Industrial Development’s Impact on Middle Tennessee

  Though the COVID pandemic has had significant economic impact across most markets, Nashville’s Industrial Market remains resilient. As people have become accustomed to shopping on their phone and having items left at their door, industrial distribution centers have been on the rise. This is certainly the case with the lifestyle of today’s Nashvillian. With […]

Chattanooga Booms Despite Covid-19

Fueled by low interest rates, a big city exodus, an industrial renaissance, and an influx of expendable stimulus money; private development in Chattanooga remains strong. Like many other small southern cities, the Scenic City’s economy continues to churn at an impressive clip. The single-family residential market exploded amidst the summer shutdowns and builders simply can’t […]

Town Center Trail Ribbon Cutting – Mt. Juliet, TN

Ragan-Smith was honored to be able to celebrate with the City of Mt. Juliet at the official ribbon cutting of their Town Center Trail greenway. Mayor Ed Hagerty, City Manager Kenny Martin, Commissioner Art Giles as well as other elected officials and members of the BPAC all turned out for the event on Monday. In […]

City of Smyrna – Grand Opening of Zama Park

Smyrna and Zama, Japan are connected by more than their mutual affiliation with Nissan. Both cities have historically excelled in three areas: agriculture, hospitality, and manufacturing. In an effort to honor its sister city, Smyrna’s new park represents these three themes as seen in its three distinct plazas.  Zama is considered a rural city in […]


CITY OF LEBANON HOSTED CAIRO BEND PARK DEED CEREMONY   The City of Lebanon hosted a ceremony to formally accept the Deed of Trust Agreement for the Cairo Bend Park in Lebanon’s western corridor on Wednesday, September 2nd, at the park on Cairo Bend Road near U.S. Highway 70.   “We are thrilled with the […]

Traffic Impact Studies in a COVID World

The first half of 2020 has resulted in changes to the way that nearly everyone does business and interacts socially as well. If you have commuted or traveled during this time, you have experienced the lower traffic volume firsthand. According to TDOT, interstate traffic in the Nashville area was approximately 40 percent lower during April 2020 than […]


Ragan Smith is proud to be associated with Cyril Stewart Architecture and the Heritage Foundation of Williamson County.  Recently, our design team was honored to receive a “2020 Preservation Award for Excellence in Infill in a Historic District” for our roll in designing the Renasant Bank in downtown Franklin.  We feel every design should address it’s […]

Ragan-Smith Receives Two Awards from TAPA

On October 12, 2017 Ragan-Smith received 2 TAPA awards. One for the “Downtown Murfreesboro Planning Studies” in the Outstanding Plan category for communities with populations over 50,000. The second was for “Lowry Street Revitalization Overlay Plan” in the Outstanding Plan category for communities with populations under 50,000.

Ragan-Smith Receives 2017 Honor Award from TNASLA

Ragan-Smith received the 2017 TNASLA Honor award in Analysis and Planning for the Downtown Murfreesboro Planning Studies.

Ragan-Smith Receives 2017 Development of the Year Award from NAIOP Nashville

On March 9, 2017 Ragan-Smith received the NAIOP Development of the Year award for Capital View project.

Ragan-Smith Receives Outstanding Planning Award from American Planning Association

Ragan-Smith received the 2016 Outstanding Planning Award for small communities from the American Planning Association Tennessee Chapter (TAPA) for the Tellico Parkway Greenway Corridor Planning Study.

Ragan-Smith Selected by TDOT for 4-Year On-Call Contract with the Local Programs Development Office

Ragan-Smith has been selected for the 4-Year contract to provide Project Management, Engineering Review and Oversight Management Statewide with the TDOT Local Programs Development Office.  Ragan-Smith will be the only Consultant Team serving in this capacity for TDOT over the Term of the Contract.

Ragan-Smith receives six Professional Design Awards from TNASLA.

Ragan-Smith received six Professional Design Awards from TNASLA on October 15, 2015.

Ragan-Smith receives two ULI Nashville Excellence in Development Awards

ULI Nashville held its annual Excellence in Development Awards on May 20, 2015.  Ragan-Smith was honored to be part of the teams that received awards for

George Welch is awarded Daniel B. Barge, Jr. Award for Distinguished Service

The combined TN Engineers’ Conference for ASCE, ACEC & TSPE, held on September 25th-26th, 2014 at the Embassy Suites in Murfreesboro, yielded a significant award for Ragan-Smith’s own George Welch.

Chattanooga Low Impact Development Design Challenge

Ragan-Smith participated in the Chattanooga Low Impact Development (LID) Design Challenge, partnering with URS and Kennon | Calhoun Workshop. Our team submitted on two of the four projects and received 1st place on the Bonny Oaks entry and 3rd place on the Cherokee Blvd entry at the Final Awards Program on July 10, 2014.

Annual Tennessee Municipal League Conference

Ragan-Smith participated in the 75th Annual Tennessee Municipal League Conference held in Chattanooga, June 21st-24th. The event was well attended and we were privileged to meet some great folks from the Towns and Cities all over Tennessee.

Annual Habitat for Humanity build with Ragan-Smith

On March 29, 2014, the Ragan-Smith team participated in our 5th annual Habitat for Humanity build. We had 25 volunteers show up for what turned out to be a real soaker of a day.

Spring Park – Boy Scouts of America Merit Badge Series

Spring Park is featured in the new Boy Scouts of America Merit Badge Series, Architecture and Landscape Architecture pamphlet.