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  • Nashville's STEM Income Growth Leads the Nation

    by Alex Hughes | Feb 15, 2016
    New research published by personal finance website SmartAsset.com cites Nashville as one of the best U.S. metros for high-paying jobs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

    In their second annual study of the top cities for STEM salaries, SmartAsset averaged typical pay for the three overarching STEM job categories, as defined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics: computer and mathematical occupations; architecture and engineering occupations; and life, physical and social science occupations. The study also takes into account the growth in pay from 2013 to 2014 (the most recent year for which data is available).

    The study ranks Nashville fifth out of the top 25 metros for STEM salaries nationwide. Nashville leads all cities in the ranking with a 5.3 percent income growth for STEM workers in 2014 - more than three times the national rate.

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    Tags: STEM
  • It's Time to Nominate and Apply For the 2016 Nashville Emerging Leader Awards

    by Stephanie Winn | Feb 04, 2016

    Time's running out to nominate and apply for the 10th annual Nashville Emerging Leader Awards! The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, Feb. 10, and applications are due Monday, Feb. 15. 

    NELAs are given to outstanding young professionals (under the age of 40) from 15 industry categories who have shown exemplary character – both at work, and in the community. Think about the people you know: Perhaps you have a mentee who has put in the extra mile to develop her career, or a coworker who is leading the charge through his work with a local community organization. Or, maybe you've been blowing it out of the water in your professional and personal life, and this is your year to apply!

    Every NELA winner has a different story, but they all have one thing in common: they are talented, ambitious and dedicated young leaders who are contributing to the growth of our workforce and our region's future. Join in the excitement by nominating an outstanding young professional or downloading an application today.


    The Nashville Emerging Leader Awards are presented by Lipscomb University College of Business.
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  • Nashville Ranked Among Top Cities for Tech Graduates

    by Alex Hughes | Feb 02, 2016
    Business research firm DataFox has released a new study that ranks Nashville fifth among 10 cities that it calls "secretly great" for recent tech graduates. The ranking was based on affordability, growth potential, and the availability of mentorship and networking opportunities.

    "Nashville's sneaky-great tech scene offers career resources without the frenzy," says DataFox's writeup on Music City, which also cites low cost of living, startup density and the support provided through Nashville Entrepreneur Center's partnership with Google for Entrepreneurs.

    Nashville continues to strengthen our reputation as a tech hub, which, as the DataFox article points out, works to the advantage of recent IT graduates: "For young grads just starting to build their professional networks, a small tech scene can actually be better. Cities with a collaborative rather than cutthroat mentality provide opportunities to find mentors, grow new skills and build a durable network." We couldn't agree more!

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  • Apply Today For the 2016 Nashville Emerging Leader Awards

    by Lindsay Chambers | Dec 28, 2015

    The Chamber's YP Nashville initiative launched the Nashville Emerging Leader Awards (NELAs) to honor the accomplishments of the outstanding young leaders who are contributing to the growth of our workforce and our region. Now in its 10th year, the NELAs program has recognized nearly 700 young professionals as finalists and award recipients, and has grown into one of our area's most prestigious awards programs.

    Applications for the 2016 NELAs are now available! Join in the excitement by downloading an application or nominating an outstanding young professional today. The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, Feb. 10, and applications are due Monday, Feb. 15.

    Who should be nominated?

    1. NELAs are given to outstanding young professionals (under the age of 40) from 15 industry categories who have demonstrated outstanding professional and personal accomplishments.
    2. Winners go above and beyond the call of duty at work and within their community.
    3. You will never hear a NELA winner say, “That’s not in my job description” or “Let someone else do it.”
    4. Winners are role models within their community or unsung heroes who work graciously with others and don’t ask for anything in return.

    Ready to apply? Here are some friendly tips to keep in mind:

    1. Your application should ...
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  • 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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  • Meet the Leaders Carrying Middle Tennessee's Future

    by Alex Hughes | Jul 31, 2015
    This is the biggest week of the year for the Chamber's young professionals initiative, as we recognize the professional and personal accomplishments of the next generation of Middle Tennessee business leaders.

    Last night, we hosted the ninth annual Nashville Emerging Leader Awards (NELAs), a celebration of some of the most talented and dedicated young members of our workforce.

    This awards program has grown by leaps and bounds since we introduced it in 2007. We opened the application process in January, and received more than 500 nominations from across the Nashville region. Eighty-three Chamber members volunteered as judges to take on the difficult task of narrowing down our pool of applicants to 75 finalists, who were announced last month.

    Middle Tennessee owes its current growth trajectory to the vision of dedicated business leaders who built a strong foundation for prosperity. Every year, the NELAs event leaves me inspired and excited to know that the future of our region is in excellent hands. Please join us in congratulating this year’s outstanding group of leaders!

    2015 Nashville Emerging Leader Awards Winners


    Architecture, Engineering & Construction
    Ashley Smith
    Project Manager, Stantec Consulting Services Inc.
    In her role as project manager ...
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  • What It Takes To Be a Leader

    by Alex Hughes | Jul 13, 2015
    Guest post by Stephanie Winn, manager of talent attraction and retention, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce

    For the past year, we've been working on the planning and execution of the ninth annual Nashville Emerging Leader Awards (NELAs). This year's event will be held Thursday, July 30, at Lipscomb University's Collins Alumni Auditorium. It’s hard to believe all the hard work put in by our team at the Chamber is about to pay off!

    Full disclosure: It’s my first year managing this program, and I have learned many lessons along the way. Each year, we receive more than 500 nominations and 200 applications from YPs throughout Middle Tennessee vying to be named the top young professional leader in one of 15 industries. I read each application, and all I can say is, "WOW!" The level of young professional talent in our community is truly amazing and inspiring.

     

    In my totally unscientific method (read: reading many, many narratives and biographies about Nashville’s elite), I have summed up three steps to be the change you want to see in the world.

    1. Don’t wait for someone else to fix it.
    In many of their application essays, our NELAs finalists shared stories about ...

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  • Congratulating Our 2015 Nashville Emerging Leader Award Finalists

    by Alex Hughes | Jun 08, 2015

    Guest post by Stephanie Winn, manager of talent attraction and retention, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce

    Today, we are pleased to announce the finalists for our ninth annual Nashville Emerging Leader Awards (NELAs). We created the NELAs to celebrate the many accomplishments of young professionals in Middle Tennessee, who are not only a significant part of our workforce, but who also contribute their time and talents to improving our community through their volunteer efforts.

    Each year, we see not only growth in number of applicants, but an increase in levels of talent and commitment to making our region a better place. Our applicant pool was incredibly competitive, and these finalists withstood the judging process.

    Please join us in congratulating the 2015 NELAs finalists!

    Architecture, Engineering & Construction
    William Radford, Lend Lease
    Kristi Schnell, Gresham, Smith and Partners
    Brittany L. Shepherd, Turner Construction Company
    Ashley T. Smith, Stantec Consulting Services, Inc.
    Britnie Turner, Aerial Development Group

    Arts, Entertainment & Music Business

    Marcia Masulla, 12th & Broad - A Gannett Media Company
    Amanda Mazzo, Mazzo Media
    Brian O'Neil, Iconic Entertainment
    Ryan Rowland, Country Music Television
    Laura Williams, Regions Bank

    Business Services
    Matt Boeshore, eVolve Benefits
    Klay Lesko, Averitt Express
    Brian Lord, Premiere ...

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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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    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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