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Red-Hot Town

TIME Magazine recently declared Nashville, Tennessee The South's Red-Hot Town, in a piece written by Jon Meacham and published March 7, 2014.

Absorbing the scene, a visiting out-of-towner looked up from his iced tea and shook his head with an admiration that bordered on envy. "This place," he said, "just sounds prosperous." ... 

Batman Building, downtown Nashville

The "Batman Building" in downtown Nashville

While Nashville -- on the list of nine U.S. regions "getting it right" -- was awarded the limelight in this TIME article describing flourishing regional economies, Boise, Idaho also received recognition for its strong real estate market, cultural scene and fast-growing high-tech industries.

Middle Tennessee is one of at least a dozen red-hot but sometimes overlooked regions that have successfully pulled themselves out of the Great Recession and into a broad, rising prosperity. Though the ingredients for the booms are often similar, each region has a different recipe.

That's right, TIME included Boise in the heap of nine regional economies that share similar traits and factors for prosperity in the post-Great Recession era: employment stability in health care, higher education, government and culture; and growth generation via the region's political climate. And -- in Boise's case -- a budding presence of several high-tech industries. For the full text of the TIME article see The South's Red-Hot Town. The print-edition of the TIME article also locates Boise on the hot-spot map graphic.

Tony Drost

03-18-2014
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