Nashville… if you ever want to travel – but still feel like you’re home – head to Nashville!
We just returned from our annual Intercity Leadership Visit (ICLV) trip with about 95 others looking to explore a new city and get to know one another just a little bit better along the way. What a special time we had.
Nashville, for starters, feels so much like home. A walkable downtown with a river running through it, up-and-coming while still not quite sure how to be a “grown-up city”
My impressions come in phrases, scattered images:
- It is a city that celebrates its city…. Perhaps making us better equipped at forging our future.
- It is a melting pot of transplants and natives.
- The “fabric” of this community is hard to beat.
- It is in the midst of a Renaissance accompanied by old standbys.
- This city is an entrepreneurial hotbed.
- The university and academic element is strong.
- Healthcare, technology, and manufacturing keep their economy stable.
- Ultimately, the people make the city.
Doesn’t it sound like home? Our hosts in Nashville were remarkably candid about the challenges they’ve faced with transit, struggles with equity and disparity… elevated and encouraged us at the same time. And during our three days we spent really good time with our fellow leaders from around the Twin Cities we tasted the Nashville music life, caught a Wild game (they were playing Nashville while we we were there!), and got to know one another better.
This was my first trip, but I already look forward to next year. Be sure to join us if you can!