Franklin Tomorrow is proud to welcome Tennessee Economic & Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd as our speaker at the July 26th Breakfast With the Mayors, presented by Pinnacle Financial Partners.
Commissioner Boyd will focus his remarks on the importance of education in workforce development in maintaining Tennessee’s competitiveness to attract and retain business.
The date is Tuesday, July 26, and our speaker will be Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd.
Breakfast will begin at 7 a.m., with the program start at 7:45 a.m.
There is no cost to attend Breakfast With the Mayors, thanks to our generous partners, which include Williamson Medical Center; Williamson County Association of REALTORS: Tennessee Equine Hospital; Patterson Hardee & Ballentine, CPAs; Andrews Cadillac; Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant; Royal Cup Coffee; and the Williamson Herald.
To RSVP, follow this link.
A successful businessman from Knoxville before joining Gov. Bill Haslam’s cabinet in 2015, Commissioner Boyd serves as chairman of tnAchieves, a mentor-assisted scholarship program that has sent over 10,000 first-generation community college students across the state of Tennessee all through private donations and in 2015 provided operational support for students participating in the Tennessee Promise in 85 counties.
In 2013, Boyd took a year leave of absence from his company to serve Gov. Haslam in a volunteer role as his special advisor on higher education, assisting in the development of the Drive to 55 initiatives and the Tennessee Promise. The Tennessee Promise will provide free tuition and fees to community college to approximately 15,000 Tennesseans per year, all matched with a trained, volunteer mentor.
In addition to serving as Commissioner of ECD, he is also chairman of the Governor’s Workforce Sub-Cabinet, co-chairman of the Rural Taskforce and Chairman of Launch Tennessee that supports entrepreneurship across the state, and chairman of the Aviation Task Force, which is tasked with maintaining our nation-leading airport infrastructure.
The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development is responsible for recruiting business and industry to the state as well as Tennessee’s overall economic growth. Prior to joining TNECD, Boyd founded Radio Systems Corporation from which he is currently taking a leave of absence. Radio Systems is headquartered in Knoxville and has over 700 associates worldwide with offices in seven countries. The company produces over 4,600 pet products under brand names such as Invisible Fence, PetSafe, and SportDOG. It is a privately held corporation with sales over $370 million.
He is also owner of Boyd Sports LLC, owner of the Tennessee Smokies Baseball team, the AA affiliate of the Chicago Cubs and the Johnson City Cardinals, a rookie league affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals. He is also on the Board of many non-profit organizations.
He received a degree from The University of Tennessee in Industrial Management in 1979 at age 19 and a Master’s in Liberal Studies with a concentration in foreign policy from Oklahoma University in 1988. He has two sons, Harrison and Thomas, two dogs, Spanky and Oscar, and one wife, Jenny, who he has been married to for 31 years.
Health of our community focus of April 26 Breakfast With the Mayors
We’ll take the temperature of our community on Tuesday, April 26, at the next Franklin Tomorrow Breakfast With the Mayors, presented by Pinnacle Financial Partners.
Breakfast service from Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant and Royal Cup Coffee will begin at 7 a.m. with the program start set for 7:45 a.m.
To RSVP for the event, follow this link.
Franklin Mayor Ken Moore and Williamson County Mayor Rogers Anderson will be joined by Rick Johnson, CEO of the Governor’s Foundation for a Healthier Tennessee, and Leslie Meehan, Assistant Director of Primary Prevention at Tennessee Department of Health.
Their topic will be “It Takes a Community,” focusing on how communities can work together to improve the health of their citizens through initiatives as well as through the built environment.
Johnson will discuss his work with Healthier Tennessee, an initiative to improve the state’s health and in which Franklin Tomorrow has participated as a pilot community through its Get Fit Franklin Initiative.
Rick Johnson is the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness, a non-profit corporation that is leading and directing a statewide initiative to improve health outcomes in Tennessee.
He was previously Special Assistant to Governor Bill Haslam and prior to that was Executive Vice President of Provision Healthcare. Before joining Provision, he was President of Eastern Management, a planning and project management consultancy.
In her role at the state Department of Health, Meehan’s office focuses on determinants of health related to physical activity, the built environment and transportation, healthy foods and other factors that influence health outcomes. The Office concentrates on the Big 3 + 1 (Tobacco, Physical Inactivity, Obesity and Drug Abuse) which are the largest drivers of poor health in Tennessee. Of these four, physical activity is the primary prevention strategy for the Tennessee Department of Health to improve population health.
Herald: Transportation, growth take center stage at Breakfast With the Mayors
By Carole Robinson
Williamson Herald Senior Staff Writer
Six of the seven mayors in Williamson County attended 2016’s first Breakfast with the Mayors Tuesday morning at Rolling Hills Church where they presented a brief update on the happenings in their city and the common issues they all face.
Brentwood Mayor Regina Smithson, Fairview Mayor Patti Carroll, Franklin Mayor Ken Moore, Nolensville Mayor Jimmy Alexander, Spring Hill Mayor Rick Graham and Williamson County Mayor Rogers Anderson agreed growth is a double-edged sword and the transportation issue is a sharp edge, which require working together.
“All of us work together on common issues,” Anderson said. “We do have issues, but the attitude is we all have to address these problems.”
Traffic, both a local and a regional problem, presents numerous obstacles to overcome such as signage, road-widening and additional turn lanes before any local or regional plan can be implemented, Moore and Anderson said.
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2016 Breakfast With the Mayors series kicks off Jan. 26 with Williamson County Mayoral Summit
The 2016 Franklin Tomorrow Breakfast With the Mayors series, presented by Pinnacle Financial Partners, returns for its first-quarter date on Jan. 26, 2016. There is no cost to attend Breakfast With the Mayors, thanks to our generous partners, which include Williamson Medical Center, Williamson County Association of Realtors, Tennessee Equine Hospital, Andrews Cadillac, Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant, Royal Cup Coffee, and the Williamson Herald.
Franklin Mayor Ken Moore and Williamson County Mayor Rogers Anderson will be joined on Jan. 26 by the Mayors of Williamson County’s five other cities for a Mayoral Summit.
Breakfast from Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant and Royal Cup Coffee will be served starting at 7 a.m. and guests will be able to network until the start of the program at 7:45 a.m.
Mayor Smithson has served on the Brentwood City Commission since 1989. She is currently serving her second term as Mayor and has also served as Vice Mayor.She and her husband own their own business, Smithson & Associates, Inc. a financial services company located in Brentwood. She is also co-owner in Silver Plum, Inc. She and her daughter design handbags that are made in the USA.
Mayor Carroll served as a member of the Fairview Board of Commissioners before being elected Mayor in 2014. She is a graduate of Bethel University.
Mayor Alexander has been a Nolensville resident since 1999. He retired from the Metropolitan Government of Nashville, TN in 2004 after being a staff member of the Planning Commission for 42 years. Mayor Alexander was elected to the Nolensville Alderman Board in 2004 and elected for a second term in 2008. Mayor Alexander was elected as Mayor in November 2010 and re-elected in November of 2014.
Mayor Graham is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University and is a district manager for SAGE Dining Services. He served six years as a member of the Spring Hill Board of Mayor and Aldermen before being elected Mayor in 2013.
Mayor Napier is a 15-year resident of Thompson’s Station with his wife and three children. He is a graduate of the Haslam School of Business at the University of Tennessee Knoxville and the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University. He is the the Managing Director for Waddell and Associates, a wealth strategy firm.
The remaining Breakfasts With the Mayors will be held April 26, July 26, and Oct. 25.
Nov. 3 Breakfast wraps up 2015 series
The Nov. 3 Breakfast With the Mayors, presented by Pinnacle Financial Partners, took a “Transportation Tuesday” theme with Franklin Mayor Ken Moore and Williamson County Mayor Rogers Anderson steering the conversation to the need for a new or increased source of dedicated funding for transportation projects on local, state, and federal levels.
“I appreciate the interest that you have in the subject of transportation. Each of us is likely part of the problem this morning in that most of us drove here in a single occupancy vehicle,” Moore said. “In fact, about 85% of us are usually in single occupancy vehicles going to work.
We are experiencing unprecedented growth and we will see our population double by 2035 and the good news is that we will also see the number of jobs double.
“There are some important trends occurring besides our growth and there are some important things that have happened to improve our transportation issues. The community and region are talking about the issue. Ranking transportation as a priority has increased from 29% last year to 45% this year which emphasizes conversations and concerns are growing. Citizens are wanting more multi-modal transit options, more walkability, more connectivity, and more trails.”
As part of the registration process, participants were asked to complete a brief survey regarding transportation issues and those results were revealed during the Nov. 3 Breakfast With the Mayors. The questions asked were coordinated with a 2013 Transportation Survey conducted by Franklin Tomorrow which drew almost 1,000 responses.
Anderson recently hosted a “Williamson Moves” summit on transportation and brought with him Doug Hood, special projects director for the Mayor, who outlined some of the issues identified by that meeting.
Anderson also said Williamson County government has hired RPM Transportation to study the future of four roads in the county — Sneed Road, Lynnwood Way, Arno Road, and Clovercroft Road — and potential improvements in unincorporated areas.
Breakfast With the Mayors will resume Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016, at Rolling Hills Community Church. For information on sponsorships, call Franklin Tomorrow Executive Director Mindy Tate at (615) 794-0998.
Nov. 3 Breakfast With Mayors focuses on transportation, with Mayors in the drivers’ seats
We are figuratively “taking it to the streets this quarter,” with the Nov. 3 Breakfast With the Mayors, presented by Pinnacle Financial Partners, taking a “Transportation Tuesday” theme with Franklin Mayor Ken Moore and Williamson County Mayor Rogers Anderson.
As part of the registration process, you are being asked to complete a brief survey regarding transportation issues and those results will be revealed during the Nov. 3 Breakfast With the Mayors. The questions asked were coordinated with a 2013 Transportation Survey conducted by Franklin Tomorrow which drew almost 1,000 responses. Once you complete the survey, it should take you to the event registration page.
We also hope to use interactive technology during the Nov. 3 event to ask you some questions on the fly, as well as to provide an opportunity for you to ask the Mayors and their guests questions as it relates to transportation, on both a local and regional level.
Smart Growth America VP to speak on economics of development patterns
It is time once again for Franklin Tomorrow’s quarterly Breakfast With the Mayors, presented by Pinnacle Financial Partners, with special support from the Williamson County Association of Realtors. The event will be Tuesday, Aug. 4.
The event will begin with breakfast at 7 a.m. from Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant and Royal Cup Coffee. Our program will begin at 7:45 a.m. and end at approximately 8:45 a.m. There is no cost to attend Breakfast With the Mayors thanks to the generosity of our sponsors. To register, visit www.planetReg.com/AugustMayorsBreakfast.
Our speaker on Aug. 4 will be Chris Zimmerman, Smart Growth America’s Vice President for Economic Development, and Director of the Governors’ Institute on Community Design. Much of his work focuses on the economic and fiscal impact of development policies on localities and regions.
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.
Franklin Tomorrow’s Breakfast With the Mayor’s series, presented this year by Pinnacle Financial Partners, will kick off Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015 with Dr. John Crompton joining Franklin Mayor Ken Moore and Williamson County Mayor Rogers Anderson to discuss the economic impact of parks, recreation and tourism services.
The event will begin at 7 a.m. with breakfast provided by Puckett’s, Homestead Manor and Puckett’s Boat House.