“The key word in this is investment," she said. "A corporate expansion or relocation is good for Nashville when it does three things: when it brings high-paying jobs, when it expands the city’s tax base and when it adds value to that part of the city where we want it to relocate. The Bridgestone deal hits all three of these marks and by doing so it really invests in Nashville’s future.”
“Yes in deals like this we do offer tax incentives to compete with other cities and make no mistake about it this Bridgestone deal was very competitive and fierce. But the value created by the project like this, the economic activity it’s going to generate, and the tax revenue for those public purposes like education that will follow from that activity more than outweigh the upfront incentives. It’s not even close."