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TMA Group releases Cool Springs Multimodal Transportation Study

The TMA Group presented TranSystems’ Cool Springs Multimodal Transportation Study to the City of Franklin Board of Mayor & Aldermen during their work session on Aug. 25.

Between 2004 and 2013,Cool Springs average daily traffic increased 13%. Traffic east of I-65 increased 26%! Job growth is expected to continue in the near future as well, according to this graph from the report.

TMA City of Frankin-Cool Sprinesentation 8-25-15-TranSystems 4

 

This study proposed short-, mid- and long-term options and solutions involving transit to and from the area, but also a free lunchtime circulator route, pedestrian enhancements, and fully exploring the proposed bike share program.

Recommendations include evening hours, free lunchtime circulator, and routes geared to bring employees from different areas of Nashville.

TMA City of Frankin-Cool Springs Presentation 8-25-15-TranSystems


Breakfast With the Mayors focuses on ties between economic growth, development patterns

Chris Zimmerman, Smart Growth America’s Vice President for Economic Development, and Director of the Governors’ Institute on Community Design, was the speaker at the Aug. 4 Franklin Tomorrow Breakfast With the Mayors, presented by Pinnacle Financial Partners. The Williamson County Association of Realtors provided special support to this quarter’s event.

Franklin Mayor Ken Moore, Franklin Tomorrow Executive Director Mindy Tate, speaker Chris Zimmerman of Smart Growth America, Williamson County Association of Realtors Executive Vice President Marti Veto, WCAR Board President Chip Kerr, Williamson County Mayor Kathie Moore, and Franklin Tomorrow Board President Kathie Moore. (Photo by Deborah Varallo)

Franklin Mayor Ken Moore, Franklin Tomorrow Executive Director Mindy Tate, speaker Chris Zimmerman of Smart Growth America, Williamson County Association of Realtors Executive Vice President Marti Veto, WCAR Board President Chip Kerr, Williamson County Mayor Kathie Moore, and Franklin Tomorrow Board President Kathie Moore. (Photo by Deborah Varallo)

From the Williamson Herald:
Much of Zimmerman’s work focuses on the economic and fiscal impact of development policies on localities and regions. During his speech, Zimmerman said, “You can’t just build yourself out of congestion. How we shape the built environment, how we assemble our communities, how we decide where things go has a profound effect on the economy of the localities in our regions.” (Williamson Herald)
Zimmerman went on to describe how growing and prosperous economies ride the transportation needs of the driving generation, which in turn is actually driving less.
“Millennials want transportation choices,” he said, adding that the generation, which essentially entails those born from 1980 on, are transitioning away from the once popular traditional suburban neighborhoods. To read more of the Herald’s report, follow this link.

Franklin Home Page also had a report, titled: “Smart Growth America encourages better mobility for Franklin’s future.” 

Prior to joining Smart Growth America, for two decades Chris was heavily involved in planning, development, and transportation policy in Arlington County, Va., and the greater Washington, D.C., region. This included work as a neighborhood and civic leader, as a planning commissioner, 18 years as a member of the Arlington County Board, and 13 years on the Board of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, as well as other regional transportation agencies.

Prior to his service as an elected official, Mr. Zimmerman was Chief Economist at the National Conference of State Legislatures. He holds a Master of Arts in Economics from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and Economics from The American University.

Additional sponsors for Breakfast With the Mayors series include Williamson Medical Center, Tennessee Equine Hospital, Greater Nashville Association of Realtors, Nashville Business Journal, Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant, and Royal Cup Coffee.

The next Breakfast With the Mayors will be Tuesday, Nov. 3.

See Zimmerman’s presentation by clicking the link below.

Chris Zimmerman 4 Aug 2015 (Franklin TN)


From the Director’s Chair

By Mindy Tate

A question I am often asked is, “What is Franklin Tomorrow?” The simple answer is a nonprofit organization with a mission to engage the community, foster collaboration, and advocate for a shared vision for the future of Franklin.

What is that shared vision? The citizens have told us through our visioning process, surveys, and personal interaction that the shared vision for the future of Franklin is to be a city with robust neighborhoods, a vibrant economy, distinct character, and great people. Their top priorities include implementation of the City of Franklin’s adopted Open Space Master Plan and Streetscape, and secondly, continued development of contiguous trails, sidewalks, and greenways for walking and bicycling.

Is Franklin Tomorrow a membership organization?  No, we don’t have memberships because we want to be inclusive of all individuals who live, work and play in Franklin.

Do you have to live in Franklin to participate in Franklin Tomorrow’ events or projects? Again, the answer is no, because in a world which is mobile in so many ways, Franklin Tomorrow again believes in being inclusive to our friends and neighbors from around Williamson County and Middle Tennessee.

When Franklin Tomorrow was founded in 2001, it was to create an umbrella organization with a broad focus which would allow citizens, elected officials, business owners and preservation groups to work together to focus attention and take action to safeguard the attributes that make Franklin so special.

It was the Irish statesman Edmund Burke who is credited with the stirring quote, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” But equally important is another statement he made: “Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.”

Join with us as we do things big and small, because together, we can have an impact.

Mindy Tate

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