Today Governor Haslam and AllianceBernstein (AB) executives announced that the global asset management company has chosen Nashville for its Headquarters and will employ more than 1000 people.
This is a significant win for the entire region and Williamson, Inc. is proud to be able to play a key role in regional economic development.
Project consultant Kim Moore’s relationship with Williamson County, and the Nashville region in general, began in 2016 when she attended Williamson, Inc.’s Williamson County red carpet event, meeting with executives from Nissan, Mars, Ramsey Solutions and Tractor Supply.
Kim was impressed at the strength and depth of the local workforce and discovered for herself why many companies had relocated their headquarters here. More importantly she also learned the reasons for them expanding and reinvesting in Williamson County. Kim also experienced the excellent quality of life in Williamson County, a family friendly location spearheaded by an excellent school system. The importance and significance of education was reinforced in a meeting with the Williamson County Schools superintendent.
After visiting Williamson County, in 2017, Kim Moore was tasked with managing AllianceBernstein’s re-location search. The company started with a list of 24 cities, which did not include a Tennessee location, and were tasked with narrowing it to seven. Moore was with the client in an airport between site visits, when one of the seven cities was eliminated. The company asked Moore if they should add another location after eliminating this most recent city. Moore then suggested the company consider Williamson County and Nashville because of her experience at the Williamson County red carpet experience previously.
After several visits that included real estate tours for their workforce, talking with executives at the HQ offices of Nissan and Tractor Supply, sitting down with the dean and leadership at Columbia State Community College’s Franklin campus, having lunch with Schools superintendent Mike Looney, private tour of the renovated Franklin Theatre, and meeting local mayors, AB chose the Nashville region.
Showing site consultants and prospective re-location businesses the benefits of a region is paramount, so is providing them with a seamless and well-crafted visit.
While keynoting at Williamson County’s Outlook 2018 event, Moore said she had the utmost confidence in the Williamson County economic development team that any prospective business would receive a valuable tour. “The only thing I needed to do was get my client to come downstairs in the hotel on time, and the local team would take it from there,” she said.