Fundraiser Supporting Jeff Syracuse – January 5, 2023

Mark your calendars for January 5th, and join us for a fundraiser on January 5th at 5:30 pm at Maggiano’s. 

Thanks to the generosity of supporters like you, our campaign has incredible momentum. We have to keep it up though, and that includes reaching our fundraising goals! If you haven’t had a chance to support the campaign, please consider purchasing a ticket or joining the host committee for this event today.  

We hope to see you there! 

– Team Jeff Syracuse for Metro Council At-Large

Campaign Fundraiser, Jeff Syracuse, Metro Council At Large

A Donelson Christmas

This Saturday, December 3rd at 4pm will be our annual Donelson Christmas Tree lighting. As our new Nashville Public Library Donelson Branch is under construction, we’re moving the tree lighting to FiftyForward Donelson Station, which is very convenient for everyone to enjoy the Donelson Hermitage Chamber of Commerce’s 37th Annual Christmas Parade at 2pm along Donelson Pike from Elm Hill Pike to FiftyForward and be right there for the tree lighting at 4pm.

37th Annual Christmas Parade, Christmas In Donelson, Donelson Christmas Tree

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Metro Council At Large Campaign

Finally, as you’ve no doubt heard and seen, I have decided to run for Metro Council At Large in the August 2023 election.  I want to take my laser focus and passion for Donelson and apply it to the whole county.  It’s been a humbling opportunity to lead Donelson through balanced growth and development as all of Middle Tennessee continues to grow at a rapid pace.  As “Downtown Donelson” comes to life through our new Donelson Branch Library and a revitalized Donelson Station to ensuring historic protections, single-family neighborhoods and rural areas in the county are supported and preserved, we can find a way to channel our success as a city into the support our neighborhoods need across all of Davidson County.  We need to push harder on creating the intersections between transit and affordable housing as well as our efforts to ensure our growth also means sustainable and resilient communities that grow with thoughtful intention. 

Downtown Donelson, Jeff Syracuse, Metro Council At Large

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Appointed Committee Chair of Public Health and Safety

Vice Mayor Shulman announced new Committee Chairs and has appointed me Chair of Public Health and Safety.  As we emerge from the worst of the pandemic, deal with the fentanyl crisis, advance our co-response model for public safety, and more in this area, I will be focused on these areas and more in my role.  I want to thank District 12 CM Erin Evans for all her great efforts as the last Chair of this committee.

Mental Health Co-operative, Public Health and Safety, Vice Mayor Jim Shulman

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Metro Schools now an “Advancing” School District

I am very proud to share that Metro Schools has announced that student academic achievement is improving, and the district is now an “Advancing” school district, which is the second highest rating a school system can achieve.  That’s largely based on TCAP scores and then schools are broken down into three categories – Reward, Priority or Targeted Support.  There are many more schools in the Reward category this year. 

Advancing School District, Jeff Syracuse, Metro Council District 15, MNPS

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Music Makes Us Advisory Council Chair Hand Over

I recently completed my two-year term as Chair of the Advisory Council for Music Makes Us that serves to support the 44,000 students and 188 music teachers across MNPS.  I handed it over to Brian Sexton, whom is a wonderful community leader within arts and music, and he will be an excellent leader as we emerge from the pandemic and focus on rebuilding some programs and bringing further investment to support our teachers and students.

One such effort to support our student’s performance opportunities is the “Metro Marching Classic” where marching bands across Davidson County participate in an exhibition of their marching shows this year.  It’s a free event and all are welcome to attend on October 1st.  See flyer below for details.

Metro Marching Classic

Brian Sexton, Metro Marching Classic, MNPS, Music Makes Us

Mayor’s Youth Summit

Encourage your student to engage with the Mayor’s Youth Summit on Wednesday, November 2nd, which will be back in person this year. The summit is held annually to bring together young people from across Metro Nashville to discuss issues important to them with their peers and local stakeholders.  Registration is due by October 14th.  Thanks to the Oasis Center for hosting.  Visit this link to register and see flyer below for more details.

Mayor's Youth Summit

Jeff Syracuse, Metro Council District 15, Mayor Cooper, Mayor's Youth Summit

Metro Parks add “Point and Play” Banner at Two Rivers Park

I want to thank Donelson neighbor Amanda Moss for reaching out and educating me about how communication can be extremely difficult for non-speaking children. They may not have acquired the reading skills to communicate, or don’t have access to AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication) devices, especially at parks.  So, I reached out to Metro Parks about her suggestion of including a “Point and Play” banner to Two Rivers Park playground so that everyone will have a way to communicate their needs.  I’m thankful to Metro Parks for agreeing to purchase this banner (shown below) as a pilot program.  So, if you see this banner, thanks go to Amanda for her advocacy to help ensure our Parks are welcoming and engaging for all our children.

Jeff Syracuse, Metro Council District 15, Point and Play Banner, Two Rivers Park

Fall 2022 Citizen’s Water Academy

Metro Nashville Water Services encourages everyone to sign up for the Fall 2022 Citizen’s Water Academy.  The Citizen’s Water Academy (CWA) is an opportunity for Metro Water Services (MWS) customers to learn about our most precious natural resource, water, and how Water Services manages it from “river to river.”  Citizen’s Water Academy is an in-person interactive five-session program, held over the course of 2.5 weeks.  

Citizen's Water Academy, Jeff Syracuse Metro Councilman 15th District, Metro Water Services

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You May Be Right Podcast

I think we’ll agree that our public discourse when it comes to difficult topics we may disagree on needs to improve.  I am encouraged that the Howard H. Baker, Jr. Center for Public Policy at The University of Tennessee at Knoxville has launched a new podcast called “You May Be Right”, co-hosted by former Governor’s Phil Bredesen and Bill Haslam.  Check out more info here and to sign up for updates when new episodes of the podcast are available.  It will tackle tough topics like gun violence, climate change, and the national debt and feature conversations between Governors Bredesen and Haslam and guests with differing viewpoints including Paul Ryan, Al Gore, Erskine Bowles, Nancy Ann DeParle, and Arne Duncan.

Bill Haslam, Howard Baker Center, Phil Bredesen, University of Tennessee