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  • Member Spotlight - Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee

    by Lindsay Chambers | Oct 05, 2015

    Q: October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. What is the importance of drawing attention to the issue of domestic violence, and how can people get involved locally?
    A: At Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee (PCAT), our mission is to prevent the abuse and neglect of children in Tennessee. One of the ways we achieve our mission is by working with families to decrease family violence, because we understand how domestic violence can impact children. Children who live in homes where domestic violence is present suffer abuse or neglect at high rates (30-60 percent). Children who experience violence at home may suffer from anxiety, nightmares, difficulty concentrating at school, emotional neediness and demonstrate increased aggression towards others. PCAT runs several programs that help strengthen the safety net for families and improve outcomes for these children. We operate and staff Tennessee’s only statewide, 24/7, domestic violence crisis call helpline. Last year, the helpline received 4,081 calls from survivors, with the highest percentage of calls coming from Davidson County. During October, which is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, PCAT is promoting the helpline, 1-800-356-6767, and encouraging every community to join us in our work to build violence-free homes. You can promote the helpline ...

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    Category: General
  • State of the RTA System Report Identifies Potential Transit Opportunities

    by Lindsay Chambers | Oct 02, 2015
    Courtesy of nMotion

    Last week, as part of the yearlong strategic planning process called nMotion, the Regional Transportation Authority of Middle Tennessee (RTA) released the State of the RTA System Report, which found that regional service doesn’t meet current demands for transit and will continue to fall further behind as Middle Tennessee grows unless its needs are addressed.

    The report provides an overview of existing RTA transit services and an evaluation of how well these services match transit demand in the region, both today and 25 years in the future. Based on those findings, the report presents the key issues facing RTA and serves as a starting point for the strategies and recommendations that will be part of the final Nashville MTA/RTA strategic plan to be released next spring. The new report finds that growth in both population and employment will produce much higher volumes of travel overall, including to and from Nashville and within the 10-county region. Increasing population and employment densities in traditional regional centers and in new emerging areas will greatly increase the demand for transit, and for new types of transit.

    The full report and an executive summary are available on the nMotion website. MTA/RTA encourages ...
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    Category: Transit
  • Chamber Honors Outstanding Volunteers

    by Lindsay Chambers | Sep 30, 2015
    The Chamber’s work is made possible by the support of our members, particularly those who devote their time and energy to helping advance key priorities. Since 2008, the Spirit of the Chamber Awards have recognized volunteers who have contributed the most toward the organization’s purpose of facilitating community leadership to create economic prosperity. These volunteers help the Chamber accomplish results and position Middle Tennessee for continued success.

    The 2015 Spirit of the Chamber awardees were announced at the Chamber and Partnership 2020 Annual Meeting on Sept. 30.

    Mike Shmerling, XMi Holdings
    In the past year, Mike Shmerling, XMi Holdings, has been involved in two initiatives that have a long-term impact on the future of our city and region – regional transit and Metro government fiscal stability. As chair of the 2015 Leadership/Transit Study Missions, he led one of the largest delegations in Chamber history to Salt Lake City, where community leaders learned from national models in multi-modal transit infrastructure, community visioning and immigration reform. The best practices from this visit have already been implemented in the recently unveiled Moving Forward regional transit initiative, which will unite leaders and organizations committed to creating a regional mass transit solution through a collaborative ...
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    Category: General
  • Annual Meeting Commemorates Interconnectedness, Shared Success

    by Lindsay Chambers | Sep 30, 2015

    The Chamber and Partnership 2020 celebrated another record-setting year for job growth at our Annual Meeting on Sept. 30.

    From July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2015, the Nashville region exceeded the aggressive performance metrics set forth in the P2020 strategic plan, with 17,562 announced jobs leading to $2.7 billion in capital investment.

    Our new five-year economic development strategy, launched in February, will build on this momentum by maintaining a focus on three key drivers: economic prosperity, talent development and preserving the Nashville region's quality of place. These three elements, along with a strong foundation of regional collaboration, will help Middle Tennessee remain nationally and internationally competitive.

    At the meeting, we introduced Jim Schmitz, Middle Tennessee president of Regions Bank, as our new Partnership co-chair. Schmitz assumes the leadership role recently vacated by Milton Johnson, chairman and CEO of HCA, whose tenure was marked by unprecedented growth and success. We also announced that newly elected Mayor Megan Barry has accepted the co-chairmanship of Partnership 2020. Barry's economic development agenda and commitment to effective regionalism align closely with Chamber priorities, and we look forward to working with her office.

    Interconnectedness was the theme of the Annual Meeting, as we heard from ...

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  • Member Spotlight - Comcast Business

    by Lindsay Chambers | Sep 24, 2015
    Q: What's the best thing about doing business in Middle Tennessee?
    A: As we all know, Middle Tennessee has been experiencing significant growth, both in population and business development. Nashville’s unique business and entrepreneurial climate is a key driver to this growth. Working with Middle Tennessee businesses that are hungry for innovation and collaboration is certainly one of the best things about doing business in the area.

    Q: What's your biggest goal for your company in the next year?
    A: This year, we have announced major speed increases and launched several new innovative products and services, both on our business and residential platforms. Now, Comcast is undertaking an extensive transformation to improve the customer experience and make that our best product yet. It’s the company’s No. 1 priority. We are implementing changes across the board to put customers at the center of every decision we make and empowering our employees to deliver excellent service to our customers through enhanced tools and resources.

    We are investing millions of dollars, hiring thousands of new customer service representatives and technicians, and are redoubling our efforts around product reliability to be certain our products work flawlessly and that our customers are satisfied. We are ...
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  • Nashville Health Care Council Fellows Initiative Launches Recruitment for 2016 Class

    by Lindsay Chambers | Sep 14, 2015
    Courtesy of the Nashville Health Care Council

    Applications are now open for the 2016 Fellows class, an annual initiative of the Nashville Health Care Council. This nationally unique program brings together senior health care leaders to explore strategies to meet the industry challenges of today and the future.

    Fellows is co-directed by former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, M.D., and Larry Van Horn, a leading expert in health care management and economics, and professor at Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management. Created in 2013 in response to the unprecedented change and transformation occurring in health care, the program leverages the expertise of the industry’s founding leadership in Nashville, as well as nationally known figures and leading academic institutions, to create a forum for thought leadership for the industry.

    “Fellows cultivates cross-pollination between the nation’s best and brightest from all sectors of the health care industry, challenging them to become disruptive, solutions-oriented leaders in today’s rapidly changing health care environment. There is no better place than Nashville, the nation’s health services capital, to host this annual initiative to move our industry forward,” said Frist.

    Fellows helps leaders define complex problems, develop actionable solutions and foster leadership ...

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    Category: General
  • Chamber Welcomes Bass, Berry & Sims PLC As Our Newest Pivotal Partner

    by Lindsay Chambers | Sep 11, 2015

    The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce that Bass, Berry & Sims PLC has signed on as our newest Pivotal Partner – a partnership at the highest level for all of our programs and events. Bass, Berry & Sims, the largest Nashville-based law firm, has been a member and supporter of the Chamber since 1961.

    As a Pivotal Partner, Bass, Berry & Sims joins Delek US Holdings, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, Community Health Systems, First Tennessee and Ryan LLC in supporting the work of the Chamber and providing resources necessary for the Chamber to offer valuable programming to our 2,200 member companies.

    “Our roots are in Nashville, and we care deeply about participating in a meaningful way in the continued prosperity of our city,” said Todd Rolapp, managing partner of Bass, Berry & Sims. “The Nashville Area Chamber provides a framework by which our attorneys can make a difference in the community, and we are thrilled to join such an esteemed group of companies as the Chamber’s newest Pivotal Partner.”

    Bass, Berry & Sims’ more than 220 attorneys represent numerous public and private companies across the region and nationwide. Founded in Nashville in 1922, Bass, Berry & ...

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    Category: General
  • Congratulations to Our 2015 NEXT Awards Finalists

    by Lindsay Chambers | Aug 31, 2015
    The Nashville Area Chamber and the Nashville Entrepreneur Center are proud to announce the finalists for the fifth annual NEXT Awards. These awards recognize outstanding businesses and entrepreneurs throughout Middle Tennessee.

    The NEXT Awards honor companies and individual entrepreneurs in five business categories that are vital to the Middle Tennessee economy: health care; technology; digital media and entertainment; social enterprise and sustainability; and products and services. Individual awards will also be given for Entrepreneur of the Year and Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

    Please join us Thursday, Sept. 17, for a celebration of these finalists. Winners will be announced during the NEXT Awards event Thursday, Nov. 19.

    2015 NEXT Award Finalists

    Digital Media & Entertainment
    • Make It Pop Creations, LLC
    • Talkapolis
    • The Mountain
    • Titan Web Marketing Solutions
    • Caddis Interactive
    • FoxFuel Creative
    • SnapShot Interactive
    • StyleBlueprint, LLC
    Market Mover
    • DWP Live
    • Nashville Armory
    • Nashville Ballet
    • Rural Media Group
    Health Care
    • Atlas Health Technologies, Inc.
    • Healthcare MarketMaker
    • MEDarchon
    • Nashville TMS
    • Bernard Health
    • Jones Therapy Services
    • MediCopy
    • ProviderTrust, Inc.
    • Stratasan
    Market Mover
    • Addiction Campuses
    • EnableComp
    • Entrada
    • Neighborhood Health
    Products & Services
    • 6th Man Movers
    • Batch Nashville
    • Joyride
    • Montgomery & Associates Insurance and Financial Services
    • A Head For Profits ...
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  • Member Spotlight - Provista

    by Lindsay Chambers | Aug 27, 2015

    Q: What has been the most valuable aspect of your Chamber membership?  
    A: The Chamber is willing to help promote my company and provide creative ideas to let other members know about my services.

    Q: What's the best thing about doing business in Middle Tennessee? 
    A: The people. I love the people of Tennessee. They are all so friendly and inviting when I visit. I am from Texas and have always valued the warmth and kindness of my fellow Texans. Tennessee folks give me that same feeling. Every time I visit my customers in the Nashville area, I feel like I’ve made new friends.

    Q: What's your biggest goal for your company in the next year? 
    A: To help my customers and prospective customers understand how my company can provide great value to them. Because we are a group purchasing organization, many companies outside of health care and education are not aware of who we are or what we do. My job is to simply educate those who are unfamiliar with group purchasing and, hopefully, save them considerable money on their day-to-day spending.   

    Q: How do you define success? 
    A: My idea of success is not monetary. I feel ...
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    Category: General
  • Study: Health Care Contributes Nearly $40B Annually To Regional Economy

    by Lindsay Chambers | Aug 18, 2015
    Courtesy of the Nashville Health Care Council

    The Nashville Health Care Council today released an economic impact study, completed in partnership with the Business and Economic Research Center (BERC) at Middle Tennessee State University, to examine the local health care industry and its impact on the regional and national economy. The report, a follow-up to one commissioned in 2010, shows significant growth in terms of the financial scope and geographic reach of Nashville’s health care industry over the past five years.

    The health care industry contributed $38.8 billion to the region’s economy in 2014, according to the findings. That number, which accounts for direct, indirect and induced business revenues, marks a 32.9 percent increase from the 2010 study. The study also shows Nashville’s health care industry accounted for 249,345 local jobs in 2014, up 18.14 percent compared the previous study.

    The study’s findings also show Nashville’s tremendous impact on the national and worldwide economy. The city’s 16 publicly traded health care companies* employ more than 500,000 people globally — more than three times any other city’s public health care cluster. These 16 companies* see a combined revenue of $73 billion each year.

    “The importance of the health care industry to ...
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