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  • Google Fiber Announces Service in Nashville

    by Courtney Ross | Jan 28, 2015
    Ending a year of speculation, Google announced yesterday that Nashville will be one of the newest cities in the country to receive its Google Fiber gigabit Internet service, which is about 100 times faster than the average Internet speed available in the U.S.

    According to Kevin Lo, director of Google Fiber business and operations, Nashville's thriving music scene and the city's growing reputation as an entrepreneurial and technology hub made Music City a strong location for super-high-speed service.

    Access to the fiber network is based on demand. Once the network nears completion, the company will ask individuals to sign up for service, and start building out "fiberhoods" where interest is highest. To stay up to date, click here.

    This amenity will undoubtedly improve our community in many ways. It will help us nurture our local startups, and will also contribute to our overall quality of place and livability, which is increasingly important in our recruitment, retention and expansion efforts.

    Kevin Lo, director of Google Fiber business and operations, greets Mayor Karl Dean at the official announcement of Google Fiber's launch in Nashville on Jan. 27.
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  • Take Your Business Global With Free Exporting Advice

    by Lori Odom | Jan 26, 2015
    Did you know that 96 percent of the world’s consumers live outside of the United States, and that 70 percent of the world’s purchasing power is outside the U.S.?

    Exporting is an excellent way to grow your small or midsized business. If there is a market for your product in the U.S., there is definitely a market for your product overseas. Going global can only grow your market and increase its receptivity. Getting involved internationally decreases your business’ sole reliance on the American economy, thereby increasing opportunity for longevity and stability. As trade grows exponentially and trade barriers fall, staying domestic means missing opportunities.

    TNTrade provides free services to help Tennessee businesses expand internationally. Since 2012, the state-run program has helped more than 200 businesses connect with companies in Mexico, the UK, the EU and China. With the support of in-state export specialists and foreign offices, a company can receive one set of services from up to two different markets per year. These can include market checks, market strategies, market entry requirements, business partner searches, and trade events and travel assistance. The best part? These services are offered at no cost to you.

    To make exporting easy for Tennessee businesses, ...
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  • Thousands Show Support For Ft. Campbell

    by Lindsay Chambers | Jan 21, 2015
    Guest post by Ralph Schulz, president & CEO, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce

    The pictures in the newspapers and on television didn’t do it justice.

    On Jan. 20, it was my privilege to join Gov. Haslam, other elected officials and thousands of friends and neighbors from across Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky for a listening session held by Pentagon officials at Ft. Campbell. The Army brass wanted to hear from Ft. Campbell’s neighbors about potential force reductions which could result in the number of active-duty military personnel stationed at the post being cut in half. Clearly, these drastic cuts could have clear economic consequences for the region.

    About 1,500 area residents were able to make their way inside Ft. Campbell’s Family Resource Center before the local fire marshal closed the doors, and another 500 were able to view the proceedings by remote camera hookup at an auditorium nearby. Military police decided the listening session was at capacity and had to turn another 2,900 people away when Ft. Campbell’s Gate One was closed. The event was streamed live over the Internet, and organizers estimate another 700 people watched the proceedings online. It was an amazing show of support and the largest ...
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    Category: General
  • Foreign Diplomats to Highlight U.S.-EU Trade Relations

    by Lori Odom | Jan 20, 2015
    Fact of the day: The U.S. and EU economies together account for nearly half of global GDP and about one-third of all international trade. This translates to $2.7 billion in goods and services flowing each day and $4 trillion invested in each other's economies, supporting more than 13 million jobs on both sides of the Atlantic.

    The proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is an ambitious, comprehensive and high-standard trade and investment agreement being negotiated between the U.S. and the EU. The successful negotiation of the new TTIP is projected to create a market force of 800 million consumers and the potential for billions of dollars in new exports and thousands of new jobs in the United States and Europe, helping not just large companies and workers, but the small and medium enterprises that make up the backbone of both economies.

    The Chamber's International Business Council, in partnership with Baker Donelson, invites you to learn more about TTIP on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. A panel discussion featuring Great Britain and Northern Ireland Consul General Jeremy Pilmore-Bedford and Consul General Christoph Sander of Germany will highlight U.S. and EU trade relations and offer an update on TTIP. For ...
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  • Community Feedback Guides City Planning

    by Rita McDonald | Jan 16, 2015
    As Metro Nashville/Davidson County continues to create new jobs and welcome an influx of new residents, city planners are relying on community feedback to proactively plan our growth over the next 25 years. NashvilleNext is a long-term strategic planning process that aims to lay the groundwork for our city's future so we can maintain our quality of life and economic success.

    As part of the process, NashvilleNext planners held a series of neighborhood meetings to present various aspects of the plan and collect input from residents, eventually amassing more than 15,000 comments and directions. Informed by this citizen response, planners created a "preferred future," which summarizes the first two years of work on NashvilleNext by outlining a possible direction for growth and preservation in Nashville and Davidson County over the next 25 years. This "preferred future" will help align Metro spending, regulations and programming with the community values identified during the public meetings.

    Now, NashvilleNext is asking Nashvillians: "Did we get it right?" Review the video introduction to the "preferred future" below, then take a brief survey by Jan. 23 to indicate how important various aspects of the plan are to you.

    As a member of the NashvilleNext steering committee, ...
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    Category: General
  • Nashville a Top City For STEM Jobs

    by Alex Hughes | Jan 16, 2015
    Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) professions are some of the highest-paid, most in-demand jobs in the country. According to Department of Commerce estimates, STEM occupations will expand 1.7 times faster than non-STEM occupations between 2008 and 2018. Additionally, Bureau of Labor Statistics data show the annual average wage for all STEM jobs was $79,640 in 2013 -- a whopping 71 percent more than the national annual average wage of $46,440 for all jobs.

    This high demand is good news for Nashville as we work to maintain our competitive economy. STEM jobs are a major focus of our Chamber's workforce initiatives, specifically Middle Tennessee's tech sector. We created our WorkIT Nashville campaign almost two years ago to bring increased attention to our thriving regional tech community and the availability of highly skilled IT jobs. Last week, we were excited to see the results of a new study naming Nashville the second fastest-growing tech job market in the nation, and this week, the momentum continues with a brand-new ranking listing Nashville as one of the best metro areas for STEM professionals.

    The new STEM jobs study was conducted and published by WalletHub, an online personal finance resource. To determine the ranking, ...
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    Category: Workforce
  • Relive the 2014 NEXT Awards

    by Stephanie Coleman | Jan 09, 2015
    It’s a brand-new year for Nashville’s innovators and entrepreneurs to think up new ideas and take their companies to the next level, and we can’t wait to honor those groundbreaking individuals and businesses at the 2015 NEXT Awards this fall.

    In November, the Nashville Chamber and Nashville Entrepreneur Center hosted the 2014 NEXT Awards to recognize those who have achieved excellence in business and entrepreneurship. In case you missed the show or just want to relive the amazing experience, check out the recap video below, compliments of our Chamber member Steven Knapp of knapptimecreative. Warning: this video may inspire creative ideas and entrepreneurial spirit.

    Visit to view more videos from the event and to see a full list of 2014 finalists and winners. The 2015 NEXT Awards are coming this fall, and we'll begin accepting applications this summer. Will you be NEXT?

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  • Introducing Business Studio 2.0

    by Stephanie Coleman | Jan 09, 2015

    Guest post by Corey Davis, director of business growth initiatives, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce

    Small and midsized businesses are the majority of our Chamber membership and a cornerstone of our regional economy. In September, we launched Business Studio, a new suite of programming specifically designed to help these businesses succeed.

    Yesterday, we hosted a special kickoff event to unveil what I like to think of as "Business Studio 2.0." We'll now host two Business Studio events each month. One will be an educational workshop with an expert presenter, and the other will be an interactive networking experience. For this month's offerings, Michael Croom and John Fink of First Advantage Bank will join us Tuesday, Jan. 20, for an overview of the SBA lending process, and on Thursday, Jan. 29, we'll have a town-hall-style event with Sam Davidson, founder of Batch Nashville. We hope you can join us; to register for these and other upcoming events, visit our online calendar.

    We're also planning big things for the online component of Business Studio. Our blog will include both original and contributed content focused on topics to help improve your business. Other features, such as our BusinessConnect RFP tool, help companies ...
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  • Nashville Named Second Fastest-growing Tech Job Market in the U.S.

    by Alex Hughes | Jan 08, 2015
    The outlook has never been brighter for technology workers in Nashville, according to a new study from tech job site As reported by Fortune magazine, the research shows Nashville is the nation's second fastest-growing market for the creation of tech jobs, having added 24 percent more tech jobs between December 2013 and December 2014 over the previous year.

    The information technology sector is a major focus of our Chamber's workforce initiatives. We launched the WorkIT Nashville campaign nearly two years ago with support from community partners to connect regional tech employers with the best talent, both nationally and internationally. The website includes a tech job board, as well as news and resources about the community for those exploring everything Nashville has to offer.

    For anyone who's been paying attention to Nashville's rapid growth, particularly in the tech sector, the results of this study probably won't come as a big surprise. 2013-2014 was a record year for job growth in Middle Tennessee across multiple industries, and experts anticipate this momentum to continue in the year ahead. In November, Business Insider named Nashville to its list of the 15 hottest U.S. cities for 2015, based on factors such as job and ...
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    Category: Workforce
  • Nashville Chamber Announces 2015 Legislative Agendas, New State Lobbyist

    by Marc Hill | Jan 07, 2015
    The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to release its 2015 state and Metro legislative agendas. Our advocacy work centers on creating an environment where business can prosper, developing the region’s workforce talent, building a great quality of life, and acting regionally to ensure economic prosperity. Each fall, we begin our policy process by surveying our members to see which issues are top of mind. Our members’ feedback then informs the development of an agenda which is approved by our board of directors. Top priorities at the state legislature this year are expanding the number of Tennesseans with health insurance through Gov. Haslam’s Insure Tennessee plan and support for rigorous K-12 academic standards accompanied by a new assessment that accurately measures student achievement.

    In January 2013, the Nashville Chamber was the first business organization in the state to endorse the expansion of health insurance coverage to working Tennesseans, funded wholly by federal Medicaid dollars through 2016. In our most recent policy survey, our members favored supporting the governor’s Insure Tennessee plan by a two-to-one margin. While Tennessee has not yet joined the growing number of states participating in expanding health insurance to those eligible for Medicaid expansion, Gov. Haslam ...
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    Category: Legislative Issues