When Nissan announced that they would be moving their headquarters to the Cool Springs area of Williamson County, TN between Brentwood and Franklin, it was received with a lot of reservations from many of the employees. The city of Franklin and Brentwood were excited over the move but many of the Nissan employees did not seem to share that excitement.
The move is expected to be completed by the end of the month with approximately 80 percent of the job openings with the company being filled. With approximately 740 job openings available, the state has received more than 50,000 applications from individuals hoping to fill these jobs. When complete, the headquarters will employ around 1275 employees.
Employees who accepted a transfer from California are settling in and are going through some expected changes. Middle Tennessee is not California by any means! However, employees are finding many things to do and see in Tennessee that were not available in California. We may not have the sandy beaches, and consistently warm sunny days, however, Middle Tennessee is surrounded by lakes for boating and fishing, mountains for hiking and camping, and lots of urban activities. TPAC offers Broadway plays, music abounds at the Nashville Symphony, who couldn't love Tennessee Titans football, enjoy our country music heritage at the Grand Ole Opry, or just enjoy an unlimited supply of entertainment in the downtown Nashville area. True, moving to Tennessee is a lifestyle change for anyone coming from CA, but one I think most employees will embrace ~ at least in time.
Employees of the new Nissan Headquarters seem to be settling all across the Middle Tennessee area. Some are opting for the nightlife provided in Downtown Nashville with loft living and urban apartments. Others are choosing the scenic country with wooded hillsides and rolling pastures that can be found in Fairview, Leapers Fork, and other areas. Still others are choosing the true middle TN suburbia life and are purchasing homes in the Brentwood, Franklin, and Murfreesboro, TN areas. Our communities are wonderful for raising families and offer everything from sports, soccer, and football for kids, to award winning Children's Theatres and Museums to be enjoyed by everyone.
The one comment I hear from people moving here from California is the cost of living. I worked with one family who was not only a two income family, but a three or four income family. It was not unusual for the husband to work at least two jobs, as well as the wife, in order to afford their home in San Diego. By moving to Tennessee, this family was able to literally cut their housing expense in half while still purchasing a larger and nicer home. One client told me he didn't know what he was going to do with all his free time now since he would only be working one job. Another client from Los Angeles planned to finally spend time raising his kids. A luxury that he felt he had missed out on while living in California.
Families I've worked with also say that they are really looking forward to enjoying the four seasons. Some of their children have never experienced spring, summer, fall, and winter. This is an experience that middle Tennesseans seem to take for granted!
Traffic, or the lack thereof, is another plus for moving to Tennessee. While I have spent many moments caught in a traffic jam and found myself frustrated, I have been informed that I have never seen traffic until I have lived and worked in California. I understand that an hour and a half commute is not uncommon, and two hours is even the norm for many people. Housing closer in to the city is just not affordable. In addition, traffic is still so congested that a short commute can still take 60 minutes with red lights installed at the interstate on ramps. New Nissan employees should certainly think our traffic is non-existent compared to what they are used to! I think they will all be pleased with their commute time to work, regardless of where they decide to live!
Moving to the Nashville area from California has to be a shock and an adjustment for anyone. However, I am hopeful that the majority of Nissan employees will ultimately find this a positive move for them, and their families. Middle Tennessee is full of warm and friendly people. I would like to welcome all the Nissan transferees and their families. I know that their company, as well as themselves, will be a big benefit for Middle TN. I sincerely hope that they will come to love the beauty of Tennessee as much as I do!