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County Executive Delivers the State of the County Address

On Monday, January 25, 2016 the County Executive delivered the State of the County address to the County Commission and the citizens of our great County. There are lots of great things going on in our County. To view the full Power Point presentation please click HERE

Here is the most recent article from The Tennessean:

Sumner is thriving, preparing for smart growth and planning for the future, said County Executive Anthony Holt during his 2016 State of the County address on Monday.

Holt highlighted infrastructure and building advances as assets to stir economic development and attract jobs to the county.

Population in Sumner is projected to reach a quarter of a million people by 2040, when more than 3 million residents are expected to live in Middle Tennessee. That's nearly double of today’s population of 1.7 million, according to data from the Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization.

“Since 2010, Sumner County is the fifth-fastest growing county in Tennessee,” Holt said. “By 2040, Sumner County is projected to be in the top 10 most populated counties in Tennessee. We have the fifth-lowest unemployment rate in the state.”

Work is progressing on one of the county’s and region’s top infrastructure projects, the Interstate 65 interchange near Portland. Once completed, it is expected to ease traffic flow, especially for the growing industry base in northern Sumner. Work is 10 percent complete and could be finished by June 2019.

With the eventual completion work on state Route 109, the next major infrastructure project is the Northeast Transportation Corridor or NET. The NET includes widening of state Route 386 to six lanes from I-65 to Gallatin. The corridor will incorporate mass transit of bus or light rail with stops from Gallatin to Goodlettsville.

“This vital corridor will open the northeastern part of the county for additional investment, jobs and prosperity,” Holt said.

Smart growth 

Through a $926,100 project, the county is installing 49,975 linear feet of water lines for about 100 residents who now do not have direct access to clean drinking water. The lines will cover four routes near Westmoreland and Bethpage including Hershel Lyles, Pleasant Grove, Aggie Perry and Bob Perry roads. Installation should be complete by the summer of 2016.

Construction has resumed on the 9,000-square-foot hardened Consolidated E-911 and Emergency Operations Center to centralize dispatch calls for the sheriff’s office as well as the Hendersonville, Gallatin, Portland, Millersville and Westmoreland police departments, with work scheduled for completion in June.

With Long Hollow Pike expected to see tremendous residential growth, officials plans to fund a land use study to diagram sustainable growth along the corridor. County leaders are negotiating with a planning consultant firm and hope to enter into a contract in February.

The study will include the Station Camp and Beech schools sites as well as newly purchased land for a K-12 campus on Upper Station Camp Creek Road, one mile north of Long Hollow Pike. Holt praised the commission’s “forward thinking” for investing $61 million in school capital projects across the county.

Notable projects

With $3 million in funding approved, construction of the joint Portland Fire/Sumner County Emergency Medical Services 14,000-square-foot facility in Portland is projected to start in March.

The final construction stage of the Lower Station Camp Creek Greenway is scheduled for construction in 2016. This section will include a bridge across Station Camp Creek to connect with Hendersonville and complete the section between the Douglass-Clark House and the Station Camp school campus.

State and private experts are evaluating local existing and potential industrial sites to increase the county’s marketability and strengthen local businesses’ recruitment ability. Under the Select Tennessee Property Evaluation Program, consultants are evaluating properties to advise local officials how to attract business investment, jobs and boost economic development.

Reach Dessislava Yankova at dyankova@mtcngroup.com or at 615-575-7170. Follow her on Twitter @desspor.

Sumner County: By the numbers 

80 residents move to region daily
4.4% — Sumner’s unemployment rate
5.6% — Tennessee’s unemployment rate
8% — increase in Sumner’s state tax 
18% — increase in Sumner’s occupancy tax
55% — of Sumner’s property taxes collected 

Note: Number reflect the latest data from 2015

Source: Sumner County Executive’s Office