Economic Development Tour


Tuesday, July 18
Economic Development Tour
2–4 p.m. $45/person

This excursion will take participants to The Gulch neighborhood and surrounding developments that have been recognized worldwide for achievements in the areas of smart growth, urbanism and sustainability. Bus transport will pick up and drop off outside of Music City Center. The tour will highlight:

The Gulch, located just south of downtown, formerly a railroad terminal and industrial hub of Nashville. A nearly $1 billion redevelopment effort, transforming the area into a hotspot of trendy retailers, restaurants, and multifamily, mixed-use residential development. The development of class-A office space has also encouraged corporate relocations to the area. The Gulch is the first LEED certified community in the South.

Capitol View is a 32-acre mixed-use development north of The Gulch. HCA subsidiaries Health Trust, Sarah Cannon, and Parallon moved into a new 500,000 sq. ft. office building in Fall 2016 and construction is currently underway on LifeWay’s new 250,000 sq. ft. headquarters and a 600-unit apartment building. A vibrant community, blending together corporate culture with optimum conveniences, amenities, and dining choices, interwoven with sidewalks, open spaces and greenways that connect with other vibrant neighborhoods.

Rolling Mill Hill is a 34-acre area that was once home to an old hospital and 6 red-brick trolley barns dating back to the Works Progress Administration. The 80,000 square feet of trolley barns now serve as a mixed-use development serving Nashville’s creative class. Office, retail, and restaurants have occupied the buildings whose design are both modern and vintage. The Nashville Entrepreneur Center, Center for Non Profit Management, and various start-ups fill the space. Further up 1st Avenue are the Ryman Lofts, subsidized rental apartments for artists and musicians.