Active Knox – Knoxville, TN

A community’s ability to compete depends on an active population. Integrating physical activity into people’s daily lives has shown significant results in encouraging people to adopt active lifestyles and positive health outcomes. Creating places and communities that promote active living is one of the main goals of Active Knox.

Active Knox is a collaborative of organizations that work under the premise that healthy design equals healthy communities. Its main focus is to make Knoxville and Knox County a healthier place to live by promoting a healthier built environment that encourages active living and transportation choices.


By providing relevant data, information and facilitating educational opportunities for different sectors of the community, Active Knox aims to increase awareness, educate and engage the community in order to influence planning processes and policy changes that might affect the health, livability and economic prosperity of our community. Active Knox works towards creating a healthy connected Knox County.


Communities that have a vision for health and prosperity have great ideas and suggestions on how to achieve health, happiness, and prosperity. Active Knox aims to activate the Knox County community by promoting conversation on what will make our community a more active and healthy place to live. By collecting ideas, comments, and suggestions, sharing great resources and bringing community members together to engage in a constructive dialogue, Active Knox plans to active Knox County.


Celebration is a key component on a community’s path to success. Celebration allows us to create awareness about the big and small milestones achieved by our community in achieving the goal of a healthy Knox County by design.




Seth LaJeunesse is the Assistant Director of the National Center for Safe Routes to School, an organization that focuses on improving the safety of children walking and bicycling to school. He is a Research Associate with the University of North Carolina (UNC) Highway Safety Research Center, where he evaluates behavioral interventions designed to enhance bicycle and pedestrian safety and access, and designs studies that draw from psychology, sociology, and systems science. He primarily focuses on studying youth traffic safety and finding better ways to share effective road safety practices. [begin optional cut] Seth is also a member of the American Planning Association and TRB’s Pedestrians Committee.

Ben Crenshaw is Senior Vice President over design at Southern Land Company. He has vast experience creating quality mixed-use communities with affordable housing components. Ben is certified by the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB) and is registered in Tennessee, Texas, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Colorado. He holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture and a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Contracting, both from Mississippi State University. Ben brings more than 20 years of experience to his position, including work recognized by the American Society of Landscape Architects and the Urban Land Institute.

Jana Lynott is a senior strategic policy advisor for the Livable Communities Team in AARP’s Public Policy Institute. Jana brings to her work a passion for the role community design and transportation service play in the health and quality of life of people of all ages, abilities, and incomes. As a land use and transportation planner, Jana brings practical expertise to the research field.  Her research and videography focus on a broad array of planning and policy issues including complete streets, public transportation and travel patterns, Most recently Jana was responsible for bringing AARP’s groundbreaking Livability Index to fruition.

Jeff Randolf is president of The Randolf Group, a land development company based in Greenville, S.C., that specializes in residential, urban infill and mixed-use communities. Since its founding in 1997, The Randolf Group has developed more than 40 communities in the Southeast. In 2010, The Randolf Group was recognized by Southern Living Magazine for their work on the Viola neighborhood in Greenville, deemed one of the 10 Best Comeback Neighborhoods in the country. Prior to establishing The Randolf Group, Jeff received his master’s degree in city and regional planning from Clemson University, and spent 14 years with Liberty Properties Group, the real estate operating company of Liberty Life Insurance Company. Jeff is an instructor at Clemson University in the Master of Real Estate Development program.

Rob Brawner serves as the executive director of the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership. The Atlanta BeltLine connects diverse communities with new transit, trails, parks, public art and affordable housing. Rob guides the partnership’s efforts to cultivate broad-based support for the Atlanta BeltLine, generate private and philanthropic investment in the project, and catalyze positive health and economic outcomes for residents in adjoining neighborhoods.

Ellen Dunham-Jones is a professor of architecture at the Georgia Institute of technology where she coordinates the MS in Urban Design. A leading authority on sustainable suburban redevelopment, she is a co-author of Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs. Her research intersects trends in contemporary theory, health, and real estate development, and has been featured in The New York Times, TED, PBS and NPR.

Emiko Atherton is the directory of the National Complete Streets Coalition at Smart Growth America. She uses her expertise in transportation policy, public health, land use, economic development and legislation to consult with communities nationwide on how to create better communities. Atherton served as chief of staff for a King County councilmember in Washington state.

Joe Minicozzi, principal of Urban3, LLC, and a planner based in Asheville, N.C., is changing the way we look at growth in our communities. His analysis of property taxes will make you rethink everything you know about development.