Franklin is a special community. It has a rich cultural history of national significance and was founded and has prospered in a gentle and beautiful landscape. Residents — whether born and raised in the community or recent arrivals-care deeply about the place they call home: Franklin, Tennessee.
With few exceptions residents believe that Franklin offers a high quality of life and they rate this aspect as the most important factor affecting their decision to live in the community. In fact, a 2012 household survey conducted for Franklin Tomorrow in conjunction with the Williamson County Association of Realtors indicated 9 of 10 residents surveyed ranked their quality of life as good or excellent.
Franklin has gained national recognition for its revitalization of downtown and for devising impact fee strategies for new development. Franklin is clearly a prosperous community with dedicated and passionate stewards.
It is easy to say that Franklin — with its prosperity, unique history and sense of community — would be the envy of communities across the nation. So what is the problem? What are the issues that drove the need for a vision for Franklin?
There is no simple answer except that there is an evolving recognition on the part of its citizens, local government, business and preservation groups that safeguarding the attributes that make Franklin so special will take deliberate action and special attention in the face of the continuing pressure for growth and development.
It is important to note that for most of its history, Franklin grew moderately, if at all. In fact, from the end of the Civil War to until the 1960s the community experienced no significant growth. That easygoing, minimal-change condition began to change in the mid 1960′s and erupted in the 1980s and continues today. Franklin’s population doubled in the 1990s, reaching nearly 42,000 in 2000. The 2010 Census put the population at more than 60,000 and it is expected to double again over the next 20 years to 78,000.
In addition to residential growth, Franklin has attracted a significant amount of commercial and industrial employers, including many headquarters or regional offices. Numerous factors have fueled Franklin’s growth. The most compelling appears to be the charm and historic small town character offered by Franklin as one of America’s quintessential small towns.
This factor, in light of the recent growth, has fueled much of the passion throughout the vision process. Franklin residents care deeply about their community. At the very first round of public meetings participants were asked to identify what they treasure most about the Franklin community. In overwhelming terms, the most significant community value is Franklin’s historic small town character.
Allena Bell serves as the 2017 Franklin Tomorrow Board of Directors Secretary. She also serves as a member of Franklin Tomorrow’s Get Fit Franklin Committee and Operations & Policy Committee. Allena is the Director of Donor Relations at The Refuge Center
Brad Thompson serves as an At-Large Executive Member on the 2017 Franklin Tomorrow Board of Directors. He is also the chair of the annual Mayor’s Cup Golf Tournament. Brad is the Planning and Environmental Services Manager at Volkert Inc.
Brandy Blanton is an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors of Franklin Tomorrow. Brandy also serves as an Alderman At-Large for the City of Franklin.
Brandy is the Owner/Publisher of Southern Exposure Magazine. She has been a resident of Franklin since 1976 and is a graduate of Franklin High School. Married to Mendall Blanton, Brandy is the mother of five: Nick, Samantha, Caitlin, Zac, and Emma.
Brandy’s community involvement includes being a member of the Advisory Board of Mercy Children’s Clinic (2009 – present), a member of the Clean Air Partners of Williamson County (2006 – present), and an Executive Board member of the Williamson County Fair (2005-2008).
Chris Henson joined the Franklin Tomorrow Board of Directors in 2017. He has previously served as a member of Franklin Tomorrow’s Breakfast with The Mayors Committee. Chris is the Director of Fund Development for Columbia State Community College.
His other past and present affiliations within the community include Leadership Brentwood, Leadership Maury, CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education), and Williamson Inc. Engagement Committee.
Diane Thorne is a current member of the Board of Directors of Franklin Tomorrow. She is also the Regional Transportation Director for The TMA Group.
The Transportation Management Association (TMA) Group is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and was established in 1988 as a public-private partnership of business, governmental, and community leaders, who understand that transportation can either make our communities great or break the backbone of our communities.
The TMA Group supports a regional transportation system that provides a variety of accessible, affordable, reliable, and interconnected transportation choices that are both healthy for the environment and for people. Their goal is for everyone, in every community, in every stage of life to have affordable and convenient travel options available to them.
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Dolores Greenwald is a member of the Board of Directors of Franklin Tomorrow. In 2017 she became an At-Large Executive member. She is also the Williamson County Library System Director.
Drew Freeman joined the Franklin Tomorrow Board of Directors in 2017. Drew is the Executive Director at the Franklin Family YMCA.
Previously Drew has served on other boards including United Way of Central Alabama, Civitans of Birmingham, and Madison County Chamber of Commerce. Drew is also affiliated with Franklin Noon Rotary, Williamson County Inc., and Leadership Franklin.
Elizabeth Mefferd began her association with Franklin Tomorrow in 2009 and currently serves as a member of the group’s Board of Directors.
Elizabeth is the Regional Vice President at the Better Business Bureau Middle Tennessee, Inc. She is a Nashville area native currently living in Spring Hill and working in Forrest Crossings. Elizabeth is involved in both the Williamson County and Spring Hill Chambers of Commerce, Franklin Noon Rotary, Nashville City Club, PTSA Spring Hill High School, Skyline Raconteurs Toastmasters (Treasurer), Rock Springs Cemetery (Treasurer), NHC Cool Springs Board, FBI Nashville Citizens Academy Alumni, and as a Williamson County Fair Volunteer.
Greg Gamble is a current member of the Board of Directors of Franklin Tomorrow. He also serves on the Vision City Visit Committee and the Marketing Committee. Greg is the Principal of Gamble Design Collaborative.
J. Edward Campbell
J. Edward Campbell is a current member of the Board of Directors of Franklin Tomorrow. He is also a real estate broker with Synergy Realty Network, LLC.
Jim Roberts began his participation with Franklin Tomorrow in 2011 and is a current member of the Board of Directors. Jim began serving as the Board Treasurer in 2016 and currently remains in that position.
Jim’s love of the city encouraged his involvement with the organization. “I participated in the original visioning process 10 years ago, but was not really active until being asked to co-chair the Community Character strategy group. My reason for serving now is to give back in some way in appreciation for Franklin being such a wonderful place to raise my family over the last 35 years and to play some small part as the community looks ahead.”
Originally from Memphis, Jim is currently located in the Adams Street Historic District and works as Legal Administrator of the law firm of Waddey & Patterson in Nashville.
He is also involved with the Association of Legal Administrators, is a graduate of the 2002 class of Leadership Franklin, is a current member of the Franklin Historic Zoning Commission, active in Waves, the Franklin Battlefield Preservation Commission, the Monroe Harding Finance and Endowment Committee and serves as an elder at First Presbyterian Church in Franklin.
Jimmy Moody, III
Jimmy joined the Franklin Tomorrow Board of Directors in 2017. He is a co-chair of Franklin Tomorrow’s Marketing Committee. Jimmy is co-owner of Moody’s Tire & Auto Service, located on Columbia Ave just south of downtown Franklin.
Kathie Moore is the President of the Franklin Tomorrow Board of Directors and has been a member since 2008. She has been a member of the Board of WAVES, Inc. since 2007, is a graduate of Leadership Franklin, and a member of the Leadership Franklin Alumni Association.
Kathie is a full-time REALTOR serving Williamson County and the Greater Nashville area since 1986 and is also a Vice President of Crye-Leike REALTORS.
Kathie’s other accomplishments include:
- REALTOR of the year, Williamson County Association of REALTORS 2003, Williamson County Association of REALTORS Board Member-2004-2009, Realtracs (Regional MLS) Board of Directors 2006-2009, Leadership TAR Class 2005
- Member, Crye-Leike Multi-Million Dollar Club, Tennessee Association of REALTORS, National Association of REALTORS
Kelly joined the Franklin Tomorrow Board of Directors in 2017. Kelly has previously served as a board member and has returned to serve a second term. She is also a member of the Franklin Tomorrow Vision City Visit Committee. Kelly is the Long Range Planning Supervisor for the City of Franklin.
Her other professional and community affiliations include American Institute of Certified Planners, Downtown Neighborhood Association (Secretary), TMA Group, Leadership Franklin, RTA Board, and Governor’s Appointee for Williamson County.
Dr. Ken Moore, Mayor, City of Franklin
Dr. Ken Moore, is the Mayor of Franklin and currently on the Board of Directors for Franklin Tomorrow.
As Mayor of Franklin, Dr. Ken Moore is the 31st Mayor and second physician to head the City of Franklin. Ken practiced orthopedic surgery for more than twenty-eight years and gained recognition on a state and national level as a leader. In May 2012, he was elected to serve as the Chair of the Middle Tennessee Mayor’s Caucus that covers a 10-county area with a population of 1.67 million people, comprising of 27 percent of Tennessee’s population. In the same month, Mayor Moore was given the Leadership in Regional Thinking and Action Award at the Power of Ten Summit.
Outside activities include assisting to bring a new campus to Williamson County for Columbia State Community College and he currently serves as chairman of the Columbia State Foundation Board.
Mayor Moore maintains a passion for delivering healthcare to the underserved and is medical director for the Shalom Foundation which provides free surgery to poor Guatemalan Children and was highly involved in the opening of a new Out-patient Surgery Center for the Foundation in Guatemala City.
Prior to serving as Vice Mayor and Mayor, Ken was elected to the Board of Mayor and Alderman in 2007 as an alderman at large. His work on the board has included Chair of the Finance Committee and has led the effort to make Franklin a top 25 sustainable City.
He has served as president of the Tennessee Orthopaedic Society, The Tennessee Hand Society, and The Clinical Orthopaedic Society, the second oldest orthopaedic society in America. He represented Tennessee to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Board of Councilors for eight years. Ken is a graduate of Tennessee Technological University and the University of Tennessee College of Medicine. After medical school, he served in the United States Army at Fort Bragg, North Carolina as a general medical officer.He received his orthopaedic training at the Campbell Clinic in Memphis, Tennessee.
In 2005, he spent time teaching orthopaedic physician assistants in Bhutan and in 2006 he spent a month in Ethiopia teaching Ethiopian orthopaedic residents. He continues to be involved on a state and national level in organized medicine advocating for physicians.
Ken is married to Linda Crowell who grew up in Franklin and is glad to be back home. They have been married since 1985. Together, they have five children and six grandchildren. Ken’s hobbies include golf, travel, collecting, and photography and Linda is a devoted animal lover and serves on the Heritage Foundation Board as Vice-President for Advancement.
Linda and Ken both have been active members of Franklin First United Methodist Church where Ken is a frequent teacher in the Voyager Sunday School Class.
Kurt joined the Franklin Tomorrow Board of Directors in 2017. He previously served on Franklin Tomorrow’s Open & Public Spaces Committee. With his new position on the board, Kurt will also be a co-chair of the Operations & Policy Committee, and will be serving as a member on the Finance & Development Committee. Kurt is a partner of Rudy Winstead Turner, PLLC.
Other boards Kurt has served on include the Industrial Development Board of Williamson County, the Battle Ground Academy Board of Trust (Vice Chair), Leadership Middle Tennessee Board of Directors, Tennessee National Guard Excellence in Leadership Foundation, and Board of Directors of Tennessee Arts Commission.
Kurt’s professional and community affiliations include Franklin Noon Rotary, VFW Post 954, National Guard Assn. Tennessee, Williamson Inc., Williamson Co./Nashville/Tennessee/American Bar Associations, and Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 Listed General Civil Mediator.
Mary Lee Bennett
Mary Lee Bennett joined the Franklin Tomorrow Board of Directors in 2017. She will serve as co-chair of the FrankTalks Committee and a member of the Marketing Committee. Mary Lee is the Marketing Manager of Westhaven, through Southern Land Company.
Mary Lee’s other community affiliations include Get Fit Franklin, Musicians on Call Volunteer, Southern Land Charitable Contributions Committee.
Michael Grier currently serves as an At-Large Executive Member of the Franklin Tomorrow Board of Directors. He is also involved as a co-chair of the Marketing Committee and a member of the Mayor’s Cup Golf Tournament committee. In 2017, Michael became the owner of his own business, Elmington Construction.
Mike Alexander is a member of the Board of Directors of Franklin Tomorrow. He is also the owner of SIGNS FIRST FRANKLIN.
Mike is a Tennessee native and long time business man. Mike took over operations of SIGNS FIRST FRANKLIN in 2007 where he has seen tremendous growth.
Monique McCullough has been a member of Franklin Tomorrow since 2012 and is a current member of the Board of Directors. She is also the Public Outreach Specialist for the City of Franklin.
Monique says, “As a native of Franklin, I’m thrilled to be involved with an organization whose goal is to get the community involved and working together towards the future of Franklin.”
Monique is also involved with the Williamson County Cultural Arts Commission, the United Way of Williamson County, the JL Clay Center (former Board member), the African American Heritage Society (former Board member), and Sister Cities of Franklin & Williamson County.
Nancy Conway is a member of the Board of Directors for Franklin Tomorrow. Nancy is also the Senior Vice President of Community Relations for the Williamson County Chamber of Commerce.
At the Chamber, Nancy forms relationships with numerous organizations throughout Williamson County to encourage community development. A graduate of the University of Georgia Institute of Organization Management, Nancy served as President & CEO of the former Williamson County-Franklin Chamber for 25 years, managing a growing Chamber in a fast-growing county. She is also the Past President of the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce Executives. Having lived in Franklin all her life, Nancy has a wealth of historical knowledge on the county – and tons of funny stories to tell.
Patrick joined the Franklin Tomorrow Board of Directors in 2017. Patrick will serve as co-chair of the FrankTalks Committee. He is Vice President of Commercial Lines at Full Service Insurance, Agency, Inc.
Patrick also serves Franklin Noon Rotary as Vice President and in involved with the Franklin Noon Rotary Charitable Foundation.
His other community affiliations include Friends of Franklin Parks – Harlinsdale Committee, Great American BBQ Festival, and Franklin Rodeo.
Patty Bearden is a member of the Franklin Tomorrow Board of Directors. She also works at the Williamson Herald and Southern Exposure Magazine as a marketing specialist and sales representative.
For 11 years, Bearden worked as the community marketing director for Franklin Flowers and Gift Gallery on Columbia Avenue. She is a member of the Williamson County Chamber of Commerce where she served as an ambassador for 11 years and currently serves as the co-chairman of the Engagement Committee for new members. She is also a member of the Downtown Franklin Association, and formerly served on the Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County’s Planning Committee for the grand opening of the Franklin Theatre. Bearden is a board member of Franklin Noon Rotary Club and J.L. Clay Senior Citizen’s Center.
She and John Bearden, her husband, have lived in Franklin for 15 years. John is a leasing and sales representative with Andrews Cadillac and Nashville Land Rover, where he has worked for 30 years. They are members of the Brentwood Baptist Church.
Paula Harris began her affiliation with Franklin Tomorrow in 2012 and is currently a member of the Board of Directors. In 2017, Paula became an At-Large Executive Member of the Board.
Paula says, “I am involved in Franklin Tomorrow because I see the organization as a catalyst for preserving the things that are special about our community. Many communities have wonderful plans that merely sit on the shelf. Franklin Tomorrow works with the various government entities, organizations, and the citizens of Franklin to implement things that are important to our community.”
Paula is the Chief Marketing Officer at Barge, Waggoner, Sumner & Cannon and currently resides on her family farm in Triune. She is also involved with Leadership Franklin, the Rotary Club of Nashville and the Lipscomb University Alumni Board.
Preston Elliott is a member of the Franklin Tomorrow Board of Directors. He is also a Senior Principal Planner with RPM Transportation Consultants. He is a certified planner with twenty years of professional transportation and comprehensive planning experience. In addition to private consulting he has worked for two state departments of transportation (DOTs) and three metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) throughout his profession. He is well-versed in the statewide and metropolitan planning regulations having been an MPO Coordinator responsible for all aspects of the MPO planning process and a Transportation Manager at TDOT where he managed the state planning and research program. Preston has assisted seven of the eleven MPOs in Tennessee in the development of their long range transportation plans (LRTPs) and initiated TDOT’s first statewide LRTP in 2005, as project manager. He has extensive experience in corridor and sub-area plans, the program development process, and public outreach and involvement. In addition to these efforts, he has assisted numerous communities in the development of bicycle and pedestrian plans both at the regional level as well as at the city level. He has a Masters in Public Administration and a Bachelors Degree in Social Science.
Preston has authored papers on transportation planning and is often asked to speak at technical conferences. Throughout his career he has been active in professional and civic organizations and his activities include serving as Chairman of the City of Franklin Transit Authority. Preston has received the following awards for his service.
– Tennessee Section ITE, Outstanding Individual Activity Award, 2003
– American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Standing Committee on Quality Trail Blazer Award, Planning Assessment Project Team, 2003
– Nashville Business Journal, Nashville Emerging Leader Award Finalist, 2009
Rogers Anderson, Mayor, Williamson County
Rogers Anderson was elected County Mayor for Williamson County in 2002 and is currently serving his fourth term in office. He is an Ex-officio member of the Board of Directors of Franklin Tomorrow.
Among Mayor Anderson’s many memberships, he is on the Board of Trustees of Williamson Medical Center, a Board Emeritus member of Williamson County United Way, a member of the Williamson Chamber of Commerce, member of Franklin Noon Rotary, and an alumnus of Leadership Franklin.
Scott Black is a member of the Board of Directors of Franklin Tomorrow. He is the Senior Vice President of Community Development at Bristol Development Group in Franklin. With over 18 years of experience in design, construction, and development, Mr. Black has managed over $150 Million (and 1000 units) of development for Bristol. He now leads the team responsible for all of Bristol’s for sale initiatives.
Prior to joining Bristol, Scott worked as an architect in the Southeast region of the United States. During those 8 years of practice, he worked on a variety of projects ranging from retail centers to free standing hospital facilities. Included in those various projects were several multifamily projects.
Within the Franklin community, Scott is active with the Franklin Housing Authority, the Urban Land Institute, is the current Board Chairman of the Franklin Housing Authority, and has been active member of the Franklin task force for affordable housing in the past.
Tim Murphy joined the Board of Directors of Franklin Tomorrow in 2012 and served as Treasurer in 2013-2014. He became the President of the Franklin Tomorrow Board of Directors on January 1, 2016.
Tim is the Managing Director of Wealth Management at CapWealth Advisors and lives on the south side of Franklin.
A professional and civic leader, Tim is a member of the Financial Planning Association, served as chairman of the board for the FPA Middle Tennessee Chapter, and is a past president of the Institute of Certified Financial Planning, Middle Tennessee Chapter. Additionally, Tim is an active leader in the Franklin community. He is an emeritus board member and past campaign chair of the United Way of Williamson County; is a graduate of Leadership Franklin Class of 2009; serves on the board of Franklin Tomorrow; is a past board member of My Friends House Family and Children Services; and is a Melvin Jones Fellow with the Franklin Lions Club.
Will Powell is a member of Franklin Tomorrow’s Board of Directors, serving as Vice President in 2016. He is an Assistant Vice President at Franklin Synergy Bank. Will joined Franklin Synergy Bank in December 2011 from Cadence Bank in Franklin. Prior to his banking career, Will served as Project Manager at William Powell Company in Franklin, supervising various phases of custom real estate development.
Will is a Franklin native, a graduate of Battle Ground Academy and The University of Mississippi in Oxford, MS. He is active in the community through the Next Generation Heritage Foundation, where he serves on the Board of Directors. He’s also active with Habitat for Humanity and a member of Leadership Franklin Alumnus.
Executive Director: Mindy Tate
Mindy Tate began her affiliation with Franklin Tomorrow in 2001. She is the former President of the Class of 2010 and now serves as the organization’s Executive Director.
In April 2011, Mindy became Executive Director of Franklin Tomorrow, after spending five years as founding editor of the Williamson Herald. As editor of Williamson County’s local newspaper, she covered news, politics, sports, business and the people of Williamson County in the weekly newspaper, the Williamson Herald.
Mindy is also involved in the Rotary Club of Cool Springs, past president and board member of Sister Cities of Franklin & Williamson County, a graduate of Leadership Franklin, Leadership Middle Tennessee and Leadership Brentwood.