Our Evolution

In 1984, a small group of leaders from a variety of Nashville’s neighborhoods, primarily East Nashville, Germantown and West Nashville, came together for the first meeting of what was to become the Nashville Neighborhood Alliance (NNA). Over the following decades, the NNA has worked with over 400 neighborhood groups from throughout Nashville and Davidson County, Tennessee.  

The simple, yet important, idea was that neighborhoods should work together as a group to have an even broader impact on the future of their neighborhoods and our city.

As the neighborhood movement continued to take hold in our city, so did the NNA. While the initial membership was compromised mostly of urban and historic neighborhoods, as time passed suburban and rural areas became more involved with the NNA.

In 1991, the Board of Directors decided to turn the NNA into a formal Tennessee state corporation, the mission of which is to improve or maintain the quality of life in residential Nashville.

The NNA works to keep a wide range of neighborhoods involved as it shapes its policies and responds to specific issues. A varied and active membership is the best guarantee that the NNA will continue to represent Nashville’s neighborhoods, as a whole.

As the countywide representative of neighborhood groups, the NNA continues to be the strongest voice of neighborhood life in Nashville.  In recent years, more than 200 neighborhood groups have worked together with us to protect our quality of life and move corporately toward our goals. Over the years, we have worked with over 400 neighborhood associations, homeowner associations, neighborhood watches and other community-based citizen groups.

By 1995 the NNA received so many requests for support and assistance from a wide range of communities in Nashville. NNA officers Billy Fields and John Stern drafted a framework for a charitable organization to support the work of NNA that in 1997, Mr. Stern procured the funding to start the Neighborhoods Resource Center (NRC).

The NRC was established to support the NNA by providing professional neighborhood organizing, leadership training and state-of-the-art neighborhood data and information center.

Your membership and participation in the NNA is essential.  We must be able to speak with one voice and move in one motion in order to reach our goals.

In 2006, the NNA & NRC set out to create a vision for the future of neighborhoods. We hoped we could bring 100 individuals from 50 neighborhood groups together to accomplish this endeavor. In the end over 200 individuals from 130 neighborhood groups participated in the creation of “The Future of Neighborhoods.”

The NNA is the best avenue to advance issues critical to the success of the neighborhood movement. We always work to advance the causes and interests of all the neighborhoods in our city! No other organization does that!

The continuing focus on neighborhoods can only happen with our continuing vigilance and action! With your assistance, the Nashville Neighborhood Alliance will continue to make Nashville an even better place to live, work and play.  

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