With the help of two consulting firms, state economic development officials have developed a program that will help cities and towns properly prepare real estate sites to compete for relocations and expansions.
“In our day-to-day work with site selection consultants and corporate officials, we hear over and over again the importance of demonstrating our readiness for new business investment and expansion,” ECD Commissioner Bill Hagerty said. “The Select Tennessee Certified Sites Program provides a roadmap to ready sites for potential investment. This program is an innovative new way to take Tennessee to the apex of site locations and show the world that Tennessee is ready for business.”
North Star Destination Strategies, a local shop that helps position and market tourist attractions and communities, has been chosen by the Downtown Memphis Commission to help brand the South Main Memphis district. North Star beat out three other finalists for the job.
“We had a very strong interest in keeping things in Memphis,” Person said. “But did we want to use a firm in Memphis that is capable of doing it, or did we want to use the best firm? Using the best firm as our final decision-making tool when the judges huddled, we came out with the best firm and that was North Star.”
The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development on Monday officially launched an online database linking open jobs to those looking for employment in various industries. The openings advertised range from construction workers and industrial line workers to more advanced engineering and information technology jobs at firms like Gresham Smith and HealthStream.
As part of the Huffington Post's Love Letters Project, Ann Patchett has written a note about Nashville's independent streak that is pure marketing and economic development gold. Check it out here.
The magic of the place is in the people and it seems a disproportionate number of Nashvillians can sing beautifully and play musical instruments. To prove this point we put a piano in our bookstore. People come in, sit down and play. Sometimes they sing. Sometimes people in the store start to sing. That's when I'm certain that Nashville is like no place else in the world.
Moody's Economy.com has updated its employment projections for U.S. states and metropolitan areas and sees the nation's job base growing 1.5 percent this year. For Nashville, researchers are forecasting job growth of 2.3 percent this year, 30 basis points better than the state as a whole and a nice tick up from a rather flat 2011. Looking at the bigger picture, Moody's Economy.com's outlook has Middle Tennessee's employment base surpassing its Q1 2008 level in the spring of next year — a year ahead of the country as a whole.