28th Annual Leadership Study Mission

May 15-17, 2019
Austin, Texas

Hotel: Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt

Agenda: Leadership Study Mission 2019 Agenda

Registration List: Leadership Study Mission 2019 Registration List


Departing Flight:

  • Wednesday, May 15 - Southwest flight 1236
  • Departs Nashville 8 a.m. / Arrives in Austin 10:15 a.m.

Returning Flight:

  • Friday, May 17 - Southwest flight 471
  • Departs Austin 6:50 p.m. / Arrives in Nashville 8:45 p.m.

Questions? Contact Paige Anderson.

About the Leadership Study Mission


The Leadership Study Mission is the Nashville Area Chamber’s annual community development initiative in which community leaders study best practices and lessons learned in another city on a variety of timely topics identified as regional priorities. The 130-person delegation includes key leaders such as Nashville Mayor David Briley, members of the Metropolitan Council, Nashville business and non-profit leaders, and other local and regional elected officials

2019 Visit Topics of Interest

  • Regional Talent Pipeline - We’ll explore Austin’s dynamic workforce development approach through the lens of attraction/retention strategies, underemployment, post-secondary attainment, high school industry certifications, Pre-K-12 collaboration between all school types, and establishing career pathways. 
  • Healthcare Innovation - Our delegation will study how health care and technology collide through initiatives like HealthTech Austin and UT Austin’s Dell Medical School. We will also investigate health communities and strategic approaches to employee health and attitudes towards health and well-being.
  • Technology/Entrepreneurship - We’ll explore Austin’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, tech resources and collaboration, STEM-related talent pipelines and insights about the evolution, current drivers and forecast of the technology industry in Central Texas
  • Affordability/Accessibility - Creating a strategy to deepen the reach of economic prosperity and inclusion for all. Areas of study to be explored include: affordable workforce housing, transit/mobility, accessibility to post-secondary opportunities and economic mobility.
  • Economic development - Our delegation will learn about Austin’s strategic vision for the future, quality of life assets, music/culinary scene, and overall business climate.

About Austin, TX

Leadership Study Mission: A History

The Leadership Study Mission is the Chamber’s community development initiative in which leaders explore best practices and lessons learned in a variety of timely topics. Each year, more than 100 leaders from the Nashville region visit another city to study best practices in a variety of timely topics identified as community priorities, and return home poised to effect change.

Among the successes that have been attributed to these visits:

  • Creation of a 10-county Transit Alliance of Middle Tennessee
  • Creation of a 10-county Mayors' Caucus
  • Creation of the Nashville Downtown Partnership and central business improvement district (CBID)
  • Creation of downtown bicycle and horse patrols
  • Early awareness and support for:
    • Moving Forward – a regional transit solution
    • Music City Center
    • Schermerhorn Symphony Center
    • Nissan Stadium
    • Mayor’s Office of Neighborhoods
    • Bridgestone Arena
    • Nashville's downtown and satellite library buildings
    • Nashville’s greenways plan
    • Nashville’s poverty initiative
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