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  • RTA Sets Public Meetings for Northwest Corridor Transit Study

    by Debby Dale Mason | Sep 04, 2015

    The Regional Transportation Authority of Middle Tennessee (RTA) is midway through a study to evaluate transit options between Clarksville and Nashville. One of the key components of the project is input from those who live, work and travel along this corridor. To provide updates on the project and solicit additional input from Northwest Corridor residents and business owners, RTA will host a series of open-house-style meetings.

    • Monday, Sept. 14, First Baptist Church, High School Room, 412 Commerce Street, Clarksville, 5-7 p.m.
    • Tuesday, Sept. 15, Vantage Pointe Village, 2035 Vantage Pointe, Ashland City, 5-7 p.m.
    • Thursday, Sept. 17, Nashville Farmers' Market, 900 Rosa Parks Blvd., Nashville, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

    The study area consists of five corridors linking Clarksville and Nashville:  I-24; SR-12/Ashland City Highway; a combination of the existing Nashville & Western freight corridor and needed rail right-of-way; CSX Rail east of I-24; and SR-112/US 41-A, which runs parallel to I-24. The anticipated outcomes of the study are short- and long-term transit solutions to connect travelers to destinations (work, school, shopping, entertainment, etc.) and ideas to address anticipated congestion along I-24. 

    It is vital for business leaders to understand RTA's study process and provide project planners with feedback on ...

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    Category: Transit
  • Nashville Continues Growth As Leading Tech Jobs City

    by Alex Hughes | Sep 03, 2015
    Nashville's tech job growth continues to outpace many of its peer cities, according to a new study published by CBRE. With a nearly 23 percent growth rate in high-tech jobs between 2012 and 2014, Nashville is the fifth fastest-growing market for tech jobs in the U.S.

    The report also projects that Nashville's potential as a hub for tech jobs has not yet reached its peak. There are currently approximately 1,500 available tech jobs in Middle Tennessee, including in-demand positions such as software developers, engineers, analysts and system administrators. The health care, advanced manufacturing and finance industries remain robust job creators in the Nashville region.

    With 68 percent tech industry job growth between 2004 and 2014, Nashville comes in at No. 8 in Forbes' April survey of cities creating the most tech jobs. Nashville was also listed as an "up-and-coming" tech scene in a study published by ZipRecruiter in July.

    “The tech movement has affected Nashville’s real estate ecosystem, as landlords are adopting creative-minded workplaces to appeal to tech and creative tenants, redeveloping secondary spaces and warehouses, for example,” said Stephen Kulinski, managing director for CBRE’s Nashville office. “The demand for creative space is on the rise as more tech ...
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    Category: Workforce
  • Congratulations to Our 2015 NEXT Awards Finalists

    by Lindsay Chambers | Aug 31, 2015
    The Nashville Area Chamber and the Nashville Entrepreneur Center are proud to announce the finalists for the fifth annual NEXT Awards. These awards recognize outstanding businesses and entrepreneurs throughout Middle Tennessee.

    The NEXT Awards honor companies and individual entrepreneurs in five business categories that are vital to the Middle Tennessee economy: health care; technology; digital media and entertainment; social enterprise and sustainability; and products and services. Individual awards will also be given for Entrepreneur of the Year and Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

    Please join us Thursday, Sept. 17, for a celebration of these finalists. Winners will be announced during the NEXT Awards event Thursday, Nov. 19.

    2015 NEXT Award Finalists

    Digital Media & Entertainment
    • Make It Pop Creations, LLC
    • Talkapolis
    • The Mountain
    • Titan Web Marketing Solutions
    • Caddis Interactive
    • FoxFuel Creative
    • SnapShot Interactive
    • StyleBlueprint, LLC
    Market Mover
    • DWP Live
    • Nashville Armory
    • Nashville Ballet
    • Rural Media Group
    Health Care
    • Atlas Health Technologies, Inc.
    • Healthcare MarketMaker
    • MEDarchon
    • Nashville TMS
    • Jones Therapy Services
    • MediCopy
    • ProviderTrust, Inc.
    • Stratasan
    Market Mover
    • Addiction Campuses
    • EnableComp
    • Entrada
    • Neighborhood Health
    Products & Services
    • 6th Man Movers
    • Batch Nashville
    • Joyride
    • Montgomery & Associates Insurance and Financial Services
    • A Head For Profits
    • Frothy Monkey ...
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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 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
    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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