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 systems. Read more here.

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 pronounced in rural Tennessee. Both urban and rural Tennessee communities are home to diverse populations. …

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. A comparable celebration in 2017 would span the globe to encompass communities from Pigeon Forge …

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 designed to foster dialogue across the state of Tennessee. Read the full story here.

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 tanks that span the ideological spectrum. Our Changing State holds important insights about how the answer to …