Gap, GEAR, Exceptional Growth.
It came as no surprise when the retail giant Gap chose Sumner County for the company’s largest worldwide distribution center. In Sumner’s eight cooperative communities like Gallatin and Hendersonville, industry is flourishing.
See why “Nashville’s North Shore” is in GEAR for growth:
On “Nashville’s North Shore,” hit play: Sumner County sits directly north of Nashville with Old Hickory Lake, an impoundment lake of the Cumberland River, serving as a scenic boundary and a critical hydro-electric source. Life on the Sumner shores of Old Hickory offers the perfect rhythm, graced by attractively designed public parks, recreation areas, marinas and beautiful lakefront homes.
GEARed for work: And while life flows easily, the products flow swiftly at Gap’s Gallatin distribution center, the retail giant’s largest worldwide distribution center. More than 60 other employers, including companies such as ServPro Industries and Samick Music, are enjoying impressive success in Gallatin, whether in manufacturing facilities or in corporate and regional headquarters. With I-65 bordering the west county line, Sumner products stay in demand and on the move. Success is also accelerated by the Gallatin Economic Development Association’s GEAR program. Another important support: the city’s new designation as a Foreign Trade Zone.
In Hendersonville, more than three million square feet of office space are scheduled for construction in the immediate future, even as Hendersonville-based firms, including nationally recognized engineering and design/build companies, expand their global market shares.
And in Portland, where the delightful Strawberry Festival celebrates the city’s rich agricultural past, new industry is taking root on prime acreage, joining 50 other thriving industries enjoying success in manufacturing, warehousing and distribution.
Smart services: With municipally owned water and sewer systems (including a new waste water treatment plant in Gallatin that has nearly tripled capacity), multiple power and gas providers and proximity to redundant fiber-optic networks, Sumner County provides the infrastructure for productivity and growth.
A life of quality: Excellent Sumner K-12 schools are centers of achievement, and while middle Tennessee has long been known as the “Athens of the South” for its world-class higher education, Sumner boasts two leading schools within its borders: Union University and Volunteer State Community College. Healthcare is equally outstanding, with Sumner Regional Medical Center, a LifePoint hospital, now affiliated with Vanderbilt Medical Center.
A starring role in the future: Revolutionary war hero and future U.S. Senator Daniel Smith moved to Sumner at the end of the war, and as a surveyor helped map out the area’s future. Since then legendary residents have included a veritable constellation of country music stars, from Roy Orbison to Johnny Cash. (Taylor Swift moved here to be “discovered,” and it clearly worked!) And now Sumner sees its own star rising as a regional and national role model of far-sighted municipal planning—evidenced by energy efficient corporate parks, meticulously preserved historic architecture and architectural districts, and even an award-winning plan for a transit-ready community combining traditional charm with mixed-use and transit convenience.
Bottom line: Thanks to abundant natural and human resources, intelligent economic development and strategic municipal planning, the opportunities are rolling into Nashville’s North Shore from every corner.
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