Business community coming together to aid in flood recovery

Thursday, May 6, 2010 at 7:11pm

Mayor Karl Dean rolled out a new business response team Thursday that will facilitate the volunteer efforts of businesses and assist businesses stricken by the weekend of flooding.

Taking the lead on the efforts are the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, along with Gray Line of Tennessee, Ingram Industries, Bridgestone Americas and AT&T.

“This team will facilitate the process for companies to make contributions, either through donations, volunteer manpower or in-kind services,” Dean said. “It will do the crucial work of reaching out to the business community to make sure they know we need help.”

Kicking off the efforts of the business community, the Country Music Association pledged to donate half the proceeds it nets from its CMA Music Festival, held in June, to Nashville’s disaster relief cause. The figure will likely exceed $1 million.

Dean’s business response team will assess the needs of businesses throughout Middle Tennessee. From there, leaders are hoping to coordinate corporate involvement to match companies that want to help with those that need it. The group will also work with various local nonprofit agencies such as Hands on Nashville.

“We are proud to be a part of Mayor Dean’s team to help create that sustained attention to the recovery, so that we have just as much energy as time goes along as we do today,” said chamber CEO Ralph Schulz.

To plug into the business network, people are to call 743-3091 or visit

2 Comments on this post:

By: nashmusic2244 on 5/9/10 at 11:20

Hmm, sounds fantastic!

Maybe this privileged group can continue the volunteer efforts after we have dry feet from the floods in funding and kicking off a successful program to teach those who come here for a better life English.

Novel idea!!

If the Santa Ana, CA chamber of commerce and business community can do it for their immigrants, why can't Nashville's business community?

Rather than spend money, time and efforts in defeating legislation that will make our roads safer, give immigrants a tool that cannot be lost or taken away like a driver's license can.

Eddie Garcia

By: MORANNatalie on 12/19/11 at 2:06

Don't you understand that it is high time to receive the loans, which would make you dreams real.