Mayor Karl Dean has been named co-chair of Partnership 2010, the regional economic development initiative of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, officials announced at the Partnership’s annual meeting this morning.
The appointment cements the continuing public role in the public/private Partnership.
Active local government involvement, according to Partnership chief Janet Miller, adds to the Nashville area’s appeal in the eyes of companies considering relocation here.
Former Nashville Mayor Bill Purcell was co-chair of the Partnership for eight years prior to leaving office.
But Miller added that Dean being named to the position is a result of his economic development-friendly campaign platform.
“That isn’t an honorary title,” Miller said.
Dean — who was elected and inaugurated last month – pledged at the meeting to increase business involvement with Metro Schools.
He is in the process of taking inventory of existing public/private partnerships with the schools, he said, and plans to see the addition of 10 new partnerships each month for the next two years.
“There’s a direct correlation between education and economic development,” Dean said. “We have to improve our schools.”