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More additional direct flights from Nashville International Airport

This week, Nashville International Airport announced more direct flights by Southwest Airlines.  In addition to more flights to and from Dallas, St. Louis, San Antonio and Fort Lauderdale, Southwest will begin direct flight to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) in … Continue reading

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Happy New Year!!!

Wishing everyone a happy and prosperous New Year!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

I would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!

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Cheatham County Growth Rate for New Home Permits Highest in Region

In a recent Nashville Business Journal, Cheatham County was reported to have the highest rate of growth in new home permits in the Nashville region.  We are a small county and our number of new home permits is low compared to … Continue reading

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Cheatham County students’ ACT scores are on the rise!

“County’s ACT scores on the rise” – Ashland City Times Education/workforce development being one of the pillars of our Three Star Award efforts, this is a sign that the Cheatham County community and its high school students are making progress … Continue reading

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How Siri can help small town businesses make more sales

Source: How Siri can help small town businesses make more sales

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Cheatham County Businesses & Burgers

If you are looking for two good things that should go together, visit the Cheatham County Fall Business Expo and Burger Cook Off to be held September 26th from 1:00 to 5:00p.m at Riverbluff Park in Ashland City, Tennessee.  Cheatham … Continue reading

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Getting and Keeping a Small Town Grocery Store

The Center for Rural Affairs recently posted an informative blog post on the importance of the rural small town grocery store and some tips to sustaining a successful store as a source of nourishment for the body and the community. … Continue reading

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Connect to retail and commercial property in Cheatham County

Cheatham County, Tennessee has many opportunities for commercial and retail growth. Cheatham County retail supply and demand, retail leakage, traffic counts (AADT), psychographics, demographics, income levels, population, etc. can be found on retail.cheathambiz.com and some of the available commercial and … Continue reading

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Happy Independence Day

Wishing you a safe and happy celebration of the 4th of July!

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Returning to North Carolina to Talk Economic Development

I am looking forward to participating in the National Association of Counties (NACo) 2015 Annual Conference held in Charlotte, North Carolina on July 10-13.  I will be part of a panel in a session on Sunday, July 12th  called “County … Continue reading

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Plan to attend Pleasant View Cruise’n and Groove’n every 3rd Friday

Pleasant View, Tennessee hosts Cruise’n and Groove’n every 3rd Friday from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. during the warm months of the year on their old town Main Street. Come see vintage cars, enjoy outdoor cooking and hear local bands play.  

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Nashville MSA is Most Active New Home Sales Market

The Nashville, Tennessee Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), which includes Cheatham County, was named most active new home sales market.

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Kingston Springs named in Top Ten Safest Cities in Tennessee list

Kingston Springs, Tennessee in southern Cheatham County was recently named by the Movoto Real Estate Blog as one of The 10 Safest Cities in Tennessee.  Not only does Kingston Springs have a Crime Index of 92 out of 100, but … Continue reading

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Work Opportunity Tax Credit

NashvilleBizBlog: “There’s still time to claim the Work Opportunity Tax Credit” If you are not familiar with this beneficial business tax credit, the U.S. Department of Labor describes the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) as, “… a Federal tax credit … Continue reading

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Cheatham County Parcels at I-24 Exit 31 zoned commercial C-1

The Cheatham County Commission passed a resolution to zone two parcels with over 10 acres at the Interstate 24 Exit 31 to Commercial 1.  This exit is about midway between Clarksville and downtown Nashville and accesses Springfield, Joelton and Ashland … Continue reading

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Cheatham County Prosperity Summit Cancelled for February 17, 2015

Due to ice, sleet and snow causing hazardous driving conditions, the Cheatham County Prosperity Summit scheduled for February 17th has been cancelled and will be rescheduled for a later date, most likely late April or early May.  The Cheatham County … Continue reading

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Training for Artists to become Talented Entrepreneurs

The Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville through the Nashville Entrepreneur Center will deliver a six-week training program for artists to turn their talent into a successful business.  Called Periscope, it provides training, idea sharing, mentoring and networking.  For … Continue reading

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It’s a wonderful life and happy holidays

Watching the movie, It’s a Wonderful Life is a holiday tradition for a lot of us. We just saw a Christmas Eve screening of it at Belcourt Theater tonight and was reminded how much George Bailey and the Bailey Bros. … Continue reading

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Travel and tourism revenue increase in county

The Economic Impact of Travel on Tennessee Counties 2013 was recently released by the Research Department of the U.S. Travel Association in Washington, D.C.  In the report, Cheatham County exhibited a 4.6% increase from 2012 to 2013 in Direct Domestic Traveler Expenditures and Related Economic Impact to $20,120,000.  Stay … Continue reading

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First TCEDs Certified

I recently had the privilege to hear the capstone presentations of the inaugural class of Tennessee Certified Economic Developers (TCED) at the Tennessee Economic Development Council’s Fall Conference.  Anchored by their completion of the Tennessee Basic Economic Development Course accredited … Continue reading

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More data, less difficult

I learned of what looks like a great economic development tool from a post on Sara Dunnigan’s A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Economic Development.  It is called The U.S. Cluster Mapping Project, but be patient, it is still in Beta version as of … Continue reading

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Texas talk

The International Economic Development Council will convene its 2014 Annual Conference in Fort Worth, Texas on October 19th-22nd.  Hundreds of economic development professionals from around the world will be in attendance to make new connections and learn more effective ways … Continue reading

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A long weekend

Here is another suggested itinerary for a weekend in Nashville, this one from the Envision Conference Center, www.envisionnashville.com/weekend-in-nashville.  Of course, find some time or make it a long weekend to visit Cheatham County while you’re here.

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Cheatham County Promotes Healthier Tennessee

Healthier Tennessee is an effort led by Governor Bill Haslam and made possible by The Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness, a non-profit corporation dedicated to enabling and encouraging Tennesseans to lead healthier lives. The Foundation is funded through a … Continue reading

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Tennessee Promise

Attention Tennessee high school seniors, next Monday, August 18th, the Tennessee Promise scholarship application will be online.  This is a last-dollar scholarship the covers all tuition and fees remaining after Pell and other scholarships to Tennessee community colleges or to … Continue reading

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A place where no one says, “would you like fries with that?”

Local restaurants are a great place to experience great food and new surroundings.  Local restaurants can continue to outshine their competition from chains with staying current with what potential customers want.  This article from RestaurantNews.com, “Boost Your Restaurant’s Lunch Business … Continue reading

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Riverbluff Triathlon: Swim, run and bike on September 6, 2014

We hope you will join us on September 6, 2014 for the 4th Annual Riverbluff Triathlon and Festival beginning at 7:00 am.  The race begins at the Ashland City Riverbluff Park and runs, bikes and swims over several miles of scenic Cheatham County and Cheatham … Continue reading

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Great audience at MTIDA for using technology in economic development presentation

We just wrapped up the panel presentation at the Middle Tennessee Industrial Development Association (MTIDA) 2014 Annual Economic Development Seminar titled #econdev – Trending Tech Topics in Economic Development.  Great questions and discussions from today’s event.  Whether learning about best practices … Continue reading

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Using technology in economic development

I am just about to speak on a panel at the Middle Tennessee Industrial Development Association (MTIDA) 2014 Annual Economic Development Seminar.  Our panel’s topic is #econdev – Trending Tech Topics in Economic Development.  From my experience as a community … Continue reading

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