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Cumberland Region Tomorrow brings people together to address regional challenges and opportunities we face with the future growth and development of Middle Tennessee. Our mission is to foster communication, collaboration and action as we help plan for the long-term livability, economic vitality and sustainability of this place we call home.




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May 2018 Newsletter


Carol's Corner

We’re seeing some anti-growth sentiment taking root in Middle Tennessee. This can be expected as the population continues to grow, traffic worsens, and favorite haunts become too full to immediately seat you or fold shop to make way for more monied operations.

Growth is something we plan for.

We can manage growth to a degree, but we must be sensitive to both property rights and what is right for the community. Communities must understand the trade-offs, as well as what they’d like to add, in development and zoning.

Take special note of the article below about the value of open spaces. This May, CRT will release a landmark study about the economic value of each of our 10 counties’ open spaces.

This report will serve as a platform for action as we work with partners of diverse interests to identify and develop ideas and incentives that can help preserve farms, forests and natural areas we strategically need to maintain the right balance as we continue to grow and develop. 

Biologist Gretchen Daily shows us how policies can protect both the environment and the bottom line.

What is the value of open spaces?

As a professor of biology and the co-founder and faculty director of the Natural Capital Project, Gretchen Daily works to identify and quantify the sometimes invisible benefits nature provides to society

Called the Natural Capital Project, it is a joint venture among Stanford’s Woods Institute for the Environment and department of biology, the University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment, the Nature Conservancy, the World Wildlife Fund and the Chinese Academy of Sciences

Launched in 2006 and headquartered at Stanford University, NatCap is a set of global initiatives and partnerships dedicated to integrating nature’s value into community, business and government decisions.

It is based on a simple yet transformative concept: taking stock of natural assets — soil, water, air and living things — to enable the valuation of the wide range of services humans derive from nature. Forests act as natural sponges and protect us from floods and erosion; bees pollinate plants; fish provide sustenance to residents and businesses; and coral reefs protect the shoreline, lessening the impact of sea level rise.

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