected sets forth a comprehensive strategy to invest more than $8 billion into area roadways and transit between 2016 and 2040. This unified plan represents the region's top priorities for TDOT, and lay the groundwork for the implementation of transit projects identified through the RTA and MTA nMotion process. For highlights of the drafted plan, click here.


2015 Leadership Awards

The MPO's Leadership Awards are presented annually to individuals or organizations in the region which have had significant impact on transportation related planning and policy efforts.

Mayor Karl Dean accepts the Spirit of Transportation Leadership Award. On stage behind Mayor Dean, L-R: Michael Skipper, Mayor Philip Craighead, Mayor Ken Wilber, Lesslie Meehan, Andy Barlow, Mayor Ken Moore and Sharon Hurt.

Keynote Speaker - Utah Speaker, Rep. Greg Hughes

Rep. Greg Hughes, speaker of the house, Utah State Legislature presented the keynote address for the MPO’s annual partnership luncheon. Serving in an overwhelmingly conservative state, Rep. Hughes has been instrumental in developing consensus among local and state leaders to advance transit initiatives in Salt Lake City. He shared his perspective with luncheon attendees on the importance of transportation investment and how his experience as a board member of Utah’s Transit Authority shaped his view of transit challenges and opportunities.

Rep. Hughes was elected to the Utah State House of Representatives in 2002 and was subsequently elected by his colleagues to serve as house majority whip. He recently served as chairman of the House Conservative Caucus, Utah’s largest and most influential group of representatives in the legislature. Additionally, he serves on the House Education Committee and Executive Appropriations Committee. He also serves on the boards of directors for the Summit Academy Charter School, the Utah Sports Commission and the United Way of Salt Lake City. He is past chair of the Utah Transit Authority Board of Trustees.


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With funding provided by:

Tennessee Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
Federal Transit Administration
MPO Member Governments


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