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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.
- This announcement follows a $474.6 million plan the administration passed this spring that focused heavily on education.
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.
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.
- Out today and debuted by Axios, the stripped-down acoustic performance of her single "Be My Friend," was recorded on stage at the Ryman Auditorium.
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.
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.
State leaders struck a triumphant tone Wednesday after legislators approved the $5.6 billion Ford production complex in West Tennessee.
- Lawmakers signed off by a wide, bipartisan margin on the related $884 million spending package.
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.
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.