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JAMES FENTON | EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR GALLATIN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AGENCY Gallatin has had a great year! We earned national accolades and welcomed thousands of new residents. A Fortune 500 company announced a $40 million investment and hired five hundred new employees. We were named one of the safest cities in Tennessee, and we had a four-year university open its doors here. This year’s report reflects all of this and more, including a good feeling for this incredible place called Gallatin. Enjoy this report, and then pass it along to someone you think might be interested in joining us here.

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GALLATIN Established 1802

#1 Nicest Place in America -Reader's Digest

#4 Safest City in Tennessee -Safehome.org

#9 Best Suburbs for Millennials in Tennessee -Niche.com

#9 America's Top Power Suburbs -Selfstorage.com

#9 Most Exciting Places in Tennessee - Movoto

#16 Most Business-Friendly -Beacon Center


"Where trust and civility are winning" Gallatin was celebrated as a model for the rest of the world when Reader’s Digest, a publication with millions of readers, named the city “Nicest Place in America” in its November 2017 issue. The magazine launched the contest in the spring of 2017 looking for exceptional places that serve as the epicenters of trust and community spirit. Singled out from more than 300 nominations across the United States, Reader’s Digest chose Gallatin for its commitment to diversity, charity work and overall culture of kindness.

Fred Bailey (center) founded Children Are People in 2000.

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The choir of First Baptist Church on East Winchester Street in Gallatin.

Mayor Paige Brown with Reader’s Digest Editor-in-Chief Bruce Kelley.

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"Nicest Place In America" Announcement Celebration, Oct. 11, 2017

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Growing Gallatin

Gallatin’s growth is not only evident in population, but in the very visible construction of retail, housing, health care, industry and office space. Approximately $17.5 million in construction underway each month Sales tax collections exceed property taxes Property tax has remained 99 cents per $100 of assessed value for 12 years ( 25% residential and 40% commercial) The city has more than $6.5 million in its rainy day fund

270 people added to Gallatin each month 6

3,500 dwellings under construction

“Gallatin is very much a symbol of the booming new South, where an influx of new residents has remade the city in unexpected ways...And yet the small-town spirit still lives in Gallatin.” - Reader’s Digest

1,225

60.6%

people per square mile

of workers in Gallatin live in Sumner County

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POPULATION 2015 34,473

2018 38,232

2020 41,600 (projected)

2010 30,278

3,500 new jobs added in the last 5 years

2,053

35.4

31.3

births in Gallatin in 2016

median age

total land area in square miles

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The Nashville Advantage

Top 20 City for Tech Jobs ZipRecruiter #6 Best City for Young Professionals - Smart Asset Best Cities for Job Seekers - NerdWallet.com Top 10 Cities to Launch a Career - Realtor.com

Best Cities for College Grads 2017 - Smart Asset

#1 Metro area for professional and business service jobs - Forbes Magazine 8

#8 Best-Performing City of 2017 -The Milken Institute

#7 Best Cities for Millennials - Penny Hoarder

#3rd Fastest Growing Large Metro Economy - U.S. Bureau of Labor

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23 miles to downtown Nashville

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Located just north of downtown Nashville, Gallatin has quick and easy access to Interstates 40 and 65

More than 40 percent of the U.S. population lives within 600 miles of Nashville, according to the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau www.GallatinGetsIt.com | Gallatin, Tennessee

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Workforce "Everything we were looking for we found in Gallatin." - Jeff Reh, Beretta USA General Counsel

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surrounding counties help supply Gallatin's workforce

companies have expanded operations in the last 5 years

60.6% of workers in Gallatin live in Sumner County

265K

workers live within a 30-minute drive of Gallatin

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3,500

jobs added in the past five years

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International companies located in Gallatin come from: China Canada Italy Korea Great Britain Japan

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Gallatin's existing industries include: Tier 1 automotive Medical devices Firearms Regional distribution Plastic injection molding Cardboard packaging Corporate headquarters

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Training Mechatronics at Vol State Volunteer State Community College last year launched a mechatronics technology associate degree program with a commitment to invest $2.3 million in building a new lab, equipment and training. The popular new program: Trains students to be experts in design, repair and maintenance of state-of-the-art robotics and computer-aided equipment Prepares students to test for Siemens Certifications Includes work-based learning opportunities designed to get students plugged into the many area companies Provides internships with local industry and will expand class offerings with the opening of a new mechatronics lab in fall 2018

“The response to the Mechatronics program has been remarkable. We have multiple commitments from local industry to provide internship opportunities for students.” - Dr. Jerry Faulkner, VSCC President 12

Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology (TCATs) are the state’s premier providers of state-of-the-art technical training for workers to obtain technical skills and professional training needed for advancement in today’s competitive job market. Four TCATs within a 35-mile radius Industry specific training 95% of enrollees pass their licensure examinations Comes with a warranty to employers: If a graduate’s skills are not up to par, they will be re-trained at no cost www.GallatinGetsIt.com | Gallatin, Tennessee


HIGHER EDUCATION IN SUMNER COUNTY • Union University • Welch College • Volunteer State Community College

60% 34 123K

of college graduates remain in the region colleges in a 50-mile radius students attend local colleges and universities

Welch College, founded in 1942, moved its residential college campus to Gallatin in 2017. Welch offers more than 40 four-year degree programs, has a 9:1 student/ teacher ratio, and requires its students to provide community service. Welch is also partnering with manufacturing and health care companies to meet their needs. www.GallatinGetsIt.com | Gallatin, Tennessee

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Welch College ranked #21 in U.S. News and World Report's Best Value Schools list for 2018

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Welch College ranked #26 in U.S. News and World Report's list of Best Regional Colleges South

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Sumner County Schools 29,376 Students

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Schools

Gallatin Schools K-12 6 Elementary Schools 3 Middle Schools 3 High Schools

$8,887 Spent Per Pupil

3 Private Schools

1,975

Merrol Hyde Magnet School

Teachers

21.3

ACT Composite

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94.7%

Graduation Rate

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Ranked top high school in Tennessee with a 100% graduation rate and in the top 1% of all high schools in the United States by U.S. News and World Report. www.GallatinGetsIt.com | Gallatin, Tennessee


Pamela Andrews, music teacher at Station Camp Elementary in Gallatin, was a Top 10 Grammy Music Educator Award nominee in 2018.

Sumner County Schools is designated an Exemplary School District by the Tennessee State Department of Education for exceeding academic and achievement growth expectations for all students in 2017. www.GallatinGetsIt.com | Gallatin, Tennessee

10 Sumner County schools were named Reward Schools by the Tennessee State Department of Education for the 2017-18 school year.

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Good Living Gallatin is that rare town that’s perfectly comfortable with its own place in the world. Sure, folks in Gallatin love being able to spend time in a very large, cool city like Nashville. What they love even more is being able to come home to what they regard as their own little corner of heaven. Gallatin is a town filled with true grit and amazing grace that is both remarkably simple and simply remarkable.

"True grit & amazing grace -- the epitome of everything great about the South" - Mayor Paige Brown


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FESTIVALS, FOOD & FUN Experience the unique spirit of Gallatin. We’ve got eclectic eateries, sophisticated retail, hip venues, a beautiful historic downtown, and exclusive events. If water recreation is your thing, Gallatin has easy access to Old Hickory Lake and the Cumberland River.

106 PUBLIC SQUARE

OLD HICKORY LAKE

FOXLAND SOUTHERN GRILL

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MALONE'S CUSTOM BBQ www.GallatinGetsIt.com | Gallatin, Tennessee


WAINE MERCANTILE

THE PALACE THEATRE

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RUSTICOCO

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PARKS & RECREATION With more than 600 acres of city parks, Gallatin offers recreation for all types and ages – lakefront parks, miles of greenways and bike trails, an event pavilion, a civic center with both indoor and outdoor pools, and lots of sports fields.

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PATH OF TOTALITY Aug. 21, 2017 “Landed in the UK this morning after an amazing holiday starting with watching the eclipse in Triple Creek Park in Gallatin. You did a fab job.” – Tina from the United Kingdom

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NASHVILLE National Geographic Traveller in 2018 picked Nashville for its "Cool List" of destinations along with Paris, France, Buenos Aires, Argentina and Perth, Australia. The city is home to world-class music venues, renowned museums, unique history, and four professional sports teams. Nashville plays host to the largest Independence Day fireworks show in the United States. GRAND OLE OPRY

FRIST CENTER FOR THE VISUAL ARTS

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TENNESSEE TITANS

NASHVILLE SOCCER CLUB

NASHVILLE PREDATORS

NASHVILLE SOUNDS

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Infrastructure Gallatin proactively pursues infrastructure expansion – roads, utilities, and regional airport projects.

SR 109: GALLATIN'S SECRET WEAPON Our secret weapon is State Route 109, a northern loop around Nashville from I-40 east in Lebanon to I-65 north near the Kentucky state line. A majority of the road is already four to five lanes. The rest of the widening is under construction. State Route 109 cuts 25 miles (and hours of congestion) off your trip by circumventing Nashville.

ALBERT GALLATIN AVENUE Construction is on target in 2018 for the city's own northern loop extending Albert Gallatin Avenue to SR 109, giving trucks another path around the city and opening opportunities for new business parks and light industrial. 24

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SUMNER COUNTY REGIONAL AIRPORT The Sumner County Regional Airport in Gallatin boasts one of the longest general aviation runways in Tennessee at 6,300 feet. The airport provides on-site rental car service, aircraft rental and storage, along with jet and helicopter chartering. There are 11 corporate hangars, 40 T-hangars and 23 port-a-ports. The airport will offer Part 61 and Part 141 flight instruction beginning in spring 2018. The fixed-based operator is Nashville Jet, a full-service FBO for maintenance and care of your aircraft as well as a concierge team to coordinate your needs on the ground. Visit www.nashvillejet.net for information. www.GallatinGetsIt.com | Gallatin, Tennessee

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Excess Utility Capacity DRINKING WATER

WASTEWATER TREATMENT

Gallatin Public Utilities wastewater treatment plant has the capacity to treat more than 12.5 mgd with a wet weather capacity at 30 mgd. Current average daily flow for wastewater is 5.5 mgd.

NATURAL GAS

Usage capacity daily delivery of 22,000 million cubic feet (mcf); winter usage is 9,000 mcf.

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Gallatin's water treatment and distribution plant sits on the banks of the Cumberland River with the capacity to treat up to 16 million gallons per day. Current demand is 6 mgd.

Gallatin Electric Department's rates are among the lowest in the Tennessee Valley. It is the second fastest growing electric utility in the region. A new substation was completed in the city's industrial center in 2018. www.GallatinGetsIt.com | Gallatin, Tennessee


R ETAI L TRADE AREA POPULATION:

132,520

$18,000 spent annually AVERAGE HOUSEHOLD INCOME:

A second location for Perkins Drugs will be completed on Greenlea Blvd. in 2018. Commercial building permits are up 116% in two years.

RETAIL SALES LEAKAGE: POTENTIAL SALES: ACTUAL SALES: SALES LEAKAGE:

$2,542,966,400 $648,603,543 $1,894,362,857

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$83,356 MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME: $62,458 PER CAPITA INCOME: $31,826 TOP 5 LEAKAGE CATEGORIES: SPORTING GOODS FOOD SERVICE & DRINKING CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES ELECTRONICS & APPLIANCES FURNITURE & HOME FURNISHINGS 27


Sites Gallatin claims the only waterfront site in Middle Tennessee available for a corporate headquarters with executive housing and amenities next door. Gallatin has shovel-ready sites with Foreign Trade Zone status for your new facility. We own all our utilities – electric, water, sewer, gas – which streamlines the process.

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Our industrial center’s new 161/12/47 kV substation has capacity to serve up to 60 MW, and can be increased if needed. It currently has no load.

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Gallatin EDA

The Gallatin Economic Development Agency provides: Free job postings for local industry on www.WorkInGallatin.com Quarterly meetings for existing industry production and human resource managers Salary surveys Annual Manufacturing Day event Problem-solving Job fairs Gallatin is represented in every Cracker Barrel store nationwide via the tees in their peg board game which are made at RCTenn in Gallatin.

Promotion of available sites and buildings

"It is a considerable benefit to our company to have an organization, located here in Gallatin, which not only works toward the infrastructure needed to encourage new investment, but also is an advocate for the existing businesses in Gallatin.� - Rob Coleman, RCTenn President 30

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JAMES FENTON

ROSEMARY BATES

JENNIFER EASTON

Executive Director

Special Projects Director

Program Development Manager

james.fenton@gallatintn.gov

rosemary.bates@gallatintn.gov

jennifer.easton@gallatintn.gov

HONORS & RECOGNITION Blue Pencil Award from National Association of Government Communicators for our branding campaign, 2017 TVA Site Selectors Showcase Award, 2017

MANUFACTURING DAY 2017 Photo credits and special thanks to: Josh Cross, The Gallatin News Richard Suter Photography Glenn Glasser & Reader’s Digest Minda Haas Kuhlmann Kimley-Horn and Associates www.GallatinGetsIt.com | Gallatin, Tennessee

Greater Nashville Regional Council Local Government Award for new brandprint, 2017 Southern Economic Development Council 2017 Communications Awards: Special Judges Award for branding package Award of Merit for magazine advertisement Award of Merit for annual marketing book 31


James Fenton, Executive Director Gallatin Economic Development Agency 132 W. Main St. | Gallatin, Tenn. 37066 615-451-5940 james. fenton@gallatintn.gov www.gallatingetsit.com

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