Putting the “Dragon” Back in Dragon Park

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After two years of renovations, Nashville’s iconic Dragon will reopen to the community Sunday, May 20, thanks to the support of community leaders, neighbors and volunteers. The Hillsboro–West End Neighborhood Association (HWEN), in partnership with Metro Nashville Parks and Recreation, will kick off the Dragon’s homecoming at the first Dragon Music Sunday of the season. The ceremony will begin at 4 p.m., with remarks from Mayor David Briley, and representatives from Vanderbilt University and the Hillsboro–West End Neighborhood Association. The Dragon will then be reopened for children to play on and neighbors to enjoy once again. After the ceremony, Centennial … Read More

Nashville Public Education Foundation Kicks Off ‘Show Your Love For Teachers’ Campaign

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Thousands of Nashvillians – from parents to businesses and students to city leaders – are thanking Nashville’s 6,800 hardworking public school educators during the month of May as part of the third annual Show Your Love for Teachers campaign. This annual citywide effort, a program of the Nashville Public Education Foundation and supported by the Mayor’s Office and Metro Nashville Public Schools, is shaping up to be the biggest display of teacher appreciation in Nashville to date. “Nashville’s teachers are a huge part of what makes this city great, which is why recognizing and celebrating them through … Read More

Work Institute Releases National Employee Retention Report

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Workplace turnover is increasing, and the employee-driven marketplace calls for CEOs and managers to focus more effort on employee retention. An estimated 42 million employees will leave their jobs in 2018, according to the findings of a comprehensive national study conducted by Work Institute. The company has released its 2018 Retention Report, the only known one of its kind, marking its second study of national workplace turnover and retention. Using a scientifically valid methodology and data from over 234,000 exit interviews, this report uncovers the root causes of turnover to reveal the real reasons employees leave their jobs for better … Read More

MP&F Public Relations Becomes MP&F Strategic Communications

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MP&F Public Relations is now MP&F Strategic Communications. The staff-driven rebrand is a nod to the agency’s growing service areas and integrated approach to helping clients achieve their business and organizational goals. “For 31 years, MP&F has been a public relations firm providing multifaceted communications services to help our clients achieve their goals,” said David Fox, managing partner. “This name change is a reinforcement of the broad scope of services we offer and the work our team does every day to integrate public relations with the latest strategies in advertising, marketing, digital strategy, and design and web services.” MP&F is … Read More

Nashville Public Education Foundation Kicks Off Third Annual ‘Show Your Love For Teachers’ Campaign

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Thousands of Nashvillians – from parents to businesses and students to city leaders – are thanking Nashville’s 6,800 hardworking public school educators during the month of May as part of the third annual Show Your Love for Teachers campaign. This annual citywide effort, a program of the Nashville Public Education Foundation and supported by the Mayor’s Office and Metro Nashville Public Schools, is shaping up to be the biggest display of teacher appreciation in Nashville to date. “Nashville’s teachers are a huge part of what makes this city great, which is why recognizing and celebrating them through the Show Your … Read More

National Museum of African American Music Announces Legends Gala Honorees

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The National Museum of African American Music will present Charlie Wilson, Nile Rodgers, Yolanda Adams, Mona Scott–Young and Keb’ Mo’ with the Rhapsody & Rhythm Award at the Museum’s fifth Celebration of Legends on the evening of Thursday, May 31, at the War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville. The Gala celebrates African American musical and cultural trailblazers who have made significant contributions to American music across all genres. “Charlie Wilson, Nile Rodgers, Yolanda Adams, Mona Scott–Young and Keb’ Mo’ represent the talented, accomplished and decorated musical pioneers that the National Museum of African American Music seeks to elevate,” said NMAAM President … Read More

WGU Tennessee Offers New B.S. in Computer Science, Includes Key IT Certifications

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 4, 2018) – Western Governors University (WGU), parent university of WGU Tennessee, has announced the addition of a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (BSCS) degree program through its College of Information Technology. The new degree program is in response to the great demand for computer science graduates. In Tennessee, there are more than 6,000 open jobs and only 625 graduates in the computer science field. “There are more technology jobs in Tennessee than there are qualified applicants to fill them,” said Kimberly K. Estep, Ph.D., chancellor of WGU Tennessee. “This is especially true in Nashville, where … Read More

Weiss & Weiss Attorneys At Law Joins Ortale Kelley Law Firm

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Scott Weiss, Tennessee’s first and only College of Community Association Lawyers (CCAL) Fellow, has merged practices with Ortale Kelley Law Firm – one of middle Tennessee’s pre-eminent law offices. The CCAL certification recognizes Weiss’ excellence in the practice of community association law and distinguishes his contributions to the development of community association law in Tennessee and nationally. “Scott’s unmatched expertise in community association law is a perfect complement to our suite of services,” said Richard Sebastian, managing partner. “Ortale Kelley’s and Scott’s clients will greatly benefit from this relationship and expanded support capabilities.” Weiss’ practice is dedicated primarily to the … Read More

National Museum of African American Music And U.S. Postal Service Honor Legendary Performer And Civil Rights Pioneer Lena Horne

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The National Museum of African American Music and the U.S. Postal Service today unveiled a stamp in honor of legendary performer and civil rights activist Lena Horne in observance of Black History Month. Horne will be featured at NMAAM when the museum opens in 2020. NMAAM curator Steven Lewis gave remarks detailing Horne’s lifetime musical career and contributions to the civil rights movement at the unveiling. “Lena Horne is, without a doubt, one of the most iconic figures in American entertainment,” Lewis said. “She rose from humble beginnings to a prominent place in American history on the strength of her … Read More

McNeely Makes Plans To Shift Role At MP&F, Start New Firm – McNeely Brockman PR

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New firm will launch June 1, co-locate with MP&F, share projects NASHVILLE – MP&F Public Relations founder Mark McNeely plans to form a related strategic communications consultancy housed in MP&F’s Nashville offices effective June 1, it was announced today. “This has been a long-term dream, and I am looking forward to transitioning to this new role, where my partner will be my daughter, Kelly Brockman, and we will focus on executive-level media relations, media training, crisis communications and strategic planning,” said McNeely, who started the firm that became MP&F in 1987. “I will still be working with some MP&F clients, … Read More