Residents of the 37208 zip code in North Nashville will get a say in how to spend $2 million to benefit the community, which has historically seen less public and private investment than other parts of town. It’s the city’s first attempt at so-called “participatory budgeting.”
Nashville State Community College is trying to enroll more residents into its degree and tech programs ahead of the next school year, while hoping more students will utilize its GRAD program to take advantage of the extra financial and academic support after the pandemic.
In Nashville’s final budget, residents will get more firefighters and paramedics, permanent curbside pickup at library branches and higher funding of public schools.
Mayor John Cooper’s office has released a new report outlining nine recommendations to increase affordable housing in Nashville that sets a deadline of 2024 to increase the city’s stock significantly.
What’s the mayor’s role? Who’s advising him? WPLN’s Ambriehl Crutchfield lays out the key players.
WPLN’s Ambriehl Crutchfield sat down with the council’s budget and finance chair, Kyontzè Toombs, to discuss her priorities for city spending, including police, and why she tries to avoid playing politics.
Some Nashville residents are calling on the city council to increase funding for Gideon’s Army and for the support staff within Metro Nashville Public Schools. They’re also asking officials to expand the role that residents play in the budget process.
It’s been a year since the murder of George Floyd prompted widespread demands for change, especially to policing and monuments associated with white supremacy. WPLN News is taking stock of how officials have responded.
Instead of trying to back away from Nashville’s commitment to fund a public hospital, the city is now on a path to increase its contribution. Mayor John Cooper’s budget proposal includes $49 million for Metro General — a 14% increase.
Nashville Mayor John Cooper presented his priorities for the coming year as part of his State of Metro speech on Thursday morning.