From Kevin Sharp, president of Nashville’s Priorities: While we await the details (stay tuned), it appears that the Nashville Medical Trade Center's investment in downtown Nashville shows that we can leverage our unique qualities as a city for economic development that does not put the taxpayer at risk.
Nashville is in a heated race with Cleveland to see which city can land a deal for a health care trade show and expo center, and the Cleveland development recently suffered a major setback.
We certainly hope that the Mayor does not endanger this opportunity by attempting to tie it to the approval of his controversial convention center project, because they are two discrete proposals.
Allen Hovious, treasurer of Nashville’s Priorities, added: “The fundamental problems associated with the proposed Music City Center do not go away with the Medical Mart announcement. The project still:
• Puts Davidson County taxpayers at risk
• Requires considerable subsidies which will only grow without a headquarters hotel
• Offers little marginal economic benefit
Contact your council representatives: find out where they stand and let them know what you think about a billion-dollar downtown gamble.