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  • Speaker Series Brings National Transit Experts to Nashville

    by Laura Moore | Aug 28, 2015

    To ensure Middle Tennessee’s transportation system remains competitive and helps our region continue to attract new residents and businesses, it is crucial that we learn from our peers.

    Earlier this month, the Chamber launched Moving Forward, an initiative to bring together regional leaders to learn about our current transportation system, track our progress toward breaking ground on a rapid transit project by 2020, and generate ideas and recommendations to help us achieve our goals.

    On Wednesday, Sept. 9 at 3 p.m. at the Adventure Science Center, Moving Forward will kick off a new speaker series that will bring nationally recognized experts to Nashville to help Middle Tennesseans learn more about improving public transportation.

    The first installment in the series will feature James Corless, director, Transportation for America, and Stephanie Lotshaw, program officer, TransitCenter, who will co-present a talk titled “Why World-Class Public Transportation Is Key to a Competitive Economy.” During their presentation, they will explain how demographic and consumer shifts are driving new demand for transportation options, including rapid bus and rail lines, vanpools and on-demand ridesharing. They will also highlight why business and community leaders in regions like ours are leading the charge for new investments in public transportation ...

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    Category: Transit
  • Education Committee Members Talk Budget, Student Achievement

    by Rita McDonald | Aug 28, 2015
    educationcommitteeaugustThe Chamber's Education Committee recently reconvened for their first meeting of the 2015-2016 school year. Special guest Chris Henson, chief financial officer and interim director of MNPS, provided an overview of MNPS' $810 million operating budget and explained the concept of student-based budgeting (SBB).

    As opposed to the traditional funding model, which distributes resources to schools in the form of staff and dollars designated for specific purposes, SBB allocates money to schools based on the number of enrolled students. Each student receives a funding "weight" based on need.

    The overarching goal of SBB is to increase equity, transparency and flexibility in the MNPS budget. In the SBB model, students are funded equitably regardless of which school they attend, and principals are empowered to personalize their school design and innovate.

    Also at the meeting, Dr. Julie McCarger, MNPS director of federal programs and grants, explained the breakdown of funding the district receives from programs such as Title I and Race to the Top. In all, MNPS is projected to receive more than $77.9 million in federal and grant funding in the 2015-2016 school year.

    Finally, Dr. Paul Changas, MNPS executive director of research, assessment and evaluation, provided highlights of student achievement ...

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    Category: Education
  • Member Spotlight - Provista

    by Lindsay Chambers | Aug 27, 2015

    Q: What has been the most valuable aspect of your Chamber membership?  
    A: The Chamber is willing to help promote my company and provide creative ideas to let other members know about my services.

    Q: What's the best thing about doing business in Middle Tennessee? 
    A: The people. I love the people of Tennessee. They are all so friendly and inviting when I visit. I am from Texas and have always valued the warmth and kindness of my fellow Texans. Tennessee folks give me that same feeling. Every time I visit my customers in the Nashville area, I feel like I’ve made new friends.


    Q: What's your biggest goal for your company in the next year? 
    A: To help my customers and prospective customers understand how my company can provide great value to them. Because we are a group purchasing organization, many companies outside of health care and education are not aware of who we are or what we do. My job is to simply educate those who are unfamiliar with group purchasing and, hopefully, save them considerable money on their day-to-day spending.   

    Q: How do you define success? 
    A: My idea of success is not monetary. I feel ...
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    Category: General
  • Study: Health Care Contributes Nearly $40B Annually To Regional Economy

    by Lindsay Chambers | Aug 18, 2015
    Courtesy of the Nashville Health Care Council

    The Nashville Health Care Council today released an economic impact study, completed in partnership with the Business and Economic Research Center (BERC) at Middle Tennessee State University, to examine the local health care industry and its impact on the regional and national economy. The report, a follow-up to one commissioned in 2010, shows significant growth in terms of the financial scope and geographic reach of Nashville’s health care industry over the past five years.

    The health care industry contributed $38.8 billion to the region’s economy in 2014, according to the findings. That number, which accounts for direct, indirect and induced business revenues, marks a 32.9 percent increase from the 2010 study. The study also shows Nashville’s health care industry accounted for 249,345 local jobs in 2014, up 18.14 percent compared the previous study.

    The study’s findings also show Nashville’s tremendous impact on the national and worldwide economy. The city’s 16 publicly traded health care companies* employ more than 500,000 people globally — more than three times any other city’s public health care cluster. These 16 companies* see a combined revenue of $73 billion each year.

    “The importance of the health care industry to ...
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  • Chamber East Leads Community Place-making Initiative

    by Lindsay Chambers | Aug 17, 2015

    A series of murals is taking shape in East Nashville as part of a multiphase community place-making project.

    The project has been a core initiative of our Chamber East Area Advisory Council since 2013. The goal is to brand the unique business districts of East Nashville and support the many local businesses in the area, while bringing additional character to one of the most diverse parts of town.

    The project started with a logo design contest, which was then open to public voting. T-shirts and bumper stickers with the winning logo are now available for purchase, with 100 percent of the proceeds dedicated to artists' fees. The project has received generous donations from Gibson, Sherwin-Williams, Project615, Joyner & Hogan, Jet's Pizza, Center 615, building owners and other East Nashville businesses. Sponsors are highlighted in all media and potentially on the murals themselves.

    The first mural on the Joyner & Hogan Building (600 Main Street), which depicts the new East Nashville logo, was completed in May by Tinsley Dempsey. It has had thousands of likes and shares on social media and was featured in The Tennessean's Sunday business section. The second mural, titled "Corners of Lockeland," is in progress on ...

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    Category: General
  • New Rankings Continue Bringing Good News

    by Lindsay Chambers | Aug 13, 2015
    With a thriving economy and a booming startup scene, our state and region continue to build momentum. Here's a look at a few recent national rankings.

    Best Cities for White-Collar Job Growth
    Forbes.com published a list of cities where white-collar job growth is climbing. Nashville is No. 4 on the list; business service employment has soared 41.4 percent here over the past five years. Much of this growth is tied to health services, entertainment and staffing services.

    Hot Startup Cities
    Entrepreneur
    magazine placed Nashville on its list of nine hot cities "where startup dreams come easier and cheaper, but can still pay off big."

    Best State for Auto Manufacturing, Tech Skills Training
    Tennessee has been named the No. 1 state in the nation in both automotive manufacturing strength and tech skills training programs, according to the 11th annual rankings report published by Business Facilities magazine, a national economic development publication. In the report, Tennessee also received top accolades for business climate, infrastructure, workforce training and automotive employment.

    Top Metro for Economic Growth Potential
    The same Business Facilities report shows Nashville leading U.S. metros in economic growth potential. The listing cites Nashville's geographical advantages, low cost of doing business and the ...
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    Category: General
  • Tours Give Community Leaders Insight into Middle Schools

    by Rita McDonald | Aug 13, 2015

    Middle school is a pivotal time in a student's academic career. The middle school years lay the groundwork for future educational success by helping students develop critical-thinking and study skills that will help them excel in high school and college.

    Acknowledging the importance of middle schools, Metro Nashville Public Schools introduced a new strategic plan for middle school redesign that gives students access to a greater range of educational opportunities, including project-based learning, foreign language classes and advanced academics offered in every school.

    For the 2014-2015 school year, the Nashville Area Chamber and the Greater Nashville Association of Realtors co-hosted four VIP tours to introduce the redesigned Middle Preps to the community, and to share how the schools' vision, mission and values are aligned with the MNPS Strategic Plan. Nearly 200 business leaders and elected officials participated in these visits, where they got an inside view of middle schools by meeting the principals, sitting in on classes and talking with student ambassadors.

    Chamber members are invited to join us for our 2015-2016 VIP tours:

    • Wednesday, Sept. 16, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Oliver Middle Prep
    • Wednesday, Oct. 21, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., West End Middle Prep
    • Wednesday,  Feb. 17, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., McKissack ...
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  • It's Time To Provide Feedback On the Future Of Transit

    by Lindsay Chambers | Aug 07, 2015

    This week, the Nashville MTA/RTA will be holding meetings to provide a way for residents to get engaged in deciding how the area’s transit system will meet our region’s growth. 

    On Tuesday, Aug. 11 and Wednesday, Aug. 12, representatives from Nashville MTA/RTA will provide an update on the most recent developments with nMotion 2015, a process to update the Nashville MTA/RTA Strategic Plan, and present an overview and initial set of strategies to improve the Nashville area’s transit system. At each meeting, residents will be divided into small groups and asked for feedback on strategies that could be used to improve the system.

    Nashville MTA/RTA has published a new report detailing some potential ways to improve transit services. Read the report and share your thoughts on what strategies Nashville MTA/RTA should prioritize.

    Yesterday, MTA/RTA also released the first three reports in the “Transit Strategies Series.” These reports describe how three approaches are used in other cities and how they could potentially be implemented in Middle Tennessee. Follow the links below to read them and share your thoughts:

     

    In April, the Nashville MTA/RTA kicked off nMotion 2015, a 20-year comprehensive ...

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    Category: Transit
    Tags: transit
  • Moving Forward Initiative To Address Long-Term Transit Solutions

    by Laura Moore | Aug 04, 2015

    The Nashville region is experiencing unprecedented growth in jobs, construction and housing. But that growth comes with a cost: traffic congestion. According to research by the Texas Transportation Institute, the Nashville region ranks 11th out of 101 metros in annual congestion cost per commuter. That means we’re paying more than nearly every other major metro in the country. The U.S. Census Bureau's 2013 American Community Survey reports that the average Nashvillian's morning commute is 26 minutes and 30 seconds, and research from the 2014 Nashville Region’s Vital Signs report shows commute times are increasing. These additional costs and traffic delays negatively impact our productivity, economy and quality of life, and we must make long-term transportation solutions a regional priority.

    Today, the Chamber announced a new initiative called Moving Forward: Transit Solutions for Our Region, whose key aim is to break ground on a rapid transit project by 2020. Moving Forward will involve business and community leaders, elected officials and stakeholders throughout Middle Tennessee to identify funding sources for transit projects, target areas where transit is most necessary, and ultimately transform our transit landscape.

    Moving Forward will be guided by a coordinating committee, chaired by Bridgestone Americas President and CEO Gary ...
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    Category: Transit
  • Meet the Leaders Carrying Middle Tennessee's Future

    by Alex Hughes | Jul 31, 2015
    This is the biggest week of the year for the Chamber's young professionals initiative, as we recognize the professional and personal accomplishments of the next generation of Middle Tennessee business leaders.

    Last night, we hosted the ninth annual Nashville Emerging Leader Awards (NELAs), a celebration of some of the most talented and dedicated young members of our workforce.

    This awards program has grown by leaps and bounds since we introduced it in 2007. We opened the application process in January, and received more than 500 nominations from across the Nashville region. Eighty-three Chamber members volunteered as judges to take on the difficult task of narrowing down our pool of applicants to 75 finalists, who were announced last month.

    Middle Tennessee owes its current growth trajectory to the vision of dedicated business leaders who built a strong foundation for prosperity. Every year, the NELAs event leaves me inspired and excited to know that the future of our region is in excellent hands. Please join us in congratulating this year’s outstanding group of leaders!

    2015 Nashville Emerging Leader Awards Winners


    Architecture, Engineering & Construction
    Ashley Smith
    Project Manager, Stantec Consulting Services Inc.
    In her role as project manager ...
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    Category: Workforce