Cooper focused on economic development in Thompson’s Station


Cooper focused on economic development in Thompson’s Station

Thompson’s Station mayoral candidate Nina Cooper wants to lead her home town into greater economic opportunities if elected in November.

Thompson’s Station mayoral candidate Nina Cooper wants to lead her home town into greater economic opportunities if elected in November.

Early voting for the Mayor of Thompson’s Station race begins on October 15, and the general election is set for November 4. With Thompson’s Station resident Kevin Muse having withdrawn in August, the race is now between Cooper and incumbent Corey Napier.

To prepare voters for the election, Spring Hill Home Page sought out both candidates to get their thoughts on what’s ahead for their town and why they believe they deserve to be Thompson’s Station’s next mayor. Look for our coverage of Napier’s campaign on Tuesday.

Elected as an alderman in 2010, Cooper’s term will expire this year. In the past she has served as both the Vice Chair and Chairman of the Thompson’s Station Planning Commission. She also played a large role in establishing the town’s Economic Development Steering Committee and serves as that body’s liaison to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen. Cooper works as a realtor with Benchmark Realty in Thompson’s Station, where she and her family have resided for twenty years.

Nina Cooper

Spring Hill Home Page: How would you summarize the current situation of Thompson’s Station politically and economically?

Nina Cooper: I see our community at a crossroads. We cannot afford to take the wrong path.

It’s clear to me that the current direction we’re going ignores critical economic opportunities. Many past decisions [in the town’s government] were defensive and reactive rather than proactive and visionary.

How can being reactive and defensive protect the quality of life we cherish here in Thompson’s Station? This town deserves a leader with a proactive and future-oriented vision.

SHHP: What do you think are the most important issues facing the town in the coming years? How would you address those if elected as mayor?

NC: We need policies that will effectively move our community forward; attract the type of economic development we need and want; and enable us to fund key projects like needed infrastructure, maintenance and improvements to our parks and recreation amenities.

We must also protect our rural character that our citizens cherish. This will mean allowing for historic preservation in town. Preservation has never been made part of our comprehensive town plan, but Thompson’s Station is very rich in history that greatly deserves to be preserved. Doing so would enhance tourism town and give an economic boost as well by attracting further development.

If elected, I want to lead the town with those vital issues in mind so that Thompson’s Station can continue to be a place where people come and live.

SHHP: What do you think about the issue of rapid growth and the need to sustain it?

NC: Some people believe that the key issue in town is growth. But the fact is that we are already growing, and it is too late to stop that growth. The issue here is not growth, the issue is sustainability. We need economic development that comes only from attracting the right businesses who can help us to grow our tax base. Without those dollars, we have no way to pay for maintenance on important things like our newly acquired hundred acres of park grounds, or much needed infrastructural improvements.

SHHP: How has your time on the BOMA prepared you to serve as mayor? What insights have you gained during in the course of your work as a realtor in the community?

NC: My time of service on the Board has been absolutely key in giving me insight into the relevant issues in Thompson’s Station. That kind of experience is essential for anyone who wants to be mayor. Real estate work has also helped me to know a lot of people. I think a lot of my understanding of the town also comes from close observation of what is happening in neighboring municipalities through my involvement with the Williamson County Chamber of Commerce. A good leader needs to be aware of what our neighbors are planning, and to be able to learn from what they have done.

Staff writer Greg Jinkerson covers Spring Hill for Home Page Media Group. Contact him at greg@springhillhomepage.com or follow him on Twitter @Greg_SHHP

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