After several months of planning by Union and management employees who formed a Nashville Open House Committee, the event happened on Monday, April 16, 2007 at a Grand Opening of the newly-designed and equipped Nashville Field Office. Dignitaries from across the state attended, including staffs from the THDA, USDA, Congressional Offices, faith-based and community based organizations, business leaders, realtors, PHA Directors, and HUD partners from all corners of the state. Atlanta RD, Bob Young attended and cut the ribbon with FOD Bill Dirl and HUD Staff to officially recognize completions of the updated office.
Regional Director Bob Young thanks the Nashville Office Staff and Director, Bill Dirl (sitting) for their dedication and service to support the renovation.
The improvements to the Nashville Office occurred throughout the latter part of 2006 and into 2007, and includes new office furniture, carpeting, video and audio equipment, computers, monitors, projection screens, and not least - new employee furniture, partitions and booths that utilize space-saving and compact design techniques. Employees had waited years for the new equipment and working environments.
Thanks goes out to RD Young who took the initial step by obtaining funding for the project, FOD Bill Dirl and Staff, union representatives, art and office committees, who worked over the months to provide employees with an office environment that definitely exceeded expectations based on a typical refurbishing budget's purchasing power - and what it would buy. The updated Nashville Office environment has left the drab furnishings and equipment behind. The office now appears to be a domain prepared by and for professionals. It's new and it's clean and crisp. In fact, the color schemes in the Nashville Office actually pattern HUD's national website colors. How cool is that?
Director Bob Young took an extra step with the planning committee, and provided the entertainment with bluegrass music from a band, Elizabeth Long and Mountain Fury. After the presentation some 75 participants, "movers and shakers", and invited guests greeted the RD, FOD Bill Dirl and HUD Staff. The Open House Committee provided punch and cake in HUD's colors (portrayed on the HUD Seal) with excellent coordination, planning and communication.
How often is it that Federal Offices have such events to celebrate an Open House? It doesn't happen often! Nashville is proud to be given a refurbished office. They waited through several minor reconstruction efforts, and it finally paid off.