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Nashville Leads the Way!



At Wood Personnel, we already know that Nashville is an amazing place to live and work. Offering a vast array of cultural, employment and economic opportunities, the heart of Middle Tennessee is beating strong – and getting even stronger by the day.

Admittedly, we’re a little biased. But you don’t have to take our word for it! Below, we’ve summarized key points from several recent articles and posts that clearly show how Nashville leads the way:

In Business

Nashville is a leader in advanced industries.

While many areas in the United States are losing ground on advanced industry competitiveness, a recent study from the Brookings Institute shows that Nashville has had more job growth in advanced industries (such as oil & gas extraction, telecommunications, and aerospace and motor vehicle manufacturing) since the recession than any other metro area in the country. That growth is due, in large part, to our motor vehicle manufacturers.

Nashville is the 86th largest metro economy in the world.

According to the Brookings Global MetroMonitor 2014 report, our fair city ranks 86th for economic performance out of the 300 largest global economies. While many U.S. cities are still struggling just to recover from the recession, we’ve exceeded our pre-recession levels of income and employment.

In Employment

Nashville is the 12th best STEM employment market.

Between 2008 and 2018, science, technology, engineering and math professions are predicted to expand 1.7 times faster than non-STEM occupations. The Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin MSA capitalized on this trend, and is now ranked by WalletHub as the 12th best employment market for STEM professionals, based on metrics such as: job openings per capita for STEM graduates; annual median wage growth for STEM jobs; and the projected number of STEM jobs needed in 2018.

We’re a top-performing city in other metrics, too.

Nashville is also listed as Milken Institute’s 15th best-performing large U.S. metro area for 2014. An “outcomes-based” ranking, the study results are based on key measures like job growth, wage and salary growth, and the penetration of high tech industries.

In Culture

We’re not all business.

For all its economic promise, Nashville is also a leader in the arts. In fact, SMU’s National Center for Arts Research (NCAR) ranked the Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin MSA as number two on its arts vibrancy index. NCAR’s rankings are based on: the total number of arts providers in the community; the total nonprofit arts dollars in the area; and level of government support (based on state and federal arts dollars and grants).


Nashville is leading the way in culture, business and employment – and Wood Personnel is leading the way in staffing and recruiting services for Middle Tennessee. Whether you’re searching for that ideal candidate or job opportunity, we’re ready to deliver.