MAYOR DEAN PROPOSES RENOVATION OF KIPP ACADEMY, CREATION OF NEIGHBORHOOD CENTER Mayor Dean has proposed renovation of the Highland Heights School building which houses KIPP Academy in East Nashville. His proposal would turn the building into a neighborhood center that would be used not only as a school, but also as a place that neighbors of all ages could use every day. The proposal includes ball fields, two gymnasiums, walking trails, a library, after-school care, community classes and a tutorial center. Read Gail Kerr's column that appeared in The Tennessean about Mayor Dean's plans for Highland Heights BUSINESS RESPONSE TEAM FORMED TO HELP NASHVILLE'S BUSINESS COMMUNITY RECOVER FROM FLOOD Because the private sector has a vital role to play in flood recovery efforts, Mayor Karl Dean created a Business Response Team to lead the recovery efforts generated by Nashville’s business community. The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce was asked to coordinate this team. The corporate leaders who have agreed to head up this effort are: Henry Hicks of Gray Line Tours LCL, Inc., Orrin Ingram of Ingram Industries Inc., Christine Karbowiak of Bridgestone Americas, Inc. and Gregg Morton of AT&T. The Business Response Team will also facilitate recovery efforts from businesses to individuals and non-profit organizations through entities already leading these efforts (Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, Hands On Nashville, United Way, American Red Cross, Salvation Army, etc.) The Mayor’s Office of Economic and Community Development will serve as a liaison for the Business Response Team to Metro Government. Businesses can find information about the Business Response Team at www.nashvillechamber.com/flood.