NACC’s annual meeting highlights economic development impact

‘Spirit of the Chamber’ award recipients honored

The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated the successes of the 2012-13 fiscal year at its annual meeting, including economic development and job growth numbers.

Hershell Warren with Davidson County Clerk, Brenda Wynn.

Hershell Warren along with Davidson County Clerk, Brenda Wynn

At the meeting, Chamber board chairman Wayne Smith, chairman, president/CEO of Community Health Systems, Inc., and Partnership 2020 co-chairman Milton Johnson, president and CFO of HCA, presented the accomplishments of the Chamber and its Partnership 2020 economic development initiative.

During the 2012-13 fiscal year, Partnership 2020 investors and staff supported the current five-year economic development strategy by focusing on business expansion and relocation. These efforts translated into 28 announced corporate relocations and 93 announced expansions, totaling 40,200 new jobs in Middle Tennessee. This represents the highest job growth in the nation in 2012.

Additional highlights from the Chamber’s year included the passing of the Chamber-initiated “impact-to-commerce” bill during the 2013 legislative session. This law will help make Tennessee more business-friendly by providing lawmakers the tools to understand how legislative proposals will affect Tennessee businesses and jobs.

Additionally at the meeting, five Spirit of the Chamber awards were presented to Chamber members for their outstanding commitment to the community. The Spirit of the Chamber Awards was introduced in 2008 as a way to honor outstanding volunteers for their service to the Chamber and the community.

Each year, awards are given to individuals who have embodied the organization’s Belong, Engage, Lead, Prosper brand promise during the previous program year.

In addition, a Prosperity Partner and Spirit of the Region award are given to the individual or group whose work has contributed to the overall prosperity and economic success of Middle Tennessee.

Spirit of the Chamber Award recipients included Ron Corbin, principal of RBBC Holdings; Jeff Cogen, CEO and alternate governor for the Nashville Predators; Paula Lovell, CEO of Lovell Communications; LeShane Greenhill, CEO and founder of Sagents, LLC; and Ashley Segroves, owner of Ashley Segroves and Companies.

The Spirit of the Region award was presented to George Lazenby, CEO of Emdeon, for his leadership of the WorkIT Nashville technology talent recruitment initiative, which launched in February of 2013. Bert Mathews, president of The Mathews Company and partner of Colliers International Nashville, received the Prosperity Partner award for his years of volunteer leadership and work with the Chamber’s redevelopment task force.