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Outlook Williamson to spotlight county’s economic growth


March 11, 2016



 Williamson, Inc. to release 2016 Williamson County Trends Report at event


FRANKLIN, Tenn.—Get a glimpse into why Williamson County is the fastest growing county in the state at Williamson, Inc.’s annual Outlook Williamson event, presented by Skanska. The event takes place Tuesday, March 15, 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at The Factory at Franklin, located at 230 Franklin Road. In addition to releasing the newly-published, award-winning annual Williamson County Trends Report, the half-day economic forum will feature three 45-minute sessions with industry-leading experts and developers, providing an in-depth picture of  how Williamson County’s economy compares nationally and regionally and using the latest emerging trends, growth projections and statistical data.

Kicking off the morning lineup will be Ann Petersen, vice president of business and economic incentives at Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), who will discuss the important role site location consultants play in advising companies where to locate their operations across the globe.

The second session, moderated by Skanska Vice President of Business Development Dennis Norvet, will welcome a panel of commercial real estate developers to outline the active projects in Williamson County at various stages of development. The panelists are: Jason Holwerda, vice president for brokerage services at Foundry Commercial; Mark Traylor, director of retail properties at Boyle Nashville, LLC; Axson West, principal of Southeast Venture; and Glenn Wilson, founder and CEO of SouthStar.

New this year will be a Renderings Gallery for guests to walk through and view 11 of the 46 Class A commercial real estate development projects either currently under construction or expected to come online in the next two years, including: Berry Farms, CityPark, Franklin Park, Franklin Summit, Hill Center, Mallory Park, Ovation and Two Greenway Centre.

The third and final session, moderated by Williamson, Inc. Vice President of Economic Development Elizabeth McCreary, delves into the Trends Report, a 30 -page statistical summary produced by Williamson, Inc. in partnership with Franklin-based market research firm Alcott Whitney. The report examines projected trends over the next 10 and 20 years related to changing demographics, the business climate, education, transportation, health, housing, charitable giving, diversity and the workforce. Panelists will include Alcott Whitney Partner and Co-Founder Jim Alcott, along with Director of Business Development & Client Loyalty Knight Stivender.

“We’re excited to share with the business community what lies ahead for our county as well as unveil some interesting data we’ve discovered through our work on the Trends Report with Alcott Whitney,” said Williamson, Inc. President and CEO Matt Largen. “Outlook Williamson is the single best place to get a comprehensive look at how our county compares regionally and nationally.”

Event sponsors are Williamson Medical Center and Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority. Trends Report content is provided by Alcott Whitney. Stage design is by Blue Nova Designs, rentals are by Southern Events Party Rentals, and the audio/visual sponsor is Atema Partners. Photography is by Tim Jones Portraiture. Media sponsors are Home Page Media Group, Williamson Herald, WSMV-TV Channel 4 and YOUR Williamson.

Online registration is open at www.williamsonchamber.com until noon Monday, or attendees may pay at the door. Tickets are $60 for Chamber members and $75 for non-members, with a $5 late fee added Friday, March 11. Company tables of eight with signage can be reserved for $750.

About Williamson, Inc.

Williamson, Inc., the premiere source for business and economic development initiatives in Williamson County, uses an innovative approach to building a prosperous business community through educational programs, networking events, beneficial services, vocal business advocacy and business growth opportunities. Connect with us at williamsonchamber.com, on Facebook and on Twitter.



Contact: Charlane Oliver, Director of Communication




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