Five Things The World Thinks About Nashville Right Now
Anyone who lives in Nashville very long knows its strengths as a place to visit and to do business, but it still seems like the world is just discovering our city. The following are five recent rankings or notices about the area by the rest of the world—which is now determined to see Nashville for itself, if the shortage of hotel rooms is any indication.
It's A Very Friendly Place
Who Says So: Condé Nast Traveler
The Gist: According to the readers of the upscale travel mag by Condé Nast, Nashville's the 10th-friendliest city in the world. Readers say it "has so much character, is the perfect size, has great live music, delicious restaurants, friendly people, affordable accommodations..." No. 1? Charleston, just so you know.
East Nashville's Cool
Who Says So: Vogue
The Gist: Downtown and Music Row and so on are great, but go to East Nashville for an "emerging, diverse neighborhood where the tables are full of locals instead of other travelers."
Advanced Industries Coming In Droves
Who Says So: The Brookings Institute
The Gist: Advanced industries jobs grew 7.9% annually from 2013–2015 in Nashville-Metro Davidson, the No. 1 growth in the country during that period. The institute counts 50 R&D and STEM-worker intensive industries in its survey.
TN Tops In Foreign Investor Job Creation
Who says so: IBM
The Gist: Here's one for the state. For the second time in three years, Tennessee tops the IBM Global Location Trends report in 2015, as the top state in the nation for job creation resulting from foreign direct investment.
Great For Startups
Who Says So: The 2016 Kauffman Report
The Gist: Nashville's No. 5, ahead of San Francisco and Boston, as a top city for startup growth. The city stood out in business products and services and healthcare, coming in at No. 1 in both categories for high growth.