Business View Civil & Municipal l November 2022

169 CIVIL AND MUNICIPAL VOLUME 3, ISSUE 9 LA VERGNE, TENNESSEE A ‘powerhouse’ for business L a Vergne, Tennessee isn’t just business- friendly. They’re a full-on business magnet, says Thomas Broeker, the city’s economic development director. “We are a regional powerhouse when it comes to our industrial, our distribution,” he says. “In this area, we have over 800 businesses with almost 30,000 employees.” Located at the gateway to Rutherford County and 25 minutes from Nashville, the city of 43,000 is gaining steam, thanks in part to its ideal location. “We attribute a lot of it to where we sit in proximity to Nashville and its growth, but also our proximity to three major interstates in the I-24, I-40, and the I-65,” Broeker adds. “From here you can get just about anywhere very quickly in the continental United States. That’s made us a really sought-after destination to have a business here.” La Vergne has attracted the attention of some big-name companies in recent years, including Amazon, which has set up both a distribution hub and a sortation facility in the area. ICEE, the maker of frozen beverages, also recently relocated its corporate headquarters to La Vergne from Orange County, California. Home entertainment distributor Ingram Entertainment and healthcare services company Cardinal Health both have a large footprint in the city, having corporate and distribution centers in La Vergne. A new one-million-square-foot, multi-tenant industrial warehouse, and distribution center are currently under construction along I-24, which