Speaker Series Brings National Transit Experts to Nashville

To ensure Middle Tennessee’s transportation system remains competitive and helps our region continue to attract new residents and businesses, it is crucial that we learn from our peers.

Earlier this month, the Chamber launched Moving Forward, an initiative to bring together regional leaders to learn about our current transportation system, track our progress toward breaking ground on a rapid transit project by 2020, and generate ideas and recommendations to help us achieve our goals.

On Wednesday, Sept. 9 at 3 p.m. at the Adventure Science Center, Moving Forward will kick off a new speaker series that will bring nationally recognized experts to Nashville to help Middle Tennesseans learn more about improving public transportation.

The first installment in the series will feature James Corless, director, Transportation for America, and Stephanie Lotshaw, program officer, TransitCenter, who will co-present a talk titled “Why World-Class Public Transportation Is Key to a Competitive Economy.” During their presentation, they will explain how demographic and consumer shifts are driving new demand for transportation options, including rapid bus and rail lines, vanpools and on-demand ridesharing. They will also highlight why business and community leaders in regions like ours are leading the charge for new investments in public transportation as a key strategy for attracting talent and recruiting new businesses. After the presentation, audience members will have the chance to ask questions and engage the speakers in a dialogue about what this information means for the Nashville region. 

The speaker series is free and open to the public. To register for the event, visit our online event calendar.

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