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New Report on “Reviews of Community-Based Best Practices”


Bruce Tonn, Tim Ezzell, Catherine Wilt, Kayla Stover and Guinevere Shaw, have released a report providing an overview of new and innovative best practices being implemented across the United States and Tennessee.  The report can be found here: TACIR-final_report-3-15.

There has been an explosion of new ideas worldwide, innovations, best practices, tools, technologies and programs that can assist Tennessee communities in overcoming these challenges. New technologies can be used to generate new revenue streams and reduce costs. Innovative financing approaches can be used to make implementation of these new technologies affordable to even the most economically distressed rural communities. Many of the innovations and new technologies can improve the self-sufficiency of communities (e.g., food, energy, manufacturing), thereby lessening somewhat their vulnerability to the volatile global economy. Communities throughout Tennessee and around the world are taking advantage of these opportunities to implement unique, thoughtful and innovative programs.

This report provides an overview of new and innovative best practices being implemented across the United States and Tennessee.  Highlighted projects and best practices demonstrate creative solutions to multi-faceted challenges, include innovative public-private partnerships, encompass multiple jurisdictions in regional initiatives, and, of course, are relevant to Tennessee’s communities.


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