After almost nine years on the job, James Chavez is leaving his post as president and CEO of the Clarksville-Montgomery County Economic Development Council. He's mum for now on where he's headed but says his exit is easier "with the strategic planning that’s underway."
The cliffhanger ending to the first season of Nashville on ABC leaves an important question up in the air. In this week's issue of the Scene, Adam Gold writes that the shooting location for Season 2 is up in the air — and that the drama does not just involve the incentives local and state officials could pony up. Sources say one of the show's stars prefers California and that the day-to-day operations could stand to improve.
If the show does indeed return to Music City for Season 2, line producer Loucas George and production supervisor Don Bensko won't be returning with it. While sources on the show's side say that's in part due to Lionsgate's unhappiness with spendthrift shoots and episodes cutting close to deadline, others say that wasn't the fault of George, Bensko or the crew. They argue that delayed scripts, slow turnaround on the show's music, and the fact that Lionsgate generally has little experience producing a network series led to a rigorous series of 16-hour days and unforeseen expenses — such as hemorrhaging a fortune in overtime pay.
A study commissioned by the United Auto Workers says Nissan's plant in Canton, Miss., may end up getting subsidies and incentives worth $1.3 billion over 30 years, some four times the original estimate. The plant, which will soon produce eight models, opened its doors a decade ago and now employs about 5,000 people. UAW officials have been pushing hard in recent years to organize some of those workers.
Both the original public accounting of Nissan's incentive package and the latest calculations by the UAW are open to some interpretation. The actual dollar figures are determined by the plant's employment levels, investment outlays by Nissan, vehicle production, property values, worker training needs and supplier activity -- all of which change over time.
The Entrepreneur Center has begun taking applications for 16 positions that will lead various initiatives under Advance Nashville, a program that will look to build public-private partnerships in various areas of entrepreneurship. (Check out the focus areas here.) The new program looks set to seriously lighten the load for EC boss Michael Burcham, who is chairing Advance Nashville.
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