If there is one characteristic that Murfreesboro does not possess, it is the tendency to quit if the face of a challenge. Hit just as hard as its Middle Tennessee neighbors by the economic plague of the past few years, Murfreesboro is turning inward to put itself back on the map.
According to the The Murfreesboro Post, several local enterprises and investors are playing their part in bringing their once-burgeoning Tennessee town back to its feet. The new Tennessee Medical Center is under way and hopes to provide approximately 200 jobs in the area, while the Chamber of Commerce is set to break ground on the Rutherford County Visitors’ Center and new Chamber offices alongside the same thoroughfare.
Local and commercial investors, such as Swanson Realty and Construction, are making plans for multi-developments in the Gateway District that will house shops, restaurants, condominiums, banks, medical offices and more.
Nissan North America is stepping up and expanding their Murfreesboro plant by over 1 million square feet, and they hope to create an additional 1,700 jobs within their facility. Murfreesboro’s youth has something to look forward to with the development of a Boys & Girls Club and Teen Center in 2010. An investment of over 4 million dollars, as well as opportunities for employment will result.
Part-time census workers are strolling the streets, thanks to federal funding, and the Department of Veterans Affairs is moving a large operation to Murfreesboro that could potentially employ approximately 300 people.
Two new schools are opening—construction staff, teachers and support staff all to be employed—and the Publix and Kroger chains are still standing strong while keeping over 200 hourly employees in work, in addition to truck drivers and management groups.
Substantial efforts through real estate development, investment, growth and expanded employment are sure to straighten out Rutherford County’s economic hunch. Even if progress comes slowly in 2010, the community’s proven determination and forward thinking will certainly provide it with the motivation needed to succeed.