2016 Northwest Livability Summit

A string of images from Northwest Tennessee illustrating livability in the form of wide sidewalks, accessible curbs and parking.

The June 2016 Northwest Livability Summit was brought to you by the Northwest Tennessee Development District, the Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability, and the Tennessee Department of Health. And thanks is due to the University of Tennessee at Martin for hosting the event.

Livable communities are great places for everyone to live—people of all ages, all abilities. Residents thrive with accessible and affordable housing, a variety of transportation options, essential services, and vibrant social lives. But livability doesn't just happen, it's planned. Those who joined us in Northwest Tennessee this summer began the process of making sure that the region is a livable one for years to come.

Attendees at the June 2016 Northwest Tennessee Livability Summit brainstorm improvements based on a two-thousand dollar budget challenge.Livability Improvement Ideas

During the summit, attendees were grouped by county and challenged to come up with small-scale changes that could be made with just $2000.  Download the summary document to see what each county's representatives proposed.

Want to continue the conversation about livability? We've also compiled a list of state and local representatives and their email addresses. Not everyone on the list attended the summit, and not everyone who attended is on the list, but these are appropriate contacts for discussing livability in Northwest Tennessee. 


For general information about the summit, contact Christy Gibson, Northwest TN Development District at (731) 587-4213 or christy.gibson@nwtdd.org. For information about Livable Communities, contact Anna Lea Cothron at 615-770-3901 or annalea.cothron@tn.gov.

*The documents on this page are in a PDF format. Email lee.enss@tn.gov if you need help accessing the information.