The public is invited to the annual Metro Council Minority Caucus Reception hosted by Belmont University on Thursday, March 14, 2019, from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. in the Janet Ayers Academic Center – 4th Floor Conference Room – 1803 15th Avenue South on the Belmont campus. The keynote speaker is Rodney Strong, CEO of Griffin and Strong, who did the Minority Enterprise Growth and Needs Study for Nashville. Strong will talk about “Doing Business with Metro Nashville (under new legislation).”
You are especially encouraged to attend if you want to do business with Metro or are concerned about the increasing the number of minority businesses with Metro. Free parking will be provided in the Ayers Garage.
Mr. Strong is widely considered one of the foremost national experts in the area of procurement disparity research and supplier diversity program development. His experience in these areas began in 1985 when then-Mayor Andrew Young appointed him Director of Contract Compliance for the City of Atlanta, a position he held until 1992.
A member of the State Bar of Georgia, Attorney Strong represents a range of public entity and corporate clients, specializing in public contract, community development and real estate law. In addition to his law practice, Mr. Strong also serves as the general counsel for the Fulton County/City of Atlanta Land Bank Authority, and as a supplier diversity consultant on numerous projects including the newly built Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA.
Strong is the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Griffin & Strong, PC. Mr. Strong is currently the project principal for public policy consulting engagements with several state and local governmental entities.
Mr. Strong is a graduate of the University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, where he was a Herbert Herff Presidential Law Scholar. He received his undergraduate degree in Political Science from Morehouse College.
The Metropolitan Council is the legislative authority of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, a city-county consolidated government created on April 1, 1963. The Council is a 40-member body of elected representatives of which 35 are elected by district and 5 are elected at-large, or county-wide. The presiding officer is the Vice Mayor, who is elected at-large by the citizens of Nashville and Davidson County. Members are elected to serve a term of four years.
Created as the Black Caucus of the Council, the current Minority Caucus consists of a number of members, including women and ethnic minorities. The current Metropolitan Council Minority Caucus Members are as follows: Member-At-Large Erica Gilmore, Member-At-Large Sharon Hurt, District 1 Jonathan Hall, District 2 DeCosta Hastings, District 3 Brenda Haywood, District 5 Scott Davis, District 21 Ed Kindall, District 23 Mina Johnson, District 28 Tanaka Vercher, District 31 Fabian Bedne, District 32 Jacobia Dowell, and District 33 Antoinette Lee.