American City & County magazine, the voice for state and local government since 1909, gives Gallatin, TN the cover of its July 2018 edition.
Gallatin has received national and regional accolades and awards since unveiling its branding research, the brand narrative, and the new logo
"It wasn't about the logo. It wasn't about the tagline. It was, 'Let's figure out who we are," says James Fenton, Executive Director of the Gallatin EDA.
As the article points out, a good branding process includes three key initiatives: assessing and researching the city, using those insights to devise brand components and strategies, and a plan to roll it out.
The article also quotes Mayor Paige Brown: "Now, we never struggle with how to describe ourselves or how to market ourselves...we have the tools to be more consistent...(and) put ourselves out there much more professionally and consistently."
Gallatin today is growing by 270 people per month. Are we planning for that boom? EDA Executive Director James Fenton shared the data and the plan with the Gallatin Chamber of Commerce this month.
Here's how The Tennessean reported it.
You can also check out his presentation and see the numbers for yourself.
Reader's Digest has honored Gallatin, Tennessee as the Nicest Place in America.
Here's what Editor-in-Chief Bruce Kelley said about why they chose Gallatin:
"At a time when the country seems to be more divided than ever, we launched 'Nicest Places' as a way to counter that national dynamic," said Kelley. "We all know local places where neighbors help one another in good times and bad and where strangers are made to feel welcome. Reader's Digest wanted to celebrate those places that embody community spirit and remind us that trust and a sense of belonging, rather than division and incivility, is what binds us together as Americans."
Gallatin received the award in October at a ceremony in front of Gallatin City Hall. "We are a very diverse community in so many ways," said Mayor Paige Brown, "Yet we have a special culture and we care about one another, we support one another and we take care of each other. Imagine if more people did that."
The Gallatin News caught Reader's Digest photographers on the square in Gallatin taking pictures of Mayor Paige Brown, Police Chief Don Bandy, and Reverend Derrick Jackson for a story in one of their upcoming issues. We know we're in the top ten for #NicestPlaceInAmerica, but still waiting to find out who will be number one. Read the story by reporter Josh Cross. Photo credit: Josh Cross, The Gallatin News
Every year, Gallatin honors its existing industry on Manufacturing Day. This year, we held a breakfast with featured speaker Gerry Helper, Senior Vice President of the NHL Nashville Predators. The Preds made Middle Tennessee proud by achieving the Stanley Cup Finals as Western Division Champs.
New roads, new utility lines, new power substation, new company coming out of the ground in the Gallatin Industrial Center. Executive Director James Fenton takes you on a short tour. Gallatin is pro-active about infrastructure and meeting the needs of our manufacturing partners.
Gallatin receives Special Judges Award and two others from the Southern Economic Development Council.