Neighboring Rutherford County may host the plant that builds the Leaf, but Williamson County is home to Nissan North America's headquarters, which provides 1,300 jobs. Cool Springs Galleria shopping center is the biggest employer, though, with 3,500 positions. Verizon Wireless recently added 300 customer service slots, and Healthcare Management Systems relocated, bringing 400 new jobs.
Williamson County wants small business to thrive, too. Its economic development council hosts a comprehensive website to help entrepreneurs get started. Resources include contact lists, how-to guides and a wealth of data. The site counts almost 800 new businesses in Williamson County this year.
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These terrific small towns -- even now -- boast great job opportunities, top-notch schools, safe streets, economic strength, and more.