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  • Nashville tries to lure people into healthier lifestyles

    by Tom Wilemon | Oct 12, 2014

    Nashville is famous for hot chicken, GooGoo Clusters and meat-and-three joints where spaghetti counts as a vegetable. Historically, it's also been more of a spoke-hub city where people relied on cars to travel between suburbs, as opposed to an urban community where people used sidewalks to get to places.

    It's easy to understand why people here weigh more and tend to exercise less than residents of competing cities. Nearly one ...

  • Clarksville added to economic study of Nashville region

    by Richard V. Stevens | Oct 12, 2014
    A new study concludes that Clarksville is a key component of regional effectiveness for the whole of upper Middle Tennessee.

    Today The Leaf-Chronicle presents a special report titled "Vital Signs: A Region on the Move." This section about the 17-county Nashville region was prepared by The Tennessean and reports on the 2014 Vital Signs report released last week by the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce.

    For the first time, ...
  • Life, economy and employment strong in Middle Tennessee

    by Lindsay Chambers | Oct 12, 2014

    Over the last year, the nation has caught on to what we already know: life is good in Middle Tennessee.

    In 2013, the Nashville region joined a growing list of international cities using the Vital Signs framework to identify regional issues and solutions. This second report examines four key drivers of success—regional effectiveness, economic vitality, quality of place and life and human capital—to identify what’s working and forecast emerging issues ...

  • Infrastructure needs pile up across Middle Tennessee

    by Michael Cass | Oct 11, 2014
    A 15-county Middle Tennessee area needs to spend some $11 billion to shore up its infrastructure so it can accommodate the region's growth and stay competitive, according to a new study by the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce.

    Citing data compiled by another organization in 2013, the chamber’s Vital Signs report says the region’s infrastructure needs — from roads and stormwater systems to school renovations and fire protection — amount ...
  • Commuting takes longer for many in Nashville

    by Josh Brown | Oct 10, 2014

    The drive from Fairview to Berry Hill used to take Melissa Stephens the better part of an hour on her daily commute.

    In July, after more than five years and countless hours on the road, the 30-year-old nail salon owner did something about it. She and her husband bought a home in the Woodbine neighborhood and left their Fairview rental behind.

    Now, her commute takes about six minutes.

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National News

  • Where Young College Graduates Are Choosing to Live

    by Claire Cain Miller | Oct 20, 2014
    When young college graduates decide where to move, they are not just looking at the usual suspects, like New York, Washington and San Francisco. Other cities are increasing their share of these valuable residents at an even higher rate and have reached a high overall percentage, led by Denver, San Diego, Nashville, Salt Lake City and Portland, Ore., according to a report published Monday by City Observatory, a new think ...
  • Most Giving Cities

    by Lindsay Chambers | Oct 06, 2014

    A new Journal of Philanthropy study shows Nashville is among the top five giving cities in the U.S.

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  • Fastest-growing large cities

    by Lindsay Chambers | Sep 24, 2014
    Nashville is the nation’s 52nd fastest-growing city -- and 12th fastest-growing among cities with populations of 300,000 or more, according to a analysis.

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  • Baby Boomtowns: The U.S. Cities Attracting the Most Families

    by Lindsay Chambers | Sep 12, 2014
    Nashville ranked ninth on's list of where new families are being formed most rapidly. For the study, researchers examined data on the changes in the number of 5- to 14-year-olds since 2000 in the nation’s 52 largest metropolitan statistical areas.

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  • Best Cities for Employee Engagement

    by Lindsay Chambers | Aug 11, 2014
    Nashville ranked third among cities with the most engaged employees, according to data from Quantum Workplace and reported by To determine where employees across the country feel the most and least engaged, Quantum Workplace looked at the data collected for 41 cities as part of America’s 2013 Best Places to Work initiative. Cities with 70 or more companies participating in Best Places To Work were ranked from most to ...