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The Jennings & Rebecca Jones Chair of Excellence in Urban and Regional Planning


In 1995, Jennings A. Jones had a dream, not unusual for a man who was a visionary. What is unusual is that he made his dreams come true. Jones dreamed of a program that would assist the citizens of middle Tennessee in creating a better future through urban and regional planning. He approached President James E. Walker at MTSU about establishing such a program. And the dreams began to take form. Jennings and Rebecca Jones provided $625,000. With matching funds from the State of Tennessee, the Jennings and Rebecca Jones Chair of Excellence in Urban and Regional Planning at MTSU was established in 1997.


The Jennings and Rebecca Jones Chair of Excellence in Urban and Regional Planning produces and disseminates information relevant to the planning needs and issues in the midstate region. It encourages dialogue on these important issues among area policymakers, opinion leaders, and the broader community of interest.


  • Promote applied research and service focused on regional and urban planning.
  • Provide a forum for the discussion of regional and urban issues and for the development of solutions to promote effective economic development.
  • Act as a resource to the regional community of interest in identifying, analyzing, and solving problems.
  • Encourage interactions of faculty and students with practitioners in a broad range of industries and institutions influenced and expected to be impacted by growth.
  • Support the on-campus development of curriculum materials and faculty more conversant with the issues of the region. 

Area Focus

Currently the Chair of Excellence focuses on the Nashville and Clarksville MSAs.

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