Conference Schedule

Tuesday: April 16

Apr 16

Reclaiming the Riverfront: Climbing, Concerts, Condos, and More

As Nashville’s symbolic front porch, the Cumberland River serves as its welcome mat for visitors and residents alike. Go behind “the door” on this walking tour and learn what it took to rebuild a decaying…

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 08:00 AM – 1:30 PM Tours
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Apr 16

Historic Franklin, Tennessee: Where Preservation Profits . . . Big Time!

With its historic district recognized in 1995 as a “Great American Main Street,” the city of Franklin attracted a record 1.5 million visitors in 2017, generating an annual economic impact of $427 million from tourism…

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 08:00 AM – 2:30 PM Tours
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Apr 16

100 New Residents a Day: The Urban Neighborhoods Where They Are Going When They Arrive

Though Nashville is renowned for having the highest concentration of music industry establishments in the nation and as a vibrant tourist destination, its largest industry is actually health care. The city is home to more…

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 08:15 AM – 1:00 PM Tours
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Apr 16

The Art of the Big Deal

From the Great Recession to today’s dizzying Crane Watch, this tour will take an in-depth look at some of Nashville’s most complex office developments, such as new headquarters offices for Bridgestone America and Hospital Corporation…

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 08:15 AM – 12:30 PM Tours
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Apr 16

Making of a Neighborhood: The Gulch

Anyone in Nashville will tell you the Gulch is one of the city’s most vibrant neighborhoods following a 20-year transformation from a brownfield to the first LEED-ND neighborhood in the South. Today, it features a…

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 08:30 AM – 12:30 PM Tours
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Apr 16

From Farm-to-Table to Building Healthy Developments across the Region

Although Nashville is renowned as a music mecca and tourist destination, its largest industry is health care. Nashville is home to more than 300 health care companies, including Hospital Corporation of America, the world’s largest…

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 08:30 AM – 4:30 PM Tours
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Apr 16

Making Music: Exploring Nashville’s Legendary Music Industry

Discover the origins and evolution of Nashville’s cultural heart and soul by touring some of the music industry’s local showpieces. Participants will see that Nashville music is more than just entertainment and is far more…

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 09:00 AM – 3:30 PM Tours
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Apr 16

A Tale of Three Universities: Neighborhood Campuses

Does the campus define the neighborhood, or does the neighborhood inform the campus? This tour we will explore how Vanderbilt, Belmont, and Lipscomb universities have been transformed during the past decade through broad expansion of…

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 09:00 AM – 2:30 PM Tours
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Apr 16

Nashville’s Legacy in the Civil Rights Movement: Healing Cities

During the 1950s and 1960s, the civil rights movement in Nashville was in constant flow as thousands of its African American residents sparked a nonviolent challenge to racial segregation in the city and across the…

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 09:00 AM – 2:30 PM Tours
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Apr 16

Welcome to the Makerhood: Equity, Urban Manufacturing, and Nashville’s Vibrant Maker Economy

Nashville’s urban manufacturing and “maker” economy reaches far beyond music. Emerging creative pursuits coupled with 21st-century entrepreneurship are reinventing industrial buildings, energizing districts, and driving an urban manufacturing sector in the city. With an understanding…

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Tours
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Apr 16

Nashville’s Journey to Affordable Living

Like many communities across the country, Nashville is challenged by a shortage of adequate affordable housing for its residents and attainable commercial space for its entrepreneurs and artists. Nashville is employing its collegial spirit in…

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 10:00 AM – 3:30 PM Tours
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Apr 16

Adapting for the Future

While Nashvillians lament iconic buildings neglected or lost over time, the community wisely stopped the destruction before it was too late. Creative and intriguing adaptations of once-abandoned buildings with strikingly beautiful materials, architecture, and design…

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 11:30 AM – 5:00 PM Tours
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Apr 16

Making of a Neighborhood: The Gulch

Anyone in Nashville will tell you the Gulch is one of the city’s most vibrant neighborhoods following a 20-year transformation from a brownfield to the first LEED-ND neighborhood in the South. Today, it features a…

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM Tours
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Apr 16

Where Nashville Gathers, Great Things Happen: Monumental Cultural, Entertainment, and Civic Spaces

Nashville’s gathering spaces, many of which are monumental, are all favorite places for local people to come together. Some of the city’s iconic downtown institutions are new architectural showpieces, such as the Tennessee State Museum…

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 12:30 PM – 4:30 PM Tours
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Apr 16

Jazzing Up the Suburbs: Creating Urban Spaces in the Outer Rings

Nashville has found great success and acceptance in jazzing up conventional suburban developments to serve as thriving urban centers. This tour includes former strip malls transformed into vibrant lifestyle destinations, one boasting one of the…

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 01:00 PM – 5:00 PM Tours
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Apr 16

A Void No Longer: Reclaiming North Nashville’s History, Culture, and Sports

For too long, the north side of the central business district was a disinvested area with a rich local history. The 19-acre Bicentennial Mall opened in 1996 and was cited in 2011 by the American…

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 01:00 PM – 5:00 PM Tours
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Apr 16

Acres and Acres of Downtown Developments: Big Changes Ahead in Nashville’s CBD

Downtown Nashville is on fire . . . with acres of massive, exciting, catalytic projects, each in a different phase of development. Mixed uses, urban green space, high-tech tenants, and important entertainment venues are just…

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 01:00 PM – 5:00 PM Tours
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Wednesday: April 17

Apr 17

The New Americans: Immigrant Communities Find a Home in Nashville

Nashville has more Kurdish residents than any other U.S. city and has the ninth-largest Laotian population. More than 140 languages are spoken in Nashville Metro Public Schools. Best known for its appreciation for music, Nashville…

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 08:00 AM – 12:00 PM Tours
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Apr 17

Sleep Chic: Nashville’s Boutique Hotel Boom

Nashville’s top-of-class convention center and its regular presence on various “top city” lists translate into ever-increasing tourism. Whether for the music, food, friendly folks, or bars on Broadway, tourists are heading to Nashville like never…

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 08:00 AM – 12:00 PM Tours
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Apr 17

Where Nashville’s Creatives Do Their Thing

Nashville’s own Dolly Parton once sang, “Workin’ 9 to 5, what a way to make a livin’.” Today’s creative class doesn’t operate by those rules anymore. One of Nashville’s economic drivers is its world-class, diverse…

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 08:15 AM – 12:15 PM Tours
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Apr 17

Music City Center Sings: Investing in the Future through the Convention Center Campus

More than just a convention center, the Music City Center (MCC) campus represents a bold investment in Nashville that helped catapult the city as it emerged from the Great Recession. MCC catalyzed the tourism, entertainment…

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 08:30 AM – 12:00 PM Tours
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Apr 17

A View from Above: An Evening Out on the Rooftops of Nashville

Tonight, no tears in your beer (thanks, Hank Williams Jr.) as we hit the rooftops of some of Nashville’s hottest hotels and bars. Restaurants, honky-tonks, and hotels alike have discovered that Nashvillians (and tourists, too…

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 04:30 PM – 8:30 PM Tours
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Apr 17

A Sip, a Song, and a Crawl, Y’all: A Night Tour through The DISTRICT

“Gimme, gimme, gimme, the honky-tonk blues.” So sang the Rolling Stones in their song “Honky Tonk Women.” We’re not here to give you the blues, but to provide a great crawl around some of Nashville’s…

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 04:45 PM – 8:45 PM Tours
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Apr 17

Bottoms Up: Distilleries, Cideries, and Homes of Other Nashville Beverages

Bring your red Solo cup and join us for a guided “sipping” tour of some of Nashville’s best distilleries and cideries. You’ll learn about the city’s craft beer and cider scene, as well as the…

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 05:00 PM – 9:00 PM Tours
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