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Economic Opportunity (Mayor's Office)

This administration is committed to developing human capital and expanding economic opportunity to all Davidson County neighborhoods. We must continue efforts to grow the local economy while also ensuring that more residents and communities within Nashville are able to participate in the growth and prosperity of our city. We will continue to recruit and retain businesses that will create new, high-quality jobs for residents. At the same time, this administration will help connect citizens from every part of the county to programs designed to promote entrepreneurship and small business ownership, including enhancing our creative economy and enhancing economic opportunities for minorities.

Housing is an integral component of economic opportunity. The administration is focused on building, funding, and preserving affordable housing options while supporting efforts to prevent displacement and create mixed-income community in Nashville. Mayor Cooper is committed to creating and implementing a substantial 10-year housing plan.

Economic Links and Resources

Programs and Initiatives

Economic and Community Development

Supporting Nashville’s Businesses

The City supports businesses both large and small by expanding on our Healthcare, Financial and Music Industry anchors and encouraging our emerging industries. The City is committed to helping small business owners and entrepreneurs – especially people of color and women - to start and build successful business. We also manage the Industrial Development Board and the Foreign Trade Zone which targets investment in manufacturing and trade.

Workforce Development

The City works in partnership with education, training, and job placement partners to connect job seekers to livable wage careers and support companies find job-ready talent. The City manages a signature youth employment program – Opportunity Now – that provides summer internships and career readiness and personal financial management training to 14-24 year old Nashville residents.

Learn more about Workforce Development

Financial Empowerment and Mobility

Individual and family financial stability is the foundation for building a stable and prosperous life. Free one-on-one professional financial counseling is available to any Davidson County resident through our partnership with United Way and Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund. To schedule an appointment fill out the online form below, and a Counselor will respond with next available dates and times for an in-person visit. Counselors can help you with debt and bill management, personal and household budgeting, credit repair, and opening a bank account.

Financial Empowerment Center Appointment Request

Music and Entertainment

Music in Nashville is a multibillion-dollar industry, supporting tens of thousands of jobs. No other U.S. city is so linked to music production and performance as an identity, and none has as broad a base of genres involved at so many industry levels. As a key economic driver for the area, the Mayor’s Office of Economic and Community Development is a resource for entertainment of all varieties, assists with permit fast-tracking, and supports the equitable growth of the creative economy.

The Music City Music Council (MC2) is an association of business leaders charged with developing strategies toward heightening the awareness and development of Nashville’s worldwide reputation as Music City.

The organization focuses on:

  • helping entertainment-related businesses, conferences and award shows expand or relocate to Nashville,
  • providing opportunities for the creative class to thrive and be successful,
  • and workforce retention strategies for entertainment talent in the region.