Thank you to everyone who attended our second meeting of the Harding Area Partnership. Carol Joscelyn and Andy Bhakta of the Crossings Nashville Action Partnership (CNAP) were very informative guests and spoke about how CNAP was founded and what their purpose is.
Thanks also to all of our other speakers for sharing their time. Henderson Majors, the art teacher at Antioch High School, shared a project that his students are working on in partnership with 3LS Properties to create art for an area outside the Perimeter One building. Dr. Emerald Mitchell told us about her nonprofit company, Moves & Grooves, as well as telling us about an upcoming community function they are hosting.
We asked our attending partners what they felt the partnership should work to accomplish or contribute. These are the main ideas expressed, and most were expressed by multiple people:
- As a group, we should support area businesses and the community.
- HAP will create networking opportunities for businesses to businesses and businesses to the community.
- We will invite area residents to join us at some point in the future.
- We should inform the businesses and the community about safety concerns in our area, as well as new developments.
- We were asked to post the voting districts on the HAP website.
- HAP should be a way to share positive news about our area.
- HAP should work to help brand our area as a new, emerging segment of Nashville.
- We should find opportunities to promote our community’s assets, i.e., our greenway, the soccer fields, our parks, available public transportation (bus line), and our convenient central location.
- HAP can be a vehicle to help bring more jobs to our area through business development.
- We will attempt to create a collaborative environment for businesses to stay informed of new and existing tax laws and benefits.
- HAP will be a tool to encourage businesses to be more involved with our area students and children, our citizens and workforce of tomorrow.
- We will all work together to keep our community the diverse and inclusive area that it is now.
We also decided to try having our meetings every month and alternate between before- and after-work meetings so that more people will be able to attend. Our next meeting will be Wednesday, February 21 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the 301 South Perimeter Park location, entrance B.
We have a lot of work to do to get started on this list. Your help is needed!