GNRC Annual Report for FY 2021


The Research and Analytics team is responsible for maintaining information and datasets, creating maps and other data visualizations, and performing analysis in support of the organization’s programs and local member data needs.

Tracking Trends and Forecasting Change Over the last year, GNRC’s Research and Analytics team continued to maintain information and datasets, create maps and other data visualizations and perform analysis in support of the organization’s programs and local member data needs. GNRC research staff include expert users of geographic information systems (GIS), travel demand forecasting tools, land use, and growth modeling applications to support the work of the Regional Council and its partners. Monitoring Mobility During the Pandemic Throughout FY21 the Research and Analytics Team monitored shifts in behavior across the region. Made possible by access to information from cell phone service providers the team observed unique trends in regional travel. Smoothing of Peak Congestion Not only was there a shift in destinations, time of day for vehicle travel was spread throughout the day as people made more trips outside of the typical morning and evening commute. Even as travel has increased, as employees return to workplaces, this trend has continued with flexible schedules.

Creating Insights

In partnership with AgeWell and Metro Nashville Council member Joy Styles, the Research and Analytics team collaborated on the All for Antioch initiative, which aimed to identify and address the priority needs of older adults living in Antioch. Using Census data, the team gave a presentation on the demographics within zip code 37013 including population, income levels, race/ethnicity, and household status. This data helped target specific areas where a survey of older adults could be conducted, and the potential languages needed for survey respondents. The survey was distributed to assisted living facilities, faith centers, and community centers; it was translated into Spanish, Arabic, and Kurdish. The Research team summarized the survey results and identified trends, which informed resource outreach by our network partners. Key findings showed that most respondents turned to their faith community for help, but among Spanish and Arabic respondents, they turned to their healthcare provider. Top concerns across all respondents were food security as well as leisure activities and transportation.

Increase in Travel Speeds

During the “Stay at Home” orders when fewer people were traveling Middle Tennessee roadways, speed of those on the road increased 5.5% on area Interstates. The increase in speed has not reversed as more people are driving again.


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