It's been a few quarters since we've passed on information about Williamson County's economic development pipeline. The latest word from the county's chamber of commerce shows that it is contention for about 30 projects that could bring with them almost 7,200 jobs. The first number is in line with where things stood last summer but the jobs number has dropped more than 3,000.
A Charleston-based upscale women's apparel and footwear boutique plans to soon open its first store in Tennessee in the CityPark development on Franklin Road in Brentwood. Copper Penny will take up space in Building E of CityPark's 40,000-square-foot retail section, sitting close to the Hilton Garden Inn being built adjacent to the Mooreland historic home. The CityPark site will be the ninth location for Copper Penny, which first opened its doors about 25 years ago.
First Advantage Bank has added to its ranks a senior vice president in the form of Kyle Luther, a veteran business lender who had been at Planters Bank for a dozen years. Luther specializes in commercial real estate and construction lending. Read more about his move here.
The board of First Freedom Bank in Lebanon has voted to pay shareholders an annual dividend of 20 cents, up from 15 cents last year and the 10 cents it paid when launching a dividend in 2013. The nine-year-old, $300 million bank led by President and CEO John Lancaster grew its profits by nearly half last year.
Executives at Amazon.com say they plan to hire 6,000 people nationally in the coming weeks for their network of sorting and distribution centers. Among the sites getting new full-time positions are Murfreesboro. If Amazon is hiring roughly the same number of people at each of the 19 centers slated to grow, the company's Rutherford County outpost will get another 315 jobs.
Getahn Ward at The Tennessean reports that UBS is close to committing to 30,000 square feet in One Franklin Park, which already has snagged some other big names. The global financial giant, which has been busy building up its downtown operations center, will install some back-office workers in Cool Springs and also open a wealth management office that could grow to 28 people. Read more here.
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