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Accepting the Land Use Initiative Award at the 50th Annual Awards Luncheon of the Greater Nashville Regional Council is Vice-Mayor Mike Callis, Alderman John Kerley, Jackie West with the Portland Planning Department, Denise Geminden with the Office of Economic and Community Development, and Mayor Ken Wilber. SUBMITTED
Accepting the Protective Services Award were City Recorder Doug Yoeckel, Vice-Mayor Mike Callis, Vice-Mayor Mike Callis, Alderman John Kerley, Mayor Ken Wilber, County Executive Anthony Holt, Fire Chief Al West, and Assistant Chief Sam Thornton. SUBMITTED

The City of Portland recently received a Protective Service Award for the building of the North Fire Hall and South Fire Hall, and the Land Use Initiatives Award for the North Gateway Corridor Planning Study at the 50th Annual Awards Luncheon of the Greater Nashville Regional Council.

The Protective Service Award recognized the city for being proactive in building the two fire halls for both areas of the city, which will provide a safer environment for the residents and for the over 50 industries located in and around the Portland area. The award recognized the city's awareness of the possibility of investments in hotels and other commercial development around the I-65 corridor and the interchange currently being built at I-65 and State Route 109, and the future need for fire protection.

The award also recognized the city's partnership with county government to consolidate the new fire hall with Sumner County EMS, and the school board's donation of surplus land on the J. W. Wiseman Elementary School campus. The construction of these two buildings fulfills a strategy within the city's Comprehensive Master Land Use Plan.

The Land Use Initiative Award recognized the city for The North Gateway Corridor Planning Study. The city consulted with Ragan-Smith and Associates and Jones-Bridget consulting firms to craft a guide for future land development opportunities along the corridor and studying how the new I-65 interchange and the future State Route 109 Bypass will impact the area.

The study established goals for accommodating a healthy economic growth along the corridor and arterials, and at the same time promoting regional commerce and tourism. The vision was to have a clear pattern to establish future land use and preserve community character, planning good transportation and utility infrastructure needs, and the preservation of key open space areas.

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