Policy positions


Responsible fiscal policies help ensure the continued long-term prosperity for our community.


Mandates and new regulations should be carefully considered so to minimize or eliminate barriers to prosperity.


Maintaining our quality of life in Nashville contributes in a significant way to the creation of a business climate that will attract and retain workers.


Investing in our current and developing new infrastructure to support our growth is essential to our continued prosperity as a community.


Investing in and developing a regional multi-modal transit system with a dedicated funding base that meets the demands of our community’s growing needs is critical for workers, visitors and businesses.


The Metro Nashville Airport is vital to continued prosperity and our future growth.


Incentives are a vitally important tool in the Mayor’s arsenal to encourage business retention and recruitment to Davidson County and Middle Tennessee.


Support and continued development of the Downtown core is essential to the development of Nashville and the Middle Tennessee region as it provides almost 80% of the Davidson County tax base.


The immediate improvement of our public education system and making available to it the resources it needs for student achievement are vital. A vastly improved public education system is key to our being able to provide the 21st century workforce necessary to meet the needs of businesses.


Higher education plays an important role in attracting and retaining students and future workers to our community.


A balance between business and neighborhood needs is essential, particularly in zoning and planning issues, and the two groups should collaborate whenever possible on common interests and respectfully disagree on others.


A willingness to entertain innovative ideas and use public/private partnerships to solve problems is essential to our staying in front of the pack of other cities who wake up every day trying to figure out how to get what we currently have.


Public safety is a core function of government and is essential to achieving a prosperous community.

Executive Summary

The Nashville Business Coalition advocates for Nashville’s business community. The coalition supports local and state candidates for public office who are knowledgeable and supportive of what it takes to operate a successful business, with the goal of encouraging business investment and economic growth which will continue to make Nashville one of the best communities in the country.

We support candidates who have a “big picture” view of the community in addition to a focus on their individual districts. We support candidates who believe that Nashville must remain diverse, inclusive, and welcoming, especially if it is to grow its international brand.

Nashville is the driver of the state’s economy. Local businesses create jobs, while government leaders create the legislative environment for that to occur. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, Nashville’s unemployment rate is at an all-time low of 2.5 percent, and well below the national average of 3.9 percent.

Finding the balance between the where the money is generated and the balance of priorities for both neighborhoods and the downtown core is challenging with exponential growth. Currently, the downtown district provides almost 80% of the county’s tax base. As our city continues to grow at a historic rate, it is important to preserve our neighborhoods and be a welcoming destination for tourists as well.

The Nashville Business Coalition applauds community leaders who choose to serve Nashville residents and businesses through elected office. Since 1999, NBC has supported business- friendly candidates who have made the long-term economic vitality of Nashville a priority.