Speaking to the Lebanon Morning Rotary, Starks confirmed that a percentage of the 11 million visitors coming to Nashville may be staying overnight in motels and hotels in Wilson County.
As the new convention center continues to attract more visitors to the Nashville area, the impact for Wilson County will be positive. Starks also said there is a number of what he termed “local folks” working on the project, including several from Wilson and surrounding counties. He said a Mt. Juliet firm is currently providing certain civil engineering services at the construction site.
Attending the Rotary meeting with Starks was Willie McDonald, who is one of nine members of the Music City Center oversight committee responsible for seeing that the project is completed on time and within the budget allowed. This committee, according to Starks, is also responsible for keeping the existing convention center in operation.
McDonald, a resident of Donelson and a longtime banker and member of the financial community in Nashville, is the father of CedarStone Bank President Bob McDonald.
The Music City Center is to include 1.2 million square feet in what is considered the SoBro district, meaning an area South of Broadway in downtown Nashville.
The current convention center in Nashville is the 115th largest in the country competing for one-fourth of the convention market. The new facility will allow Nashville to compete for three-fourths of the convention market. The new facility is to contain 370,000 square feet of exhibit space and a 60,000 square foot ballroom.