Our guest today, Gerald Parish, has had an exemplary career as a Parks and Recreation leader here in Tennessee. Beginning his career in local government, he gained experience and insight which has served him well in his current duties in state government. Gerald and his staff are the key link for cities and counties as far as parks and recreation services is concerned. We talk about his professional development and about the current status of affairs for his agency. Of special interest is our discussion of the role his agency in playing in the Governors outreach effort to certain economically distressed counties.