At its July 31 “Breakfast with the Mayors,” Franklin Tomorrow introduced a new community initiative, On the Table, set for this fall.

On the Table is a one-day opportunity for people to gather in small groups around a table with friends, neighbors, colleagues and maybe even a few people meeting for the first time, to share a meal and have a real conversation about what’s important to Franklin. Thursday, Oct. 30 has been selected as the official date.

“Now more than ever people need to connect, engage, know their neighbors and participate in civil and civic discourse,” Mindy Tate, Executive Director for Franklin Tomorrow, explained. “We know that big ideas can spring from small conversations and that people invest in what they help create.”

On the Table conversations are intended to inspire people to take action and seize opportunities in the community. Adding a diversity of voices provides unique discussions around varying issues that matter to the community. After conversations happen, participants will be asked to share their outcomes and provide feedback around topics discussed. Franklin Tomorrow will continue to share and discuss the findings to explore ways in which Franklin can work together to create the most engaged, generous and welcoming community for all.

Serving as co-chairs for the event are Franklin Tomorrow Board members Allena Bell, Jim Roberts, Mary Lee Bennett, and Patrick Baggett.

This fall, Franklin Tomorrow is launching a new community engagement initiative called On the Table. Franklin Tomorrow Board Chair Tim Murphy (second from left) and Executive Director Mindy Tate (fourth from left) are pictured with OTT co-chairs (from left) Mary Lee Bennett, Jim Roberts, Allena Bell, and Patrick Baggett.

Business owners, church groups, neighborhood associations, non-profits, school clubs – anyone who lives or works in Franklin is invited to participate. Franklin Tomorrow is also looking for individuals or businesses who wish to host a table – in groups of 8-12 individuals. Those who are interested in participating or looking for more information can visit Franklin Tomorrow’s website at Sponsorship opportunities are also available; for more information please call (615) 794-0998 or email

Franklin Tomorrow is an independent, community-visioning nonprofit which celebrated the 15th anniversary of its founding in 2016. Its mission is to engage the community, foster collaboration, and advocate for a shared vision for the future of Franklin. Through research, programs and engagement with citizens, that shared vision is for Franklin to be a city with vibrant neighborhoods, a robust economy, distinct character and great people. As an organization, Franklin Tomorrow develops and presents programs such as the quarterly Breakfast with the Mayors and monthly FrankTalks lecture series which educate and illuminate issues facing the community as a whole.