Project near downtown Franklin aims for ‘attainable’ prices in sizzling market

November 21, 2016 Nashville Business Journal by Adam Sichko A developer in Franklin is aiming to capitalize on the spike in home values across Williamson County by creating residences priced a notch or two below those top-of-the-market prices. It’s a tactic akin to what some urban apartment developers are doing in Nashville, as rents there…

Airport sets record for most passengers in one month

November 18, 2016 Nashville Post The Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority Friday announced Nashville International Airport served 1,217,173 passengers in October, setting a record as the busiest month in BNA history. The figure broke the previous record set in June (1,206,083 passengers). October also marked the eighth consecutive month the airport accommodated more than 1 million…

Williamson commission OKs development impact fee

November 15, 2016 Nashville Post Williamson County’s growth and subsequent need to provide public schools for more and more students has resulted in a one-time impact fee on new housing construction to be enacted next year. The Williamson County Commission voted 22-2 Monday night in favor of two resolutions related to the fee, despite the…

The $6B question: How paying for Nashville’s mass transit is up to you

November 11, 2016 Nashville Business Journal From day one, the biggest question surrounding the region’s $6 billion mass-transit expansion has been, “How will we pay for it?” This week, we got the first real look at the potential answers. On Wednesday, members of the business-led coalition Moving Forward detailed seven potential local funding options that…

12 new Williamson schools needed in next 5 years

November 10, 2016 The Tennessean by Melanie Balakit Williamson County Schools will need nearly $340 million  for new school construction, according to its proposed five-year capital plan. As school enrollment rises — about 10,000 more students are expected over the next five years — so does the district’s need for new schools. Eight new elementary schools,…

Chamber proposes 7 ways your taxes can pay for $6B transit plan

November 9, 2016 Nashville Business Journal by Meg Garner Nashville business leaders today rolled out the first picture of just how much Middle Tennesseans could pay to build the region’s $6 billion transit overhaul, with a new report detailing seven potential local taxes and fees. At the Cumberland Region Tomorrow’s Power of Ten Summit, which…

First of two county public meetings raises awareness of traffic strategy study

November 2, 2016 Franklin Home Page by Corey Little Wednesday night at Hillsboro Elementary/Middle School in Leiper’s Fork, AECOM hosted the first of two community meetings to raise awareness and educate the public about the comprehensive traffic strategy study the engineering firm is conducting for Williamson County. The second meeting is at 6:30 p.m at Trinity…

How inaugural ‘Shakespeare in the Park’ led to successful Williamson County partnerships

    By Suzie Lind, Director of Membership Development, Williamson, Inc. While sitting on blankets, camping chairs, bleachers and the Royal seats, nearly 1,400 people were entertained over four evenings by Williamson County’s first-ever performance by the Nashville Shakespeare Festival. Opening night for The Comedy of Errors at Academy Park was Thursday, September 29 and,…

Franklin Named One of America’s 50 Best Cities to Live

October 26, 2016 The Franklin Patch by J. R. Lind FRANKLIN, TN — Rapid job growth, high incomes, historic sites and bucolic vistas make Franklin one of America’s 50 Best Cities to Live in, says a national business website. The 24/7WallSt.com site ranks Franklin at No. 36 on its list of best places to call…

Franklin entrepreneur encourages businesses to ‘think differently’

October 25, 2016 The Tennessean by Ray Howze Louis Upkins Jr., a Franklin native and entrepreneur, wants companies to treat their families like their customers. He wants people to “think differently” about how they interact with friends and family. If they do that, he said, it will help grow Franklin and maintain its healthy business…