ThinkTN in the news: Celebrating the launch of online voter registration in Tennessee

HERALD CHRONICLE (Sept. 1, 2017) — ThinkTennessee is celebrating the launch of online voter registration in Tennessee. The new system allows eligible Tennesseans to register to vote online and is an important first step toward securing and modernizing the state’s elections. Read more here. KNOXVILLE FOCUS (Sept. 2, 2017) –Nonpartisan think tank supports steps to help modernize, secure state’s election …

Rural Tennesseans are Older than Urban Tennesseans, but Frequently Just as Diverse

Aug. 2, 2017 – An analysis of recently released U. S. Census data by nonpartisan think tank ThinkTennessee reveals significant differences, and surprising similarities, among urban and rural Tennesseans. The major findings of the analysis of 2016 demographic information about Tennessee counties include the following: Tennessee is more “gray” than the nation overall, but the proportion of seniors is especially …

Op-Ed: Tennessee’s Changing Demographics Create Challenges, Opportunities

Two ThinkTennessee board members share insights from the Our Changing State report in an Op-Ed. THE TENNESSEAN June 16, 2107 — In 1986, Tennessee Homecoming celebrations honored more than 3,000 communities spanning the state from Mountain City to Memphis. Then-Gov. Lamar Alexander used the occasion to call on residents of big cities and crossroads alike to take pride in their hometowns. …

ThinkTennessee Board Member Alex Jahangir named to Leadership Tennessee class

THE TENNESSEAN June 14, 2017 – Alex Jahangir, medical director, Vanderbilt Center for Trauma, Burn, and Emergency Surgery, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and ThinkTennessee board member, has been named part of the 2017-2018 Leadership Tennessee class. The statewide program, put on by Lipscomb University’s College of Leadership and Public Service, brings together leaders across disciplines for a 10 month course …

Our Changing State: Tennessee’s Transforming Population

Tennessee’s diversifying, aging population presents important opportunities and challenges. Pragmatic policymakers will take these changes into account when planning for our state’s future. ThinkTennessee’s report, Our Changing State, uses demographic data and projections from 1980 through 2060 to highlight four trends transforming Tennessee’s population. The report draws on data from States of Change: Demographics and Democracy, a collaborative effort of three national think …

With Nashville Transit Plans Complete, it is Time for Action

THE TENNESSEAN May 31, 2017 – Less than a year ago, Middle Tennesseans had little choice but to complain about their traffic woes. And they had time to do it, too: ThinkTennesssee recently reported that Nashville drivers spend nearly a full work week (33.6 hours) sitting in traffic each year, losing an average of $1,308 a year to traffic-related costs. Read …

Traffic Costs Tennessee Cities More than $1.1 Billion Annually

Traffic congestion in Tennessee’s four largest cities ranks in the worst half of the nation and costs Tennessee more than $1.1 billion annually, according to a new report gathered by nonpartisan think tank ThinkTennessee. Using data from the INRIX Global Traffic Scorecard, ThinkTennessee found that Nashville drivers spend nearly a full work week (33.6 hours) sitting in traffic and lose …

What’s the State of our State?

To keep moving forward, we must understand where we are right now. That’s why we took a hard look at how Tennessee ranks nationally on 88 different subjects for a project we’re calling the State of Our State. Shareable stats like the ones below demonstrate the complex and evolving nature of our state’s needs—and serve as a springboard for ThinkTennessee‘s …

ThinkTennessee group aims for ‘pragmatic public policy’

THE JACKSON SUN Feb. 2, 2017 – Leaders of a new Nashville-based think tank led by former Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper say they aim to promote “moderate, pragmatic public policy.” The group is called ThinkTennessee and got its nonprofit status certified last month, said its president, Shanna Singh Hughey. “We think good public policy can make people’s lives better and that’s what we’re focused on promoting,” she …