An energetic small city set in the idyllic countryside only 30 miles north of Nashville, Gallatin offers the rich variety of recreational, educational, and economic activities you’d expect to find in a bigger city. Gallatin boasts high-paying jobs and low taxes, economic health, a thriving arts scene, and a vibrant retail environment make Gallatin a hub for family life.
“We entered because we think it could be a great opportunity for our city,” said Mayor Paige Brown. "‘Hometown’ and the Napiers have a lot of fans here and we'd love to have their talents focused on some of our projects. Furthermore, we think we'd be entertaining and informative content, which is what attracts so many viewers to HGTV. According to HGTV, Ben and Erin Napier are looking for towns that could use a “home town touch.”
“We’re not just getting apartments,” City Planner Bill McCord said last week adding that approximately 500 to 600 new single-family homes are also being built in Gallatin each year. “We’re just getting lots of people. We are growing fast and we’ve managed that growth consistent with the comprehensive plan and our land development regulations.”
While Bricen Henderson was expecting to meet one deputy, nearly two dozen law enforcement officers showed up on a Wednesday at the Gallatin McDonald's. Henderson said, "I like having sodas with the police." Henderson's grandmother, Cheryl Sague, said this was his reward for good behavior.
Future topics that are expected to be discussed include growth and development issues along with information about new and existing businesses, city departments, upcoming events and local volunteer opportunities. “We’re trying to get some more information out there so that everyone feels like they are more of a stakeholder in the community they live in,” Brown said. “We want to make people know their city better and to be able to maximize its offerings.”