Friday, October 30, 2020

Marshall County Pitches Remote Worker & Digital Innovation Hub at TVA Pitch Event

 

Marshall County and Lewisburg, Tennessee joined 8 other communities in participating in the TVA Community Innovation Academy that resulted in a project to turn a building near downtown Lewisburg into a MarCo POLO - Marshall County Public Online Learning Organization - that will teach remote working, entrepreneurship and computer coding while providing co-working and maker space. Here's a link to Marshall County's presentation.

Communities that Participated in the Event Were:

  • Shoals, AL Team – Bridging the Digital Divide for Regional Businesses
  • Catoosa County, GA Team – A New Prescription for Workforce Housing
  • Huntsville, AL Team – Scaling Childcare Access in Northern Alabama
  • Tullahoma, TN Team – Tackling the Tech Worker Challenge in Tullahoma
  • Bowling Green, KY Team – Solving a Community Market Research Problem
  • Oxford, MS Team – Futurizing the Entrepreneurs’ Journey
  • Memphis, TN Team – A New Model for Community Collaboration
  • Marshall County, TN Team – When Remote Work Meets Economic Mobility
  • Northeast TN Team – Using Diversity to Aid the Workforce Crisis
The MarCo POLO team in Marshall County will now be working to find funding for the project and partners like T.W. Frierson and Lewisburg Printing Company that provided desktop computers, printers, tables and chairs and more to help equip the digital innovation hub.

Monday, September 28, 2020

Lewisburg Named Top Zoom Town by Forbes

 


The COVID-19 pandemic is propelling many remote workers to flee crowded cities in search of more bucolic settings. Some of these destinations were, in fact, once considered vacation getaways. NPR’s https://www.npr.org/sections/money/2020/09/08/909680016/zoom-towns-and-the-new-housing-market-for-the-2-americas" aria-label="Planet Money" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 56, 145); cursor: pointer; background-color: transparent;">https://www.npr.org/sections/money/2020/09/08/909680016/zoom-towns-and-the-new-housing-market-for-the-2-americas" style="box-sizing: border-box;">Planet Money defines “zoom towns” as housing markets that are booming as remote work takes off—adding another term to our growing pandemic lexicon.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, many workers opted to live in urban centers close to—or within commuting distance—of their offices and looked forward to vacations. Now, they find themselves living and working in high-rent and sometimes high-rise apartments with only limited space, with vastly diminished opportunities to travel for work or leisure. Because of social distancing measures and closures (including restaurants, theaters, nightlife  and cultural institutions), they are less able to take advantage of many of the perks that initially drew them to their once-vibrant communities. 

Remote workers are craving more space, privacy and tranquility as well as convenient opportunities to spend time outdoors and get closer to nature. Although interest in zoom towns has been primarily fueled by millennials, the desire to move is also being felt acutely by families living in close quarters whose children are now learning remotely at home.

Finding a place to call home

Recent trends in the real estate market reflect this shift: Rental vacancies are surging and rental costs are declining in urban areas—as housing prices are increasing and inventory is becoming more scarce in suburbs and rural areas. 

Online real estate market http://zillow.mediaroom.com/2020-09-08-Remote-Work-Could-Open-Homeownership-to-Nearly-Two-Million-Renter-Households" aria-label="Zillow" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 56, 145); cursor: pointer; background-color: transparent;">Zillow estimates that some two million renter households may now be in the market for home ownership because they are able to telecommute.


Based on media reports and/or out-of-town search traffic and home growth provided by Zillow, the seven towns below exemplify those that have been coined zoom towns:

Kingston, New York

Located in Ulster County about 90 miles north of Manhattan, https://kingston-ny.gov/Tourism" aria-label="Kingston, New York" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 56, 145); cursor: pointer; background-color: transparent;">Kingston, New York topped the list in out-of town interest on Zillow, showing a traffic growth of 116% in July alone. The city offers the lure of a trendy, revitalized historic district; vibrant arts community; easy access to local parks, and opportunities for fishing, bicycling, rock-climbing, skiing and snowboarding.


Lewisburg, Tennessee

Set on rolling hills, https://www.tnvacation.com/middle-tennessee/lewisburg" aria-label="Lewisburg, Tennessee" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 56, 145); cursor: pointer; background-color: transparent;">Lewisburg, Tennessee is an historic, small town with a population of less than 12,000 people. Located between the larger cities of Nashville and Huntsville, both about one hour away by car, it offers remote workers the best of both worlds (small town and larger cities). Housing is affordable and the wildlife-rich Duck River offers opportunities for fishing, canoeing and kayaking.


Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts

An article in the https://vineyardgazette.com/news/2020/08/20/fueled-pandemic-vineyard-real-estate-market-sees-new-kind-boom" aria-label="Vineyard Gazette" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 56, 145); cursor: pointer; background-color: transparent;">https://vineyardgazette.com/news/2020/08/20/fueled-pandemic-vineyard-real-estate-market-sees-new-kind-boom" style="box-sizing: border-box;">Vineyard Gazette notes that buyers are viewing scenic https://web.mvy.com/tourist-information" aria-label="Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 56, 145); cursor: pointer; background-color: transparent;">Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts as a pandemic safe haven, of sorts. Only accessibly by air or boat, people who once owned second homes or spent summers here are now making the Vineyard their full-time residence. Divided into six intimate towns, this picture-perfect island offers beaches, boating and wildlife sanctuaries


Butte, Montana

The https://montanafreepress.org/2020/06/23/realtors-report-out-of-state-rush-on-montana-real-estate/" aria-label="Montana Free Press" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 56, 145); cursor: pointer; background-color: transparent;">https://montanafreepress.org/2020/06/23/realtors-report-out-of-state-rush-on-montana-real-estate/" style="box-sizing: border-box;">Montana Free Press notes that https://southwestmt.com/communities/butte.htm" aria-label="Butte, Montana" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 56, 145); cursor: pointer; background-color: transparent;">Butte, Montana (fifth on Zillow’s list) is seeing an uptick in popularity on the ground. Median prices for single family homes in Butte, the fifth largest city in Montana, have risen more than 10 percent over a year ago. Residents praise its low population density, wide open spaces and abundance of recreational opportunities. Hikers, climbers and mountaineers will find it appealing to live about four hours from Glacier National Park,.


The Hamptons, New York

https://www.discoverlongisland.com/member/hamptons-visitors-council/" aria-label="The Hamptons, New York" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 56, 145); cursor: pointer; background-color: transparent;">The Hamptons, New York is made up of a string of small towns, villages and hamlets that line the South Fork of Long Island. Located about 80 miles east of New York City, the seaside region is best known for its expansive beaches, upscale restaurants, posh shops and luxury oceanfront homes. The https://www.easthamptonstar.com/health-business/202072/urban-exodus-drives-boom-hamptons-real-estate-market" aria-label="East Hampton Star" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 56, 145); cursor: pointer; background-color: transparent;">https://www.easthamptonstar.com/health-business/202072/urban-exodus-drives-boom-hamptons-real-estate-market" style="box-sizing: border-box;">East Hampton Star reported that after a rental surge in early spring, low mortgage rates and worries over a second wave of the pandemic in the fall, led to a surge in home purchases. To meet demand, many short-term rental properties were turned into long-term ones or put up for sale.


Aspen, Colorado

Set in the Rocky Mountains, https://aspenchamber.org/" aria-label="Aspen, Colorado" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 56, 145); cursor: pointer; background-color: transparent;">Aspen, Colorado is best known as a mecca for skiers and other year-round outdoor enthusiasts. The combination of an historic downtown, breathtaking scenery and posh resorts have made it a popular vacation destination that is now being sought out by remote workers interested a high-quality of life. According to https://www.aspentimes.com/news/new-aspenites-have-made-school-enrollment-and-real-estate-trending-up-but-for-how-long/" aria-label="The Aspen Times" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 56, 145); cursor: pointer; background-color: transparent;">https://www.aspentimes.com/news/new-aspenites-have-made-school-enrollment-and-real-estate-trending-up-but-for-how-long/" style="box-sizing: border-box;">The Aspen Times, the recent housing surge has created a spike in fall school enrollments.


Cape Cod, Massachusetts

https://www.capecodchamber.org/" aria-label="Cape Cod, Massachusetts" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 56, 145); cursor: pointer; background-color: transparent;">Cape Cod, Massachusetts has long been a prime summer getaway, known for its quaint towns that offer boating, golfing, beaches, hiking and biking trails, arts and culture, charming shops, excellent seafood and more. Literally a cape off the coast of Massachusetts, its communities, each with its own history and traditions and culture, are divided into three sections. In an effort to explain the recent surge in real estate prices and sales, Barnstable County (Massachusetts) Register of Deeds John Meade told https://www.barnstablepatriot.com/news/20200911/cape-cod-real-estate-experts-say-its-too-soon-to-draw-conclusions-from-sales-boom" aria-label="The Barnstable Patriot" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 56, 145); cursor: pointer; background-color: transparent;">https://www.barnstablepatriot.com/news/20200911/cape-cod-real-estate-experts-say-its-too-soon-to-draw-conclusions-from-sales-boom" style="box-sizing: border-box;">The Barnstable Patriot that strong sales may be “powered by work-from-home city dwellers relocating to the Cape.”


For those unhappy with their current living situation and seeking a truly “domestic” getaway, a visit to a “zoom town” might help pique your fancy before you make the plunge.

A few caveats to assuage your wanderlust:

Although remote workers can now https://www.nytimes.com/article/virtual-tour-real-estate.html" aria-label="visit homes virtually" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 56, 145); cursor: pointer; background-color: transparent;">visit homes virtually, a recent Zillow https://www.zillow.com/research/online-buying-selling-27568/" aria-label="survey" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 56, 145); cursor: pointer; background-color: transparent;">survey found that a majority of buyers (64%) say they want to tour a home in person before purchasing it. “That said, not everyone feels comfortable traveling during the pandemic,” says a Zillow spokesperson.

Writing for https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2020-09-13/should-i-buy-a-house-now-covid-19-pandemic-says-wait?utm_campaign=socialflow-organic&cmpid%3D=socialflow-twitter-view&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_content=view&__twitter_impression=true&__twitter_impression=true" aria-label="Bloomberg" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 56, 145); cursor: pointer; background-color: transparent;">https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2020-09-13/should-i-buy-a-house-now-covid-19-pandemic-says-wait?utm_campaign=socialflow-organic&cmpid%3D=socialflow-twitter-view&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_content=view&__twitter_impression=true&__twitter_impression=true" style="box-sizing: border-box;">Bloomberg, Teresa Ghilarducci, a professor of economics at the New School for Social Research cautions that a seller’s market may not be the right time for anyone to purchase a new home.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

MarCo Microgrant Award Recipients for Round One - Round Two Open until June 10


The MarCo Microgrant was created to assist small businesses @marshallcotn impacted by Covid-19. With donations from TVA grant and donations from local firms such as CB&S Bank, First Commerce Bank, Meiwa Industry and Apex Bank, 14 small businesses received a grant of $1,000. The Young Professionals of Marshall County housed the fund and collected the donations along with the Marshall Co. JECDB and Lewisburg ECD. Round Two has been released and is open until June 10. Apply Online here https://www.lewisburgtn.gov/images/pdf/economic-development/Marshall_Micro-Grant_for_Small_Business_Application.pdf

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Lewisburg Parks & Recreation Reopening Guidelines


The citizens of Lewisburg are urged to continue limiting activity and staying at home as much as possible to preserve and build on the health progress we’ve made.  Social and recreational gatherings of 10 people or more are prohibited.  This includes but is not limited to festivals, fairs, parades, youth and adult sporting events, and overnight summer youth camps. Furthermore, recreational gathering venues must remain closed to the public as well.

With this being said, the City of Lewisburg Parks and Recreation Department will cautiously be opening different areas of the department.   Effective May 4, 2020 the Lewisburg Recreation Center’s Ewell Butler Golf Course will reopen to the public.  Business will be conducted through the back window at the Pro-shop and no one shall enter the facility.  There will be strict rules and guidelines that must be followed. 

All outside amenities will be open excluding playgrounds.  According to Governor Lee's Executive Order #30, social gatherings of 10 or more remain prohibited.  Since there is no way for the department to monitor all playgrounds within the City, they will remain closed until further notice.  However, all outside walking trails and green space, New Lake, tennis courts, and golf course will be open. While pavilions are open to the public, gatherings of 10 or more are prohibited.

Effective May 11, 2020 the Lewisburg Recreation Center will reopen its Fitness Room and Indoor Walking Track on a limited basis and modified schedule to ensure that staffing is sufficient and to enable enhanced sanitization and cleaning measures.  There will be customer screenings  for illness upon entry to the facility.  The number of customers at one time, workout lengths, and the use of equipment will be limited and strictly enforced.  All showers and locker rooms will remain closed.  Water fountains and common areas are temporarily closed.  Customers are responsible for bringing their own water and encouraged to bring a small gym bag at this time.  We recommend that all customers wear a face covering.

Areas of the Department that will remain closed according to Tennessee's  Executive Order # 30 include all swimming pools, hot tubs, basketball courts, racquetball courts, and other places where formal and informal group or team sports may occur.   This Executive Order remains in effect until May 29, 2020 or until this Order is amended with additional guidelines.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Healthy Business Certification

On behalf of the Tennessee Chamber, we are committed to helping businesses during this critical time and have put together an opportunity for your business and employees, in a variety of sectors both essential and non-essential, to learn in detail about combined federally recognized resources and best practices to ensure a healthy and disease free workplace. Completion of the 3 hour Tennessee Chamber Healthy Business Certification will be offered online and is designed for any worker that wants to acquire knowledge on workplace health and pandemic response. 

This intensive training will review OSHA regulations, CDC and WHO recommendations for operating during a pandemic. Training will include the development of a customized Infectious Disease Prevention Control Plan for your facility or business. This plan is crucial to demonstrate and document your efforts to maintain a healthy and disease free workplace. The training is for essential and non-essential business.

Manufacturers, Warehousing & Distribution:

Retailers, Service Industry, including Restaurants:

Small Business:
 
**Attendance is limited- Register Today!
Additional classes TBD.
 
Registration fee for the 3 hour training course is $199 for Members /
$299 Non Members.

Not currently a member? Contact Jim Skelton for more information on a special, bundled rate including one free certification course.

Monday, April 6, 2020

Talos Engineered Products Protecting and Appreciating Their Workforce



Lewisburg, TN, April 05, 2020 --(PR.com)-- Talos Engineered Products announced today they
have increased COVID-19 countermeasures and giving an additional $200 a week to their
manufacturing team out of appreciation during these difficult times. Talos Engineered Products
is a unique company who's purpose is to show businesses how they can improve lives and love
others. As a result, Talos is taking the lead and implementing the following countermeasures.
Talos will temperature test every employee and visitor to their facility. Anyone exceeding the
threshold of 99.5 will not be allowed into the Talos site. The Talos Leadership Team has already
instituted a dedicated sanitizing service, eliminated non-essential supplier/vendor visits,
established social distancing protocols, and has moved most office personnel to a work from
home status.

At Talos, the employee and their family are considered to be Talos' most important asset.
Supporting this belief is the above mentioned Talos announcement that they are giving $200
per week to each employee who is working in the facility during these difficult times. Talos is
excited to help their team, and their team member's family during the COVID-19 challenges.