HCA's plans to invest millions in a new Antioch data center that would create more than 150 jobs are in line to receive up to $11 million in tax breaks from Metro as well as a grant from state officials. Blake Farmer has the details.
The 7-year deal is quite a bit different than a tax abatement approved for LifePoint Hospitals last month. That company has a 15-year agreement that’s worth a total of $6 million. It starts out as a 100 percent tax break and goes down every few years.
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 talent shortage locally in a number of technology sectors continues to bedevil many growing organizations, but Vanderbilt University School of Engineering professor Douglas Schmidt says employers can help themselves by getting more involved with the region's colleges and universities.
Firms looking to invest some of the U.S. Treasury's money in young Tennessee companies via the INCITE co-investment program can submit their applications to the Tennessee Technology Development Corp. starting next week. The TTDC is administering the $30 million program and will allocate $3 million to firms who meet the criteria. Check out all the details regarding qualifications and other terms and read our past INCITE coverage here.
In a move both sides describe as a perfect fit, former Belmont University soccer coach Lisa Howe has been named the first executive director of the Nashville GLBT Chamber of Commerce. The group, which has more than 130 members, launched a national search last November.
"After a national search we are pleased to announce that she is the first ever full time executive director for the Nashville GLBT Chamber of Commerce. She has a passion for workplace equality that can’t be matched and is the perfect fit as our new executive director.”Fluck said Howe not only had the management skills to run the chamber, but her qualities as a former coach would prove invaluable in moving the NGLBTCC forward."
Howe left Belmont in late December of 2010 shortly after she told her team her partner Wendy Holleman was pregnant. The events ignited a fierce and national debate about lesbians, sports and Christianity.
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.