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Welcome to Our 364 New Neighbors!

The numbers are in and I’m excited to share with you that the final count of residential building permits (RBP’s) for the City of Mt Juliet in 2013 was 364 (source: City of MJ)! That is an incredible number of new home building permits. There are some communities in Tennessee that had single digit building permits and some likely even saw a decrease in their population. What do 364 RBP’s mean for us or say about us as a community? Obviously we all have a lot of new friends and new neighbors. But there is a LOT more to the story when you stop and think about it. 


There will of course be those who are simply upsizing or downsizing and are only moving from their existing home in MJ to a new home in MJ. But there are still many times those who are moving here from points yonder and in many of those cases they have no friends or family already living here. Think about that; these are people who likely have a choice of where they want to call home and they chose to come to MJ or Wilson County to live with us! Is there a higher compliment we can be paid than someone leaving their friends, family, and the security of their current home and planting new roots right here?


I personally would like to meet each one of them so I can tell them face to face how much I appreciate their vote of confidence in not only what we currently have, but for our vision of the future as well. Our local economy now has the opportunity to earn the business of hundreds of new customers. Our service organizations and churches now have the potential of seeing a huge increase in supporters and members. And as for us all making even more friends, that goes without saying! I hope you will join me in doing everything we can to make them feel welcome and to show each of them how grateful we are that they are here.


Along with the above benefits, we will also now be able to learn and grow from being an even more diverse community. We would be wise to open our arms wide and cast as large of a net as possible in order to learn from their experiences. I’d say the chances are pretty good that we are not facing too many challenges that other communities have not faced at some point in the past. It’s likely a safe bet that some of our new friends and neighbors have had similar experiences. To all of our new friends and neighbors we say “Welcome Home”! Follow Mark on Twitter @MJChamber #mjchamber or Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.and visit 24/7 at

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