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Nashville Community Drives Economic Equity
Madison Hires Consultant to Prepare Community-Wide Strategic Plan
MADISON, TN (April 12, 2016) – In a pioneering move harmonious to area history, the Madison community in Metropolitan Nashville takes a proactive stance toward revitalization with a dynamic grassroots effort.
All Together Madison (ATM) has hired Randall Gross Development Economics (RGDE) to prepare an economic and real estate market analyses to determine Madison’s economic potential and to develop strategic recommendations and an implementation plan that will help Madison also maintain its affordable niche.
Gross has 30 years experience, consulting over 600 studies across the globe. In Nashville, he has guided high profile analyses for MDHA, Metro Planning, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and private developers in Nashville. His reputation for creating more sustainable, livable and economically viable communities spoke right to the heart of the Madison steering committee. His approach is to engage the entire community in economic and community development visioning.
“I look forward to working with the ATM members and the community at-large. This study will explore opportunities and define community challenges on many levels. It is an exciting time for the people of Madison. It’s my role to facilitate translating the community’s vision into a strategic plan, generating sustained growth while preserving what makes Madison unique,” says Randall Gross.
ATM, created in July 2015, is a steering committee comprised of local organizations, churches, residents, businesses and elected officials joining all together to initiate positive change for Madison, Tennessee; a diverse working class community conveniently located less than ten miles northeast of downtown Nashville. Mayor Barry’s vision for economic equity in Davidson County supports strategically reviving this neighborhood. Through the ebb and flow of a thriving economy and the downward spiral of inequity, Madison is now poised to take advantage of the popularity, energy and growth potential associated with Nashville, the “It” city.
The Memorial Foundation generously provided funding for the strategic plan with a unanimous vote from the board to award the grant. Local 501(c)(3) nonprofit Discover Madison, Inc. will serve as the fiscal sponsor for the project.
The Memorial Foundation President Scott Perry says,”Randall Gross has an impressive track record for working with communities like Madison to develop an economic and community development plan that can help revitalize the community, attract new development and preserve and promote Madison’s historic character. We are pleased to support the All Together Madison steering committee as it guides this work.”
Madison’s rich musical history is well documented. The unique area also has its legacy as a whistle stop town on the Louisville & Nashville train line dating to the 1850’s, a testament to successful transit oriented development from back in its heyday. This humble working class community is ready to reclaim its place as a thriving and prosperous area once again.
“It’s not the squeaky wheel that gets the grease, it’s the rolling wheel in forward motion,” says Mark North, Madison native and Chairman of the ATM, “Madison is perfectly situated to be the shining example of economically inclusive neighborhoods and tremendous development growth.”
Nancy VanReece, one of five Metro Council members that have neighborhoods in Madison, TN, shares, “My constituents have clearly given me a mandate as their representative to create opportunities for development to happen for us, and not to us,” VanReece, who has been proactive with ATM continues; “I’m confident that this strategic planning effort will move Madison forward.”
All Together Madison is a 40-member steering committee dedicated to the economic and community revitalization of Madison, TN. The steering committee is comprised of residents, local business owners, government officials, developers, church leaders, education leaders, real estate officers, and community organizations. Founded in July 2015, ATM is led by Chairman Mark North. Visit http://www.madisontn.org to learn more.