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  • Academies of Nashville Awards Recognize Outstanding Public Education

    by Rita McDonald | May 19, 2015
    Last night, the accomplishments of our outstanding public schools, teachers, administrators and business partnerships took center stage at the fifth annual Academies of Nashville Awards, sponsored by Altria, Interior Design Services, Deloitte, Dollar General and the Memorial Foundation. More than 300 educators and business partners attended the awards show to celebrate the progress and success in Metro's 12 zoned high schools and MNPS Virtual School.

    MNPS launched the Academies of Nashville in 2006; the program has been instrumental in improving attendance and graduation rates. Academies programs have developed partnerships with more than 375 area businesses, and those partners have donated in excess of $9.2 million and more than 100,000 volunteer hours to work with students since 2010.

    A committee composed of school district, Nashville Area Chamber and PENCIL Foundation leadership selected nominees for each of the 15 categories. More than 300 educators and business partners voted for a nominee in each category through an online ballot.

    Congratulations to our 2015 winners!

    Academy Partnership of the Year: Media & Communications Partnership Council – Audio Engineering Society and the Academy of Entertainment Communications, Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School

    Academy Partnership of the Year: Marketing & IT Partnership Council – Fifth Third Bank ...

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    Category: Education
  • Celebrating Achievements in Metro Nashville Public Schools

    by Whitney Weeks | May 15, 2015
    According to U.S. News & World Report, the students, faculty and leadership at Hume-Fogg Academic High School and Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet have distinguished themselves above all others in our state. Once again, these Metro schools have been identified as the two highest-performing public high schools in the state, out of the nearly 1,800 public schools in Tennessee.

    In just the last few weeks, Metro Schools also announced with pride the names of the district’s Presidential Scholar and four National Merit Scholars. They tweeted about the 80 Overton High School students who are the first in Tennessee to receive a Seal of Biliteracy award. They shared photographs of beautiful, engaged, proud elementary, middle and high school students participating in the annual district-wide project-based learning fair. And teachers, team leads, counselors, coaches and principals of the year are being lauded, too.

    Recently, much ink and many pixels have been devoted to the topic of public education in our community. The central thesis of these authors – regardless of political persuasion, philosophical camp or income tax bracket – is that more needs to be done in order to ensure a quality educational experience for all 83,000 students enrolled in the ...
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    Category: Education
  • Chamber's International Business Council Welcomes New Japanese Consul-General

    by Lori Odom | May 06, 2015
    The Chamber welcomes Masami Kinefuchi, newly appointed consul-general of Japan, to Nashville! Consul-General Kinefuchi arrived in Music City in late April and has already begun meeting and greeting state and local leadership. He assumes the role held by Motohiko Kato, who was reassigned to the Japanese Embassy in London following two and a half years in Nashville.

    Kinefuchi’s career has spanned multiple posts and positions within Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including high-ranking roles at embassies in Canada, Australia, Pakistan and Egypt. His most recent posting was as assistant vice minister of justice in Tokyo, serving as deputy director-general for the Immigration Bureau.

    Kinefuchi is a graduate of the National Defense Academy of Japan, and holds advanced degrees from the School for Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.

    The Consulate-General of Japan in Nashville has jurisdiction over five states – Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. The office provides consular services to Japanese nationals, as well as cultural and educational outreach, and encourages deeper economic relationships between Japan and the U.S. Japan is Middle Tennessee’s largest foreign investor nation, with approximately 65 companies employing more than 15,000 people. The Chamber's International Business Council looks forward to continuing our close ...

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  • Chamber's Economic Development Efforts Receive National Recognition

    by Courtney Ross | May 04, 2015

    For the third year in a row, Site Selection magazine has named the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce one of the nation’s top economic development groups.

    The list is compiled through the magazine’s tracking of four objective categories: new jobs, new jobs per 10,000 residents, new capital investment and new capital investment per 10,000 residents. Additionally, Site Selection editors rank the creativity of economic development strategies, scope of project activity and project projections vs. actual results.

    The national recognition caps off an outstanding week for economic development in Middle Tennessee. Three companies recently announced plans to expand their existing operations, creating nearly 300 new jobs and investing more than $306 million.
    • Global food manufacturer General Mills plans to expand its current operations in Murfreesboro, investing $250 million and creating 117 new jobs.
    • Auto parts manufacturer Topre America will invest $53.3 million to expand their facility inside Nissan's Smyrna plant.
    • KHS America, a manufacturer and distributor of musical instruments, is investing more than $3 million to expand its Mt. Juliet workforce by about 75 percent.
    I am thankful to have an excellent team of economic development professionals working with our regional partners to attract and retain high-quality jobs in our region....
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  • Member Spotlight - JumpOnIt Mobile Deals

    by Lindsay Chambers | Apr 28, 2015
    Q. Tell me more about JumpOnIt Mobile Deals.
    A: JumpOnIt provides the best deals on things to do, see, eat and buy in Nashville right on your cell phone. Business owners can save money on advertising by reaching thousands of potential customers in the most direct way possible: by text message. Consumers can save money at local businesses in a simple and convenient way. No more clipping coupons and forgetting them at home or paying for a discount -- JumpOnIt is free and accessible directly from your cell phone! Just text "JumpOnNash" to 88678 to join.

    Q: What's your biggest goal for your company in the next year?
    A: Our goal for JumpOnIt as a whole is to have successfully launched in six cities by December, which we are definitely on track to do. But our goal for Nashville specifically is to have more than 20,000 people signed up and to be sending out 8-10 really fantastic offers each week.

    Q: How do you define success?
    A: Success for JumpOnIt means that we are providing great savings to consumers and driving traffic and sales for local businesses. As long as the offers are great, people will be going into businesses ...
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    Category: General
  • Rankings Roundup: Music City Tops the Charts

    by Lindsay Chambers | Apr 23, 2015

    Nashville's quality of life, affordability, job-creation rate and vibrancy have resulted in positive national coverage for our city. Here are a few of our favorite recent rankings.

    America's Friendliest Cities

    Nashville is in the No. 1 spot on Travel + Leisure's America's Friendliest Cities ranking. Music City has long been a favorite destination for Travel + Leisure readers, who have voted the city a top destination for foodies, live music, girlfriend getaways, barbecue, festivals, people-watching and affordability over the past several years.

    Cities Creating the Most Tech Jobs
    With 68 percent tech industry job growth between 2004 and 2014, Nashville comes in at No. 8 in Forbes' survey of cities creating the most tech jobs. The study was based on employment data from the nation’s 52 largest metropolitan statistical areas.

    The 10 Best Markets for First-Time Homebuyers
    With an average down payment of $21,104, Nashville was No. 2 on MSN Money's list of the best markets for first-time homebuyers.

    The 10 Best Places to Live Now
    Men's Journal magazine listed Nashville No. 2 on its list of top 10 "cities where life is good," citing Music City's quality of life, construction boom, thriving tech scene and affordability.
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    Category: General
  • Quality of Place in Economic Development

    by Courtney Ross | Apr 17, 2015
    The Nashville region continues to grow its reputation as a top destination for talent, tourism and business investment. Quality of place plays a major role in our economic development work as we continue to attract new businesses and residents to Middle Tennessee. Here are a few of our favorite latest community assets.

    First Tennessee Park
    Professional sports are a major draw for any community, and this season the Nashville Sounds will play in a brand-new venue - First Tennessee Park. Built on the historic Sulphur Dell site, which was home to Nashville's first-ever baseball team, First Tennessee Stadium replaces Greer Stadium as the digs of the Nashville Sounds minor-league team.

    West Riverfront Park and Amphitheater
    Nashvillians are passionate about live music and green space, so we we're thrilled about the 11-acre park/amphitheater combo due to open this summer on the west bank of the Cumberland River. Located on the site of the former thermal plant, the park includes more than a mile of multi-use greenway trails, Nashville's first downtown dog park, two basketball half-courts, ornamental gardens and a 1.5-acre event lawn. The amphitheater will accommodate nearly 7,000 people and will be the summer home of the Nashville Symphony.

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  • Nashville Remains a Top City for Tech Talent

    by Alex Hughes | Apr 17, 2015

    A new report from commercial real estate firm CBRE places Nashville near the top of U.S. cities for tech job growth.

    Between 2010 and 2013, the tech talent pool in Nashville grew by 39 percent, which is the second-fastest rate for a small market (for the purposes of the study, a small market was defined as one with a labor pool of 50,000 or fewer). This represents a higher growth rate than Nashville's key competitor cities of Charlotte and Austin, and also rates higher than Silicon Valley.

    Also this week, Forbes reported Nashville No. 8 in the nation among cities creating the most tech jobs. To determine the ranking, researchers examined employment data from the nation’s 52 largest metropolitan statistical areas from 2004 to 2014, and looked at the change in employment over that timespan in industries such as computer programming services.

    The article credits Nashville's health care industry for fueling strong growth in systems design firms and data centers. Overall, Nashville's tech industry grew 68.6 percent from 2004 to 2014; STEM occupations grew 14.7 percent in that same decade.

    We have no doubt Nashville's tremendous growth, particularly in the tech sector, is a direct result of the hard work ...
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    Category: Workforce
    Tags: tech talent
  • Mayoral Forum Empowers Nashville's Future Leaders

    by Alex Hughes | Apr 09, 2015
    Guest post by Stephanie Winn, Chamber manager of talent attraction & retention

    Transit, public education, affordable housing, green space and income inequality were top topics at YP Nashville's mayoral forum this week. Candidates Megan Barry, Charles Robert Bone, David Fox, Bill Freeman, Howard Gentry, Jeremy Kane and Linda Eskind Rebrovick answered questions submitted by Nashville's young professionals about the issues of greatest importance to them.

    Young professionals make up 43 percent of Middle Tennessee's workforce, and represent a significant portion of the new residents moving to Tennessee annually. Fifty-three percent of the registered voters in Davidson County are within the young professional demographic.

    The capacity crowd all said they plan to vote in the August election, which comes at a pivotal time for Nashville. Our city's economy is experiencing unprecedented prosperity, and we have become one of the fastest-growing MSAs in the country. However, there are challenges ahead for Nashville's next mayor, including the need for affordable, reliable mass transit solutions; creating a more bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly infrastructure; reducing poverty/homelessness; and the importance of remaining competitive in the global economy.

    We encouraged attendees to use the hashtag #MyFutureNash to broaden the conversation on Twitter. The event inspired great conversation - ...

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    Category: Workforce
  • Cherry Blossoms, Exporting to Europe and More International Happenings in Nashville

    by Lori Odom | Apr 09, 2015

    International events and opportunities are abundant in Middle Tennessee over the next few weeks. Here’s a sampling of what’s in store.  

    Celebrate Japanese cultural connections at this Saturday’s Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival. This family-friendly, free event features more than 20 food trucks and Japanese food vendors; shopping; and cultural lectures and displays, along with taiko drummers and a day packed full of entertainment. The weather promises to be beautiful, and free parking is available at LP Field – check it out!

    Joining this year’s Cherry Blossom Festival will be a delegation from Nashville’s sister city of Kamakura, Japan. This group has embraced the cultural side of the relationship by forming the Nashville-Kamakura Friendship Band, who will perform on the main stage at 10:35 a.m. If you are interested in learning more about the Kamakura-Nashville exchange, check out Sister Cities of Nashville.

    Closing out the weekend on Sunday, April 12, is “Blossoms and Brews,” a celebration of spring, cherry blossoms, Japanese culture and local delicious beer. Presented by JAST Young Professionals, the event takes place at Yazoo Brewery from 2 to 5 p.m.

    On Wednesday, April 15, Lipscomb University will host Anders Fogh Rasmussen, former secretary general of NATO, at ...

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