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Forward Sumner Economic Partnership

Forward Sumner Economic Partnership

jimmyj­@forwardsumner­.org

(615) 822-7610

2310 Nashville Pike, Gallatin, TN, 37066

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Forward Sumner Economic Partnership

615-822-7610

2310 Nashville Pike, Gallatin, Tn 37066

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There are eight different municipalities in Sumner County allowing for friendly competition for economic opportunities. These areas consist of: Gallatin, Hendersonville, Goodlettsville, Millersville, Mitchellville, Portland, Westmoreland, and White House.

There are eight different municipalities in Sumner County allowing for friendly competition for economic opportunities. These areas consist of: Gallatin, Hendersonville, Goodlettsville, Millersville, Mitchellville, Portland, Westmoreland, and White House.

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Forward Sumner County continuously compiles local data so that potential buyers can analyze the demographics and market data of that area.

Forward Sumner County continuously compiles local data so that potential buyers can analyze the demographics and market data of that area.

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Sumner County has many options for both business zones and commercial office spaces. Using the property search tools, along with the interactive map, available on their website users can evaluate the available locations in Sumner County.

Sumner County has many options for both business zones and commercial office spaces. Using the property search tools, along with the interactive map, available on their website users can evaluate the available locations in Sumner County.

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For well over 200 years, Sumner County has continuously attracted notable names to this special place. From historical icons to high profile musicians, Sumner County has been home to people like Andrew Jackson and Taylor Swift.

For well over 200 years, Sumner County has continuously attracted notable names to this special place. From historical icons to high profile musicians, Sumner County has been home to people like Andrew Jackson and Taylor Swift.

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Forward Sumner Helps Structure New Transportation Options in Middle Tennessee

The Final Touches Are Put On the 25-Year Plan

Community development and infrastructure is extremely important to us at Forward Sumner, whether it be construction or transportation. In addition to our current efforts in economic development , we are proud to announce our forward momentum in the aspect of transportation corridors.

The proposed improvements to the Northeast Transportation Corridor or NETcorridor represents over a billion dollar investment and will directly impact two counties Sumner and Davidson and the cities of Goodlettsville, Hendersonville, Gallatin, Westmoreland and Nashville. All transportation corridors developed over the next 25year horizion must offer multi-modal opportunities, specifically a transit option. The Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) 2011 Northeast Corridor Mobility Study identified a Bus Rapid Transit(BRT) line from Gallatin to Nashville as a preferred alternative. The study stated that the BRT would capture 84% of the ridership at 19% of the cost of a Light Rail Transit(LRT) option.

The MPO is currently developing the 2040 Regional Transportation Plan and the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) is putting the final touches on their 25 long range plan. Both the MPO and TDOT have been heavily consulted in the visioning of the Northeast Transportation Corridor. The NETcorridor is likely to be labeled a 5-Star consensus headline priority project.

MOVING FORWARD is a new initiative of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce to concentrate on transit solutions for the Nashville market including Sumner County. The effort will strive to ensure the creation of a regional mass transit solution through a cohesive community effort.

Forward Sumner is proud to be a supporter of the new transportation initiative that is built on collaboration and cooperation and will focus the messaging around economic development, mobility and livability .

To learn more about the new NETcorridor or the Moving Forward initiative visit our website here , give us a call at 615-822-7610, or send us an email to jimmyj@forwardsumner.org


Forward Sumner Investors Make an Impact

Who We Are? Forward Sumner is the Sumner County public-private non-profit economic development office.The organization represents the leading ‘economic engines’ throughtout the county including the top employers, developers, builders, engineering firms, utilities, governments, and influencers.

On August 27 at 11:30 AM, many Sumner County business leaders will be recognized at the Nashville Business Journal Sumner County Impact Awards. This event will be held at the Bluegrass Yacht And Country Club (550 Johnny Cash Parkway, Hendersonville, TN, 37075). The luncheon is open to the public and tickets can be purchased here .

Twenty of the 30 business leaders to be honored are Forward Sumner investors. The leaders are recognized for their work, vision , and community spirit. The common bond of the award winners is their sphere of influence is well beyond their ‘jobs’.

A new category of the award has been established this year. Those that have been recognized for the third consecutive year will be inducted into The Hall of Fame..In This year, 9 of the 10 Hall of Fame inductees are Forward Sumner investors.

These 9 Hall of Fame inductees have all served on the Forward Sumner Board of Directors and/or as the Chairman and Executive Committee:

- Regina Bartlett, CEO, Hendersonville Medical Center

- Paula DeBerry, Sumner County President & EVP, Commerce Union Bank

- J.D. Elliott, President, The Memorial Foundation

- Tim Ellis, City Manager, City of Goodlettsville

- Jerry Faulkner, President, Volunteer State Community College

- Bob Goodall, President, Goodall Homes & Communities

- Anthony Holt, Sumner County Executive, Sumner County

- Susan Peach, CEO, Highpoint Health Systems/Sumner Regional

- John Puryear, President, Puryear Farms Nursery & Landscaping

We are proud to support our Forward Sumner members as they are honored for their commitment to excellence in the community. Check back in August for a follow-up from the Nashville Business Journal Sumner County Impact Award luncheon.


Forward Sumner Helps Sumner County to Grow

Our mission at Forward Sumner is to unite business, community, and government to promote and foster the economic development and prosperity of Sumner County for the benefit of all citizens.

Forward Sumner is a public-private non-profit made up of economic engines such as the top employers across the county, along with developers, builders, engineering firms, utilities, banks, entrepreneurs, and influencers. With these entities we are able to connect, develop, and promote and support within Sumner County.

We have five primary functions at Forward Sumner:

- Community Development and Infrastructure: the developments of transportation corridors with transit and multi-modal options are critical to the success of a county’s growth. Product development or the identification of developable property is also a critical component of economic and community development. Community development and infrastructure comprise an area that deals strongly with real estate. To develop the area you need to be able to access both the lands and the industrial parts to build upon it. We will help guide you through the process of finding the right real estate for your company.

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2011 NE Transportation Study

- Economic Development: the process of recruitment and attraction and expansion and attraction to grow the local economy. Manufacturing plants to office headquarters are all successfully built here in Sumner County

- Workforce Preparedness: Align and Connect Education with the Workforce. Governor Haslam’s Drive to 55, which houses TNPromise and tnAchieves and TNReconnect has laid the groundwork for the alignment. Sumner County will lead the mid-state in moving the needle as our citizens work and learn and earn certifications and post secondary degrees. We are closing the ‘skills gap’ through our high schools career and technical education curriculum, and the applied technology college in Portland, and Volunteer Community College in Gallatin and Union University in Hendersonville.

- Brand & Image: Sumner County is becoming well known as the place to be in Tennessee. We have the information you need at forwardsumner.org.

- Stakeholder & Investor Relations: At Forward Sumner, we are constantly updating our information and looking for ways to improve the ways that we help you. This goes along with analyzing how we are doing in the marketplace and maintaining a scorecard of our progress.

Forward Sumner represents the future without forgetting the past. You can find more information by visiting our website at: forwardsumner.org

ABOUT FORWARD SUMNER

Forward Sumner Economic Partnership Inc., is a 501(c)6 private non-profit organization that provides economic and community development services for Sumner County, Tenn. Forward Sumner brings together private, public and civic sectors to achieve economic growth and prosperity for all of Sumner County.

Mission: Unite business, community and government to promote and foster the economic development and prosperity of Sumner County for the benefit of all citizens.

Values: Relationship Based • Collaborative • Community Based • Strategically Driven • Outcome Based

Strategic Initiatives: Community Development and Infrastructure • Workforce Preparedness • Economic Development • Investor and Stakeholder Relations

ABOUT SUMNER COUNTY

Sumner County presents endless opportunities for businesses and individuals looking to make their home in middle Tennessee. A short freeway hop from downtown Nashville, Sumner County has easy access to three major Interstate highways … which means many metro areas in the eastern and mid-western U.S. are within a day’s drive. The county’s entire 63-mile southern border meanders along Old Hickory Lake, which gives Sumner County a unique claim within the Nashville area to a major navigable waterway with lakeside living and unlimited water recreation. Other important reasons why cities and towns within Sumner County are thriving include:

- Population Growth – A Tennessee top 7 county for both total population and population growth rate.

- Cost of Living Index – Among the nation’s most attractive rates at 85.8, compared to the U.S. average of 100.

- Healthy Living – Tennessee's 4th healthiest county (according to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, County Health Rankings 2014).

- Educational Attainment and Availability – Public school students’ test scores and graduation rates outperform Tennessee averages. There are 24 four-year and 7 two-year higher education institutions in middle Tennessee, including Sumner County’s own Volunteer State Community College with over 12,000 students.

- Construction Activity – The number of building permits per 10,000 residents since 2005 has been almost twice that of Tennessee.

Sumner County's business community is anchored by large manufacturing and distribution operations, an outstanding mix of professional service companies and a rapidly expanding retail sector. Entrepreneurs in music, arts, tourism, real estate, technology and other specialties bring an adventurous and individual spirit to the community. Varied cultural offerings such as arts festivals, community theatre and music events fill the calendar throughout the year. Sumner County is part of Greater Nashville – one of the entertainment capitals of the world – which provides an enviable array of world-class music, professional sports, cultural venues and nightlife.

NASHVILLE'S NORTH SHORE

It is a stroke of great fortune for the entire region that such an immense resource and recreation amenity lies within greater Nashville. Old Hickory Lake provides a wonderful, accessible water paradise for residents and visitors alike. The lake is actually the impoundment of the scenic Cumberland River, which meanders from its headwaters in the the hills of southeastern Kentucky … through middle Tennessee … and ultimately flows into the Ohio River near Paducah, Ky.

Old Hickory Lake is the dividing line between Nashville-Davidson County to the south and Sumner County to the north … thus Sumner County is deemed “Nashville’s North Shore.” Although the lake has over 440 total miles of shoreline that touches five counties, Sumner County has by far the most public parks, recreation areas, marinas and homes on Old Hickory of any of the counties.

The Cumberland River is not only beautiful, is it extraordinarily historic, having served as a bountiful hunting ground for native Americans … to being the transportation route for some of the region’s earliest white settlers … to providing a channel of commerce for riverboats that plied its waters in the 19th century.

FACTS ABOUT OLD HICKORY LAKE

- President Andrew Jackson’s Namesake – His toughness, aggressiveness and zest for living was legendary … and earned him the widely recognized nickname of “Old Hickory.” His beloved home – the Hermitage – is located just to the south of the lake.

- Dam and Lock – The lake was formed by Old Hickory Dam and Lock, a project of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, constructed between 1952 and 1957. The dam generates hydroelectricity as part of the Tennessee Valley Authority power grid.

- Cruise to the Gulf … and Beyond – Because Old Hickory Lake is actually the impoundment of the Cumberland River, adventurous boaters can navigate the Cumberland ... to the Ohio River ... to the Mississippi River or Tennessee/Tombignee Rivers ... all the way to the Gulf of Mexico. Or they may take a much shorter cruise to docks in downtown Nashville to attend festivals, concerts or NFL Tennessee Titans football games.

- Not Just For Fishin’ – From kids with cane poles to competition bass boaters, Old Hickory provides a haven for catching many different species and sizes of fish. The lake – with depths of up to 65 feet in its channels – also provides water recreation for power boaters (runabouts, jet skis, cruisers, houseboats), speed enthusiasts (skiing, wakeboarding, tubing) and more quiet craft (kayaks, canoes and sailboats). Duck blinds for winter hunting, wildlife sanctuaries and wetlands also dot the lake and its tributary streams and creeks.

- Well Managed and Maintained – Because it is such a precious resource, Old Hickory Lake is a closely monitored and managed reservoir that has a fairly constant water level that is well suited for conservation and recreational purposes. Environment and recreational management is under the auspices of the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency (TWRA). The dam, water levels, navigation channels and shoreline is under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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