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Infrastructure, Sustainability and Resilience Innovations for Regional Growth

Vanderbilt Delivers for Regional Growth: Radical Collaboration Advances Critical Solutions to Infrastructure, Sustainability and Resilience Challenges

At Vanderbilt, we believe in catalyzing vital economic, technological, and societal growth through radical collaboration across diverse disciplines and communities.

Our interdisciplinary strengths cut across innovative mobility, smart and secure cities, data-driven sustainability, resilient community development, innovative workforce development, and award-winning entrepreneurship programs. Our top-notch researchers and innovators are supported by a variety of centers and institutes as well as trans-institutional partnerships with other regional, national and international research institutions.

But Vanderbilt is more than a research and innovation powerhouse.  We engage deeply with partners across industry, non-profit, and government sectors to map new challenges and opportunities and forge solutions that would not be possible otherwise.

Below are just a handful of highlights showcasing the breadth and depth of Vanderbilt’s resources and expertise.  Find out more about our vibrant, interdisciplinary community and contact us to see how we can work together to redefine what’s possible.


Imagine harnessing emerging technologies and transdisciplinary innovation to drive fast and equitable workforce development and enable transformative mobility and resilient infrastructure advancements.

Tennessee and Nashville are booming, and so is Vanderbilt:

  • Tennessee’s population is expected to grow by 50,000 people annually over the next 20 years (Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research, March 9, 2022)
  • Davidson County grew by almost 9,000 people a year on average over the past decade (U.S. Census Bureau, 2020)
  • Together, Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center are the largest private employer in the Nashville region and the second-largest private employer based in Tennessee (TXP, Inc. report, 2019)
  • VU and VUMC collectively generated $11.9 billion for the TN economy in 2017-18 (TXP, Inc. report, 2019)

In harmony with these strong regional economic developments, Vanderbilt and our regional academic, industry and government partners are driving cutting-edge technological advancements and generating societal and economic growth for our communities.

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