What Makes a Community Livable?

Jana Lynott shared her message about community livability at three events in Knoxville on April 24 and 25, 2018, as part of the Active Knox speaker series.

These events were co-hosted by AARP Tennessee, with additional sponsorship by the Knoxville Area Association of Realtors.

Jana discussed AARP’s interest in making sure that communities design their streets and neighborhoods so that seniors can enjoy transportation choices and age in place if they choose.

More than 90 people attended a public event with Jana on April 24, and she also addressed the TPO’s Executive Board at their meeting on April 25. Her visit to Knoxville wrapped up with a presentation before about 40 elected and appointed officials at the Knoxville Chamber on April 25.

Jana is a senior strategic policy advisor for the Livable Communities Team in AARP’s Public Policy Institute. Her research and videography focus on a broad array of planning and policy issues including complete streets, public transportation and travel patterns. Most recently, Jana was responsible for bringing AARP’s groundbreaking Livability Index to fruition.

In her Knoxville events, Jana discussed how Knoxville and Knox County stack up in the Livability Index, and also Knoxville’s new membership in AARP’s network of Age-Friendly Communities.

Jana was the eighth speaker in the Active Knox series, which includes funding from the Tennessee Department of Health.

The next events will be in June, with the speaker and dates to be announced shortly. If you’d like to receive emails about the events, contact ellen.zavisca@knoxplanning.org.

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