Clarksville-Montgomery County Economic Development Council hosts Nashville Chamber of Commerce at Fort Campbell
On Thursday October 31st the Clarksville-Montgomery County Economic Development Council (EDC) hosted members of the Nashville Chamber of Commerce for an informative “Soldier for a day” experience at Fort Campbell.
The visit focused on the immense economic impact that Fort Campbell has on middle Tennessee and the greater Nashville region; the high-level technologies and skills soldiers learn & utilize during their time at Fort Campbell that make them great leaders and a valuable asset to the workforce; as well as the many out-processing resources and training opportunities available to soldiers as they shift to civilian life.
By now you’ve most likely heard Clarksville was named the number 1 “Best Place to Live in America” for 2019 according to Money.com (Money).
Let’s just start by saying this: the list of The Best Places to Live, is a prestigious one, in fact, it’s one that has been around for over 30 years, and that says quite a bit in and of itself. Money publishes its Best Places to Live in America list yearly and uses “economic health, cost of living, ethnic and economic diversity, public education, income, health and safety, ease of living, and amenities metrics”. All provided by research partner Wilytic according to Money.com.
For some, being named number one comes as no surprise, while others may want to know just what was considered when Money determined its ranking – according to Money.com they put the greatest weight on economic factors: housing, health and safety, diversity and cost of living.
Clarksville-Montgomery County is in the middle of an economic boom like never before, bringing exceptional success stories right along with it. In the past few years we have welcomed Hankook, Google and LG to the neighborhood; began the much asked for commercial development along Madison Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway, and both residential and commercial growth in the Exit 1 area is like no one 20 years ago could have ever predicted.
In case you haven’t heard, we’re young, very young. According to a recent study by SmartAsset.com analyzing where millennials (people between 20 and 34) are moving, Clarksville ranks ninth in the nation. Clarksville is also the only Tennessee representative in the top 10. Of the total 9,740 millennials who moved into Clarksville-Montgomery County in 2017, most of them – 7,773 people – came from outside of Tennessee.
Wow, what a year! The Clarksville-Montgomery County EDC has seen big changes since July 2018. Our organization saw the hiring of a CEO as well as a few other leadership changes as the long-time Executive Director of the Industrial Development Board, Mike Evans, retired and Frank Tate stepped in. Some people took on new positions within the walls of the EDC and even with a year of transition, we have seen record-breaking numbers in our community. Much of that is directly related to the hard work of the employees who have dedicated themselves to the mission of the Chamber of Commerce, Industrial Development Board and Convention and Visitors Bureau.
What if I told you right now, we plan to bring in a new company that will continually add $26.9 million into our local payroll every single month?
Here we sit in one of the most ideal situations we could hope for when it comes to the advancement of Clarksville - Montgomery County. One of the main entrances to our Downtown is now for sale and ready to transform an area of town that needs a serious facelift.
It is being proposed that our community gain an amazing, revenue-inducing destination, that the Economic Development Council can promote to potential community investors, with minimum to no burden on the existing property tax rate.