The State of Tennessee was named “State of the Year” this week by Southern Business & Development magazine. Among the six projects that contributed to Tennessee’s number one ranking, Google’s investment in Clarksville-Montgomery County topped the list.
In December 2015, Google announced plans to acquire the former Hemlock Semiconductor site in Clarksville, investing $600 million to transform the site into a data center. The project will be the company’s eighth U.S. data center and 15th globally, and create 70 new jobs.
“We are honored to be part of Team Tennessee and to contribute in this significant way to the state’s overall success,” said Industrial Development Board Executive Director Mike Evans. “This past year was an excellent year locally and state-wide, but we try to keep our focus on the future and how we can affect the continued growth of our economy and prepare our workforce for good job opportunities.”
The magazine listed six specific projects that earned the state the top spot:
- Google announced a $600 million project in Clarksville to build a data center and create 70 new jobs.
- Advanced Munitions International invested $554 million to build global headquarters in Alcoa, creating 605 jobs.
- DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee, Inc. brought 500 jobs to Blount County by investing $400 million into expanded manufacturing and warehouse facilities.
- A $160 expansion at the Nissan vehicle assembly plant in Smyrna will provide 1,000 new jobs.
- Community Health Systems is expected to bring 1,500 new jobs and a $66 million investment to Antioch.
- Aegis Sciences Corporation announced a $31 million investment that will provide 740 jobs to Nashville.
Economic development officials with Team Tennessee reported 25,837 job commitments, an all-time job commitment record.
About the Industrial Development Board
The Industrial Development Board was established in 1963 to maintain and increase employment opportunities by recruiting companies to locate in Clarksville-Montgomery County. The organization is governed by 15 board of director members, nine of which are voting members and are appointed by Montgomery County Commission; six are ex-officio.