October 2013


Wilson County Newsletter: Volume 11, Issue 3 k here..

Wilson County Newsletter

Executive Director’s Message
From the desk of G.C. Hixson...
Successful Communities Contribute to States Top Ranking


Tennessee’s “Fall Season” is confirmed in many different ways. It is exhibited through our numerous fall festivals, great weather and the heightened interest and support of our favorite football programs. In the world of economic development, fall is confirmed when national trade magazines publish their rankings of best states to do business. In Area Development’s third quarter publication, Tennessee received a sixth place ranking among the nation’s top ten states.

The results were taken from an extensive survey of consulting and location firms which examined 17 categories in: Business Environment (costs, taxes, regulations, incentives,), Labor Climate (diversity, costs, development programs) and Infrastructure and Global Access (highway access, available sites, utilities). Locally we may not be able to affect Tennessee’s taxing and other policies, I found it interesting to see how our community and development policies contribute to Tennessee’s overall ranking and to our local and national competition.

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BankTennessee Breaks Ground


Bank Tennessee held a ground breaking recently on a new site in Lebanon. The 7,200 square foot Middle Tennessee headquarters will be located on a 1.85 acre site at 355 South Hartmann Dr. across from the new Lebanon High School at the intersection of Blue Devil Drive and South Hartmann. The bank’s Middle Tennessee president, Tom Paschal, said the location “gives the bank a strong presence in the community” with a highly visible, accessible site.

"Lebanon is growing, and we are growing with it. This is a vibrant market, and since establishing our office here in 2007, we have seen significant growth in the community," said Joel Porter, chairman of the bank's board of directors.

Designed by Greg Mayo with Mayo Architecture, the building contractor is 5 Bravo Construction Company, LLC. The property was purchased from Jim Agee with Loman Properties, LLC. The new office is scheduled to open late this year. Once it is open, the bank will move from its existing location at 109 Signature Place off West Main Street to the new facility.

Headquartered in Collierville, Tennessee, BankTennessee has seven retail banking offices located in Collierville, East and Downtown Memphis, Germantown, Ripley and Lebanon in Middle Tennessee. The loan production office in Atoka will be transformed to a full-service branch later this summer


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Think of Starbucks and you instantly think of coffee. But in Lebanon, Tennessee’s new 688,000 square foot distribution center located in Park 840 East at the intersection of SR 840 and Central Pike, you will find items that range from furniture, premium juices, cappuccino mix and probably future food products. With Starbucks scheduled to open an additional 1500 cafes in the United States over the next five years, the new facility will certainly play a key role in their corporate growth.

The projected growth and the decision to service their clients in the most efficient and cost effective manner, led to the selection of Lebanon, Tennessee as one of their key centers in their expanding distribution network. The new facility broke ground in January 2013 and is presently being readied for immediate operations. Besides the construction of the new facility, the project also included the construction of water, sewer and roads which will provide an additional 100 acres for future projects. Starbucks and its third party logistic partner will require up to 287 permanent employees at the facility while also requiring up to an additional 125 temporary employees during seasonal peaks.

The project would not have been possible without the assistance of the City of Lebanon Public Works division and the partnership through the local tax abatement programs by both the City of Lebanon and that of the Wilson County Commission.


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Farm Credit Breaks Ground for New Office in Lebanon, Tennessee

Farm Credit Mid-America, an agriculture lending cooperative serving farmers, rural residents and agribusinesses throughout Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee, broke ground for a new office in Lebanon, TN to be located at the corner of S. Hartmann Drive and Old Murfreesboro Road. A groundbreaking ceremony was held on August 23rd and was attended by local officials, Farm Credit leaders and Farm Credit customers.

“Farm Credit has enjoyed tremendous growth, and we look forward to growing here in Lebanon with our new office,” said Mark Wilson, regional vice president for Farm Credit in middle Tennessee. “The new office will be an investment in the community that allows us to serve our customers. We are looking forward to building on the roots we have here in Lebanon.”

The Lebanon office will serve customers in Macon, Smith, Trousdale and Wilson Counties. The new building will house seven employees with room for up to 14 and include office spaces, a large conference room, training space and parking availability.

Throughout 2013, Farm Credit will continue to build and renovate offices across its four-state territory. The new Lebanon Farm Credit office is expected to be completed by the end of 2013.

About Farm Credit Mid-America

Farm Credit Mid-America is a $19.4 billion financial services cooperative serving more than 96,500 farmers, agribusinesses and rural residents in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. The association provides loans for all farm and rural living purposes including real estate, operating, equipment, housing and related services such as crop insurance, and vehicle, equipment and building leases. For more information about Farm Credit, call 1-800-444-FARM or visit them on the web at www.e-farmcredit.com.


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Goodwill’s New Location in Mt. Juliet

Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee is expanding and opening up a new store, Donation Express Center and Career Solutions center in Mt. Juliet. In August, Goodwill broke ground on the new facility, located at 1985 New Providence West Parkway, and construction is well underway.

The more than 28,000 square foot facility will feature a retail sales floor of nearly 20,000 square feet. That’s approximately double the size of the current Goodwill store in Mt. Juliet. A covered drive-thru for donations will be located on the side of the store.

The new facility will also house Wilson County’s first Career Solutions center. Goodwill Career Solutions offers free one-on-one job training and placement services to people who need help looking for, securing and keeping a job. In 2012, Goodwill Career Solutions assisted more than 16,000 people in their search for work.

Nearly all of the services offered through Career Solutions are free, thanks to the generosity of Goodwill’s donors and shoppers. Approximately 80 percent of the funds used to deliver Career Solutions services are generated through the sale of donated items.

The new location is expected to be finished in late spring or early summer, and will bring up to 40 new jobs to the area.

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Amazon Grand Opening

Amazon Fulfillment Center held a grand opening event at its new 1.2 million square foot facility in Lebanon on August 22nd. The new facility has actually been up and running since February but is still ramping up to its full capacity. The Lebanon facility specializes in large products that customers order; everything from large-screen televisions to kayaks and canoes, generators and hot tubs, etc. The Lebanon center has more than 500 fulltime employees and that number could double by the holiday season.

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Wilson County To Host Rodeo Nationals

The National Junior High Finals Rodeo will be held in Lebanon in 2016 & 2017 at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center. The event in Lebanon is expected to have approximately 1,500 participants with an attendance of 8,000 to 10,000 people.

Created in 2004, the NHSRA Junior High Division was established to bring the excitement of the sport to 6th, 7th, and 8th graders and to serve as a feeder system into the high school ranks of the Association. Today, all 47 states and provinces that belong to the NHSRA also produce a Junior High Division as well, with over 2,500 members in total now competing. Junior High Division students compete in a variety of events, including Barrel Racing, Pole Bending, Goat Tying, Breakaway Roping, Tie-Down Roping, Chute Dogging, Team Roping, Ribbon Roping, and Junior Bull Riding.

Each summer, the "best of the best" from each state and province qualify for the National Junior High Finals Rodeo. Approximately 900 competitors show off their talents in the event and compete for thousands of dollars in scholarships and prizes. Since the first Junior High Finals was held in 2005, Gallup, New Mexico has served as the host site.

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Lifestyles Community Coming to Mt. Juliet

The preliminary master development plan has been adopted for Lifestyle Communities. Lifestyle Communities will encompass 28 acres and be located on Providence Parkway near Jonathan’s Grille. The plan includes 451 town homes with one and two bedrooms in a community built for young professionals just out of college.

Plans for the community include a grill and pub on the premises, with live music. There would also be a swimming pool, volleyball courts, workout facility and organized activities planned by a lifestyle director.

Developers plan to break ground near Christmas and have the town homes ready to occupy by September 2014.

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JECDB Hires New Administrative Assistant

Emma Schuman began her employment with the JECDB on August 19, 2013. Her responsibilities include assisting with providing technical support for economic development projects and assisting with the necessary research including but not limited to sites, buildings, industrial parks, RFP responses and zoning related issues.

Prior to joining the JECDB, Emma worked at Timmons Properties, Inc. as their Administrative Assistant and Website Administrator.

Emma will be relocating to Lebanon very soon and she is currently working towards an Associate’s degree in Business Management.


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REMAR Wins Three AMSP Awards

Remar, Inc. received three AMSP industry ‘Awards for Excellence’

1st Place: Fulfillment Ingenuity Award for best creative solution for a fulfillment project
1st Place: Chairman’s Website Award for Best Company Website
3rd Place: Chairman’s Self-Promotion Award for best single piece, self-promotion

For the second consecutive year, Remar has earned the prestigious “Fulfillment Ingenuity Award” at the Association of Marketing Service Providers (AMSP) annual “Awards for Excellence” conference.

In all, Remar received an award in three of the nine “Awards for Excellence” categories. The “Fulfillment Ingenuity Award” recognizes outstanding examples of excellence and innovation in managing the fulfillment process. It is awarded to a company that has developed and implemented an inventive problem-solving solution to a fulfillment challenge.

Remar’s first-place award was for the U.S. launch of Swisse Wellness products. Remar was named the exclusive U.S. distributor for Swisse, a leading provider of premium-quality natural health and wellness products in Australia, in December 2012. The first Swisse products were shipped to Walgreens distribution centers nationwide in less than two weeks from product manufacture date, to official product launch date.

Tracy Batts, vice president of sales and marketing at Remar, said, “This launch was especially challenging because our team had to organize and ship the products from the manufacturer’s facility, which is located in Ogden, Utah. Remar is located in Lebanon, Tennessee, more than 1,600 miles away.

“In addition, none of the equipment we use every day, such as tow motors, shrink wrappers, label printers, or even simple office supplies and printers, was available to us.”

Remar’s Quick Response Team, consisting of Anthony Tart, Jonas Vogrin, Shelley Freeman and Mark Culbert flew to Utah for the launch. They set up in a small room and palletized the product right as it came off the production lines.

The team put in numerous 12-hour days. “In the end, we met all of Walgreens’ timelines, and the Swisse Wellness national product launch was a success,” added Batts. Swisse Wellness products can now be found in many prominent retail and drug stores.

In addition to the fulfillment award, Remar won a first-place award for best company website, and placed third in the Chairman’s Self-Promotion Award, which recognizes the best single-piece mailing for self-promotion.

Kimberly A. Kight, AMSP’s communication manager, was highly complimentary. “Remar has continually proved that it goes above and beyond for its customers. For the second year in a row, Remar has taken first place in the

Fulfillment Ingenuity Award category. This not only shows their dedication to their customers, but also that their staff and executives stay on top of the latest trends.”

The staff at Remar was excited to receive the news of the award. Nelson Remus, president and CEO of Remar said, “These awards go to the best and most innovative companies in the mailing and fulfillment industry, and we’re extremely proud to be the recipient of the Fulfillment Ingenuity Award for the second consecutive year. To also win a first-place award for our company website, and a third-place award for direct mail promoting our company, is a very high honor for Remar.”

About AMSP

The AMSP is the national trade association for the mailing and fulfillment services industry, with more than 500 member companies. AMSP works to improve the business environment and market potential for mailing and fulfillment companies. For more information about AMSP: www.amsp.org

Peyton Manor Applications Available

Tenant applications are available in Mayor Craighead's office at City Hall for the new Peyton Manor Apartments. The apartments are located at 460 Peyton Road in Lebanon.

Tenants must be 62 years old or older and meet certain income limits. Rent for the apartments is based on 30% of the tenant's income and includes electricity, water & trash pickup from the building. Tenants are in charge of their telephone and cable utilities.

34 units are available for singles or couples. Each apartment is about 550 sq. ft., which includes a living room, full size bathroom, bedroom and kitchen. Appliances included are a refrigerator, stove/oven and dishwasher. Each apartment has its own heating and cooling unit. Tenants bring their own furniture.

The Complex has a laundry room, a community room, a crafts room, a library, a sunroom and a gazebo. An onsite manager will live in the complex. The three floors are serviced by an elevator.

Tenants would be allowed to have pets within a 30-pound limit.

The complex should be move-in ready in about 60 days.

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Lebanon Certified as a Tennessee Main Street Community

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development announced today Lebanon, located in Wilson County, has achieved Tennessee Main Street certification. The community joins 25 other Tennessee Main Street communities that are certified through the state program and accredited by the National Main Street Center, a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

“Creating vibrant downtown districts that support businesses and draw-in community members and visitors alike, is an important part of Tennessee’s culture and distinctive appeal in a global economy. Strong downtowns signal a healthy local economy and show companies looking to expand or move why Tennessee is the best place to do business,” ECD Commissioner Bill Hagerty said. “I congratulate Lebanon on their achievement and welcome them to the Main Street community.”

“Lebanon has both momentum and vision for realizing the full potential their historic downtown can achieve as part of a comprehensive and effective economic development strategy,” Tennessee Main Street Director Todd Morgan said. “They will be a wonderful addition to the Main Street network and I look forward to working with the community.”

“Becoming a part of the Main Street program has been a goal for Lebanon the last ten years,” Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead said. “Changes in the dynamics of our historic downtown and the city's plan for the future of this area make the acceptance of Lebanon into the program a very timely announcement. Being a Main Street community takes our efforts to the next level and we thank the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development for this opportunity.”

"The Main Street designation is a very important step forward for our community and Cumberland University is proud to be a part of the Historic Lebanon,” Cumberland University President Dr. Harvill Eaton said. “Cumberland University partnered with Historic Lebanon in late 2012 with the goal of becoming a part of the Main Street program. Their partnership allowed for the hiring of an executive director and continued support of Historic Lebanon's mission.

“Our incredible City of Lebanon, Tenn., being awarded the renowned designation of a Main Street Community will have positive ripple effects for many years to come,” Todd Tressler II, Founder/Attorney, Tressler & Associates, PLLC said. “Kim Parks as the Director of Historic Lebanon should be commended for her outstanding efforts in leading the way—along with many other of our fantastic citizens here in Lebanon. It’s an exciting time for our city and our law firm is blessed to be in position to share an integral role within the community as we continue to build on now being one of the very few distinct Main Street Communities in the entire state of Tennessee.”

“Historic Lebanon is proud to represent the Main Street mission for Lebanon,” Historic Lebanon Executive Director Kim Parks said. “Our community leaders and citizens have shown great support for this cause and we believe our efforts towards the economic revitalization and preservation of our historic Public Square and surrounding neighborhood will be greatly enhanced by becoming a Main Street community.”

Tennessee Main Street provides technical assistance and guidance for communities in developing common sense solutions to make downtowns safe, appealing, vibrant places where folks want to shop, live and make memories.

In 2012, certified Main Street communities generated more than $82 million of public/private investment and created 604 new jobs.

Lebanon’s designation is based upon a successful application submitted by the city of Lebanon. The Tennessee Main Street Program application requires communities to illustrate a strong commitment to a Main Street Program from city/county government, an adequate organizational budget, a commitment to hire staff, a strong historic preservation ethic, a collection of historic buildings and a walkable, historic commercial district.

There are currently 26 certified Main Street program communities across Tennessee: Bristol, Cleveland, Collierville, Columbia, Cookeville, Dandridge, Dayton, Dyersburg, Fayetteville,

Franklin, Gallatin, Greeneville, Jackson, Jonesborough, Lebanon, Leiper’s Fork, Kingsport, Lawrenceburg, McMinnville, Murfreesboro, Morristown, Rogersville, Tiptonville, Savannah, Union City and Ripley.

Tennessee Main Street operates under the National Main Street Center, a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. For more information about the Tennessee Main Street Program, please visit www.tennesseemainstreet.org. For more on the National Main Street Center, visit www.mainstreet.org.

About the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s mission is to develop strategies, which help make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs. The department seeks to attract new corporate investment in Tennessee and works with Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth. Find us on the web: tn.gov/ecd. Follow us on Twitter: @tnecd. Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/tnecd.

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