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Donelson Council News - June 2016

Dear Friends,

Over the past nine months since taking office, I’ve been focused on setting a strategy to achieving the goals of my time in office – strengthening neighborhoods, improving community support of our schools, supporting non-profits and continued positive economic development.  I’m proud to report that a substantial element in the Mayor’s budget proposal helps us address all of those areas – a new library for Donelson and is something I’ve been working on and advocating for, so I’m very happy to see this.  Mayor Barry has proposed $6 million for the replacement of our Donelson branch, which was built in 1966 and is quite inefficient from an infrastructure perspective as well as size and layout to meet our needs.  Our current library is about 6,000 square feet.  A proposed new library could be about 20,000 square feet, so the current site is not very feasible for redevelopment.  In addition, as we all know, it can be a difficult location to enter and exit.  My vision is focused on renewal and investment around the Music City Star Donelson Station to create a walkable, mixed-use, transit-oriented town center for our community that offers more restaurants and retail options as well as green space.  A new library would serve as a perfect community center in the heart of Donelson that would help anchor this renewal.  I continue to work with the Mayor’s Office, our Metro Library Director Kent Oliver and Donelson Library Branch Manager Chris Morin on identifying a suitable location that can maximize this investment to help bring greater accessibility, use and expanded programming to better serve the current and future needs of our community.  Should the budget pass with the library funding included (I’m confident it will), there will be community input in this process and I’ll need your help to get the word out when there is a meeting scheduled.  It will probably happen in late Fall, so stay tuned.  As always, I welcome your input any time leading up to a community meeting.

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Donelson Council News - April 2016

Dear Friends,

This may be my longest newsletter yet!  Lots of good things are in each section.  Be sure to visit the Neighborhood News section about an important Community Meeting on sidewalks coming to the heart of Donelson and a lot more important information on great neighbors doing good things for Donelson.

McGavock High School graduate and MTSU student Robert Bagwell contacted me to ask if he could feature me in a personal profile video project.  I was honored.  It turned out really nice and of course my favorite part is how Joey is featured.  Check it out here.  Another personal profile that Robert did featured Donelson’s own former MNPD Chief Joe Casey.  Check that out here.

Mayor Barry will deliver the State of Metro address on Friday, April 29th at 11:30am at the Ascend Amphitheater downtown.  The administration has requested everyone RSVP here to get a count of those attending.  McGavock High School Marching Band as well as other performances will occur as well.  The Mayor presents her budget proposal to Metro Council after the address.

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Council News - February 2016

Dear Friends,

This year is a big voting year for all levels – local, state and national.  The first is our presidential and county primary election on March 1st.  Early voting has already begun.  See the below flyer for the full schedule.Early Voting Schedule Davidson County Election Commision

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Council News - January 2016

Dear Friends,

The new Star Wars movie was a fun part of the Holiday Season for many families.  I certainly enjoyed taking Joey to see it and having an engaging and philosophical discussion about this very timeless story.  It’s also an excellent analogy for how 2016 began – faster than light speed!  January has flown by but it has been an incredibly productive month.  I have been working very hard on a number of initiatives.

I want to begin this newsletter with acknowledgement specifically to our Music Valley / Pennington Bend neighbors and businesses, which have seen the 2015 Holiday Season traffic as the most challenging one yet.  As the Middle Tennessee region continues to grow, we can only expect it to increase and we need to take proactive action on.  Councilman Claiborne began the effort this past summer by bringing together many Metro and State departments and agencies, businesses and neighbors to meet and discuss the increasing challenges.  Metro Public Works did hire a consultant to analyze traffic flow and propose possible solutions.  While a couple of those proposals were implemented, we learned that we need increased resources and better coordination to successfully achieve improvement.  My primary concern is public safety when our roads are gridlocked and emergency vehicles have a difficult time reaching our neighborhoods, hotels and other tourist destinations.  I’ve engaged the Mayor’s Office and Metro Departments to begin early this year to assist in developing a plan that puts public safety first, improves traffic flow and helps ensure all our businesses can benefit from the positive economic impact from the tourist activity the area receives.  I will keep everyone informed with any new developments with this effort.

There was a big turnout for the 32nd Annual Donelson-Hermitage Chamber Christmas Parade and I enjoyed being a judge along with School Board Member Anna Shepherd, Councilman Kevin Rhoten (District 14) and DH Chamber 2016 President-Elect Sharon Kipp.  A very special moment in the parade is when the Music City Young Marines stopped at the Judge’s table and presented me with a U.S. Flag.

Young Marines - Donelson Christmas Parade

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Council News - November 2015

Dear Friends,

It’s nice to sit down and write this next newsletter reflecting on an incredibly busy couple of weeks that have been both productive and enjoyable.  I began a new job at BMI as an Associate Director of Licensing Customer Relations and am thankful for continued professional growth and opportunity to serve BMI’s songwriters, composers and publishers.  We had our third Metro Council meeting on Tuesday, November 3rd and it was also the National League of Cities conference that same week.  I’m looking forward to the Holiday Season approaching and hope everyone will have an opportunity to enjoy quality time with family and friends.

The National League of Cities held their annual Congress of Cities conference in Nashville during the first week of November and it was a great way to showcase our city’s success, thriving businesses, music and much more.  Attendees were Mayors and Council Members from all across the United States and was a great opportunity to share ideas and best practices.  I had the opportunity to bring Joey to the NLC Board of Director’s dinner where Emmylou Harris gave a wonderful performance after the dinner.  Joey got to meet her as well.  I love this picture of Joey with Emmylou taken backstage before the dinner and performance.

Emmylou Harris and Joey Syracuse - Jeff Syracuse Metro Council District 15

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Council News - October 2015

Dear Friends,

I hope everyone is well and enjoying these cooler temperatures.  I’m very thankful to each of you for the continued congratulations and well-wishes I receive as I see you out in the community.  Every one means a great deal and fills me with encouragement.

I was asked to officiate my first wedding on September 12 and it was a memorable experience.  Congratulations again to Tim & Jill Halterman and I wish you many wonderful years together.

Tim & Jill Halterman - First Wedding Officiating for Jeff

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August 2015 – A month of Preparation & Transition

Dear Friends,

This past month has been truly extraordinary and I am quite blessed.  Each and every message of congratulatory well-wishes has truly meant a great deal to me.  Sincere thanks goes to our Councilman, Phil Claiborne, for all his time, support and effort over the past couple of years as I worked towards running for the District 15 seat.  It’s made the transition to hitting the ground running that much smoother as well.  There are strong long-term initiatives and specific projects that began with CM Claiborne that the community will benefit from in the years ahead.  I believe there is a collective feeling in Donelson that very bright days are in front of us.  The energy in the community is palpable.  Look for an announcement coming soon about my first initiative to bring all our diverse neighborhood leadership together to help me be a strong voice for our community’s growth, development and preservation.  There is much to learn from each other and collectively support the variety of issues we face.

I’m proud to share the video of me taking the Oath of Office, administered by Judge Randy Kennedy.  Thanks to neighbor and friend Chris Lackey who was there and caught the memorable moment of Judge Kennedy recalling all the prior District 15 Council Members since Metro was formed and reflect on his time as a Metro Council Member in the Donelson-Hermitage area.  Big thanks to my lovely Markey for standing beside me, as well as CM Larry Hagar and my good friend Andy Depuy.  I also received the below Official Certificate of Election from the Davidson County Election Commission.

Official Certificate of Election - Jeff Syracuse Metro 15

My next Soul of a City blog is online.  It’s poignant that I feature Roland White & Diane Bouska as I reflect on another past big milestone of helping strengthen my neighborhood.  Not having organized a block party before and it being something never done in the neighborhood that anyone could remember, I had a little anxiety if anyone would show up.  Not only did 100+ neighbors come, everyone brought an amazing variety of homemade delicious food to share.  Roland and Diane and a handful of other talented neighbors shared amazing music with us.  They also gave a wonderful performance for the whole community at Music at the Mansion a couple years ago.  Enjoy the selection of their tunes and be sure to catch one of their shows down at The Station Inn!

Our first official Metro Council meeting is Tuesday, October 6.  In future newsletters, I will include a section to inform you on Council activities and decisions.  Please make sure you get out and vote in the run-off election coming September 10.  Early voting is going on now.  All voting information can be found at www.nashville.gov/vote.

I look forward to seeing you soon out in the community!

Best,

Councilman Jeff Syracuse Metro 15

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Thank You Donelson!

Thank You Donelson!

Dear Neighbors and Friends,

I am humbled and filled with deep gratitude for the strong victory last night electing me your next member of Metro Council for the 15th District.

I’m very proud to say that the confidence you have placed in me is not a statement of “now it’s time to get to work”, it’s a statement of “let’s continue the work we are doing on a greater and deeper level”. Just over the past month, the facelift of McGavock High School has begun, two Neighborhood Watch’s are being formed by new neighborhood leadership in Sunset View and Eva Mor Heights and the hard work and challenge of revitalizing the heart of Donelson’s business community continues. By electing me to be your next Councilman, you’ve given me the great honor of serving all our neighborhoods, schools, non-profits and businesses in Donelson. I love this community and will continue being an attentive, focused and dedicated public servant. I look forward to the years ahead and am confident of Donelson’s bright future.

One note – this election season is not yet over. As you know, there will be a run-off election on September 10th for Mayor and Council At-Large. Encourage your neighbors who may not be registered to do so by Monday, August 10. They will then be eligible to vote in the run-off. Head to www.nashville.gov/vote for all voter information.

With a grateful heart, I am sincerely yours,

Jeff,

Jeff Syracuse Councilman 15th District

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July Campaign News - Early Voting is here! Spread the word and let’s win this!

Dear Friends,

The campaign is firing on all cylinders with door knocking, phone calls, a mailer and much more.  Early voting started July 17 and will expand to include the Hermitage Library on Thursday, July 23 through August 1st.  I will be there most all of that time to greet you.  I’ve given this campaign all my energy and I need your help one more time encouraging each other to get out there and vote and let’s win this big!  Here’s the full Early Voting Schedule:

Early Voting Schedule For Metro 2015 Elections

Ballot Distric 15 - Vote For Jeff Syracuse

My next Hearts of the People blog features our neighbor, Marylee Locey.   She sets the bar for community service to both our “two and four-legged” neighbors.  Thanks for all you do, Marylee! 

Thank you again for all the continued support!  If you received this newsletter as a forward or viewing it from social media, sign up at my website on the Get Involved page.  Please continue to get the word out about Early Voting and encourage your District 15 friends and neighbors to be sure to vote!

Best,

All The Best From Jeff Syracuse

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June Campaign News

We will soon we will be doing some phone banking, so if you’re interested in helping out with that or canvassing neighborhoods with me, please let me know.  I have a list going of folks who have expressed an interest in helping out with this, so I’ll be in contact shortly.

I began taking this campaign into our neighborhoods door-to-door a couple weeks ago and started with Bluefields.  I probably knocked on 250 doors in one afternoon.  Thank you to neighbors in Bluefields for sharing thoughts and feelings about where we were, are and going in the community.  It’s very helpful for me to hear directly from you.  I hit every street except for a couple, but will get back there as soon as I can.  If I missed you at home while coming around, I put a door hanger on your door that has all my contact info, including my cell number.  Please don’t hesitate to call me.

Syracuse For Metro15 Door Hangers

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May Campaign News

This campaign has really kicked into high gear!  It’s been a month of high energy and a lot of work, but it’s been very rewarding and the rest of the campaign will be more of the same all the way until August 6.  I’m deeply thankful to each of you for your incredible support.  I couldn’t do this without you.

Before I left for Memphis, I began to put up campaign signs and I was blown away with the response from neighbors who saw them going up and asked for one for their yard too.  I am so thankful for this show of support and I actually ran out of my first batch of 125 signs, so I’ve placed another order and will get them to you just as soon as they are printed.  If you’d like a sign, you can let me know by visiting my website’s Get Involved page here.  Thank you!

Jeff Syracuse for Metro Council - Campaign Yard Sign

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April Campaign News

March has been a busy month with petitions being released and campaigns across the county gear up for full steam ahead.  We had four meet & greets this past month to discuss Donelson and sign my petition.  Big thanks goes to my wonderful hosts – Al & Stephanie Pruitt Gaines in my neighborhood of Donelson Hills, Mike & Karen Cowell in Merry Oaks (with help from Naomi Regensburg), David & Maggie Sidlinger in Bluefields (with help from Lara Tucker) and Julie Buhler, Emily Nix and the team at Phat Bites for hosting a great after work birthday party and meet & greet!  It was a great time at each getting to know new neighbors and listening to your thoughts and concerns for our community and in your neighborhoods.  The Davidson County Election Commission gives you two petition forms with 67 blanks on them each.  You only need 25 valid signatures to be placed on the ballot, but I successfully filled up every blank and my sincere thanks goes out to each of you who came to one of the meet & greets, took time to meet with me or invited me to your home to sign it. 
 

Petition Signed and Delivered - Jeff Syracuse for Metro 15

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February Campaign News

Check out these great new push cards that I’ll be handing out at events.  Thanks to Jerry Dunaway for the design and Andrew Hensley with Purple Chair Studio for the photo of Bo and me in front of the Two Rivers Mansion.

 

Jeff Syracuse For Metro Council District 15 - Jeff's New Calling Card

Election Day August 6, 2015 - Vote For Jeff

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Campaign News in the New Year

The house was packed with friends and neighbors for our “Pizza & Planning” meeting during the afternoon of Saturday, December 12th. Thanks to all that came! We enjoyed Fletcher’s Pizza and put together a strong campaign that will carry us to victory this August.

We added a YouTube Channel! Big thanks to Jamie Jean with Train Productions for creating the video of the campaign kick-off. I added a few other videos that I hope you enjoy.

There’s a new edition of the Hearts of the People blog, featuring our very creative neighbor Stephanie Pruitt, who was also recently appointed to the Metro Arts Commission! I also have a new edition of my Soul of a City blog, featuring the music and talent of Donelson's own Carol Grace Anderson.

Best,

jeff-syracuse

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Jeff Syracuse For Metro Council District 15 November Update

Dear Friends,

My sincere thanks to everyone who came to my campaign kick-off at the historic Grand Ole Opry Studio A.  The turnout was incredible and I’m blessed with the strong show of support from so many already!  This year has been very successful in building a solid foundation for the campaign and I’m excited about fully launching it next year.

If you haven’t visited my website yet, I invite you to check it out.  I’ve expressed my thoughts in the About section regarding what the campaign is about and detailed what areas I will focus on as your next member of Metro Council for the 15th District in the Issues section.

I hope you enjoy the two blogs I created – Soul of a City and Hearts of the People.  It’s always a joy for me to share music with others and talk about the people of Donelson who are making a big difference in our community.  Stay tuned for the next editions coming soon.

Below will be the core sections of my newsletter that I will be sending out regularly.  My disclaimer – There is a great deal of wonderful things going on in the community and I’m sure I will miss highlighting something.  Please don’t hesitate to let me know about something going on in your neighborhood, our schools, non-profits, or business that I can feature.  I want everyone to know as much about our great community as I can fit in one newsletter!

An event that I encourage you to put on your calendars is at McGavock High School on Monday, November 10th at 6pm.  The “preferred future” that has been created through the NashvilleNext process of updating the Nashville General Plan is ready for the public to give final input and learn how it will impact our Community Plan for Donelson-Hermitage-Old Hickory.  I’ve been at the very heart of this process over the past couple of years and am excited for everyone to see how important Donelson is being recognized as part of Nashville and Davidson County’s next 25-years of growth, development, and preservation.

Best,

Jeff Syracuse

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Getting Involved and Campaign “Pizza & Planning” Meeting at Jeff’s House – Saturday, December 13th

Many have asked what they can do to help with the campaign and I’m so thankful for the support.  In addition to financially supporting the campaign, there are a number of ways you can help.

  1. Share this newsletter with your friends and encourage them to sign up for them on my website.  I look forward to putting them together regularly.
  2. As mentioned in the beginning of this newsletter, I have two blogs on my website and the whole online experience wouldn’t be possible without the talents of Peter & Vicki Beare at Bear Web Design.
  3. Like and share my Facebook page and follow me on Twitter.  I post community news, events, and music industry related content.
  4. Follow this link to let me know if you’d like to put a sign in your yard or at your business, host an event, help with canvassing, or anything else.
  5. Make sure your voter registration is up to date!  Go to the Nashville.gov page here for more information.

I’d like to invite you to come to my house at 222 Graeme Dr, Nashville, TN 37214 on Saturday, December 13th at noon for pizza and planning.  There are a number of specific things to work on for next year and it will be a great opportunity to put some strategies and plans together.  Let me know if you’d like to come over so I can order enough pizzas and drinks. 

Thank you again for all the support, words of encouragement, and energy you’re putting into this campaign!  We’re off to a great start.  See you soon.

Best,

jeff-syracuse

 

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