October 2016 Around Town 2

Visitor Spending In Williamson County Reaches New High

Tourism spending in Williamson County reached an all-time high in 2015, according to a recent report released by the Williamson County Convention & Visitors Bureau. Spending by visitors provided a $410.69 million economic impact to the county in 2015, up from $407.46 million the previous year, while the total number of visitors jumped 7.1 percent to 1.31 million.

The growth of tourism in Williamson County is now providing a local economic impact that is $115 million greater than it was in 2010.

“We have made it a priority to bring the hospitality industry in Williamson County together to promote our destination to domestic and international travelers,” said Ellie Westman Chin, President and CEO of the Williamson County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Spending and tax collections at the county’s local hotels, restaurants and attractions topped $33.2 million, placing Williamson County sixth among Tennessee’s 95 counties.

Tourism related growth has also translated into more tourism-related jobs in the county. In 2015, tourism industry employment in Williamson County jumped to 3,000, and resulted in over $64 million in payroll paid to workers in Williamson County.

The Williamson County Convention & Visitors Bureau operates from a percentage of the lodging taxes collected from visitors by the local hotels as well as bed and breakfast establishments. Those collections are then reinvested in sales and marketing efforts to attract the world to Williamson County for leisure travel, as well as sports, meetings and group business.

More information is available online at VisitFranklin.com.

Nissan Provides Habitat For Humanity With $1 Million Donation 
Of Grants And Vehicles

Kicking off its second decade of partnership with Habitat for Humanity, Franklin-based Nissan North America recently announced a $1 million grant to help build more homes with families in need of decent, affordable housing. Nissan’s cash contributions to Habitat for Humanity in North America total more than $14 million over the past 11 years.

Portions of Nissan’s contribution will be used to expand Habitat’s vehicle fleet, which supports disaster recovery efforts.  The largest portion will go toward the cost of building homes in areas of the country where Nissan has an operational presence, including Habitat for Humanity Williamson-Maury in Franklin and Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville.

Nissan’s partnership with Habitat began in 2005 when it donated 50 trucks and mobilized employees to assist in home building following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in the Gulf Coast region. In the last decade, Nissan has donated an additional 88 vehicles. Since 2006, Nissan’s employees have logged more than 80,000 volunteer hours with Habitat for Humanity, building 71 homes across the U.S.

Fitness Competition Raises $16,000 
For Special Needs Children

“High Reps for High Hopes,” a carnival-style fitness competition for children with special needs, raised more than $16,000 for the High Hopes Development Center. The event was co-hosted by Resilient Health & Performance and CrossFit Cool Springs.

Representatives of Resilient Health and CrossFit, along with local high school athletes, united to host this one-of-a-kind charity competition that combined the heart-health benefits of fitness with the heart-health benefits of giving back to the community.

Contestants competed in various CrossFit competitions such as max pull-ups or a mini-triathlon that featured turns on a stationary bike, skier, and rower.

High Hopes Development Center is a local non-profit that offers an inclusive preschool environment for children with and without special needs, as well as an on-site pediatric therapy clinic providing physical, occupational, speech and feeding therapies to children from birth to age 21.

Voter Registration Deadline is October 11

October 11 is the deadline for voter registration for the upcoming November election. In order to be eligible to vote in Williamson County elections, you must:

• Be a citizen of the United States,

• Be a resident of the State of Tennessee,

• Be 18 years old on or before the next election,

• Have never been convicted of a felony, or have had your rights restored as required by law.

Complete details are available online at WilliamsonCounty-TN.Gov. You may also call the voter registration office at 615.790.5711. Election Day is Tuesday, November 8.