Economic and Community Development

The Greater Nashville Regional Council is designated as the region’s economic development district by the State of Tennessee and the U.S. Economic Development Administration. Through its community and economic development programs, GNRC brings together elected, community, and business leaders, as well as industry professionals and citizens to build stronger and more resilient communities.

GNRC works with local elected officials, state agencies, economic development organizations, chambers of commerce, and private sector investors to prepare for economic and community development. GNRC assists communities in project planning, grant and loan applications, and project administration for such activities as affordable housing, water, and sewer service improvements, and industrial development infrastructure.

GNRC provides administrative services to the Mid-Cumberland Area Development Corporation (MADC), a nonprofit organization that provides small businesses access to financing using federal and local development loan programs.

Learn more about GNRC programs and services here.

  1. Michael Mills

    Director of Economic and Community Development

  1. Gwen Schaefer

    Senior Credit Analyst

  1. Rhonda Smith

    Credit Analyst

  1. James Dean

    Grant Coordinator

  1. Amy Napoli, TCEcD

    Senior Economic and Community Development Officer

  1. Gretchen Trast

    ECD Program Administrator