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ANNUAL REPORT 2011


Message from the Director Sometimes simple quotes make the most lasting impression. Such is the case with “The keystone of successful business is cooperation. Friction retards progress.” The quote from James Cash Penney, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of J.C. Penney served as the foundation to his company. I believe that it also serves as the foundation to successful economic development agencies and their communities.

In the report, one will notice our renewed emphasis of working with our existing employers through our retention and expansion program. Our work included obtaining state financial assistance, accumulating and providing accurate employee wage data and in expanding our local incentive program to existing industries. Our message will be that we will work equally with both new and existing partners to sustain and grow their operations.

While many communities continue to struggle to determine their structure, participation and funding, it is reassuring to know that after twenty-two years this organization still works. The structure works because members of the Executive Committee, Board of Directors, community volunteers and local governments work together.

Our employers will continue to be influenced by both national and international trends. Those will include: the need for talented and skilled workforce, improving their transportation efficiencies, the effects of on-line consumer purchasing, energy costs and the available land and/ or facilities. These are the reasons that governments and our employers must continue its cooperation and partnerships.

Our office through its unique structure allows us to both observe and to be part of this cooperative effort. In 2011, we saw this through the re-election of Mayor Jennings as the Chairman of the Executive Committee, of the City of Lebanon and Wilson County working in cooperation to acquire and administer Amazon’s economic and transportation grants and the City of Mt Juliet and this office participating in joint efforts to recruit retail service establishments. These and others behind the scene activities allow us to be part of a long term successful team. Longevity, structure and cooperation however do not guarantee success. Any organization or agency at the end of the day should be judged upon its administration and on its accomplishments. We hope that the 2011 Annual Report presented in its new format will provide further insights and details to our part in this community success.

Of the many other quotes attributed to Mr. Penney, I found the following also significant, “No company can afford not to move forward. It may be at the top of the heap today, but at the bottom of the heap tomorrow, if it doesn’t.” An economic partnership and team that keeps this as part of their operations will continue to be successful. On behalf of the JECDB, I would like to thank those in this community who continue to guide and support our efforts and look forward to us being a part of the structure and partnerships that exist in our community. G. C. Hixson, CEcD Executive Director


JEDCB Staff Dianne Fletcher’s retirement in 2011 brought forth some reorganizational changes to the JECDB office. Tammy Stokes was promoted to the position of Marketing & Communications Manager while Jennifer Rowland was hired as the Administrative Assistant.

G.C. Hixson Executive Director gchixson@doingbiz.org

G.C. has been with the Joint Economic & Community Development Board of Wilson County since June 2005. His responsibilities include managing and implementing the organization’s economic development initiatives. He specializes in industrial recruitment and incentive packaging. Prior to joining the JECDB, he was Director of Business Development for the State of Tennessee’s Department of Economic and Community Development and was responsible for the department’s domestic marketing programs and staff. Mr. Hixson served as an instructor at the Tennessee Institute for Economic Development and holds a B.S. Degree in Business Administration and Master of Public Administration from Middle Tennessee State University. He received his Certified Economic & Community Developer designation from the International Economic Development Council from the University of Oklahoma in 1996.

Tammy Stokes

Marketing & Communications Manager tlstokes@doingbiz.org

Tammy has been with the JECDB since June 2000 and on October 1, 2011 moved into the Marketing & Communications Manager position. Her responsibilities include assisting in planning, directing and implementation of the business marketing & recruitment programs and activities which include the ongoing program of business retention strategy and the existing industry visitation program. Additionally, she is responsible for analyzing and implementing marketing and advertising strategies. She currently represents Wilson County on the TN Technology Center-Hartsville Advisory Committee; the Wilson County GIS Committee and is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers. Tammy grew up in Louisiana, Missouri and graduated from Louisiana High School. She obtained her Office Systems Technologies certification from Pike/ Lincoln Technical Center. She has also obtained the Introduction to ArcGIS I, Introduction to ArcGIS II and the Fundamentals of ArcGIS Desktop certifications through ESRI. Tammy moved to Wilson County in 1999 when her husband accepted a position with an area contractor. She lives in Lebanon with her husband Mike, her son Michael and her daughter Brooke.

Jennifer Rowland

Administrative Assistant jrowland@doingbiz.org

Jennifer began her employment with the JECDB in November 2011. Her responsibilities include assisting with providing technical support for economic development projects; as well as assisting with the necessary research regarding sites, buildings, parks, RFP responses and zoning related issues. Jennifer was born and raised in Wilson County. She attended Cumberland University and currently lives in Lebanon with her dog Lucky.


Recruitment Overview 48 Rfp’s Responded To In 2011 With 12 Prospect Visits To Wilson County ••••• Logged Attendance At 276 Meetings And/Or Events ••••• Made 51 Existing Industry Visits ••••• Hosted 2 Existing Industry Forum Meetings

International Economic Development Council (IEDC) Leadership Summit – San Diego, CA Tennessee Economic Partnership (TEP) Jones Lang LaSalle 2011 JLL Academy – Phoenix, AZ Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC) Meet the Consultants – Atlanta, GA International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) RECON – Las Vegas, NV Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC) Annual Conference – Asheville, NC Project Tango (Amazon) Presentation – Seattle, WA International Economic Development Council (IEDC) Annual Conference – Charlotte, NC Tennessee Economic Development Council (TEDC) Fall Conference – Memphis, TN Tennessee Economic Partnership (TEP) Solar Power International – Dallas, TX International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) Southeast Conference – Atlanta, GA Red Carpet Tour Inbound Trip (CMA’s) – Nashville, TN


City of Lebanon Single-Family Home

Commercial

Month

Homes

Month

Permits

January

6

January

0

February

6

February

0

March

14

March

1

April

11

April

0

May

11

May

2

June

7

June

4

July

13

July

2

August

15

August

1

September

5

September

2

October

11

October

3

November

14

November

1

December

7

December

0

Totals

120

16

City of Mt. Juliet Single-Family Home

Residential Real Estate In 2011, Wilson County as a whole produced 1,563 residential sales, an increase of 2 percent over 2010 and 8 percent over 2009. Also, median home prices rose in 2011 by 6 percent to $185,197.75. On average, 130.25 homes closed each month of 2011. Homes were on the market a median of 86 days. Source: Eastern Middle Tennessee Association of Realtors Additional Housing growth in 2011 included: Peyton Manor, 34 unit senior living apartments located on Peyton Road near the Wilson County Fairgrounds in Lebanon; Maristone at Providence, 46 unit assisted living community with an additional 13 unit Alzheimer’s care community located in Mt. Juliet; Carrick Glen – consists of 40 onestory villas as well as a 34 unit assisted living facility located on Rutland Road in Mt. Juliet.

Wilson County (includes Watertown) Commercial

Single-Family Home

Commercial

Month

Homes

Month

Permits

Month

Homes

Month

Permits

January

11

January

1

January

5

January

0

February

26

February

1

February

5

February

0

March

37

March

2

March

14

March

2

April

29

April

0

April

9

April

0

May

24

May

0

May

14

May

1

June

34

June

2

June

26

June

16

July

51

July

2

July

12

July

1

August

31

August

4

August

15

August

0

September

14

September

1

September

12

September

0

October

22

October

0

October

13

October

1

November

14

November

2

November

18

November

0

December

54

December

1

December

12

December

0

Totals

347

16

Totals

155

21


2nd Highest MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME in the State Major Industry

Population Estimates

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Lifeway Christian Resources GENCO Remar, Inc. TRW Automotive Prospect, Inc. Performance Food Group Leviton Manufacturing Company, Inc. Lochinvar CEVA Logistics Environmental Science Corporation Permobil Amazon Fulfillment Services Bridgestone Americas Tire Operation, LLC Genesco Orchid International L&W Engineering Co. Fortune Plastics Famous Footwear Custom Packaging, Inc. Nutro Products, Inc. LEGACY Supply Chain Services Perma-Pipe, Inc. Rock-Tenn Company TACLE Seating USA, LLC Nissan Parts Redistribution Center & Export Center

Area

Growth 2000-2010

July 1, 2011 Estimates

Census 2010

Census 2000

United States

9.7%

310,704,322

308,745,538

281,421,906

Tennessee

11.5%

6,401,643

6,346,105

5,689,283

Wilson County

28.4%

116,667

113,993

88,809

Lebanon

29.4%

26,662

26,190

20,235

Mt. Juliet

91.4%

24,532

23,671

12,366

Watertown

8.8%

1,522

1,477

1,358

Source: U.S. Census Bureau


Education Wilson County Schools K-12 • Elementary Schools – 12 • Middle Schools – 2 • High Schools – 4 • Vocational – 1 Total Enrollment – 15,116 Lebanon Special School District K-8 • Elementary Schools – 4 • Middle Schools – 2 Total Enrollment – 3,719 Private Schools K-12 (3) Total Enrollment – 1,090

Higher Education (Four Year) • Cumberland University – Lebanon Other Higher Education Institutions in Surrounding Area (1,000+) enrollment • Belmont University • Lipscomb University • Middle Tennessee State University • Tennessee State University • Tennessee Technological University • Trevecca Nazarene University • University of Phoenix • Vanderbilt University

Technology Centers and Community Colleges • Nashville State Technical Community College • TN Technology Center – Hartsville • TN Technology Center – Murfreesboro • TN Technology Center – Nashville • Volunteer State Community College - Gallatin


The 3rd Fastest Growing County in the State Local Option Sales Tax Revenue Collections County/City Name

2010

2011

% Change

Wilson County

$2,973,765

$3,378,291

13.6%

Lebanon

$15,031,725

$16,303,914

8.5%

$209,588

$226,492

8.1%

$12,151,936

$11,685,989

-3.8%

Watertown Mt. Juliet

Sales History 2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

$175,195,326

$122,141,863

$94,168,344

$121,924,874

$125,916,720

General Merchandise

$204,241,935

$195,781,591

$186,918,596

$234,255,653

$243,200,876

Food Stores

$315,571,007

$336,431,154

$276,559,832

$307,924,629

$367,208,134

Autos, Boats, Aircraft

$164,765,033

$180,137,801

$156,126,036

$186,382,599

$222,220,531

Service Stations

$55,668,766

$67,406,776

$61,842,327

$80,723,492

$102,898,977

Apparel & Accessories

$56,557,399

$52,903,265

$49,750,049

$61,622,644

$67,413,384

Furniture & Home DĂŠcor

$56,660,428

$61,276,921

$61,891,554

$62,659,313

$61,414,989

Eating & Drinking

$129,649,083

$134,523,637

$136,599,657

$144,731,141

$151,137,494

Other Retail

$172,216,065

$155,219,844

$177,623,507

$193,551,749

$206,534,220

$1,330,525,042

$1,305,822,852

$1,201,479,902

$1,393,776,094

$1,547,945,325

Building Materials

Total


Tax Rates Area

Assessment Rate Special School District (SSD)

Wilson County Lebanon

County Tax Rate

City Tax Rate

SSD Tax Rate

$2.5004 Lebanon SSD

$0.3900

Total

Residential

25% of Appraised Values

$2.5004

Commercial

40% of Appraised Values

$3.2360

Industrial

40% of Appraised Values

Personal Property

30% of Appraised Values

$2.5004

$0.3456

Watertown

$2.5004

$0.9578

$3.4582

Mt. Juliet

$2.5004

$0.2000

$2.7004

Tennessee Center for Policy Research Rankings Last year’s Most Business-Friendly City, Mt. Juliet, slipped to fourth overall in 2011. The city retained its positive Community Allure and above average Economic Vitality with positive job growth. Its fall from first to fourth primarily represents its enactment of a property tax, driving down its Business Tax Burden ranking. That said, it maintains a relatively low overall tax rate. Business Tax Burden Ranking: 80.7; Economic Vitality Ranking: 65.3; Community Allure Ranking: 75.7; Overall Ranking: 73.5 Coming in seventh this year is Lebanon, another Middle Tennessee city. The city had its strongest numbers in the Business Tax Burden category, but also has low individual property taxes and substantial job growth over the past year. Its weaknesses came in its low median income, and its average crime rate and ACT scores. Business Tax Burden Ranking: 77.5; Economic Vitality Ranking: 60.9; Community Allure Ranking: 67.3; Overall Ranking: 68.8


New Developments

Photo by Aerial Innovations

The year 2011 provided some positive industrial news as Amazon.com broke ground on their one million square foot facility located in Park 840 near the intersection of SR 840 and Central Pike. The new Lebanon, Tennessee fulfillment center is situated on approximately 80 acres. The facility has been identified by Amazon.com as a non-sort facility which will be responsible for their larger lines of products. The facility will be controlled through a 45,000 sq. ft. operation/nerve center contained within the facility. The total investment of the new facility has been estimated to be $50 million. When fully operational it is anticipated to employ 390 full time employees. Seasonal demands during the fall of the year could double the full time employment. Site preparation began in December 2011 for the new facility and is scheduled to be completed by Fall 2012. The JECDB staff coordinated Amazon’s application to secure $3.5 million in FastTrack Infrastructure Development Program funds as well as an additional $1.8 million State Industrial Access grant from the Tennessee Department of Transportation. Lexon Insurance Company broke ground on their coporate headquarters on Lebanon Road in Mt. Juliet. The 40,000 sf 3-story Class A office building will include Mt. Juliet’s first underground parking garage. Lexon will employ approximately 110 to 150 people. Additional industrial growth was seen with the additions of Legacy Supply Chain Services (formerly TMSi Logistics), Roadrunner Transportation Services, and Prime Source Building Products.

Existing Industry Support The JECDB is dedicated to ensuring the success of the companies that consider Wilson County home by providing access to local and state resources and opportunities to enhance their operations. In 2011, the JECDB assisted three existing companies in accessing available assistance through the State of Tennesse and local incentive programs. Both Mayekawa USA, Inc. and Permobil were awarded a combined total of approximately $107,000 in FastTrack Job Training Assistance Program funds. Georgia Pacific Corrugated LLC, a company specializing in next day delivery of corrugated sheets within a 250 mile radius to independent sheet plants and full line box plants, secured a five year personal property tax abatement with Wilson County. This agreement solidifies the company’s long term commitment to the community and for future growth.


Retail Snapshot

Tourism Snapshot

The County’s efforts to lure new retail developments have been fruitful during the aftermath of the economic downturn. Just a few of the new retail developments in 2011 include: Lebanon – Chickfil-A, Dairy Queen LTD, Christopher & Banks, El Molino, Chen Asian House, Lebanon Furniture, Sole Unique Shoes; Mt. Juliet – Zaxby’s, Jonathan’s Grille, Price’s Auto Collision, Accurate Auto Body, Corner Pub, Tokyo Japanese Steak House, Wasabi Japanese Hibachi Steak House, Los Compadres, Firestone Complete Auto Care, El OK Corral Mexican Restaurant, Kay Jewelers, Mt. Fuji Steak & Sushi; Watertown – Blue Tomato Market & Café, Mom’s Place and Nona Lisa Pizzeria.

With tourism rising in nearby Nashville, Wilson County has enjoyed a strong year for tourism. The Wilson County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau works to enhance the county’s image as a unique travel destination—and it shows. In 2010, travelrelated expenditures in Wilson County topped $107 million, an increase of 8.5 percent from 2009, when expenditures were roughly $99 million. Hotel occupancy rates have also increased in the last year. Tourism supported 940 jobs in Wilson alone and contributed to $3.3 million in sales tax collected.

Wilson County also had several larger developments announced in 2011 that included: Cumberland Center – Consists of 165 acres and will be a mixed use development with a proposed $40 million Community Events Center. Phase 1 Section 1 of Cumberland Center is already approved for a new hotel, restaurant, office and retail elements located on Interstate 40 at Highway 231 between exits 238 and 239. Site preparation has already begun on Phase 1 Section 1 of Cumberland Center. The first two tenants in Phase 1 will be Logan’s Roadhouse and RCC Western Store. Hamilton Springs – Mixed-use development planned for west Lebanon fronting Highway 70, will offer a unique “transit-oriented” community, featuring walkable access to work, home and shopping. Office buildings, retail shops and apartments will be developed around a new Music City Star commuter train station. The proposed development that encompasses 220 acres will be built adjacent to the commuter rail line and is the first in Middle Tennessee that will be planned, designed and constructed to emphasize use of transportation modes other than cars. Mt. Juliet Town Center – Ground was broken on the Town Center Medical Plaza project located on the former Mt. Juliet Elementary School site which will create a true center for the City of Mt. Juliet. The official groundbreaking launches a 41,000 sq. ft. medical facility, with the top floor dedicated to Children’s Clinic East. This will double the Children’s Clinic East services in Mt. Juliet. Seth McDowell bought the 12 acres of land and plans are to create an urban mixed use development to include the medical component along with business and retail. The project as a whole is called the Mt. Juliet Town Center. Town Center Medical Plaza is projected to be complete and operational by early summer 2012.

Wilson County Fair ranked among top 50 in North America – 2011 attendance was 545,945 Cedars of Lebanon State Park – 2010/2011 attendance was 904,091


Board of Directors Paul Abercrombie

Haywood Barry

Rob Cesternino

Philip Craighead*

William Glover

Ed Hagerty

Randall Hutto*

Mike Jennings*

Kenneth Martin*

Rob Porter

Nelson Remus

*Denotes Executive Committee Members

Don Chambers


Nelson Steed,

Laleta Shipper

Nelson Steed*

Danny Stewart

Chairman of Board of Directors

Don, Chambers, Vice-Chairman of Board of Directors

Mike Jennings, Chairman of the Executive Committee

Clint Thomas

Caleb Thorne

Robin Vance

Luke Winchester

Robert Rochelle*

Phil Smartt*

Attorney

Treasurer

Ex-Officio Members: Sue Vanatta Bo Hussung Mark Hinesley Mike Davis Scott Benson Dr. Harvill Eaton Aaron Maynard Tom Brashear Mae Beavers Linda Elam Mark Pody Mae Perry


Joint Economic& Community Development Board of Wilson County 115 N. Castle Heights Avenue, Suite 102 Lebanon, Tennessee 37087 Phone: 615.443.1210 Fax: 615.443.0277 Email: info@doingbiz.org Website: www.doingbiz.org

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