Session Update- Arty Allen

15 Jul 2013 by STWAdmin, No Comments »
Arty Allen- CEO, Live Oak Community Development

Arty Allen- CEO, Live Oak Community Development

We appreciate all who were able to attend last week’s Save the World.  Mr. Arty Allen, CEO of Live Oak Community Development, facilitated an informative discussion regarding the Highlands Initiative III.

Mr. Allen gave us great insight on his strategy to help improve job creation and economic development in our community.  He believes we need to focus our attention on the assets currently available in our community and evaluate which companies are growing quickly in our region.  Tennessee Tech University and CRMC offer a strong foundation for attracting new industry; however, there needs to be a specific focus as to how these assets can be fully utilized.  It was agreed we must stay committed to a strategic timeline to ensure this initiative is achieved.

In order to grow, we must first define our community’s cultural focus.  Mr. Gordon Martin proposed the idea of expanding our music and art scene in the Upper Cumberland, considering our geographical proximity to Nashville.  Cookeville Mayor Matt Swallows, suggested having a music and arts council that would help to bring local acts into the area. Those who were in attendance agreed that establishing a more influential music and arts scene would be the right step towards creating an attractive place to live, work and visit.

Our next Save the World session will be held on Wednesday July 24th@ 5:00pm- Progressive Financial Center, Cookeville. We hope to see you all there!

Have a great week!

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