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Comprehensive Needs Assessment Study for the Entire Nine County Region
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NINE COUNTIES. ONE VISION. KEEPS ITS PROMISE

We never want to hear about someone going out of business, but for us it’s a positive action.

In 2000, Nine Counties. One Vision. gathered nearly 9,000 ideas from more than 3,600 citizens of Anderson, Blount, Grainger, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, Roane, Sevier and Union counties. At that time, the organization promised it would give the citizens a voice and provide them with a mechanism to help facilitate and implement their vision of a better region for the next five years. When that time was up, we said we would go out of business, and now Nine Counties. One Vision. is keeping its promise.

Five years came and went very quickly, and dozens of the ideas that were generated have been turned into reality because of the hard work, dedication and vision of so many citizens, task force members and community leaders across the region. In this short time, Nine Counties. One Vision. brought thousands of people together across county lines, gave citizens a voice to make change and improved regional thinking and cooperation.

Our victories are worth celebrating, and that’s just what we’re going to do. On Jan 18, 2005, Nine Counties. One Vision. will have a grand finale celebration at the newly-renovated, historic Tennessee Theatre. The community-wide celebration will include a live telecast to be broadcast on WBIR Channel 10, WVLT Channel 8, WATE Channel 6 and UPN. 

During the telecast, accomplishments of the last five years will be highlighted – from animal welfare and arts and culture to historic preservation and economic progress. Other success stories include initiatives to improve the environment, education, social service resources, transportation systems, government cooperation and our overall quality of life. In addition to the telecast, we will publish a state of the region report covering 2000 to 2005.

As we plan for the final celebration, and review our list of accomplishments, it amazes me how far we have come – We truly are better as a region than we were five years ago. Because Nine Counties. One Vision. gave a voice to citizens and provided them a channel to reach across county lines, a new spirit of cooperation was developed. In addition to the nuts-and-bolts work of task force members, valuable conversations have taken place and crucial connections have been made to transform our way of thinking and working. We have learned an empowering lesson: by working together, we are greater than the sum of our parts and that when one city or county experiences success, the entire region benefits.

Nine Counties. One Vision. is very proud of the role it has played in bringing communities together and even more proud of the individuals, government officials and organizations across the nine counties and beyond who have taken advantage of this unprecedented process, used their voices and worked together to improve our region.

Among these improvements are organizations that were developed through Nine Counties. One Vision. that are now standing on their own and continuing to make a difference in the region. They include the Race Relations Center of East Tennessee, the Regional Clean Air Coalition, the East Tennessee Regional Arts and Culture Coalition, the Nine County Preservation Alliance, Our Community Schools, and the Public School Forum of East Tennessee.

More has certainly been accomplished than what was foreseen five years ago, but there are still challenges that lay ahead and more successes to be gained. People told us more work needs to be done on the environment, transportation and providing continued avenues for public input. It is the hope of Nine Counties. One Vision. that citizens and communities will continue using their voices and strengthening their cooperation to ensure that the next five years results in even more progress for our region.