Mayor Megan Barry and Metro Finance Director Talia Lomax-O’dneal have released the schedule for upcoming meetings related to the 2016-17 budget.
“I’m excited to see and hear some of the innovative and collaborative ideas that our Metro departments and agencies have to present,” said Mayor Barry. “This is a new way of approaching the budget, and one that I hope will result in ideas and programs that will make our government more efficient and effective for the residents of Davidson County.”
On the week of March 28 – April 1, Mayor Barry will be joined by a panel including Finance Director Lomax-O’dneal, Chief Operating Officer Rich Riebeling, Director of Innovation Nancy Shapiro, and Michael Burcham, CEO of Narus Health and founding President of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center. The panel, which will meet at the Entrepreneur Center, will review and critique Public Investment Plans (PIPs), an innovative new way of approaching budgeting that has challenged Metro departments and agencies to think creatively about how they can collaborate on pilot initiatives. The proposed initiatives address the mayor’s priorities of transportation and infrastructure, economic and community development, public education, public safety, quality of life, and general Metro issues.
“We want to create a budget that is connected to the needs of Nashville, that is accessible to her citizens and that is reflective of Mayor Barry’s vision,” said Lomax-O’dneal. “This new, innovative approach will allow us to accomplish that goal.”
The Budget Improvement Discussions will be aired live on Metro 3 and Nashville.gov, while the Public Investment Plans will be livestreamed on Nashville.gov. All will be archived and available on YouTube and shown throughout the following weeks on Metro 3.
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