CRT supports and advocates for quality of life in Middle Tennessee. We believe that how communities grow and develop has a tremendous effect on the day-to-day lives of residents — their homes, their health, the schools their children attend, the taxes they pay, their daily commute, the natural environment around them, economic growth in their community, and opportunities to achieve their dreams and goals. What, where, and how communities build will affect their residents’ lives for generations to come. Throughout its history CRT has worked to educate the region’s local leaders and decision-makers across about how the region is growing and the steps they could take to ensure that that growth enhances, rather than detracts from, the beauty, vitality, and character of our communities. We have produced studies and reports that have projected future growth patterns and outlined alternate scenarios. In 2018 CRT produced the Open Space Study, which provides specific information about the region’s open, natural, and working lands, including the economic benefits they provide. CRT is committed to convening engaged citizens and leaders to share best practices from around the nation, better understand the region, and shape efforts to address concerns. Our annual Power of Ten Summit, which convenes up to 400- 600 people to discuss issues, is a great example of these efforts.