Welcome to the City of Cookeville, thank you for visiting our website. I am Mayor Matt Swallows, and I would like to share some information on our great city and community.
The City of Cookeville operates under a Council-Manager form of government. Five City Council members are elected at-large to serve a four year term. Council members elect the Mayor. The Mayor presides over Council meetings and conducts other official duties as described in the city charter. City Council meetings are held the first and third Thursday of each month at 5:30pm in the Cookeville Municipal Building located at 45 East Broad Street. Additional meetings and work sessions are called when necessary to conduct public business. These meetings are open to the public, citizens are given an opportunity to speak and to be involved in the decision making process. I am excited to have the opportunity to serve this city as Mayor, and look forward to working with my fellow Council members and citizens to make our community even greater.
Cookeville is a well diversified community of quality with a population of approximately 30,000 people. The community continues to grow, and in recognizing this growth and preparing for the future, the City recently completed the Cookeville 2030 Plan. The Cookeville 2030 Plan is a 20-year comprehensive plan for the future growth and development of Cookeville and its Urban Growth Boundary. This plan replaces the City’s 1999-2020 Comprehensive Plan. The 2030 Plan contains analyses and evaluations of many of the factors that will affect the future of the City that includes municipal finances, socio-economic conditions, the environment and natural factors, existing development, utilities and transportation. The plan also establishes specific goals, objectives, and policies to guide in the future development of the City. The 2030 plan can be viewed on this website.
Quality of life is of importance to me as well. We have many things that enhance the quality of life for our residents. We highly anticipate the completion of the enhancement project for Dogwood Park which will be a great addition to the downtown area. The Cookeville Performing Arts Center, the Bryan Symphony Orchestra, as well as the local galleries and shops, provide an excellent outlet for the arts. For those that enjoy history; the Cookeville History Museum has an ever changing assortment and display of local artifacts, and the Depot Museum not only lets you take a look back in time, but continues to welcome visitors on the Nashville and Eastern Railroad train excursions. Quality of life also includes access to healthy living, the Department of Leisure Services offers a wide variety of fitness and wellness activities at Cane Creek Recreation Center, the list of current classes may be viewed on this website also. The City also offers many programs for our youth, The Department of Leisure Services offers summer camps, and many other seasonal activities, please check those listings of events and join in on some fun! The Cookeville Police Department offers the Teens Need Training (TNT) program and the Police Athletic League encourages and assists with various youth based events, including the Soap Box Derby.
I encourage everyone to get out and experience Cookeville and all the city has to offer, whether it is dining, shopping, fine arts or enjoying some playful time. Visit www.mustseecookeville.com for additional listings of local attractions and events. If I can be of assistance to you, please feel free to contact me by telephone at 931-520-5241 or by e-mail at email@example.com.