Of Note: 11 December 2020

Charlane Oliver

The Equity Alliance, a Nashville-based statewide nonprofit focused on the civic and economic empowerment of the Black community, has announced it will received $350,000 over the next three years to create a new civic leadership training program.

The Equity Alliance was one of 20 organizations chosen nationally to receive a grant from Gilead Sciences Inc.’s Racial Equity Community Impact Fund, according to a release. The fund supports high-impact organizations working to tackle racial inequities affecting Black communities across the United States.

The grant recipients include other advocacy groups from across the U.S., as well as leading historically Black colleges and universities. The fund will initially provide $10 million in grants to the organizations over a three-year period focused on community advocacy and mobilization, social justice and educational innovation.

“This grant is a major investment in Black Tennesseans to advance racial equity and expand the electorate,” Charlane Oliver (pictured), The Equity Alliance co-founder and co-executive director with Tequila Johnson, said in the release. “We know that the civic and political landscape is scarce when it comes to finding and hiring Black talent. Developing the next generation of leaders will strengthen the critical infrastructure needed in our state to achieve electoral justice.”


Amazon exec to chair Tennessee Chamber board

Holly Sullivan, Amazon’s director of worldwide economic development, will lead the 54-member Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry board of directors for 2021.

Sullivan, who was first elected to the board last year, will be joined on the board’s executive committee by the following:

• LaDon Byars, president and CEO of Colonial Diversified Polymer Products

• Stephanie Brackman, COO of the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce

• Evann Freeman, director of government relations at EPB

• Nathan Green, vice chancellor for government and community relations at Vanderbilt University

• Kelly Mullins, director of government relations at Pfizer

• Dennis Wagner, director of external and legislative affairs at AT&T

Other Middle Tennessee board appointees for 2021 are:

• Jeff Aiken, president of the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation

• Kevin Dobbs, president of the Kentucky/Mid-States Division of Atmos Energy

• Carey Whitworth, vice president of government relations and advocacy for the University of Tennessee

• Brian Marger, CEO of TriStar Summit Medical Center

• Kyle Baldwin, a shareholder at LBMC

• John Bradley, senior VP for economic development at TVA

• Damon Hininger, president and CEO of CoreCivic


BNA central ticketing lobby to close

Nashville International Airport officials have announced that the terminal’s central ticketing lobby will fully close, beginning Dec. 16 and remaining that way until 2023 due to expansion and renovation.

All ticketing, check-in and passenger screening will be conducted at the north and south ends of the departures level, according to a release.

The terminal lobby is being closed to facilitate the next phase of construction related to BNA Vision, which will bring enhanced facilities to the airport’s central terminal with a larger entrance hall, an expanded central security checkpoint with 24 screening lanes, an International Arrivals Facility with six aircraft gates, a new marketplace just beyond the security checkpoint and extensive terminal renovations.

Completion of the projects is slated for 2023.

Information kiosks are located inside BNA’s North Terminal and South Terminal for passenger assistance.

This year has seen the BNA Vision initiative feature the opening of the new Concourse D, new ticketing wings, two new interim security checkpoints and a second terminal garage with 2,000 parking spaces.


Gibson partners with L.A. company on clothing line

Guitar manufacturer Gibson Brands has launched its first apparel collection through a collaboration with Los Angeles-based Aviator Nation.

In a release, officials from both companies said their inaugural Aviator Nation x Gibson Collection “draws inspiration from ‘70s-styled, music-infused threads and adds an elevated vintage edge with Gibson’s iconic symbols such as the Hummingbird and the Flying V.”

The line comprises 14 styles of T-shirts, hoodies and hats and will be sold in Aviator Nation stores across the country as well as via Gibson’s website.

“It’s exciting to bring this collaboration to life, combining Gibson, an iconic, 126-year-old brand that has been shaping sound for multiple generations and genres of music around the world, with Aviator Nation, a young brand at the forefront of a lifestyle revolution,” Cesar Gueikian, chief merchant office of Nashville-based Gibson, said in the release.

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