By JENNIFER HORTON, The Wilson Post
Lebanon and Wilson County are about to become the center of nationwide and worldwide attention with the official announcement today of CoreTech Park, the first green technology research and development business park in the U.S. to be built here off South Hartmann Drive and I-40.
CoreTech Industries, Inc., a leading company in the research and development of cellular concrete technology along with other green technologies, will move their headquarters from Canada to CoreTech Park, a campus-like setting that will attract other green technology R&D firms, as well.
A number of factors came together in selecting Lebanon as the site for this first-of-its-kind business park dedicated solely to green technology, said Greg Quinn, president of CoreTech.
Noting Lebanon’s close proximity to Nashville, he said Nashville is a good sales city and that there are a lot of benefits to moving to the area. In addition, Tennessee is pro business, and "there is a good package of incentives at the state level and local level." With that, the "state of Tennessee became very attractive to us."
Also, he noted, Lebanon is almost half way between Huntsville, Ala. and Oak Ridge, areas that are known for their science and engineering interests.
By JOHN B. BRYAN, The Wilson Post
More bad news tied to the tight U.S. economy made headlines as the owner of Hard Rock Park, a $400 million theme park in Myrtle Beach, S.C. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Wednesday.
Hard Rock Park was co-built by Bible Park USA developer Armon Bar-Tur. Bible Park USA announced last week plans to locate the non-denominational and non-evangelical theme park in Lebanon after neighboring Rutherford County turned down their proposal in May of this year.
Bar-Tur is an equity investor in Bible Park USA and is the co-founder of the New York-based SafeHarbor Holding.
Rob Wyatt, president of Entertainment Development Group out of California, has taken the lead in the building of the proposed Bible Park USA and was in Lebanon last week for the big announcement.
Sue Siens, Lebanon city liaison, said late Thursday that the two parks are totally two separate entities and the only common thread between the two is Bar-Tur who is an investor in both parks.
"Rob Wyatt is leading the Bible Park operation from the design on down. What happened to the South Carolina park does not affect the Bible Park’s plan to locate here," she said.
By JOHN B. BRYAN, The Wilson Post
University Medical Center is exploring the possibilities of expanding medical services into West Wilson County.
According to a statement released by Anna-Lee Cockrill, director of Marketing and Public Relations for the hospital, "As the regional medical center for Wilson County, University Medical Center is committed to providing quality medical care to all of our residents. With the growth of this county, we’re actively exploring an increased presence with our physician partners into the Mt. Juliet area."
The possibility of the medical facilities expansion was first brought up during a public meeting of the city leaders of Mt. Juliet earlier this year.
Kenny Martin, Economic and Community Development director, and Randy Robertson, Mt. Juliet city manager, addressed UMC CEO Vince Cherry in a letter about the possibilities of expanding the hospitals presence in Mt. Juliet.
Cherry has met with Martin and Robertson on several occasions about the different possibilities of the expansion including some type of emergency room center in West Wilson.