Announcing Session II of X1: Commissioner Susan Whitaker
and the Sustainable Tourism Legacy of the Bredesen Administration!
When: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 6:30 PM - Reception at 5:30
Where: Lipscomb University
[Building and Lecture Room to Be Announced]
This event is the second in an 11 month lecture series held from February to December, 2010 entitled:"The Conservation Legacy of the Bredesen Administration"
This second lecture will focus on the Tennessee Sustainable Tourism initiative, the brainchild of Commissioner Susan Whitaker of the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development Tennessee Sustainable Tourism. Come join Commissioner Whitaker and special guests who will help recognize key accomplishments and contributions of her visionary leadership and continuing tenure with the State of Tennessee.
5:30 PM Reception
6:30 PM Brief Presentation & Audience Interactive Discussion
Proposed Outcomes: During each lecture, note takers will record lessons offered by each presentor and from audience participation. Near the end of the lecture series, a special summary of lecture observations will be documented in a summary report tentatively entitled: "A Green Paper: Lessons Learned for Conservation and Prosperity in Tennessee."
Background: Governor Phil Bredesen, a core team of state agency Commissioner's and other executives, have established a significant legacy of accomplishments spanning two, four-year elected terms. The administration has secured vast acreages of newly protected natural landscapes; recruited more than $3.26 billion in investments for or by clean energy technology industries in Tennessee; advanced sustainable tourism in the state and the region; charted new directions in transportation agency management; and received a "Best In the Nation" award for Tennessee's glorious state parks (among other successes). These activities merit public recognition and scholarly discussion.
The Bredesen Administration's conservation legacy will bring to a close the last decade of a prominent five decade history of Tennessee's conservation and environmental movement. Through an objective review of the accomplishments of the Bredesen Administration and related events and experiences, apolitical lessons may be derived that could inform the incoming gubenatorial administration and Tennessee General Assembly in 2011. It is also anticipated that these discussions will inform the leaders and efforts of the emerging sustainability movement in Tennessee.