Gresham Smith announces that it received a Regional Impact Award from the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce. Honored in the transportation and mobility category, the firm was recognized for going above and beyond to address regional issues and propel Middle Tennessee forward. Staff received a surprise visit from Chamber staff alerting them of the award earlier in the month and were on hand to officially receive the award at the 2018 Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and Partnership 2020 Annual Celebration on October 23rd.
“The manner in which our infrastructure is designed and the long-term public policy decisions that are made play a critical part in how the Middle Tennessee region will continue to thrive and be a desired live, work, play and invest destination,” commented Gresham Smith Chairman and CEO Al Pramuk. “We are proud of our partnerships with organizations such as TDOT, Metro Transit Authority, Nashville Area MPO, Metro Nashville Parks and the Nashville Chamber as well as surrounding communities and municipalities including Brentwood, Franklin, Gallatin and Clarksville, among others. Through planning, design and advocacy, we are committed to solving the region’s infrastructure challenges, helping to improve connectivity, enhance quality of life and decrease congestion through safe and efficient solutions.”
Gresham Smith has had the opportunity to work on some of the more significant infrastructure projects in the Nashville region. More than a decade ago, staff worked as part of a joint venture to help bring the Music City Star to Nashville, the state’s only commuter train. More recent projects have included the design of the 28th Avenue/ 31st Avenue Connector project, the Division Street extension and TDOT’s Fast Fix 8 project, a $62 million project that replaced eight bridges on I-40 in downtown Nashville seven months ahead of schedule. During the Let’s Move Nashville transit campaign, the firm encouraged staff to register to vote, offered opportunities for employees to educate themselves about the plan and led a successful walk to vote during early voting. Pro-transit Gresham Smith employees also canvassed neighborhoods and helped on phone banks for transit.
In order to support staff in finding ways to combat the impacts of increased regional congestion, Gresham Smith provides flexible work schedules and provides tools and technology that support tele-commuting. A public transit program is offered to all staff and includes employer matching contributions for monthly transit passes on a pre-tax basis.
In addition to transportation and mobility, Regional Impact Awards were given to businesses and organizations in the areas of education attainment, small business development, health and wellness, and economic prosperity.