This week's City Paper cover story looks at the rise over the past quarter-century of Williamson County as the region's HQ magnet par excellence. Lots of factors have played a role, J.R. Lind writes, but that doesn't mean Davidson County doesn't have a good shot at landing future corporate movers.
Ultimately, the answer for Nashville may be to stop competing with Williamson County at all. Nashville trying to compete with its neighbor for staid Fortune 500 giants, Emery said, is like “me in Cool Springs trying to get the music industry.”
Without the sheer volume of land, Nashville will have to focus on redevelopment and emphasize its urban qualities as it markets itself to companies.
The three Williamson County chambers of commerce that are combining their operations have settled on a name for the merged entity. Not surprisingly, the groups have chosen Williamson County Chamber of Commerce as their future brand. The chambers also have brought on board a consultant, Charles Van Rysselberge, to help them complete the merger. Van Rysselberge is a South Carolina resident who has been active in ECD circles for four decades.
A Minnesota-based chain of restaurants/brewpubs is expanding into Tennessee and plans to open this summer adjacent to the new Drury Plaza Hotel off Interstate 65 in Cool Springs. Kevin Walters reports that the $100 million chain is eyeing other Middle Tennessee locations. Check out the company's website here.
The parking of four local department stores will soon be home to electric car charging stations that are part of the EV Project. The charger pods containing four stations will go up outside Kohl's locations in Hermitage, Cool Springs, Spring Hill and Murfreesboro.
The Greenies Brand is teaming with nationally known and Rhode Island-based vet Lorie Huston to provide insights as to the potentially-dangerous-for-pets holiday season. Greenies is a division of The Nutro Co., a subsidiary of CoolSprings-based Mars Petcare Inc.
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