Economic & Community Development

The Greater Nashville Regional Council works with local elected officials, economic development councils, chamber of commerce officials, and other local community leaders to help communities organize and prepare for meeting economic and community development needs. These activities are critical to providing the essential public infrastructure and services required to accommodate regional growth and development, as well as in providing new job opportunities for our growing population. The Council assists our member cities and counties in project planning, public infrastructure grant and loan applications, and in project administration for such activities as affordable housing finance and development, water and sewer system improvements and industrial development infrastructure.

GNRC assists in securing these funds from a number of state and federal agencies including the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (CDBG Block Grants and TIIP Tennessee Industrial Infrastructure Program), the Federal Economic Development Administration (EDA), the Federal Rural Development Administration, the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Tennessee Housing Development Agency, and others.

GNRC maintains an Economic and Community Development Activity Report which shows an accumulative total of over $69.0 million dollars over the past 14 years in grants from CDBG, TIIP, THDA and EDA coming to GNRC area cities and counties for financing needed community and industrial infrastructure. These programs alone created thousands of new jobs and generated hundreds of millions of dollars in new private investment for the region.

GNRC is also currently assisting area cities and counties in administering 29 approved projects under the CDBG, TIIP and EDA programs.

Greater Nashville Qualified Opportunity Zones

In April of 2019, the Greater Nashville Regional Council (GNRC) and the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce announced the launch of Greater Nashville Qualified Opportunity Zones (Greater Nashville QOZ). This place-based program provides a pathway to connect local communities with investors looking to make a positive impact in underserved areas of Middle Tennessee through the Opportunity Zones designation by the United States Treasury Department. To learn more visit