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Megan Barry to speak at Williamson Inc. Membership Luncheon

Megan Barry to speak at Williamson Inc. Membership Luncheon

Nashville Mayor-elect Megan Barry is confirmed to speak at Williamson, Inc.’s monthly membership luncheon, presented by WGU Tennessee, Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 11 a.m. in Liberty Hall at The Factory at Franklin, located at 230 Franklin Road, Franklin, TN. Barry will address the Williamson County business community at what will be one of her first public speeches as Nashville’s first female, newly-elected mayor.

Barry was elected the seventh mayor of Nashville’s metropolitan government Thursday, Sept. 10, making history as the first woman and first Metro Council member to hold the city’s top office.

Barry defeated runoff opponent David Fox with 55 percent of the votes to win the mayoral runoff election. With all precincts reporting, Barry had 60,519 votes to Fox’s 49,694 votes.

Barry will lead one of the nation’s fastest-growing cities neighbored to the south by Williamson County, Tennessee’s fastest-growing county. By 2040, the Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization predicts Middle Tennessee’s 10-county region will absorb 1 million new residents.

“Williamson and Davidson counties have become prime destinations for millennials, corporate relocations, job growth and tourism,” Matt Largen, president and CEO of Williamson, Inc., said. “Having the next mayor of Nashville speak to our county’s business leaders shows we are committed to building regional partnerships that ensures continued economic growth in both counties. We depend on Nashville, and our brand, to a degree, is Nashville.”

Building on the momentum established by outgoing Mayor Karl Dean, Barry made regional economic development and growth one of her top campaign platforms to address traffic congestion, mass transit, population growth and business relocation and expansion.

According to Barry’s website, building the local economy will require a regional mindset that includes surrounding counties and working with local, regional, state and federal agencies.

The entire community is invited to hear Barry’s plans on this critical topic. Registration begins at 11 a.m. followed by the program at 11:30 a.m. The luncheon costs $35 for Williamson Chamber and Nashville Chamber members, $55 for non-members, and attendees may register online at or pay at the door. Companies may purchase a table of seven for $400. A $5 late fee is added after noon Monday, Sept. 14.

About Williamson, Inc.

Williamson, Inc. is the premiere source for business and economic development initiatives in Williamson County. In 2012, the Brentwood Cool Springs Chamber, the Cool Springs Chamber, the Williamson County-Franklin Chamber, and the county’s Office of Economic Development approved unification under the banner of the new Williamson, Inc. Williamson, Inc. uses an innovative approach to building a prosperous business community through educational programs, networking events, beneficial services, vocal business advocacy and business growth opportunities. Visit us on the web at, on Facebook and on Twitter.

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