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  • Joseph Stresses Importance of Mentorship at Education Committee Meeting

    by Verlinda Darden | Aug 22, 2016

    Newly appointed Director of Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) Dr. Shawn Joseph addressed the August meeting of the Chamber’s Education Committee at Lipscomb University. Joseph shared his vision for MNPS and highlighted the critical need for mentorship within our schools as a component of student success.

    Joseph said he truly believes Metro Nashville is capable of being one of the best urban school districts in the nation, but added, “If you don’t expect a lot, you don’t get a lot.” To this end, MNPS employees are now expected to mentor and inspire district students. Joseph himself mentors two students at Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School.

    Mentorship at any age is pertinent for next-level attainment, but it proves especially critical during the transition from middle school to high school, when students are most susceptible to the woes of the world and dropout rates are most prevalent.

    Education Committee Chair Laura Delgado, director of Lipscomb University's Pionero Scholars program, said, “Dr. Joseph spoke powerfully about how his values and personal experience with schooling have shaped his priorities as a leader.” Delgado was most touched by Joseph’s comments on societal views of poor children. Joseph believes we look at children from underprivileged families ...

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    Category: Education
  • Experts Analyze Brexit's Potential Impact on the U.S. Economy

    by Lindsay Chambers | Aug 22, 2016
    Guest post by Patrick Ryan, Tennessee World Affairs Council

    When voters in the United Kingdom shocked themselves and other Europeans this summer with the choice to exit their decades-old political and economic union, the so-called “Brexit” caused a wave in currency and stock exchanges around the world, as well as toppling the British prime minister. The markets have largely settled out after the surprising prospect of a looming tectonic shift in European Union (EU) dynamics, but the implications are yet to be fully understood – especially for the American economy.

    U.S. Fed Chief Janet Yellen predicted Brexit would “negatively affect financial conditions and the U.S. economy.” How so? What does the exit of the United Kingdom mean for the United States’ economy? How will the $280 billion annual U.S. trade with the bloc be affected? What lies ahead in a new trade relationship with the UK?

    Earlier this month, a distinguished panel of specialists addressed the many questions surrounding Brexit and the U.S. economy at a special presentation hosted by the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce. Thad McBride of Bass, Berry and Sims moderated the panel that included Dr. Marieta Velikova, Belmont University economics professor; Amr El-Husseini, Lodestone Advisory Group ...

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  • Tennessee Leads the Nation for Foreign Direct Investment Job Creation

    by Lori Odom | Aug 15, 2016

    For the second time in three years, Tennessee has topped IBM's Global Location Trends report. The annual report from the IBM Institute for Business Value measures the number of jobs created or committed via foreign direct investment (FDI) in each state during the 2015 calendar year.

    The Volunteer State is home to roughly 920 foreign-based establishments that have invested more than $33.3 billion in capital. The state’s top 10 countries for FDI include Japan, Germany, Canada, the United Kingdom, South Korea, Italy, France, Switzerland, Sweden and China.

    Tennessee ranked No. 1 in IBM’s 2014 Global Location Trends Report, and No. 4 in last year’s list. Achieving the No. 1 ranking again this year is a testament to the emphasis we've placed on attracting FDI, as well as our state's strong position in the global economy.

    Middle Tennessee has long been a top choice for investments from top Japanese employers such as Nissan and Bridgestone, but in recent years, we've begun to attract more investment from all over the world, including Italy, China and Korea. In 2015, 28 percent of new job creation in our region resulted from FDI, and foreign-owned companies employed nearly 49,000 people at more than 300 office ...

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  • Nashville Is a National Leader for STEM Job Growth

    by Alex Hughes | Aug 10, 2016
    The Nashville MSA leads the nation in advanced industry job growth, according to a new report released by the Brookings Institution.

    The Washington, D.C.-based research organization's report examined job growth in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields from 2013 to 2015 and found that Nashville’s advanced industries employed just over 82,200 people at the end of 2015. Our region's average annual job growth in the two-year period was 7.9 percent, eclipsing the national average of 2.5 percent.

    Our economy's rapid growth is helping our region attract dozens of new residents every day. In the midst of this economic boom, we are competing both nationally and internationally to attract talented workers who will fill jobs in our core sectors, such as health care, advanced manufacturing and information technology. We know our region's future economic growth and prosperity hinges on our ability to maintain a pipeline of skilled, educated employees.

    Last summer, the Chamber published a comprehensive study of workforce trends in the joint Nashville and Clarksville MSAs through 2020. The study's findings indicated that we need to increase our focus on workforce development in a way that leads to greater success for our workers and employers in this combined 17-county ...
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    Category: Workforce
  • Member Spotlight - Key Fire Protection

    by Lindsay Chambers | Aug 08, 2016
    Q: Who is Key Fire Protection, and what should fellow Chamber members know about your services?
    A: Key Fire Protection, Inc. is a full-service commercial, industrial, and residential automatic fire protection sprinkler company. We have been in business since June 10, 1977 and incorporated on April 1, 1989. Over the years, we have installed fire sprinkler systems ranging from very small residential projects, to complex industrial applications.

    We are able to provide a full range of services, competitive pricing and quality system installations that are in compliance with state and local standards. We are licensed in several states, and are continually expanding our market area. Our team consists of more than 30 highly experienced and skilled construction personnel with well over 100 years' combined experience.

    Q: What's your biggest goal for your company in the next year?
    A: Key Fire Protection is expanding our services into Middle Tennessee due to the area's continuous growth and success. Our biggest goal is to offer fire protection and services to residential and commercial clients throughout Middle Tennessee.

    Q: How do you define success?
    A: Here at Key Fire, we define success by providing honest and reliable services to all of our customers. We ...
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    Category: General
  • Meet Our Next Generation of Outstanding Community Leaders

    by Lindsay Chambers | Aug 05, 2016

    Amidst a time of unprecedented growth and prosperity, Middle Tennessee faces opportunities and challenges we've never seen before. Strong community leadership has gotten us where we are today, and it will be even more crucial to our future success.

    Fortunately, the next generation of leaders has already stepped up and proven they are more than capable of taking the helm. On Aug. 4, we celebrated the 10th annual Nashville Emerging Leader Awards, recognizing 75 outstanding young professionals for their professional and personal accomplishments. Please join us in congratulating this year’s talented, dedicated group of leaders!

    2016 Nashville Emerging Leader Award Winners


    Architecture, Engineering & Construction
    Brittany Shepherd, Turner Construction Company
    As an estimating engineer at Turner Construction Company, Brittany Shepherd is responsible for quantifying business elements, evaluating bids and generating cost estimates. She manages projects up to $100 million in volume. She currently serves as president of Associated General Contractors’ Construction Leadership Council and is the youngest member to serve on their board of directors. Shepherd volunteers as team leader for the ACE mentor program and was recognized as an exemplary mentor in 2015. She is also active with Special Olympics of Tennessee, where she co-chairs their Young Professionals ...

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    Category: Workforce
  • Member Spotlight - Palladium Signs

    by Lindsay Chambers | Aug 02, 2016

    Justin Schmidt, owner

    Q: How do you define success?
    A: We call a sign project a success when our customer sees an increase in sales and/or brand value. We only succeed when our customers can say their business is better than it was before they worked with Palladium Signs.

    Q: What’s the best thing about doing business in Middle Tennessee?
    A: It's great to see the area grow both economically and culturally.

    Q: What’s the best advice you ever received?
    A: The best advice I got was from a fellow sign maker. He told me that no one will know your business and customers better than you do, so don't put someone else in front of them. I've followed his advice by not hiring salesmen or customer support. When you come to Palladium Signs, you don't just get a good sign company; you get the best sign guy in town.

    Q: What has been the most valuable aspect of your Chamber membership?
    A: The Chamber has given me ways to be involved in the Nashville community that I wouldn't have had otherwise. Not only have those opportunities helped me grow my own business; they have also led to lasting relationships, both personal and professional, ...

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    Category: General
  • New Rankings Add Sizzle to Nashville's Summer

    by Lindsay Chambers | Jul 28, 2016
    It's another scorching Southern summer, and the Nashville region's national accolades are turning up the heat. Here are some of our recent favorites.

    The U.S. Cities Creating The Most White-Collar Jobs, 2016 researchers analyzed Bureau of Labor Statistics data to determine the cities creating the most jobs in the business and professional service sector. Nashville ranks No. 1, with business service employment growth of 47.2 percent since 2010 to 152,700 jobs, including 7.7 percent growth last year alone.

    The Best and Most Improved Housing Markets in America
    Nashville has the No. 1 metro housing market in the nation, according to a report published on The ranking is based on Freddie Mac's Multi-Indicator Market Index, which includes the best and most improved housing markets across the U.S. Tennessee's housing market is the second-most improved in the survey, ranking 17th nationally.

    Tech Talent Growth Rate
    Nashville has the second-strongest tech talent growth rate in North America, according to CBRE Group, Inc.'s annual report, "Scoring Tech Talent," which ranks 50 U.S. and Canadian markets according to their ability to attract and grow tech talent. As the home of digital entertainment and music applications, the Nashville market has increased its tech tenant ...
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    Category: General
  • Member Spotlight - Donatos Pizza

    by Lindsay Chambers | Jul 25, 2016

    Q: What has been the most valuable aspect of your Chamber membership?
    A: The opportunity to network with the leaders of this community has been incredibly valuable for us at Donatos as we work to earn customers’ business and get the word out about who we are and what we offer.

    Q: Who is Donatos and what should people know about you?
    A: Donatos is a family-owned business that has been passionate about making great-tasting pizza since 1963. Our goal is to provide guests with a product that helps make their day better. We also believe in being a contributing member of the community we serve, and we enjoy finding ways to partner with other organizations.

    Q: You recently expanded into Nashville. Why did Donatos choose Music City?
    A: Our location in Midtown opened on February 1 and is currently our only location in Tennessee. We believe Nashville is a vibrant, growing community; we are really excited to be a part of it and hope to grow here as well.

    Q: What's your biggest goal for your company in the next year?
    A: Our biggest goal is to continue to create awareness of what we have to offer the Nashville ...
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    Category: General
  • What Will You Discover At BIZaroo?

    by Lindsay Chambers | Jul 13, 2016

    The Chamber is committed to the success of Middle Tennessee's entrepreneurial community. We developed our Business Studio programming to provide flexible, affordable business training in a casual environment.

    This month, we're excited to offer BIZaroo, our signature half-day conference for growing businesses. It's ideal for small and midsized business leaders, nonprofits, marketers and all types of entrepreneurs.

    The day kicks off with a keynote presentation from Tim Ramos, co-founder, president and CEO of DayNine Consulting. He brings more than 15 years of leadership experience with IT companies around the U.S.

    Following the keynote, participants will choose interactive panel discussions on topics such as branding, marketing, strategy, innovation, culture, funding and productivity. The event will conclude with an after-party celebrating the first cohort of the ScaleUp Nashville business accelerator program, as well as additional networking opportunities.

    At BIZaroo, you'll connect with like-minded people while getting inspired by Nashville business leaders and sparking new ideas. Will we see you July 28? See our full speaker lineup and register today. 

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