February 13, 2007
I must admit, people back home in Toronto repeatedly asked me why we were moving to Nashville. When I tell people in Nashville where I’m from, they often ask why I moved?
Toronto is definitely a world class city. “Hogtown” has everything you could want in a city: museums; galleries; restaurants with food from every country imaginable; hot weather; cold weather; major sports franchises; live music every night; film festivals; live theatre; etc…
What brought us to Nashville are a few things:
* my wife is from Tennessee
* we had two children in 11.5 months
* we would be closer to my wife’s family (who could help with the kids)
* we would have an instant group of friends with kids (most of my wife’s girl friends are now married with children)
* we can afford to live in Nashville (Toronto cost of living is getting WAY too high)
* Nashville is a top digital city (jobs for Dave?)
* entertainment and broadcasting is huge in Nashville (my background)
I’m even more excited about moving to Nashville after the news today that Gaylord plans to open 1.2-million-square-foot convention center just south of downtown.
According to an article in the Tennessean:
…could catapult Nashville from a second- or third-tier city for convention business to among the top 15 cities in the U.S. That would take Nashville out of the middle tier of cities, competing against places like Indianapolis, Charlotte and St. Louis,” said Butch Spyridon, president of the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau. “It would put us back where we were in the early 1990s, competing against places like Atlanta, New Orleans and Orlando.”
While it may appear that Gaylord own just about everything in Nashville, I’m certain that’s not the case. Perhaps locals feel differently?
Either way, more conventions equals more tourists, which in turn means more jobs and more money for the local economy. This is all a good thing.
What an exciting time to be in a city that is getting it right! Viva NashVegas!