ThinkTN Report Finds Significant Number of Transit-Dependent Nashvillians

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Jan. 17, 2018) — Every neighborhood in Nashville is home to residents who could benefit from increased transportation options, including senior citizens, single parents, residents with a disability and those without vehicle access, according to a new report from nonpartisan think tank ThinkTennessee. “Some Nashvillians, from seniors to those with a disability, to those who can’t afford a …

ThinkTennessee Announces Two New Memphis Board Members, Statewide Representation

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (Jan. 12, 2018) – ThinkTennessee, a nonpartisan think tank that promotes forward-looking public policy, is pleased to announce the addition of two new Memphis-based members to its high-profile board of directors. One new representative is Edward L. Stanton III of Memphis. Stanton is a partner with the law firm of Butler Snow. His practice areas include commercial litigation …

We’re co-sponsoring a gubernatorial forum!

NASHVILLE (Oct. 23, 2017) – ThinkTennessee will co-sponsor a forum with announced candidates for governor of Tennessee on February 1, 2018, the one-year anniversary of the organization’s launch. The forum will take place at the Nashville Public Library, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., as part of the Tennessee Press Association’s Winter Convention. “Whether through our research, community engagement or …

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 …