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Opportunity Now

Opportunity Now kicked off in the summer of 2017 as a collaborative initiative headed by Nashville Career Advancement Center (NCAC) to provide access to employment for young people. Funding is provided with an integration of Metro administrative funds, Federal grant dollars, and donations from the community. During the first year of the program 7,894 youth were employed through the various programs listed below.

Summer Opportunities:

  • Summerzone: Ages 14-16 - career pathway exploration, college prep, and activity-based learning program
  • Experience Work: Ages 14-16 - project-based learning in teams in partnership with arts and community based organizations; skill building led by college aged Near Peer coach
  • High School Internship: Ages 16-18 - independent internships with local nonprofits, Metro Government, and corporations for youth ages 16-18. Internships shepherded by community-based organizations in five regionalized zones.

Year Round Opportunities:

  • Employment Connections: Ages 18-24 - intensive case management paired with paid work experience and support for placement into unsubsidized employment
  • Direct Hire: Ages 14-24 - employers post available positions for summer, after school, and entry level work on the Opportunity Now portal and young people apply directly
  • Traditional Youth Employment: Ages 15-24 - jobs at Community Centers and parks within Metro Government

More information about Opportunity Now.


Metro Nashville launched hubNashville. This comprehensive customer service system makes it easier for citizens to connect with Metro representatives and address concerns. HubNashville is a one stop shop currently accessible by phone and online and allows people to report a problem without knowing the specific department to contact.


The Department of Finance received, for the 28th consecutive year, a Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the current FY18 budget. This award is presented by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) to governmental units who publish a budget document that meets all program criteria as a policy document, an operations guide, a financial plan, and as a communications device. In addition to the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award, the Department of Finance, Office of Management and Budget, was awarded a Certificate of Recognition for Budget Preparation.