Outlook to Tell Why Williamson County is the Place to be

This past week, Franklin was named one of the Top 100 Best Places to Live in 2017 by Livability.com, and citizens and community and government leaders will have a chance to learn why next week at Williamson, Inc.’s 4th Annual Outlook Williamson.

The half-day economic summit, presented by Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Cooperation, takes place Tuesday, April 11, 7:15 a.m. to 11 a.m. at The Factory at Franklin’s Liberty Hall, located at 230 Franklin Road.

Modeled after Williamson, Inc. Economic Development’s business recruitment process, Outlook Williamson 2017 will walk attendees through what site selection consultants experience when they are invited to attend a Williamson County Red Carpet Tour. The event will consist of three 45-minute sessions with industry-leading experts and developers, providing an in-depth picture of how Williamson County’s economy compares nationally and regionally based on the latest growth projections and statistical data.

“This year’s Outlook Williamson summit is a great opportunity to gain an understanding of and appreciate for the behind-the-scenes work that goes into bringing corporate headquarters and jobs to our local economy,” said Williamson, Inc. President and CEO Matt Largen.

Session 1: Understanding the Site Selection Process

The first session will feature Heidi Smith, general manager for Global Business at TVA Economic Development, and Jamie Stitt, deputy assistant commissioner of business development for the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development.

Smith and Stitt will talk about how various community and economic development organizations work together to recruit the best companies and bring high-quality jobs to the county.

Session 2: Why Williamson?

Dennis Burnside, president of Juniper CRE Solutions, and Scott Pollock, director of Juniper CRE Solutions, bring decades of experience with them to Outlook Williamson. They will lead participants of Session Two in a hands-on “site-selection” activity, as well as discussing what sets a community apart during the business relocation process. This panel will give guests insight into how Fortune 500 companies, like Nissan, choose where to place their headquarter operations.

Session 3: Commercial Real Estate Developers

Four commercial real estate developers will participate in a panel discussion on the current real estate climate, emerging trends, and the future of office and mixed-use developments in Williamson County.

Register here.


  1. Williamson County and Franklin officials are playing tax and spend as fast and hard as they can, with little regard for the ever-decreasing quality of life for county residents in the face of mindless development and expansion. Unbridled “progress” will be the ruin of what once made this area a great place to be.

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