Nashville: Our “IT” City

April 18, 2016

A Perspective from the School of Business

Even the most loyal son of Tennessee might forget that the state bird is the mockingbird, but most Nashville area residents could easily identify what has become the city’s own sky-dwelling mascot—the graceful and majestic “Construction Crane.” These swinging, flightless creatures dot the skyline in every area of the city. From our own campus next to St. Thomas West Hospital, to Vanderbilt and Belmont, in Midtown and The Gulch and throughout downtown, the cranes loom as symbols of growth, prosperity, and jobs.

In short, Nashville is positively booming. Statistics show explosive growth across all sectors, with no signs of slowing down. Companies like Under Armour are flocking to the Nashville area, with 1,500 jobs planned for Mt. Juliet in the next year alone. More and more national companies are putting down roots here, picking up on what our thriving healthcare, tourism, and automotive industries have proven to be true: Nashville is a great place to do business.

Nashville isn’t just a hotbed of business activity; it’s also quickly becoming one of the most desirable places to call home. Our Aquinas Students get to live, work, study and pray in a city known for its special quality of life. Nashville’s welcoming spirit, easygoing attitude and Southern charm create an atmosphere that’s so full of creative and professional possibilities, it’s no wonder so many of our students choose to build a life here after graduation.

Of course, Nashville remains at the heart of the country music, an industry that contributes more than 20,000 jobs to the local economy. In recent decades, Nashville has grown beyond its country roots to include a wide variety of music genres, providing even more opportunities for musicians to create and succeed.

Our city’s musical heritage provides unique educational opportunities for our students that they wouldn’t find anywhere else. One of our School of Business students, Audrey Edgley, is also an incredibly talented singer from Portland, Oregon who aspires to a career in the music industry. Through Nashville and Aquinas connections, she landed her dream internship last fall with a well-known session guitarist who also produces music and represents artists. While the internship was focused on marketing a web-based music application, the experience also included opportunities to work with audio engineering interns, coordinate music video production, and interact with executives across the industry. She was even invited to assist with the 2015 Country Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, an event produced by her internship mentor, rubbing elbows with some of Nashville’s hottest country music stars.

Even in the case of our “it” city, impressive numbers, great reviews and surprising statistics are not what yield true happiness. While Nashville is growing and evolving at an impressive (and sometimes dizzying) pace, our students find real balance Aquinas College. The rigor of our academic programs, the excitement of our Nashville setting, and the strength of our Christ-centered student life provide our students with the meaning, direction and experience to build the foundation for a rich, successful future.

What Makes Nashville an “It” City for new College Grads?

Ranked No. 8 in the U.S. for Tech Jobs

30,000 Auto Industry Jobs

2.7 billion invested in growth last year
Nashville Business Journal

17,000 New jobs on the horizon
Nashville Business Journal

300 Healthcare Companies Operating Middle Tennessee

$30 billion Middle Tennessee healthcare industry claims HALF of all U.S. for-profit hospital beds
CNN Money

Jobs growth rate is DOUBLE the population growth rate

Unemployment rate just 5.41%

Ranked among the Top 10 “Most Popular Cities for Millennials”
Forbes, January 2014

One of the “Friendliest Cities in America”
Condé Nast Traveler, August 2014

Among the top ten “Best Cities for Business”
Forbes, July 2014

4th Most Affordable Big City in the U.S.
Kiplinger, October 2014

Third on the list of “America’s Most Creative Cities”
Forbes, July 2014

Third in the “Top 10 Best Cities for Families”
Parenting, July 2014

Aquinas Has Talent!

It seems like everyone in Nashville moonlights in the music business, including our own campus chaplain, Father Kevin McGoldrick! Father Kevin is a very talented singer and songwriter who was invited to perform at Musician’s Corner, an outdoor summer concert series hosted in Centennial Park that attracts thousands of attendees every weekend. Last October, he released his first album entitled Square Peg Round Hole, a heady mix of blues, rock, and praise music. To hear Father Kevin talk music and faith, listen to his December 2, 2015 podcast interview on the Relevant Radio “Morning Air” show.