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Nate Rau
7 hours ago - Politics

Nashville commits $1B to capital spending in 2021

Nashville Mayor John Cooper speaks on a podium.
Nashville Mayor John Cooper. Photo: Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Fifth + Broadway

Nashville Mayor John Cooper on Friday unveiled $568 million in construction and infrastructure projects, running up the city's capital spending commitments this year to over $1 billion.

Why it matters: Hamstrung financially by the pandemic and tornado recovery, Cooper followed up modest capital commitments in previous years with two substantial spending plans in 2021.

Nate Rau
7 hours ago - Business

Nashville Zoo gets $15 million boost from mayor

A Jaguar at the Nashville Zoo.
Photo courtesy of the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere

Part of Nashville Mayor John Cooper's $568 million capital spending plan includes $15 million for a new parking garage at the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere.

  • Cooper tells Axios the city dollars will allow the nonprofit zoo to continue its rapid expansion.
  • The zoo plans to match Metro's money with $15 million in private donations, the mayor's office said. The zoo's fundraising campaign also seeks to pay for two new exhibits: an African Savannah and Village and an African Forest.
Nate Rau
7 hours ago - News

Exclusive: Yola debuts new video

Yola sings on stage in front of a microphone.
Yola. Photo: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Yola, one of Nashville's buzziest artists, unveiled a new music video today as part of her month-long partnership with the Opry NextStage project by the Grand Ole Opry.

Nate Rau
Oct 22, 2021 - Business

Health Care Council pushes to improve diversity

A moving illustration of a healthcare sign transforming into inequality.
Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

The Nashville Health Care Council this week announced a call to action in hopes of improving diversity, equity and inclusion within the industry.

Why it matters: Health care is Nashville's largest economic engine, but over the last year there has been a recognition within the industry that it needs to increase opportunities for underrepresented people.

Bad Luck Burger Club earns cult following

Four bad luck burgers sit on a tablecloth.
Photo: Katty Danger, courtesy of Bad Luck Burger Club

COVID-19's stranglehold on the live music industry turned Andy Atkins' life upside down.

  • His work at a stage and lighting production company evaporated, so he started working odd jobs building decks and fixing motorcycles.
  • But Atkins' favorite way to pass the time was testing out burger recipes with his friend Cody Driggers.

Flash forward: Several months of tinkering led to a burger recipe that formed the bedrock of one of Nashville's up-and-coming business ventures — Bad Luck Burger Club.

Adam Tamburin
Oct 21, 2021 - Business

Ford deal clears $884 million hurdle

Gov. Bill Lee speaks at an announcement for a historic Ford plant.
Gov. Bill Lee. Photo: Houston Cofield/Bloomberg via Getty Images

State leaders struck a triumphant tone Wednesday after legislators approved the $5.6 billion Ford production complex in West Tennessee.

Adam Tamburin
Oct 21, 2021 - News

Belmont pulls in another big donation

The quad of Belmont University
Photo courtesy of Belmont University

Belmont University announced on Wednesday it received a $10 million donation to support its new medical school.

  • The gift came from long-time boosters Milton and Denice Johnson. Milton Johnson chairs the Belmont board and is the former CEO of HCA Healthcare.
Nate Rau
Oct 21, 2021 - Politics

Hagerty backs Emanuel nomination

A shot of Sen. Bill Hagerty discussing in chamber.
Sen. Bill Hagerty. Photo: Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Sen. Bill Hagerty reached across the aisle Wednesday to offer vital support for President Biden's nomination of former Congress member and ex-Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel, to be the next ambassador to Japan.

Why it matters: Hagerty was himself a former ambassador to Japan, making his support even more notable. He took the unique step of personally introducing Emanuel, a Democrat, to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.