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  • Editorial board bus meeting a start to future solutions

    by David Plazas | Feb 09, 2015
    The Tennessean Editorial Board held its first meeting on a public bus. Executive Editor Stefanie Murray, Metro Columnist Frank Daniels and I rode with Nashville MTA CEO Steve Bland, Board Chair Marilyn Ott and spokesperson Patricia Harris-Morehead.

    The goal was to have to conversation about the future of transit as part of the overall discussion of a comprehensive approach to solving Nashville's transportation challenges in the future.

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  • Middle Tennessee mayors lay out legislative priorities

    by J.R. Lind | Dec 17, 2014
    The Middle Tennessee Mayors Caucus, a collaborative partnership among 40 mayors and county executives across the 10-county region, marked the end of the year by meeting with members of the state legislature to discuss regional priorities for the upcoming 109th Tennessee General Assembly. The gathering also included information from Nashville Region’s Vital Signs, a report produced by the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Nashville Area MPO to highlight ...
  • Let's work to solve Nashville's transportation woes

    by David Plazas | Dec 08, 2014

    I'd like to take the bus more frequently, as time and circumstances allow, but if I did, I'd be only one of the 1.1 percent of people in the greater Nashville Metropolitan area who take public transit.

    That's according to the 2014 Nashville Region's Vital Signs report, commissioned by the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization.

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  • Census data: Nashville among fastest-growing U.S. cities

    by E.J. Boyer | Dec 05, 2014


    This should come as no surprise, but let's make it official: Nashville is the ninth-fastest growing big city in America since 2000, according to data released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

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  • Bridgestone's $232.6M downtown HQ high-rise to create 607 new jobs

    by Adam Sichko | Nov 11, 2014
    The tire maker Bridgestone will relocate its U.S. headquarters to downtown Nashville — bringing with it more than 1,700 jobs, with more than 600 being new jobs for Nashville.

    Bridgestone Americas will be the only tenant in a $232.6 million, 30-story office tower that developer Highwoods Properties will build, totaling some 514,000 square feet.

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National News

  • Nashville leads the nation in advanced manufacturing

    by Lindsay Chambers | Feb 03, 2015
    According to a new study from the Brookings Institute, Nashville has had more job growth in advanced industries since the recession than any other metro area in the country, and the growth is largely thanks to motor vehicle manufacturers.

    For a manufacturer to be considered "advanced," one in five of its employees has to specialize in technology, engineering, science or math, according to Brookings analysis.

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  • Travel Bucket List Cities

    by Lindsay Chambers | Feb 03, 2015
    Nashville is one of only three U.S. destinations named to's list of "15 Places That Should Be On Your Travel Bucket List." Other cities on the list included Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Kyoto, Japan; and Berlin, Germany.

    According to the article, "Every expert we talked to raved about Nashville, often calling it 'the Vegas of the East.'"

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  • America's Fastest-Growing Cities 2015

    by Erin Carlyle | Jan 27, 2015
    Nashville is on's list of the fastest-growing cities in America. The ranking is based on estimated population growth for 2014 and 2015, year-over-year job growth for 2014, 2014 gross metro product growth, federal unemployment data and median annual pay for college-educated workers for America's 100 most populous MSAs.

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  • Nashville ranks No. 2 in the nation for arts vibrancy

    by Lindsay Chambers | Jan 26, 2015
    Nashville's arts vibrancy is No. 2 in the nation, according to a new report released by the National Center for Arts Research. The research examines level of supply, demand and government support for arts and culture for more than 900 communities across the country.

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  • Nashville ranked 86th largest metro economy in world

    by Lindsay Chambers | Jan 22, 2015

    Six years after the world stumbled into recession, Nashville is not only fully recovered, it’s growing.

    In the Brookings Global MetroMonitor 2014 report, Nashville ranks 86th globally for economic performance out of the world’s 300 largest metropolitan economies.

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