News & Notices
The County Administration Building will be closed on Monday, October 12, 2015 in observance of Columbus Day. Offices will re-open on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 8 a.m.
NASHVILLE, Tenn., September 23, 2015–Sumner County received a Local Government Award at the Annual Business meeting of the Greater Nashville Regional Council (GNRC) that was held on September 22nd in Clarksville.
The county received an award for Economic Development in Tourism, recognizing the annual Sumner County Farm to Table Dinner hosted by the Sumner County Convention and Visitors Bureau. For the past three years, the county’s bureau has worked with Hendersonville Produce and with local farmers to create a dinner atmosphere, showcasing the meal’s locally-grown produce, meats, and wine, which has proven to be a great success for agritourism by educating dinner guests on the agricultural riches that Sumner County offers. Proceeds from these events are given to the Vol State Community College Scholarship Fund to benefit area students.
“Sumner County continues to demonstrate excellence in economic development through tourism, which serves as a great example to other communities in the Greater Nashville region, “said Sam Edwards, Executive Director of the Greater Nashville Regional Council.
The GNRC is made up of the thirteen counties and fifty-two cities in the Nashville area. The Council provides planning and other assistance to member governments in economic development, transportation, solid waste, loans and grants for water and sewer systems, housing, small business loans, tourism promotion, air quality and services for senior citizens.
Press Release by Sumner County Government:
September 11, 2015
Sumner County is proud to announce the county has been approved for a designated Adventure Tourism District. The Tennessee Adventure Tourism & Rural Development Act of 2011 was created to promote job growth. The Adventure Tourism District certification is effective July 1, 2015 and is valid for a period of three years. Upon expiration of the three year period, the county must submit a new application for certification.
Sumner County’s Adventure Tourism District contains parcels located in Hendersonville, Gallatin, Goodlettsville, Millersville, Portland, White House, Westmoreland and parcels located in unincorporated Sumner County. The parcels included in the District are highlighted in purple on the District Map. Sumner County’s Adventure Tourism Business Plan lists activities that offer economic development opportunities. Sumner County is excited to receive the certification for the designated Adventure Tourism District. This approval will be an incentive to attract business investment and provides an opportunity for job creation in Sumner County.
The Adventure Tourism District designation will allow qualified businesses that locate within the district to earn a jobs tax credit to offset a portion of the business’ Tennessee franchise and excise tax liability. Qualified businesses may include restaurants, hotels, or other tourist related attractions. The qualified business must make a capital investment of at least $500,000, and create the required number of full-time jobs with minimum health care benefits under T.C.A. §67-4-2109. Businesses located within Tier 1 counties must create 25 jobs in order to qualify.
A business can apply for the credit through the Department of Revenue after the community they are in has been awarded Adventure Tourism District status. The business must file a business plan with the state; the form is available online through the Department of Revenue. The business can begin taking the credit once the number of jobs and investment required to qualify has been met within the investment period as specified in the business plan. There is no “deadline” to apply to the Department of Revenue, but the business application must be filed prior to taking the credit. The business investment period during which the investment must be made and jobs created cannot exceed thirty-six months. Each business should consult with the Department of Revenue regarding the specific timing of their investment/job creation as it relates to their business plan. Businesses can contact the Department of Revenue for questions, Randy Hilliard at 615-532-6912 or Karyn Hill at 615-741-9445.