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.

Friday, March 27, 2020

PPE Assistance - Can Your Company Help?

How You Can Help
Everyone has the power to help in some way during the COVID-19 outbreak, and manufacturers across the country are doing just that. I'm sending you this message to ask if you would consider joining these companies in producing Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) items that are now in short supply. Please consider reviewing your production capabilities for producing items that the Foundation for Manufacturing Excellence has identified as critical in the fight against COVID-19:

SUPPLIES: Hand Sanitizer

PPE: N95 Respirators, Surgical Face Masks, Goggles / Masks, Powered Air Purifying Respirators (PAPR/CAPR), Examination Gloves, Gowns, Face Shields (Full Face Protection / FFP)

MEDICAL SUPPLIES: Nasal Cannulas, Catheters, Flow-Splitters for Oxygen Supply, Thorpe Tube Flowmeter, Oxygen Masks, Venturi Masks (High Flow)

DEVICES: Negative Pressure Rooms, Non-Contact Thermometers, Ventilator Machines, Hospital Beds, Oxygen Concentrators, Pulse Oximeters, Non-Heated Humidifier (aka Cool-Mist), Laryngoscopes, Infusion Pumps

Shortages of necessary PPE and medical devices will continue to pose a significant problem for health care workers and patients around the globe. Anyone with production capabilities should carefully consider the manufacture of known designs and development of new designs for the items listed above.

If you can help in this effort, I ask that you fill out the COVID-19 Critical Supplies Survey. Your response to this survey will be submitted the U.S. Department of Commerce through NIST-MEP for the purpose of connecting your company to entities responsible for procuring COVID-19 critical supply shortage materials.  Your response will also be submitted the State of Tennessee COVID-19 Unified Command team as a Tennessee company interested in helping to address the shortages.
To ensure you are ready to proceed or to just learn more, please visit the UT CIS website.

Please let me know if you have any questions or would like assistance.
Sincerely,
Dwaine Raper
Director, Tennessee Manufacturing Extension Partnership
Phone: (423) 741-4898
E-mail: dwaine.raper@tennesseee.edu

Marshall County Covid-19 Resources Page


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Saturday, March 21, 2020

Friday, March 20, 2020

Loans will be available to Tennessee small businesses that have suffered economic injury as a result of COVID-19


Loans now available to Tennessee small businesses that have suffered economic injury as a result of COVID-19
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Today, Gov. Bill Lee announced that Tennessee has received a declaration for Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration in response to a request submitted on Wednesday, March 18.
“I applaud the efforts of the SBA in swiftly processing and approving Tennessee’s request for Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance,” Lee said. “Small businesses and nonprofits across the state are suffering greatly in the wake of this pandemic, and these loans will help overcome the temporary loss of revenue companies are experiencing during this difficult time.”
Small businesses and nonprofit organizations that have suffered economic injury as a result of COVID-19 can apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million per applicant to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses which could have otherwise been met.
The Economic Injury Disaster Loans are administered and processed through the SBA. Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at sba.gov/disaster.
Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance.
Interest rates for the loans are 3.75% for small businesses and 2.75% for nonprofit organizations. The loans can be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable or other bills that can’t be paid due to the disaster’s impact.
“We have been in contact with business and community leaders across the state who are concerned about the toll COVID-19 is placing on their businesses and workforce,” TNECD Commissioner Bob Rolfe said. “We are pleased to see that these loans will act as a source of relief for so many of Tennessee’s small businesses in the months ahead.”
The SBA offers loans with long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years. Terms are determined on a case-by-case basis, based upon each borrower’s ability to repay.
More than 94 percent of Tennessee’s private sector business establishments have fewer than 50 employees. This represents 151,500 businesses that employ over one million Tennesseans.
Employment has increased 13.6 percent at these establishments over the last five years, placing Tennessee in the nation’s top 10 states for small business growth.
Small businesses are encouraged to learn more about resources offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration at sba.gov.
Information about the SBA’s District Office in Tennessee can be found here.
Up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Tennessee can be found here.
TNECD Media ContactJennifer McEachern, Communications Director
(615) 336-2689
jennifer.mceachern@tn.gov 
About the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community DevelopmentThe Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s mission is to develop strategies that help make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs. To grow and strengthen Tennessee, the department seeks to attract new corporate investment to the state and works with Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth. Find us on the web: tnecd.com. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @tnecd. Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/tnecd.

Small Businesses Offering Alternative Options


Local Links to Information from Lewisburg ECD
www.lewisburgtn.net (Coronavirus Tab)



Stevie’s Boutique
1300 S. Ellington Pkwy.
Lewisburg, TN 37091 
931-619-9421
Facebook & Instagram @steviesboutique
www.steviesboutique.com


Special Customer Alternatives
  • Online Sales & Specials
  • Curbside Pick-up


Southern Charm Printing
113 Ewing St.
Lewisburg, TN 37091 
931-422-5836
Social Media @southerncharmprinting


Special Customer Alternatives
  • Drive-Thru/Drive-Up
  • Curbside Pick-up
  • Home Delivery


Family Botanicals
207 West Commerce St.
Lewisburg, TN 37091 
615-300-2643
Facebook @familybotanicalsllc
Instagram @family_botanicals


Special Customer Alternatives
  • Online Sales & Specials
  • Curbside Pick-up
  • Home Delivery


Bird in a Bush
214 West Commerce St.
Lewisburg, TN 37091 
931-224-5176
Facebook & Instagram @birdinabushdesigns
Pinterest - Bird in a Bush


Special Customer Alternatives

  • Online Sales & Specials
  • Curbside Pick-up
  • Home Delivery
  • Gift Certificates/Card Specials


Tillis Jewelry

102 2nd Ave North

Lewisburg, TN 37091 
931-359-8199
Facebook & Instagram @TillisJewelry

Special Customer Alternatives
  • Online Sales & Specials
  • Curbside Pick-up
  • Drive-Thru/Drive-Up Only
  • Gift Certificates/Card Specials
  • Home Delivery

Weathered Farmhouse
221 West Commerce St.
Lewisburg, TN 37091 
Social Media @weatheredfarmhouseco

Special Customer Alternatives
  • Online Sales & Specials
  • Curbside Pick-up

Womankind Massage & Wellness
304 Sunnyside Dr.
Chapel Hill, TN 37034
615-426-1977
Social Media - @womankindmassage

Special Customer Alternatives
  • Gift Certificates/Card Specials

Lambert Lumber Co.
307 2nd Ave South
Lewisburg, TN 37091 
931-359-2501

Special Customer Alternatives
  • Home Delivery

Pickers Creek Winery
1986 New Columbia Hwy.
Lewisburg, TN 37091 
615-969-1013
Facebook & Instagram @pickerscreekwinery

Special Customer Alternatives
  • Online Sales & Specials
  • Curbside Pick-up
  • Drive-Up

Russell Catering
220 Water St.
Lewisburg, TN 37091 

931-359-1902
Social Media @russellcatering

Special Customer Alternatives
  • Drive-Up
  • Curbside Pick-up
  • Home Delivery

Old Delina Country Store
4397 John Barnes Rd.
Cornersville, TN 37047
931-659-6958
Facebook @olddelinacountrystore

Special Customer Alternatives
  • Curbside Pick-up
  • Home Delivery

Marshall Trading Co.
219 West Commerce St.
Lewisburg, TN 37091 
931-993-7252
Facebook & Instagram @marshalltradingcompany
Pinterest - Bird in a Bush

Special Customer Alternatives
  • Online Sales & Specials
  • Curbside Pick-up
  • Home Delivery
  • Gift Certificates/Card Specials

4-Ever Flowers
224 3rd Ave. North
Lewisburg, TN 37091 
931-359-8770
Facebook @4everflowerslewisburg
Instagram @4everflowersandgifts

Special Customer Alternatives
  • Home Delivery
  • Curbside Pick-up