GNRC Annual Report for FY 2021


Mayor Paige Brown Regional Council President

Dear Fellow Council Members and Regional Partners,

As I look back on this first year as your president, I find myself in awe of the impact of the Greater Nashville Regional Council. When I took the gavel from Sumner County Mayor Holt in September of 2020, we were roughly seven months into the COVID-19 pandemic and unsure of what the immediate future would hold for the organization. Little did I know then just how pivotal the organization would become in guiding many of us to the critical resources necessary to lift up our communities in an incredible time of need. I am proud of our agency’s work to ramp up new programs and to execute on the various waves of state and federal funding aimed at keeping our nation, communities, and households afloat during the pandemic. This year has not been an easy one for any of us, and I commend the commitment of each of our members and that of the GNRC staff as we continue to push forward, together, to support the needs of Middle Tennesseans. As you read through this annual report, I have no doubt that you too will be impressed by the tremendous work of your Regional Council. Over the last year, we have continued to invest in ourselves by deploying new accounting, payroll, and human resources systems and

upgrading the tools and resources provided to our agency staff. We also have invested significantly in our communities by securing or programming billions of dollars for regional infrastructure, economic and community development projects, and social services. Our work continues though. Nearly all of our communities are feeling the effects of change, be it from the impacts of a local disaster, the growing pains of rapid growth, or the lingering pandemic. There has never been a more important time for us to lean on each other for inspiration and support as we prepare a more resilient region. As we move into 2022, I encourage each of our members to reengage in our programming and to take full advantage of the unique forum provided for the cross-jurisdictional collaboration that will ensure a bright future for Middle Tennessee.


Paige Brown Mayor, City of Gallatin


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