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Knoxville Regional
Transportation Planning Organization

400 Main St, Suite 403
Knoxville, TN 37902

phone: (865) 215-2500
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Regional Outreach Series 1:  Strengths and Challenges

Meeting in a Box

Outreach Series 1 Meeting in Box focused on the strengths and challenges of the East Tennessee Region and on specific community the participants reside in. Over 200 people from 20 organizations participated in this first round of input gathering via a Meeting in Box.

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Regional Outreach Series 1 Meeting in a Box Results

Meeting Date: 1/18/2012
Host: Hispanic Chamber of Commerce at National College
Group: Table 5
Facilitator: Liliana Burbano
Community Strengths:
Every participant in this group stated they lived in West Knoxville. References to COMMUNITY are only in reference to West Knoxville 
  1. Location and employment (everything is within the city)
  2. Modern schools
  3. Sense of Hispanic community
Regional Strengths:
  1. Topography - nature
  2. Sources of work
  3. Cost of living
Notes on Strengths: Other Community Strengths: • Safer - safety • Green areas • Closeness to businesses • Ethnic diversity • Feeling welcome • Access to health services (hospitals - doctor's offices) • Various types of homes, quality of homes • Stores / malls Other Regional Strengths: • Weather - not cold - not hot • Quality of life - green areas • Low density • Faster transportation • Central location in US Eastern region • Good place to have a family - values • Tourism - touristic places • Hydraulic resources: rivers, lakes
Community Challenges:
  1. 1. Lack of public transportation
  2.         There are no greenways
  3. 3.     There are no sidewalks
Regional Challenges:
  1. Transportation - need a car to get around
  2. The region does not have an international airport
  3. Lack of alternative options for transportation (train, etc.)
Notes on Challenges: Other Community Challenges: • Must have a car to mobilize • Physical infrastructure that makes us automobile dependent (besides lack of sidewalks) affect health, social capital, and neighborhood relations, • Weather • Lacking public {areas} lighting • There aren't any centers or Market Square-like locations where to meet • There are no community centers/ centers for communities • There is no access to health at low cost Other Regional Challenges: • Air quality and contamination by pollen • Increase of drug problems • Increase of social problems (domestic violence, drugs) • Family value is devaluating • Lack of equity with Latino community that reflects in labor exploitation, xenophobia, lack of diversity and limited communication with parents at schools. Discrimination of Hispanic childen at schools. • Xenophobia, there is no integration

Changed at: 4/23/2012 11:45 AM Changed by: Sherith Colverson
Created at: 4/23/2012 11:45 AM Created by: Sherith Colverson
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