barryNashville Mayor Megan Barry — let’s call her Music  City’s progressive hope — sends a periodic newsletter paid for by Friends of Megan Barry that talks local events and issues. We share it here in the hope that it helps you stay informed on Nashville matters and that it motivates you to get involved!

This edition of Megan’s newsletter covers her new Livable Nashville Committee, the search for a new schools director, this week’s Metro Night Out, and the recently held Stand Against Racism.

Livable Nashville

Last week we announced the formation of the new Livable Nashville Committee. The committee will work collaboratively on developing a shared vision for protecting and enhancing Nashville’s natural resources and livability.

The committee’s task is an important one, because a healthy natural environment is critical to maintaining both our economy and quality-of-life for our residents. I’ve charged this committee with generating a comprehensive sustainability strategy to preserve Nashville’s scenic beauty, and protect the water we drink and the air we breathe. They will produce meaningful, measurable goals to achieve in the months and years to come.


The Livable Nashville Committee will build upon the successes of Mayor Karl Dean’s Green Ribbon Committee on Environmental Sustainability, as well as the sustainability-related projects and actions outlined in NashvilleNext. The committee engages leaders outside of Metro Government in order to harness public interest and produce a diverse range of ideas that can impact the city’s livability and resilience. 

Director Search Update


This week, you have the opportunity to meet with our final candidates for the new Metro Nashville Director of Schools, Jesus Jara, Shawn Joseph, and H. Allen Smith. There are three events, each from 6-7:30PM, where candidates will be interviewed by a panel and will be taking questions from the public:
May 10 – Maplewood High School, Shawn Joseph
May 11 – Cresswell Middle Prep School of the Arts, H. Allen Smith
May 12 – Overton High School, Jesus Jara 
Metro Night Out Bellevue - members of the community meet with Metro departmentsMetro Night Out – This Thursday!

Join us at 5:30PM on Thursday at Two Rivers Middle School for Metro Night Out in the Donelson/Hermitage area. Metro Night Out makes it easier for residents to connect with services and support provided by Metro departments and agencies. The event will include representatives from: Metro Nashville Arts Commission, Metro Public Health Department, Davidson County Election Commission, Metro Transit Authority, and many more. I hope you’ll join us, the event ends at 7:00PM.
Stand Against Racism EventStand Against Racism
Last Wednesday, the YWCA, Metro Government, and community members congregated at the courthouse to stand against racism. It was an important reminder of the role we all must take to eliminate racism in our city and institutions. We can’t be afraid to talk about race and racism.

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