In a little-visited corner of YouTube, there is a video featuring a number of Nashville leaders discussing the history of Partnership 2000, 2010 and now 2020. It boasts appearances by city leaders ranging from former mayor and governor Phil Bredesen, to banking executive Ron Samuels, to real estate maven Shirley Zeitlin, all pointing to Nashville in 1990 as a city teetering on the edge. Indeed, 22 years ago Nashville, especially downtown, was a far sleepier place bearing only a passing resemblance to its revitalized current form.
Few would dispute that the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce’s regional economic partnership program has played a major role in that rejuvenation effort. But, as the region grows, some are beginning to raise questions about the way the partnership is structured, especially with regard to the contribution sizes of various counties.
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