The Hampton Roads Chamber’s Inter-Regional Visit to Nashville got off to a roaring start at the NHL Predators Game.
Nashville Mayor Megan Barry met with the 37 delegates from Hampton Roads at a reception before the game. “Nashville owes so much of our success to a decision made 50 years ago to consolidate our government. Our economy is fueled by property tax and sales tax. We are a growing city. 81 people move here every day. We will have one million more residents by 2040."
Mayor Barry explained how regional cooperation has made initiatives like their proposed transit expansion possible. “Compromise is key. It has made everybody in Tennessee stronger.”
Nashville’s Renaissance dates back to when Governor Phil Bredesen was mayor and bet on the future. “Building this arena before we had a tenant. Nashville follows Wayne Gretzky’s playbook to go to where the puck is.”
Predators CEO Sean Henry stressed the uniqueness that Nashville adds to the team’s success. “You’ll never see a hockey game like in Nashville. We mix live music, NASCAR and hockey to bring in the best crowd.”
Nashville Chamber of Commerce CEO Ralph Schulz broke down the secret of Nashville’s success. “Economic and workforce development grew out of consolidated government, and cohesion. Public leadership was willing to invest in the community. Business leaders need to be involved in building prosperity. For workforce development, you must have the workforce ready and available to draw the jobs. Education and transit are key". The Hampton Roads Chamber continues the Inter-Regional Visit on Wednesday with an economic development tour and panel discussions on economic development, workforce development and infrastructure development as an economic catalyst.
(Pictured: Ralph Schulz, President and CEO, Nashville Chamber of Commerce, Sean Henry, President and CEO, Nashville Predators, Nashville Mayor Megan Barry, and Bryan K. Stephens, President and CEO, Hampton Roads Chamber)
(Nashville Mayor Megan Barry addresses the Hampton Roads delegation)