A month into office, several moves by Nashville Mayor John Cooper have closely followed what he promised to do while campaigning.
WPLN is tracking 34 specific commitments by the mayor, and Cooper has thus far made it clear that he knows how closely people are watching.
During the campaign, he published a 48-page policy pamphlet. He said he started his first day at City Hall re-reading it over breakfast.
He has since asked his staff to help him stay on task. And he’s been explicit when he feels he’s following through.
Most notably, Cooper made a deal with the Convention Center Authority in which they agreed to pay $12.6 million annually to the city. That’s exactly the kind of tourism dollars Cooper wanted to go after, and the deal was finalized Thursday.
Other promises seeing movement:
- The mayor is recommending lowering neighborhood speed limits to 25 mph
- He’s increasing spending on bridges and culverts
- He created a task force to examine Metro government transparency.
Less visible, so far, are tangible moves on major civic challenges like affordable housing, public safety or mass transit — although Cooper has hired a transportation advisor out of Atlanta.