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  • P2020 Kicks Off New Strategic Plan on a High Note

    by Courtney Ross | Jul 07, 2016
    On July 1, we officially started our new Partnership 2020 five-year regional strategic plan. We are excited about Nashville's continued prosperity and how our efforts will impact the regional economy in the years ahead.

    We have so much success to celebrate, not only in this most recent fiscal year, but over the past five years of Partnership 2020. The 26-year results of this Partnership are astounding. A measured, well-thought-out plan for growing our economy has resulted in:
    • more than 850 companies relocating to the region;
    • more than 370,000 new jobs created;
    • per capita income growth of nearly 150 percent;
    • and population growth of more than 156 percent.
    This work would not be possible without the generous support and leadership of each of our Partnership 2020 investors. Thank you for your continued commitment to the Nashville region.

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  • New Report Names Nashville 'Amazing' for Livability

    by Courtney Ross | Jun 28, 2016
    The competition for jobs, talent and investment is tougher than ever. Economic development has moved beyond the traditional model of offering incentives and tax breaks to large employers; we now rely on quality of place as a key strategic driver as we work to grow Middle Tennessee's economy.

    Smart Growth America, a national advocate for intelligent placemaking, has named Nashville one of the top U.S. cities that is using smart growth and development to successfully attract new companies and residents. Their newly released report, "Amazing Place: Six Cities Using the New Recipe for Economic Development," examines Nashville and five other cities through the lens of their efforts to create livable communities.

    "The city’s music heritage has a spillover effect, and today companies like Warby Parker and tech startups are moving to Nashville to capitalize on the city’s reputation for creative, authentic cool," the report says. It cites examples of how the Metro Planning Department's zoning changes helped transform neighborhoods such as the Gulch and downtown by encouraging residential and mixed-use development. The report also praises Metro Government and Chamber initiatives such as Complete Streets, ScaleUp Nashville, Business Studio, NashvilleNext, Partnership 2020 and Leadership Study Mission as cases of successful collaborations ...
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  • Partnership 2020 Unveils New Five-Year Strategy for Economic Growth

    by Courtney Ross | Jun 20, 2016

    Building on more than 26 years of success in regional economic development, the Chamber is launching a bold new five-year plan next month that is critical for Middle Tennessee's continued prosperity.

    With investors’ support, Partnership 2020 has been the driving force in growing the regional economy. The overall results of the Partnership are astounding. A measured, well-thought-out plan for growing our economy has resulted in:

    • More than 850 companies relocating to the region, including LP, Clarcor, Nissan, Asurion, Under Armour, Amazon, Google, ServiceSource, Loews Corp., Beretta and many others;
    • More than 370,000 new jobs created;
    • Per capita income growth of nearly 150 percent; and
    • Population growth of more than 156 percent.

    Using input from our investors and community leaders, we've created an economic development plan focused on three key areas that will build on the region’s successes and ensure our future growth:

    • Economic prosperity;
    • Talent development; and
    • Maintaining Nashville’s quality of place and life.

    Our staff has been working on this regionally focused plan for the past year, and we're prepared to launch it on July 1.

    To continue the region’s momentum, Partnership 2020 will address and improve areas of urgent need:

    • Growing jobs in strategic target sectors through ...
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  • Job Growth Earns Tennessee National Economic Development Award

    by Courtney Ross | Jun 15, 2016
    Tennessee has again been named among the most competitive states for economic development by Area Development, a leading publication focused on site selection and facility planning.

    The states receiving this year’s Gold Shovel Awards all had large numbers of high-impact economic development projects, including deals of $1 billion or more creating thousands of new jobs. Tennessee joins California, Ohio, South Carolina, Nevada and Utah in receiving Gold Shovels to recognize the scope of their economic development successes in 2015.

    This is the second consecutive year Tennessee has received a Gold Shovel Award. In addition to 2015, our state received Gold Shovels in 2012 and 2009, and Silver Shovels in 2011 and 2010.

    The top projects that made Tennessee a Gold Shovel winner include Aegis Sciences Corporation (740 jobs and $31.1 million capital investment); Community Health Systems (1,500 jobs and $160 million capital investment); and Nissan North America, Inc. (1,000 jobs and $57 million capital investment).

    Area Development's Shovel Awards annually recognize states that have achieved the most success in terms of new job creation and economic development competitiveness. States are compared only to others in their population tier.

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  • Chamber's Economic Development Efforts Receive National Recognition Again

    by Courtney Ross | May 10, 2016

    Site Selection magazine, a national publication for economic development professionals, has again lauded our Chamber's economic development team with their highest honor.

    Though this is the fourth time the Chamber has received this accolade from Site Selection, this year the magazine has renamed the award (formerly known as Top Groups) as the Mac Conway Award for Excellence in Economic Development after their founder, McKinley “Mac” Conway. To determine which economic development groups receive the award, the publication uses objective criteria such as the total number of jobs created, total amount of investment, per capita investment and jobs created in the region, as well as subjectively examining how economic development organizations are addressing community issues. Middle Tennessee's record-breaking job creation in 2015 helped cement the Chamber's spot on this list, with Nissan North America and Community Health Systems making major commitments to expand their existing operations in Middle Tennessee.

    To be named one of the top economic development agencies in the U.S. among thousands of our peers is a tremendous honor, and I am so proud of everyone on our team whose hard work contributes to our many successes.

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  • Three Major Employers to Create More Than 1,100 New Jobs in Middle Tennessee

    by Courtney Ross | Apr 28, 2016
    Effective work across county lines is the underpinning of the Chamber's regional economic development initiative, Partnership 2020. The leaders who formed Partnership in 1990 knew that Middle Tennessee had to compete as a region in order to succeed, because the quality-of-life resources that attract new businesses and residents - such as arts, culture and parks - are spread throughout our 10-county region.

    This week, we saw a perfect example of regionalism in action, as three major employers made significant expansion or relocation announcements in Maury, Williamson and Wilson counties. These three companies will create more than 1,100 new jobs and invest nearly $800 billion in Middle Tennessee, and will undoubtedly bring more new residents to our region.

    gm General Motors officials announced plans to invest $788.7 million and create 781 new jobs for a new high-efficiency engine program and to modernize the vehicle programs at the company's Spring Hill manufacturing plant. The announcement brings GM's total investment in the Spring Hill plant in 2016 up to more than $936 million, including an expansion announced in February. The company has announced investments of more than $2 billion for Spring Hill since 2010.
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  • Partnership 2020 Receives National Recognition as Top Economic Development Group

    by Courtney Ross | Nov 10, 2015
    The past few months have been an especially busy time for the Chamber's economic development team, as Middle Tennessee continues its growth trajectory.

    The Chamber received recognition as a top economic development organization at the International Economic Development Council’s recent annual conference. Our Partnership 2020 team was honored for most jobs created and most capital investment announced for a community in North America by population size, based on the results of an economic development benchmarking survey conducted by Atlas Advertising.

    Since July 1, more than 40 companies have announced expansions or relocations in Middle Tennessee. Highlights include:
    • Peer-to-peer ridesharing company Lyft is locating a new regional headquarters in downtown Nashville. The San Francisco-based mobile app and transportation company will invest $5.1 million and create 380 new jobs in Davidson County.

    • Sinomax Group will locate new manufacturing operations in La Vergne. Sinomax, a foam products manufacturer and distributor, will invest $28 million and create 350 jobs, the largest jobs commitment made from a Chinese-owned company in Tennessee's history.

    • Wonderful Group, a tile and ceramics manufacturer, has selected Lebanon as the site of its first U.S. operations. The company plans to invest $150 million and create 220 new jobs in Wilson County. ...
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  • Middle Tennessee Welcomes Three Expansions, $147M Investment

    by Courtney Ross | Jun 03, 2015

    Our region's momentum shows no signs of slowing. Over the past week, three companies have announced expansions in Middle Tennessee, investing more than $147 million and creating more than 300 new jobs.

    • TWB Company, LLC officials have announced plans to expand their current operations in Tennessee by locating a new manufacturing facility in Nashville. The auto parts manufacturer will invest $18 million in this new operation, creating 41 new jobs in Davidson County.
    • Interstate Warehousing plans to invest $24.7 million to add 160,000 square feet to their existing Murfreesboro facility, located on Joe B. Jackson Parkway. The project will support 122 new full-time jobs. Interstate Warehousing is among the top 10 cold storage warehousing companies in the United States.
    • Maplehurst Bakeries, LLC, a division of Weston Foods, will invest $102.8 million to build and equip a new 173,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Lebanon. The facility will be located at Central Pike and 840 and create up to 147 new jobs in Wilson County. Founded in 1967, Maplehurst Bakeries produces frozen bakery products for in-store and food service bakeries.
    In addition, this week we learned that Tennessee is one of five states to receive the Gold Shovel Award from Area Development magazine, ...
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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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  • 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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