First building underway at oneC1TY

by Adam Sichko in The Nashville Business Journal


Construction is set to begin on the first piece of the health-centered oneC1TY development in Nashville — which has the potential to be a spark-plug of Charlotte Avenue’s revival.

Metro government has granted JE Dunn Construction Co. a $28.7 million permit to build a four-story medical office building. A parking garage with 450 spaces will sit underneath the building.

Tennessee Orthopaedic Alliance will anchor the building, occupying half of its 120,000 square feet of office space. General manager Ryan Doyle said he’s close to signing two additional tenants that will each take up to 10,000 square feet.

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Why Fareed Zakaria is partnering with Nashville’s Global Action Platform

At last November’s Global Action Summit, an annual program held by the Nashville-based Global Action Platform, columnist, author and TV host Fareed Zakaria delivered a keynote address. In the future, Summit attendees will get more than just a keynote address from Zakaria, though; he’s announced plans to serve as the moderator of the summit as part of an ongoing leadership role with the Global Action Platform.

“We were delighted to have Fareed last year as our closing keynote speaker at the summit,” said Scott Massey, chairman and CEO of the Global Action Platform….

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Music city Nashville has hopes of becoming technology town

By Jill Martin
Nashville, Tennessee

Music city might need a new nickname now that it has started playing a new tune – technology town.

Nashville, Tennessee, the home of country music, has become a haven for small and medium-sized technology companies.

Now entrepreneurs in the sector just need to convince more locals to stay and coax talent from elsewhere in the US to relocate to help fill hundreds of job vacancies.

For while the US unemployment rate currently stands at 6.7%, Nashville’s technology sector has as many as 1,000 jobs unfilled at any given time, according to the city’s chamber of commerce.

It means Nashville is increasingly grabbing the attention of the US tech community, with internet giant Google choosing Nashville as the location for one of its seven new regional tech hubs last autumn

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Building Healthy Places Initiative


oneC1TY applauds the efforts of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) which has embarked on a two-year campaign to educate the development community and the public at large about the benefits of healthful communities and work places.

See ULI’s video about its Building Healthy Places Initiative here.

World leaders gather in Nashville to create abundance through innovation

Nashville, Tennessee – The Global South Summit convened at Music City Center on November 11 and 12, bringing together 400 top executives and senior decision makers from the corporate, government, academic, media, finance, and NGO communities from around the world with a distinctive focus on creating abundance through innovation in food, health, and prosperity

“Our ultimate goal is to advance global action to create food, health and prosperity in regional innovation hubs and mindful living communities around the U.S and world so that every individual has an opportunity to flourish,” said Scott T. Massey, Chairman and CEO of the Summit’s organizer, the CumberlandCenter.

Speakers included William Frist, M.D., former Majority Leader, U.S. Senate; Jean-Claude Saada, Chairman & CEO, Cambridge Holdings, Inc.; Bill Haslam, Governor of Tennessee; and Karl Dean, Nashville Mayor. Also speaking were leaders from international institutions such as the World Bank; governmental organizations such as the US Economic Development Administration and Small Business Administration; and leading universities, including Harvard, Notre Dame, Purdue, UC Davis, Vanderbilt and Southern Methodist University.

Keynote speakers were Fareed Zakaria, host of CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS and Editor at Large of TIME magazine; Peter Diamandis, Chairman & CEO of XPRIZE, which leads the world in designing and launching large incentive prizes to drive radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity; and Howard-Yana Shapiro, Chief Agricultural Officer at Mars, Incorporated, and Senior Fellow at UC Davis.

CNN’s Fareed Zakaria (left) speaks with Jean-Claude Saada in the oneC1TY Idea Lounge at the Global South Summit.

Six finalists took part in the Global Food & Health Innovation Challenge, a competitive investment opportunity to identify breakthrough prototypes, technologies and early-stage ventures that hold promise for transformative impact on health and food and are scalable business enterprises. Two hundred twenty international submissions were received. The candidate selected for the $1 million investment award was US Biologic of Memphis, Tennessee. US Biologics has developed a platform that disrupts the transmission cycle of Lyme disease, the #1 vector-borne disease in the world.

Two days of conference panels and presentations organized around improving global access to health, food and prosperity were accompanied by opportunities to engage with experts in year-round online working groups to address specific issues raised at the Summit; to learn about innovations at Nashville’s Innovation Center, at an event hosted by Mike Shmerling in the historic David G. Stone building and attended by the Governor and Mayor, both of whom welcomed Summit speakers and spoke about the importance of the event.

In addition, the Cambridge Mindful Living Foundation and oneC1TY hosted the oneC1TY Idea Lounge throughout the conference where participants met with colleagues, signed up for working groups, learned about mindful living philosophy and contributed ideas for Nashville’s oneC1TY project.

The Global South Summit is the signature event of the CumberlandCenter, a nonprofit university-business alliance. The Center serves as the global independent operating nonprofit of the Cambridge Mindful Living Foundation and as the onsite think tank and nonprofit convener at oneC1TY, the first fully implemented mindful living community in the United States now being developed in Nashville by Cambridge Holdings, Inc.

Global South Summit mulls steep cost of health care

There is a huge gap in America between a thriving health care industry and thriving, healthy patients, former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said at a panel discussion Monday.

“About 30 percent of the health care dollar today is wasted,” Frist said, meaning that if we, as a country, spend $3 trillion on health care, “$1 trillion is not doing anything to make your health care better now, or in the future.”

Read the full story in The Tennessean

Nashville envisioned as ‘hip hub’ for technology jobs

Nashville can boost its existing businesses such as health care and the auto industry — and attract more — by branding itself as “a hip hub for high-tech workers and companies,” says a University of California-Davis expert on the growing shortage of technology talent.

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oneC1TY Groundbreaking

Global South Summit in Nashville to focus on food, health, prosperity issues

The second annual Global South Summit will convene in Nashville on Nov. 11-12, bringing about 400 business executives, industry experts, scientists and students together to “build a road map for solving some of the biggest challenges facing our planet in food, health and economic prosperity,” according to the sponsors.

Among key guests for the event at the Music City Center will be CNN host and Time Magazine Editor-at-Large Fareed Zakaria and xPrize Foundation founder Peter Diamandis…

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oneC1TY project begins

Officials broke ground Thursday on the oneC1TY project, a technology innovation campus catering to the health care, life sciences and health related technology sectors.

Read the full story in The Tennessean

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Chairman and CEO of Cambridge Holdings, Jean-Claude Saada, takes the stage.

Chairman and CEO of Cambridge Holdings,
Jean-Claude Saada, takes the stage.

Mayor Dean, Council Lady Langster, Jean-Claude Saada and GM Ryan Doyle commemorate oneC1TY with a blast!

Mayor Dean, Council Lady Langster, Jean-Claude Saada and GM Ryan Doyle commemorate oneC1TY with a blast!