(NASHVILLE) — State Representative Martin Daniel (R-Knoxville) and State Representative Eddie Smith (R-Knoxville)today announced they will hold a transportation summit on Wednesday, September 12 to discuss increasing infrastructure demands due to rapid population growth within their districts.
The summit will take place at the Knoxville Area Association of Realtors, located at 609 N. Weisgarber Road beginning at 1:00 PM. It will provide an opportunity for residents to hear updates on current projects, as well as help identify immediate and future solutions to ease congestion and improve transportation within their communities.
Representatives from the County Commission, Mayor’s Office, the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT), and Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization are expected to attend this important meeting.
Recent Census data suggests the Knoxville metropolitan area is one of two regions in Tennessee experiencing the fastest population growth. According to the website worldpopulationreview.com, the city is also among the ten fastest-growing U.S. cities with the best employment outlook in the entire nation.
“Because of our low cost of living, a friendly business environment, low taxes, and high quality jobs created under Republican leadership, our community has experienced remarkable growth in recent years,” said Representative Daniel. “We know we must find new solutions to address our infrastructure so that we can meet the growing demands of our citizens. I am eager for our elected officials and residents to learn more about current and future plans from local leaders and TDOT officials, and I look forward to continuing to work with these groups to improve the quality of life for our residents.”
“It is clear that we must enhance our infrastructure so that we can keep up with our growing population and also continue to attract new employers to Knox County,” said Representative Smith. “This summit will be informative and allow Knoxvillians to share their concerns and provide critical feedback so that we can continue to improve safety and address a major need within our growing city and our region.”
Martin Daniel lives in Knoxville and represents House District 18, which encompasses West Knoxville, including Cedar Bluff, West Hills, Deane Hill, Rocky Hill, Ridgedale, and Pleasant Ridge. He was elected in 2014 and is currently in his second term as State Representative. Daniel can be reached by email at: [email protected] or by calling (615) 741-2287.
Eddie Smith serves as Vice-Chair of the House Education Administration & Planning Committee. He is also a member of the House Education Administration & Planning Subcommittee, as well as the House Transportation Committee. Smith lives in Knoxville and represents House District 13, which includes part of Knox County. He can be reached by email at:[email protected] or by calling: (615) 741-2031.