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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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  • A Day in the Life at DuPont Hadley Middle Prep

    by Rita McDonald | Apr 06, 2015

    Our final Middle Prep VIP tour for the school year at DuPont Hadley Middle on April 1 ended with a bang. More than 50 attendees were welcomed by the school band, entertained by a guitarist, observed project-based learning activity from students and were dazzled with a selection by the chorus as the tour kicked off.

    The DuPont Hadley Middle mission statement is "challenging, developing, encouraging." As the guests toured the building, they saw examples of how each student is challenged, developed and encouraged by viewing "a day in the life" at DuPont Hadley.

    • Fifth grade – VIPs sat in on a meeting of the school's Bridge Club, where students sharpen their math skills by playing the classic card game. This club is supported by volunteers from the Vanderbilt University Bridge Club.
    • Sixth grade – Guests experienced the theme "To Proficiency and Beyond" via a project-based learning experience where students used a green screen to create a broadcast featuring weather forecasts and news stories.
    • Seventh grade – The tour group visited a literacy class where students were posting their work on a blog and receiving instant feedback from their teacher.
    • Eighth grade – Attendees observed an algebra class whose students were ...
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    Category: Education
  • School Board Solicits Business Feedback on New Director of Schools

    by Laura Moore | Apr 03, 2015
    As current Director of Metro Schools Dr. Jesse Register nears the end of his contract on June 30, the search is on for a new schools director to take the helm. This month, our business community will have an opportunity to voice their opinions on what they are looking for in his successor.

    On Wednesday, April 15, from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., representatives from national executive search firm Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates (HYA) will lead a structured discussion about the director search, co-hosted by the Nashville Area Chamber, the PENCIL Foundation, the Donelson-Hermitage Chamber and the Greater Nashville Association of Realtors. The Metro School Board has contracted with HYA to secure Register's replacement by July 1.

    The discussion, which is open to the members of all four organizations, will be held in the school board's meeting space at 2601 Bransford Ave., 37204. (Onsite parking is available; please enter the building via the Berry Road entrance.) If you are interested in attending this discussion, please email me. If you are unable to attend the session but would still like to provide your feedback, you can take an anonymous three-question survey from the search consultant (the survey closes April 19) or ...
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    Category: Education
  • Member Spotlight - The Mill at Lebanon

    by Lindsay Chambers | Apr 02, 2015
    Q: What's your biggest goal for your company in the next year?
    A: We recently reorganized and hired an event salesperson in response to our increase in event sales. We want to further develop our corporate events, meetings and trade shows.

    Q: How do you define success?
    A: Success means accomplishing in your chosen field, and being content with that accomplishment.

    Q: How has Chamber membership benefited your company?
    A: Networking is the lifeblood of our business. The Chamber provides us the opportunity to grow our contact base.

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    Category: General