Leadership Nashville alumni were instrumental in the founding of the Nashville’s Agenda project and ultimately, in the creation of an ongoing Nashville’s Agenda Steering Committee.
The effort began in 1993 with a year-long community visioning process visioning process that identified 21 goals for the city’s future – ranging from housing and race relations to the arts and economic development. That community visioning process was unprecedented both in Nashville and nationwide at the time. Indeed, many other communities around the country have come here to learn how that process worked and how they could replicate similar efforts in their own communities.
The Nashville’s Agenda Steering Committee was created to keep ongoing civic attention around the forward vision of the city. It remains a powerful civic force still today, counting among its members top CEOs, heads of the city’s major philanthropic organizations, key elected leaders, faith leaders, community leaders, and more. The group has been very effective over the years providing quiet leadership to push forward a host of civic priorities, including creation of the Nashville Housing Fund and other affordable housing efforts, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Project RESET, the Blue Ribbon Teacher Citywide Awards program, and most recently, collective efforts around addressing racism & equity issues.