Playing off its growing reputation as a destination for sporting events, Rutherford County is now — at least according to a filing with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office — the state's sports capital.
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The Rutherford County Convention and Visitors Bureau has officially trademarked The Sports Capital of Tennessee® to set Rutherford County apart from the booming sports market competition.
The process of trademarking Rutherford County as The Sports Capital of Tennessee® began in February 2014, with an application filing that took several months to complete. Official trademark rights were received in October from the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.
"This phrase will enhance our tourism efforts in marketing Rutherford County as a sports destination, and will separate us from the competition," said Barbara Wolke, vice president of the Rutherford County Convention and Visitors Bureau. "Tourism-related spending in Rutherford County in 2013 increased from $272.88 to $291.52 million, placing Rutherford County in the top 10 counties across the state for travel-related expenditures. A surge in sporting events has contributed greatly to this growth."
Events such as TSSAA State Championships in bowling, girls' and boys' basketball, baseball, softball, track and field, tennis, girls' and boys' soccer, volleyball, cheerleading and dance, along with Bash in the Boro soccer tournaments, AAU girls' and boys' basketball tournaments, Tennessee Summer Exposure softball tournament, Tennessee Cup soccer tournament, BPA baseball tournament, and numerous Conference USA tournaments make Rutherford County a sports destination for thousands each year.
Rutherford County boasts first-rate facilities such as the Richard Siegel Soccer Complex, Old Fort Park Tennis, Tennessee Miller Coliseum, multiple baseball and softball complexes, six public golf courses, bowling centers, soccer parks, and disc golf courses. Middle Tennessee State University's track, baseball and football stadiums and the newly renovated Murphy Center also complement the county's sport facility offerings.
Murfreesboro has been named one of the Best Sports Cities in the U.S. by Sporting News, and one of Livability's Top 10 Soccer Cities, along with a host of other accolades.
Evaluating the number of jobs created and the amount of capital invested in a 13-month span, Business Facilities magazine gave the top recognition to Tennessee this year. Here's a breakdown of the projects they based their decision on, from the Haslam administration:
The top economic development projects for number of jobs created and amount of capital invested from Oct. 1, 2012, – Oct. 31, 2013, include the following.
Top Five Projects for Jobs
· Hankook Tire Co., Ltd (Montgomery County): 1,800 jobs
· ARAMARK (Davidson County): 1,500 jobs
· Nissan North America, Inc. (Rutherford County): 1,400 jobs
· Calsonic Kansei North America, Inc. (Bedford, Marshall and Rutherford counties): 1,200 jobs
· UBS (Davidson County): 1,000 jobs
Top Five Projects for Capital Investment
· Eastman Chemical Company (Sullivan County): $1.6 billion
· Hankook Tire Co., Ltd (Montgomery County): $800 million
· International Paper Company (Shelby County): $321 million
· Nike, Inc. (Shelby County): $276 million
· Alcoa, Inc. (Blount County): $275 million
For the fifth consecutive quarter, Rutherford County ranks among the nation’s top counties in terms of employment growth, according to a recently released U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report.
While national employment, measured by the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) program, is up 1.9 percent, Rutherford County demonstrated a 6.4 percent increase, making it third in the nation for percentage increase in employment.
“Destination Rutherford continues to be the economic development engine for our community, and this report tells us what we already know — our efforts are working,” Bill Jones, Destination Rutherford chairman, said in a releae. “The fact that we have been a top county in the nation five times in a row demonstrates that this is not an isolated incident. We have created and continue to implement a program that makes ongoing job growth possible.”
The Fourth Quarter 2012 County Employment and Wages report indicates that employment increased in 287 of the 328 largest U.S. counties, of which Rutherford is included. The report measures employment growth from December 2011 to December 2012.
The employment and wage data in the report are compiled under the QCEW program and derived from reports submitted by every employer subject to unemployment insurance laws. The 9.2 million employer reports cover 133.7 million full- and part-time workers.
The full report is available here.
Ohio-based Lifestyle Communities has received approval to add a restaurant and bar to their Henley Station apartment complex near the Avenue shopping center in Murfreesboro. Henley Station will comprise 400 one- and two-bedroom townhome-style units. Lifestyle Communities execs expect to welcome the first Murfreesboro residents this fall and build other area projects.
The Goat serves as the center of social life at Henley Station. It will offer locals and Henley Station residents a destination for live music, happy hour, catching games, and it will serve as the host for year-round resident events. And for those looking for a little friendly competition, The Goat has a full schedule of sand volleyball, euchre, and cornhole leagues.