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 the full story.

2017 Traffic Costs Tennessee Cities

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 an average of $1,308 each year to traffic-related costs. In Memphis, drivers lose almost 22 …

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 future work.             See more from the State of Our …

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 said. At the moment, she is the only full-time employee of the organization. She formerly …

Cooper, Hughey: New think tank promotes moderate, pragmatic solutions

KNOXVILLE NEWS SENTINEL Feb. 2, 2017 – In today’s polarized political climate, it’s easy to lose sight of what unites us as Tennesseans: Regardless of political party, we all want opportunities to build a brighter future for our families, our communities and our state. We believe smart, practical and effective public policy is the key to creating those opportunities. That’s why we are launching ThinkTennessee, a nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) nonprofit think tank dedicated to developing and …