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It all started with a helicopter ride!    

What did @UnderArmour execs see in a helicopter ride that   helped them land in Mt. Juliet?   Read More...

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Commercial baker could bring 100 jobs to Wilson Co.  

A commercial baker is seeking approval to build a 180,000-square-foot building in Lebanon. Read More...

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Connecting   Wilson County college students to local internship opportunities in   5-minutes or less!

The Collegiate Connections Speed Networking   Internship Eventcreated to connect Wilson County businesses with potential   Wilson County-based interns will be held at Cumberland University's   Baird Chapel on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.   Read More...

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Near Providence MarketPlace, new mixed-use project sports an urban flair
The developers who brought the popular Flip Burger to Nashville now are refocusing on their home base of Mt. Juliet, at a site near the Providence MarketPlace retail hub. READ MORE...


Panattoni plans another 1 million-square-foot building in Mt. Juliet 
Panattoni is again going big in Mt. Juliet. The developer has submitted plans for a 1 million-square-foot building to the city's planning department. READ MORE...

  


New Mt. Juliet car dealership buys more land as it gets closer to starting construction
The owner of a planned Mt. Juliet car dealership has closed on additional property that increases the size of the project. READ MORE...
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Plans for a 360 unit apartment complex, Northtown Gardens, were approved by the Planning Commission last night. This complex will be located on Nonaville Road.

Providence United Methodist Church received Planning Commission approval on a 26,000 square foot facility on Rutland Road, across the street from Del Webb.

The Tennessee Department of Revenue has reported that sales tax collections for Mt. Juliet for December 2014 were $200,000 higher than sales tax collections in December of the previous year!


Capitol Update Now Available
The first Capitol Update for the 2015 legislative session is now available. This update is written by the Tennessee Chamber’s government affairs staff and provides crucial updates and engages your local elected officials on important issues.Read More...


Planning Commission Asks for Revisons on Starbucks PlanA plan that included a new Starbucks to be built on the north side of Mt. Juliet on Lebanon Road was not recommended Thursday night by the Planning Commision, but the proposal can still move forward with revisions. Read More...


New Business Announcements on S. Mt. Juliet Road
A sign has been put up in southern Mt. Juliet on the east side of South Mt. Juliet Road that announces a future Starbucks Coffee Co., Moe’s Southwest Grill and Supercuts for the area. Read More... 


Small Businesses Haven't Felt This Good Since 2006
Happy days are here again for small businesses, judging from the latest monthly survey by the National Federation Independent Business. Read More...

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Special City Census Update
If you live inside the MJ City limits have not yet completed the Special Census, there is still time to do so. Getting accurate and updated information regarding our population is very important and can be easily and quickly done online. Click Here

Sellars Funeral Home Open Soon
Plans are to be open for business across the street in their new facility within the next few days.

Lifestyles Community to Open in 2015
Officials expect the new Lifestyles Community in Providence to be open and welcoming residents in July 2015.

Marriott Construction Plan
Construction is expected to begin on the new Courtyard by Marriott in early 2015. This facility will be located just east of Providence Wine & Spirits.

Robinson Park Update
Greenway Construction is nearing completion on the new Robinson Park. Trailhead parking is being constructed and some remaining non-walking path work has yet to be done.

I-40 – Mt. Juliet Road Lighting
Bids are expected to be let for this project as early as January, 2015. Plans call for an extensive intersection lighting package designed to greatly improve visibility and safety.


Mt. Juliet Chuck E. Cheese to Open Soon
Middle Tennessee's largest Chuck E. Cheese restaurant is projected to open in Mt. Juliet on December 15thREAD MORE...

 


Wilson County Christmas Display Picked for ABC Show
A Wilson County man's annual Christmas lights display has put him in the national spotlight as a contestant on the ABC television show "The Great Christmas Light Fight," which will air at 7 p.m. Monday.
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Tennessee is the 4th "Most Charitable State"
Find out where Wilson County ranks! READ MORE...

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Watch Out for Scammers
Tis the season for folks to prey on unsuspecting businesses and individuals. If a sales person or solicitor claims to be “working with the Chamber”, by all means give us a call to verify. Stopping by our office and simply picking up one of our business cards is hardly working with the Chamber. There are lots and lots of great folks with awesome products to sell; let’s not get taken by anyone less than awesome!

MJ Planning Commission Unanimously Approves Projects
PMDPs, PMDP PUD, and Site Plans were approved for several projects at the 11/20 Planning Commission Meeting. Included in the approvals were Premier Dodge Chrysler Jeep, White Castle, and the Stone Farm. Most of these projects will now be reviewed by the MJ Board of Commissioners.

MJ Zoning Administrator Announces Resignation
City Zoning Administrator Isabelle Ford has announced her retirement effective 11/30/14. Please join us in wishing her well in her retirement and thanking her for all she has done to help Mt. Juliet through the most rapid period of growth in the history of our city.  


Wilson ranks better than 91 other counties in Tennessee
Wilson County was recently ranked the fourth best county in Tennessee by real estate brokerage firm Movoto. Read more...


Nashville one of 15 hot cities for 2015
Business Insider has named Nashville one of the "15 Hottest American Cities for 2015."  Read more...

   

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Starbucks Update
The new Starbucks development to be located on the former Dollar General property on Lebanon Road is expected to on the December Planning Commission agenda. Construction should begin shortly after PC approval.  

Kirkland’s to Open by Thanksgiving
Located in the Providence Marketplace, plans are to open for business on Wednesday, November 26.

Chuck E. Cheese Now Hiring
With expectation of hiring approximately 110 employees, applications are now being accepted.

White Castle Requesting Approval
After many years in the pipeline, this project (to be located in the Paddock’s Shopping Center) is slated for the November 20th Mt. Juliet Planning Commission.

FedEx Begins Clearing Land
Often discussed but rarely confirmed, FedEx has made it official and is now clearing land on 50 acres in Mt. Juliet for their new 350,000 SF building to be located near the Beckwith I-40 Interchange. This facility is expected produce approximately 350 jobs.



Auto Supplier to Set Up Shop in Mt. Juliet
Global automotive supplier DENSO Logistics plans to invest about $6.7 million and create about 20 new jobs when it opens a shipping warehouse in Mt. Juliet. READ MORE...

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300+ Apartments & Road Widening on North Side
Commissioner Justice announced on Thursday that in addition to 300+ apartments (Avalon Development), plans are also currently underway to widen Nonaville Road to 3 lanes from Lebanon Road to Wind Tree Golf Club.

$7 Million Dollar Sewer Expansion Projects
City officials confirmed the bidding of what is expected to be a nearly $4 Million sewer expansion and upgrade project along Lebanon Road will begin in December. Bids for an additional $3+ Million sewer project to service the growing Providence area are already being received.

MJ Help Center Has Moved
The Help Center is now taking donations at their temporary location on Lebanon Road in space being donated by Environmental Science Corporation while the existing Help Center location transitions to a larger permanent structure. Please keep those less fortunate in your hearts and on your minds during this year’s Holiday Season.

MJ Christmas Parade Route Announced
If your business is located along the parade route and or you wish to patronize a business along the parade route on Saturday, December 6th, please note that some businesses may need to make certain provisions to accommodate possible road closures and changing traffic patterns.


Look at this recent facelift on Lebanon Road!

 

It's exciting to see so much re-investment going on to buildings and commercial properties in the norther portions of our community. It speaks highly of our property owners, small businesses, and loyal customers. Just inside the city limits alone, from one end of Lebanon Road to the other and all up and down MJ Road, we have a tremendous amount of economic development occurring. Please help us reward their investment by giving them a shot at our business whenever possible. #shoplocalmj 

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Crawford Senior Living Project Advances
The CSL Project was unanimously approved on 1st Reading at the BOC Meeting on 10/27. Commissioner asked for connectivity and access issues to be worked out before 2nd Reading. This project consists of Villas, Independent Living, Assisted Living, and a new Senior Activity Center on nearly 20 acres in the heart of Mt. Juliet on the property adjacent to the south side of Mt. Juliet  Church of Christ.

White Castle on the Horizon
Plans for a new restaurant to be located in the Paddocks Shopping Center are currently working their way through the planning and development phases. Long rumored to be coming, it appears to be closer than previously announced.

New Fire Station on North Side One-Step Closer
Preliminary reports indicate that the Lamb Brothers Flooring building is structurally fit to be converted into a Fire Station. The next step includes a feasibility study to determine total cost of conversion and possible funding options. Further findings and announcements are not expected until December.  

MJ Chamber Announces “Shop Local” Campaign
The Mt Juliet Chamber of Commerce will kick off our annual “Shop Local” Campaign next week. Be on the lookout for even more fun ways to shop local during the Christmas Season and support our local businesses! If you would like to be involved in #shoplocalmj and give away some of these cool stickers, let us know!


Wilson County Veterans Park opens
Hundreds gathered outside the Wilson County Courthouse on Thursday night to honor Wilson County veterans. READ MORE...

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Gourmet Donut Expanding
Gourmet Donuts is currently undergoing an expansion which will more than double their current footprint. Along with the new addition which will include expanded seating space, they will also be expanding their hours of operation and adding a lunch and dinner menu.

Glass Creek Luxury Apartments Now Leasing
Glass Creel Luxury Apartments, located on Pleasant Grove Road behind Academy Sports / Walmart, are now leasing apartments with units already occupied. For more information call 615-773-7400.

WC Schools Continue to Grow
Wilson County Schools reported that 66 new students registered during the recent two week fall break, in addition to the 600 new students that registered at the beginning of the school year.

New Location
David A. Rhodes, CFP®, ChFC is moving to a new office @ 547 N. Mt. Juliet Road, Suite 300 effective November 1st.




New Subdivisions Breaking Ground in MJ
 

Cowden Subdivision is on 109+ acres on the south side of Interstate 40, north of Central Pike. Initial plans submitted to the Mt. Juliet Planning Department propose 344 single-family homes and 230 townhomes. 

Cowden Subdivision would be just south and west of Baird Farms at Providence, which has plans to build 269 single-family homes.

Covey Rise is another development proposed in the immediate area, with 331 single-family homes and a commercial component planned on 186 acres on South Rutland Road.

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New eatery coming soon!
Piranha's Bar & Grill will be opening soon in the old Snap Fitness location @
2037 N. Mt. Juliet Road. 

New Roadways in Providence Central Under Construction
Construction is now underway on the connector roads in Providence Central linking the current Adams Lane Road with the new Providence Parkway West. Plans call for complete connectivity from Providence to the proposed Central Pike Interchange.  

Proposed N MJ Fire Station Feasibility Study Authorized
The Mt. Juliet Board of Commissioners have approved a feasibility study to determine if the current Lamb Brothers Flooring located on Nonaville Road meets the requirements to house a new City Fire Station. The results of this study should be completed within a few weeks.

Stone Farm Development Deferred 1 Month
At the request of the developer, the Stone Farm project was deferred one month and is now expected to be on the November Mt. Juliet Regional Planning Commission Agenda. 


Early Voting in Wilson County

Early voting began on October 15 and runs through October 30.
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 FREE Halloween Pizza Party

Hey Chamber Friends, we're kicking off our #shoplocalmj campaign soon. So, in order to get folks excited about that, from now until October 30 we're offering you an opportunity to win a FREE HALLOWEEN PIZZA PARTY at your office!
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What is #shoplocalmj?

Our goal is to encourage our community to buy local. We're arming our closest friends and local merchants with "I SHOP MJ" stickers and taking lots of pics to create a fun social media frenzy! 
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Utilities & roads now under construction in Providence Central 
Providence Central is a 270-acre development which runs along Interstate 40 between Mt. Juliet Road and Central Pike which will include multi-family units, retail and six-story office buildings.

Golden Bear Parkway Bids
Construction bids for the Golden Bear Parkway Eastern Connector are scheduled to be let in January-February 2015.

Speedwaycoming to Mt. Juliet
Speedway is building at the corner of Nonaville Road and Lebanon Road.The 3,900-square-foot fuel and convenience station, which will also include a Speedy Cafe casual restaurant, is expected to finish construction by the end of the year.


Mt. Juliet attracts hotel with help from lower tax rate


Mt. Juliet's development helps make the city ready for an upscale hotel, and a more favorable tax rate helped make it a reality. The five-story, 100-room Courtyard by Marriott will be built on Providence Parkway near theProvidence Marketplacearea and is scheduled to open in 2016.READ MORE...


State OKs $6.75M in incentives for Under Armour's Mt. Juliet hub



The Tennessee State Funding Board Wednesday approved $6.75 million in state funds for Under Armour as the Baltimore sportswear company builds a new distribution hub in Mt. Juliet. READ MORE...


Nashville Business Journal now accepting "40 Under 40" nominations for 2015


Do you know an outstanding Nashville-area professional younger than 40 who is making a difference in their company, field or community? If so, the NBJ wants to hear from you. The Nashville Business Journal is now accepting nominations for our 2015 40 Under 40 Awards. READ MORE...

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Nichols-Vale Residential Development to Break Ground
Final preparations are being made to begin this project on Lebanon Road. A ground breaking announcement is expected soon.

Planning Commission Agenda
For anyone interested in advance viewing of the PC Meeting Agenda, that information is available online several days prior to each scheduled meeting. Click to go to the calendar page and simply click on the desired meeting  date:   http://www.egovlink.com/mtjuliet/events/calendar.asp

Chamber TEXT Message Notices & Reminders
If you are not currently signed up for our complimentary Text Message notices & reminders and would like to be, please email your name and cell number to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You will be emailed updates, special offers, meeting & event reminders, and special notices.

Looking for Space or Have Space for Sale /Lease?
If you have space for sale / lease OR are looking for space (commercial, industrial, retail, or office) to buy / lease, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out how the MJ Chamber can help you.

Did You Know…
When it comes to “Inbound” FedEx freight received daily at the Nashville International Airport, the #1 volume customer in Middle TN is located right here in Mt. Juliet! Who would that be, you ask? That distinction goes to Environmental Science Corporation on Lebanon Road across from Moss’ Florist & Garden Center. To learn more about ESC, visit http://www.envsci.com


Under Armour Picks Mt. Juliet


A site near Beckwith Road in Mt. Juliet will be the new location of a new 2 million-square-feet distribution center for Under Armour, officials announced Thursday afternoon.READ MORE...


Analyst dives into Under Armour's reasoning for a Mt. Juliet hub



Distribution hubs likeUnder Armour’s new Mt. Juliet operation are vital for retailers seeking to stay competitive.
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Wilson County Names New Tourism Director
Please welcome Terri Merryman, the new Tourism Director for the Wilson County Convention & Visitors Bureau. 

New Coffee Shop Headed to Mt. Juliet
Mt. Juliet will soon have a new coffee shop. Lasater's Coffee & Tea will be opening in the new Robinson Crossing development.  

Mt. Juliet to Make Major Development Announcement
Mt. Juliet has scheduled a “major development announcement” for October 2 at 1:30pm at I-40 and Beckwith Road. Under Armour and Federal Express have both expressed interest in opening separate large-scale industrial use facilities. We will keep you posted!
  


New Single Family Homes in the Pipeline
In addition to the Stone Farm, several other SFRH subdivisions are in various stages of development and planning. Baird Farm (269), Lynn Haven Estates (30), Covey Rise (331), and Nichols-Vale (450+/-) which is expected to break ground at any time. A significant portion of these developments will include Executive Style Homes. 

Providence Traffic Improvements Underway
The entire Providence area and north to Paddocks is currently undergoing a comprehensive stoplight re-synchronizing project. City officials appropriated the necessary funding and the project is already underway. The expected result of this project will be for commuters in this area to see improved traffic flow and fewer unnecessary delays.


590 New Homes Proposed Near Mt. Juliet High School
Plans have been submitted to the Mt. Juliet Planning Department which  propose 590 single-family homes near Mt. Juliet High School on Golden Bear Gateway. Read more...

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Mt. Juliet Parks Department Accepting Applications for Christmas Parade
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AUGUST 2014 COUNTY UNEMPLOYMENT RATES

County unemployment rates for August 2014 show the rate decreased in 83 counties, increased in six counties, and remained the same in six counties. Specific county information for August is available....READ MORE

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Tortuga Designs is moving!
Their new location will be 14625 Lebanon Road, Suite B. Moving date is scheduled for 9/27. Be sure to visit them at their nice, new store!

Sellars Funeral Home Projects Opening Date
According to owner Judd Sellars, the new funeral home being built on N. Mt. Juliet Road is projected to open in late October. In addition, Sellars Park mixed use center is expected to open in the Spring of 2015. Sellars Park will consist of 7K square feet of retail on the first floor with 6K square feet of office space on the second floor.

New Parks and Recreation Board
Wilson County government has recently formed a Wilson County Parks and Recreation Board and are needing community input on what we would like to see as far as parks and enhancing quality of life. If you have any suggestions, please complete the  SURVEY.   




Channel 5 attended our tnAchieves luncheon this week! Find out more about the program and mentoring here: https://tnachieves.org

Check out the story that aired on the news! NEWS CLIP 


Fed Ex Chooses Mt. Juliet for New Hub
The Mt. Juliet Planning Commission approved development plans for a proposed Fed­Ex industrial site Thursday night.
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Mt. Juliet Chamber creates official Girl Scout Fun Patch. 

A new “I Climbed Mt. Juliet” patch will be available for the community’s Girl Scouts who complete a select number of activity requirements developed by nearly 30 local businesses.
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AT&T Calls on Nation's Drivers to Pledge: Never Text and Drive
Wireless providerAT&T*, seeking to bring attention to a serious road-safety problem, is urging all Americans to pledge to stop texting while driving. Join with others on Sept. 19 to make a lifelong commitment to never do so again.
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Sister’s Whimsy has moved!
Sister's Whimsy is now open at their new location on N. Mt. Juliet Road in Falkner Landing, right next to Big Star Cigar. 

New Stores in Providence Marketplace
Hallmark has opened in the building next to Men’s Warehouse. Kirkland’s will be opening soon between Which Wich and Men’s Warehouse.

Bojangles’ Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits Considers Mt. Juliet Location
Bojangles’ is in currently in negotiations to open a new location on Lebanon Road in front of the Publix Shopping Center. An official announcement is expected soon.

Speedway Market & Fueling Station Coming Soon
Construction is expected to begin soon on their new project to be located on the NE corner of Lebanon Road and Nonaville Road.

Greenhill Development Properties Project Approved
Final approval was granted at the 09/08/14 City Commission Meeting to approve a zoning request from RS-40 to CRC (Commercial Retail Center) on a 7.5 acre parcel located at Lebanon Road and Tate Lane.

Commission Approves Special Census
MJ BOC has approved a Special Census for the City of MJ.  A request for updated information regarding the number of household residents will be hitting residential mailboxes as early as today. With such explosive growth it is important to have accurate census information in order to insure the city receives appropriate benefit from the state shared sales tax. This amount equates to approximately $95-96 per verified resident. All MJ residents are encouraged to fill out their form and return it to the City. This may also be done online at www.mjcensus.org. Final totals are due by mid-January.

Final Approval for Park Glen Stoplight Expected Soon
Final approval for a new stoplight to be installed at the Park Glen entrance on Lebanon Road is expected soon. Funding details for this project are currently underway. 


 

Which two cities are on the rise in Middle Tennessee?
I'll give you a hint.....Mt. Juliet made the list! Now, what's the other city? 

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Wallet feeling a bit heavier lately?
Maybe it's because Tennessee is considered one of 10 least expensive states to live!

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New Technical Training Center in Lebanon to offer 3 Programs
The Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Wilson County will start with three student programs: welding, computer information technology and nursing.


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North Mt. Juliet Business Council Meeting
For those businesses owners, property owners or those doing  business in the N. Mt. Juliet area (generally those north of Division Street and the entire Lebanon Road corridor), please plan to join us for our next meeting on Thursday, September 11 from 8-9:15 AM at Courtney’s. These meetings provide information and updates on issues specifically impacting those businesses. No RSVP required. For more information please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

TSBDC Counseling Services at Chamber
Anyone interested learning more about starting or growing a small business is invited to stop by the Chamber on Tuesday, September 23 for a pre-scheduled meeting with a Small Business Counselor. There is no cost to attend however appointments are by advance registration only. For more information or to schedule your appointment, please call or email the Chamber Office.

World Finance Relocation
World Finance is currently in the process of relocating their Mt. Juliet office to the Falkner Landing Retail Center on N. Mt. Juliet Road. 

L
ett Center opens in Mt. Juliet
Dr. E. Dwayne Lett and his staff recently celebrated the opening of their new plastic and reconstructive clinic at 660 S. Mt. Juliet Road, Suite 210.



TDOT Requests Community Feedback
TDOT has requested that we assist in soliciting feedback from local businesses on issues regarding the future of transportation in TN. The public is invited to attend an upcoming session in Nashville on September 12 from 10-12:00 at their Region 3 Offices located at 6601 Centennial Blvd., Nashville, TN  37243. Given all of the current and future growth expected in our region, this is a very important concern and your input will be very beneficial. RSVP (with name and phone number) is required to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


 
Mainstreets of Mt. Juliet
Ad sales have begun for the 2015 edition of Mainstreets of Mt. Juliet. For more info on ad sizes and prices, contact Debby Mabry at 270-484-0462 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Mt. Juliet's Third Liquor Store Under Construction
Construction is currently underway on the third of three approved liquor stores. This business will be located on the north side of Lebanon Road at the Wilson-Davidson County line. Construction is expected to be completed within 90 days.

B & G Foods Confirms Lease
B & G Foods will soon be occupying 445,000 SF in the Park 840 Logistics Center. The remaining space is leased by the Nutro Company.

Lebanon Lands GoodSports
GoodSports is a relatively new concept and the Lebanon location will be among their first locations. This proposed project will include a 115 room hotel along with a 60,000 SF indoor sports complex and is expected to be located in the Cumberland Center.

J.E. Dunn Construction Hosting Job Fair
Anyone interested in learning more about securing job with this company for the construction of the new Corrections Corporation Facility in Hartsville is invited to attenda Job Fair at the TCAT in Hartsville on September 4th from Noon until 4:30.

Job Search Jump Start
The Nashville Career Advancement Center is hosting an event at the Mt. Juliet Library on September 18 from 1:00-2:30pm for job seekers wishing to brush up on networking, resume writing, and interview skills. For more info, call 444-9355.


JULY 2014 COUNTY UNEMPLOYMENT RATES

County unemployment rates for July 2014 show that the rate increased in 86 counties, decreased in five, and remained the same in four counties. Specific county information for July is available by CLICKING HERE.



TheNashville Business Journalannounced the Wilson County Impact Awards winners at a ceremony back in July. The Impact Awards honors the leaders, community supporters, business owners and developers who are leading the charge for improvements and economic development for Wilson County. CLICK HERE to see the Wilson County winners!

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Sales Tax Collections Announced
Wilson County Sales Tax collected for the month of July amounted to $3,620,756.12 including those from Mt Juliet $1,355,432.12 and Lebanon $1,721,618.78. (Source: TN Department of Revenue / Provided by JEDCB of Wilson County)

Mark Your Calendars
North MJ Business Council representatives are making plans to organize a Bluegrass Picnic to be held in Charlie Daniels Park on Saturday, November 1st.

City Building Permits
44 residential building permits were issued by the City of Mt Juliet in the month of July. Impact fees paid were $51,716.00. Building permits and other fees amounted to more than $47,000.00. (Provided by City of MJ)

TN Achieves Mentor Training
The Chamber is working with WC Mayor Hutto, WC Schools, and the Governor’s Office to help bring the TN Promise to Wilson County students. This program is a community-wide program and we will begin seeking mentors in the coming weeks. Plan to attend the next Chamber Luncheon on September 17th to learn more. Read more about this program in the article below.

Your Voice Heard
Your Chamber Leadership Team meets regularly with our local leaders to discuss items impacting business and our community. We are always interested in hearing from you so we can be sure to provide as much input on behalf of our investors as possible. Please be sure to let us know your thoughts, ideas, suggestions, or concerns. Our next meeting is coming up soon!

New Business to Valley Center
Construction has already started on the build-out for a new business located in the former Goodwill Store in the Valley Center. Plans include a large space for a new Planet Fitness to be located in the vacant space.

Sidewalks to MJHS
The construction taking place on Golden Bear Parkway north of MJHS is to provide sidewalks from the Stone Hollow neighborhood, across the bridge to MJHS. Completion is expected to take less than 90 days. 


 
Governor Haslam promotes free tuition program
Gov. Bill Haslam urges students to take advantage of his program to cover a full ride at two-year colleges for any high school graduate. Haslam told a packed auditorium of students he doesn’t want affordability to be a reason a person doesn’t attend college. READ MORE...


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Nashville Sounds finish out final season at Greer Stadium
The Nashville Sounds' last home stand ever is underway at Herschel Greer Stadium. The minor league team will play their last regular season game ever at Greer next Wednesday, August 27. READ MORE...



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Business On the Move

Sister’s Whimzy has announced plans to relocate from their current location on Lebanon Road to the Falkner Landing at 3384 North Mt. Juliet Road (by stoplight at Mt. Juliet Middle School). Open House & Ribbon Cutting announcements expected soon.

Mt. Juliet Chamber announces new Board Members
John Sloan (CedarStone Bank), Tony Bugher (TDS Telecom), and Nixon Pressley (Attorney / Horizon Land Title) were recently named new directors. This follows previously named new directors Samuel Short (Southern Bank of TN) and Heather Blanton (Lockbox Storage).

Have A Plan! Be Prepared!
Since its inception in 2004, National Preparedness Month is observed each September in the USA. Sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) within the Department of Homeland Security, National Preparedness Month encourages Americans to take steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, schools, and communities. FEMA's Ready Campaign, the correlating public education outreach campaign, disseminates information to help the general public prepare for and respond to emergencies, including natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks. READ MORE...

Fish On! Marketing & Selling Naked
Calling everyone in Sales (aren’t we all)! For all business owners and everyone on your team, make plans to attend this GREAT sales and marketing workshop. A limited number of Event Sponsorships are still available. For more information and to register, CLICK HERE! 


 

“Farmers, Boots and Country Roots” – 2014 Wilson County Fair Honors Farmers - August 15-23

One of the best things about the Wilson County Fair is that it has remained principally an agricultural fair. This year will be the year to celebrate the farmer and their many contributions to our county.

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Rochford plans $30 million complex in Mt. Juliet

Developer John Rochford is planning a $30 million, 223-unit apartment community in Mt. Juliet that will be called The Meridian at Providence. The project is also expected to include 5,000 square feet of retail space, including a location for a Mt. Juliet police department bicycle patrol unit. READ MORE... 


Mt. Juliet Seeks Growth It Can Live With

At a recent city commission meeting, Mt. Juliet Mayor Ed Hagerty recalled driving seven miles to buy a gallon of milk in the 1980s. The city had very few conveniences. Only 2,879 people lived there. READ MORE...

 

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Birds Just Wanna Have Fun

The other morning, I was sitting on my deck drinking a cup of tea, listening to the birds chirping and singing in the woods. There was a cool breeze blowing, so I sat there for a while watching one bird in particular who was picking up twigs, dried leaves, and bits of moss which she then carried off to another location in order to construct a nest. I once heard that most of the time, birds have four reasons to fly: to find food, migrate to warmer climates, gather nest materials, or to avoid predators. But studies have shown that there is one more reason why birds fly….sometimes they fly just because it’s fun! In fact, experts believe that 30% of the time, flying for fun is a bird’s main motivation.

That made me stop and wonder. If I divided my days into a pie chart, how much of my day is spent having fun? I spend my weekends pulling weeds and doing laundry and many other chores that have to be done in order to keep my household running smoothly. And even though there may be a sense of satisfaction in successfully re-caulking the bathtub or hanging new blinds in the living room, I’m not sure I would exactly call that “fun.”

The King's Stilts, one of Dr. Seuss's earliest works, shows how important it is to both work hard and play hard. King Birtram gets up at 5:00 every morning to make sure his kingdom is running smoothly, but at 5:00 every afternoon the workday ends and it's time to play…When he worked, he really worked. But when he played, he really played.”

I know many of us spend much of our down time doing chores that simply have to be done. But, let’s challenge ourselves to try something new. I invite you to join me in matching the bird’s habits in the next few weeks. Let’s see if we can play and enjoy ourselves at least 30% of the time. In King Birtram’s case, that meant racing around town on a pair of red stilts! I probably won’t do that, but if that’s your thing, who am I to judge?

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