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PlanET Perspectives Guest Blog Series

Every few weeks, a different East Tennessee leader will share ideas and strategies that can help make the region a stronger, more resilent and competitive place to call home.

Developing for Future Growth

By Glenn Richters, RA, LEED AP, Benefield Richters Co., Inc. and board member East Tennessee US Green Building Council
Posted 12/04/2013

The places where we live and the buildings we live in impact many aspects of our daily lives. While there is no single solution to creating places that promote well-being, increasingly developers are turning towards a variety of sustainable solutions to promote the vitality of East Tennessee. Read More..

Meeting the Needs of Seniors in Our Region

By Susan Long, CAC Office on Aging
Posted 11/21/2013

The rapidly increasing population of seniors in the East Tennessee underscores the need for the region to focus on nutrition, transportation, housing and jobs needs of an aging population. Read More..

Connecting the Dots Between Law Enforcement, Healthy Communities and a Thriving Economy

By Chief David Rausch, Knoxville Police Department
Posted 10/14/2013

Growing and changing communities require law enforcement to adapt in order to main effective service. How and where the region grows in the coming decade will require new resources for crime prevention, control and enforcement. While the solutions involve more officers or new technology, effective policing in our communities benefits both citizens and our local economies alike. Read More..

Lifting the Veil on the Job Environment in Tennessee

By Julie Graham, Legacy Coordinator, Plan East Tennessee
Posted 10/04/2013

The call for good jobs and better schools has been a consistent message from East Tennessee residents. New strategies to start students on paths towards high-demand careers have emerged at a recent gathering of local business, education and community leaders. Read More..

Sustainability Pays Off for ET Businesses

By Amy Nolan, Editor, Greater Knoxville Business Journal
Posted 09/18/2013

A variety of East Tennessee companies are turning to sustainable business practices to help manage costs. Efforts to reduce waste and energy consumption are benefiting their bottom line and all of East Tennessee. Read More..

Keeping Our Plans Dust-Free

By Grant Rosenberg, Southeastern Housing Foundation
Posted 09/10/2013

An exercise to develop a shared regional vision is a difficult and intense process. Once its complete, leadership and adaptability will be required for the East Tennessee region to reap the rewards in the long-term. Read More..

Why East Tennessee Should Support Common Core State Standards

By Robert Myers, Human Resources Manager, Alcoa Tennessee Operations
Posted 08/14/2013

Tennessee’s adoption of the Common Core State Standard provides area educators with the guidance needed to prepare students to think critically, solve problems and continue their learning and training beyond high school. Read More..

Our Roadmap to Success in the Future

By Dr. James P. McIntyre, Jr., Superintendent, Knox County Schools
Posted 07/30/2013

Today's students are not just tomorrow's leaders, they are the driving force behind an economy with a growing demand in a variety of increasingly complex fields. Knox County Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre highlights his district's efforts to prepare skillful and innovative students that will enhance our region's competitiveness. Read More..

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