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Wiltshire, Matthew
Director, Mayor’s Office of Economic and Community Development

Mayor's Office of Economic & Community Development

We have worked aggressively to recruit new businesses to Nashville and help existing businesses in the city expand. Leveraging Nashville's high quality of life, low tax rates and central location, the Mayor's Office of Economic and Community Development works with the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development to help businesses create new, high-quality jobs and expand the city's tax base.

Under former Mayor Karl Dean's leadership, the Mayor's Office of Economic and Community Development created a Fast Track Permitting & One-Stop Business Assistance Program. This streamlined structure helps new and existing companies access representatives of all applicable local, state and federal agencies in one meeting to outline services, answer questions, fulfill requests and solve problems. Through this program, the Mayor's Office can also facilitate and expedite the permitting, licensing and regulatory processes within Metro Government.

Mayor Dean's approach to economic development was anchored by investing and building upon what the city already does well. With an international brand as Music City and tourism as the city's No. 2 private employer, Mayor Dean was a strong advocate for the development of Music City Center, a new downtown convention center in Nashville. Located just steps from the Ryman Auditorium and the world-renowned honkytonks on Lower Broadway, the Music City Center will attract hundreds of thousands of new visitors to Nashville.

Mayor Dean also created the Music City Music Council, a group of music industry professionals and executives, who have worked to bring the city and the industry together as partners in expanding its presence here and its world-wide recognition.

In addition to business recruitment and expansion, Mayor Dean worked to support entrepreneurs and small businesses, especially minority- and women-owned. The first economic development initiative Mayor Dean undertook as mayor was to help women- and minority-owned businesses receive a fair share of Metro Government contracts with the creation of a new Business Assistance Office in the Department of Finance.

Mayor Dean's administration also provided financial support for the development and ongoing operation of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center, a business incubator which is helping creative people in Nashville turn ideas into jobs and revenue.