About CRT


To support our ten-county region's values, economic vitality, and quality of life by influencing patterns of growth and development through education and advocacy.

Guiding Tenets

  • We recognize and support regional vision, collaboration and action as essential to maintaining and developing the region’s economic vitality, beauty and prosperity.
  • We value the land and open spaces of the Cumberland Region and recognize the economic, cultural and aesthetic importance of greenspace preservation.
  • We support the coordination of land use policy, regional transportation planning and investments, and greenspace preservation in framing responsible growth and development.
  • We support revitalization of main streets, town centers, existing neighborhoods and rural communities to retain their unique characteristics and economic vitality while keeping development concentrated around existing community centers.
  • We seek to preserve the region’s farmlands and strong agricultural heritage.
  • We support good stewardship practices that protect the environment including air and water, natural habitats, forests and open spaces.
  • We want all residents and communities to benefit from the region’s prosperity and to have equitable access to community services, good jobs, educational opportunities, quality housing, and sensible and efficient transportation options.
  • We support economic development, community development and land use that is in concert with housing, transportation and environmental considerations.
  • We value the diverse and differing views and perspectives of all residents of the region and seek to provide a venue for discussion, learning, and decision making.


Carol Hudler: CEO/President

Carol Hudler is founder of Hudler Success Strategies, a consulting firm that specializes in providing transitional leadership, business development, and media business consulting.  The firm also coordinates the program for the Key Executive Mega-Conference, a 3-day conference with one of the newspaper industry’s largest trade shows.  Carol founded Hudler Success Strategies after serving many years as a senior executive for Gannett and other Fortune 500 media companies. As President of Gannett Company’s South Group from 2008-2013, she relocated to Nashville in December 2010 and assumed the additional role as publisher of The Tennessean.   Prior to her move to Nashville, she was the President and Publisher of The News-Press in Ft. Myers, Florida, where she oversaw the local operation and thirteen other local Gannett publishing operations across the Southeast.  Carol is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2009 Business Hall of Fame for Jr. Achievement of Southwest Florida and Gannett’s Publisher of the Year 2004. She serves of the board of American Hometown Publishing.  She has a BS in Journalism from the University of Kansas and completed the  Stanford Executive Program.  She is a graduate of Leadership Nashville, serves on the board of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, is a member of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center, and the Nashville Chapter of the International Women’s Forum.


Directors by County

Cheatham County

  • Gary Scott*

Davidson County

  • Trace Blankenship*
  • Christine Bradley
  • Carlyle Carroll
  • Gary Hawkins
  • Clay Haynes*
  • Justin Lowe
  • John Lowry
  • Bob Murphy
  • Clay Petrey
  • Linda Rebrovick
  • Ann Shayne
  • Keith Simmons*
  • Steve Turner
  • Deb Vallaro
  • Rob Wigington
  • Eleanor Willis*

Dickson County

  • Joey Graves
  • Mendy Mazzo
  • Ted Williams*

Maury County

  • Wil Evans
  • Trent Ogilvie
  • Joe Pearson*

Montgomery County

  • Jeff Bibb
  • Charlie Koon
  • Khandra Smalley
  • David Smith
  • Jeff Truitt
  • Jack Turner*

Robertson County

  • Margot Fosnes*
  • Laurie Riley

Rutherford County

  • John L. Batey*
  • Stan King
  • Andrew Oppmann
  • Rosemary Owens
  • Sally Palmer
  • Chip Pinion
  • Lynnisse Roehrich-Patrick*

Sumner County

  • Elaine Boyd
  • Daisy Casey
  • Lynn Ealey
  • Reggie Mudd*

Williamson County

  • Scott Black
  • John R. Hayes
  • Brian Sewell
  • Fleming Smith III
  • Seab Tuck*
  • John Wingo

Wilson County

  • Sam Hatcher*
  • John McDearman*
  • Kellie Mires

* Executive Committee Member


Indirect Cost Policy

Cumberland Region Tomorrow is a charitable entity and does not accept charges for indirect costs, or facility and administrative fees when contracting for services with other organizations. We recognize that this means that some contractors may need to engage in cost sharing between projects, tap into unrestricted funds, or conduct other fundraising to cover operations, or choose not to contract with us. Our policy helps ensure furtherance of our charitable purpose. We define indirect costs as overhead expenses or ongoing operational costs that are shared among projects and/or functions not related to the contracted activity or project.