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USACE Reschedules Harpeth River Feasibility Study Public Workshop

Press release from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District; Nov. 4, 2013:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Nov. 4, 2013) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District has rescheduled a public workshop that was cancelled Oct. 1, 2013 because of the government shutdown. It is now set for 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013 at the Franklin Board Room located at 109 3rd Avenue South in Franklin, Tenn.

Areas in the study include Bellevue, Brentwood, Franklin and parts of Williamson County. The public is encouraged to attend and participate and provide valuable feedback on water resources issues in the Harpeth River Basin.

Topics being covered at this working meeting include flood risk management, aquatic ecosystem restoration, stream bank erosion, environmental infrastructure, storm water management and recreation.

A second public meeting is being organized to receive additional public input. An announcement will be made when details of this meeting are available.

The feasibility study officially kicked off Aug. 20, 2013 to investigate water resource problems and opportunities in the basin. This news release about the kick-off news conference is available at

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Beacon Center Ranks Brentwood Most Business-Friendly City in TN

Press release from the Beacon Center of Tennessee; November 19, 2012:

NASHVILLE – The Beacon Center of Tennessee, the state’s free market think tank, today announced the results of its seventh annual ranking of the state’s 50 most populous cities based on their business climate. The ranking is the result of data collected across ten factors considered to affect economic stability and growth.

This year’s Most Business-Friendly City is Brentwood. Later this month, the Center will present Brentwood city officials with a plaque commemorating the honor.

The study, titled How Business-Friendly are Tennessee’s Cities?, scores each city in three categories that reflect a commitment to encouraging business success and fostering economic growth. Those categories are Economic Vitality, Business Tax Burden, and Community Allure.

Brentwood has consistently ranked toward the top, placing a close second for the past two years in a row. In 2012, its performance in a range of categories, including low taxes, a quality education system, strong population growth, high median income, low crime, and above average job growth, led it to the top overall spot.

“Brentwood is an inviting place to do business,” said the Beacon Center’s Director of Policy Trey Moore, co-author of the report. “The city’s dedication to economic growth, low taxes, and community allure has paid off, leading it to the top of the business-friendly rankings.”

The Middle Tennessee city finished first in the Economic Vitality category, sixth in Business Tax Burden, and fifteenth in the less-weighted category of Community Allure.

“This award is a reflection of Brentwood’s commitment to creating a climate that is free of stifling taxes and inviting to businesses and entrepreneurs,” Moore said. “We applaud the local elected officials and business leaders for earning the distinction as Tennessee’s Most Business-Friendly City in 2012.”

The full report, along with the ranking of each of Tennessee’s 50 most populous cities, can be found at For simple list of the rankings without the full report, click here.

The Beacon Center of Tennessee is an independent, nonprofit, and nonpartisan research organization committed to achieving a freer, more prosperous Tennessee. The Beacon Center’s mission is to change lives through public policy by advancing the principles of free markets, individual liberty, and limited government.