It isn’t hard to see that business is thriving in Williamson County.
From the transforming skyline of Cool Springs, to the stylish renewal of Brentwood’s commercial district, to the construction cranes and throngs of visitors in downtown Franklin, to the manufacturing, office, retail and residential explosion in Spring Hill, and the increasingly upscale but consistently hometown growth of Nolensvillle, there’s a lot going on.
Home Page Media Group, publishers of hyper-local news sites for Williamson, Sumner and Davidson counties, is launching Business Williamson, an online magazine dedicated to the vibrant people, projects and progress that define local business.
Business Williamson will spread the news about Williamson County business and industry, with emphasis on Healthcare, Technology, Real Estate and Finance sectors.
Staff and freelance journalists have responded enthusiastically to create this new platform, led by Managing Editor Mark Cook and with support from friends, sponsors and colleagues, including Milt Capps, publisher of VentureNashville.com.
“For years, Williamson County had a classic suburban role in the business community but it has increasingly become a dominant influencer in the region,” Cook said.
He said that the local Home Page Media Group reporters already were covering business within their city beats, but the Home Page wanted to build an additional team that is focused solely on business.
“It was time to make Williamson County business coverage a main course instead of a side dish,” Cook said.
Williamson County has topped the charts in the past five years for its job growth and has inked deals with major corporations for corporate headquarters and regional hubs to relocate to the county.
“We had the fastest job growth of any county in the nation last year. We account for nearly half of the largest publicly traded companies in the Nashville region and Williamson County accounts for 28% of the Inc. 5000 companies in Tennessee,” said Matt Largen, CEO and President of Williamson Inc.
Home Page Media Group Publisher and Executive Editor Kelly Gilfillan is overseeing the start-up.
“As a board member of Williamson Inc., I could see there were a lot of stories that could be shared among the business community that would create an awareness of our growth,” Gilfillan said. “People in business can greatly benefit by knowing what other businesses are doing to succeed and getting to know each other. Our hope is the site brings the business community closer together and the chamber and the economic development team are crucial in providing those opportunities.”
Business Williamson will start off publishing two newsletters each week, on Monday and on Thursday, and will create breaking news alerts for subscribers as news develops.
“The business community is so dynamic and plays a key role in the region’s economic success. Businesses in Williamson County are creating products and providing services that impact the world. and there are so many stories happening that have gone unreported because it is dynamic. Business Williamson provides a forum to have those stories told,” Largen said.
Franklin Synergy Bank, Williamson Inc. and Hytch Rewards were the first three partners to support the new venture. For advertising opportunities or to request information, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Home Page Media Group started in 2009 with the Brentwood Home Page. Today the staff produces hyperlocal home pages for Franklin, Spring Hill/Thompson’s Station, and Nolensville, as well as an online publication serving Sumner County. The company also publishes Style Home Page, an online magazine about fashion and trends for women and men in Middle Tennessee.