GEAR UP 2020 is a set of actions that can help to fulfill related plans laid out in the expansive and comprehensive NashvilleNext, Middle Tennessee Connected, Moving Tennessee Forward, Nmotion2015 and other long term planning efforts already undertaken. The goal of this project was to provide a set of actionable, short-term, specific ideas to move Nashville forward by the year 2020, while thinking about the latest technologies, business models and government innovations in formulating this goal-oriented, milestone-driven set of actions.

Metro Nashville no longer has the space, budget, time, or tolerance for the inefficiency of each city’s systems to operate independently versus synergistically.

Nashville Next is a world class multi-disciplinary plan with well thought-out implementation. Gear-Up 2020 supports the actions and in some cases provides more detail, reinforces the importance of an action, or suggests an important interim step and responsible party to get there.

Gabe Klein of Cityfi wrote the report and collaborated with the Nashville Urban Land Institute in the creation of the final report. Cityfi was involved in a complex process of interviews, a survey of existing plans and policies, synthesizing interdependent and interrelated programs and bureaucracies; all serving as the foundation for its strategic recommendations.

The plan is currently being implemented by the City of Nashville.

Gabe Klein was the Principal on this project.