Bridging the Gap with Willamson, Inc.

Jun 24, 2024 at 02:05 pm by RMGadmin

How Williamson, Inc. Keeps the Community Informed and Engaged

By Jena Potter  |  Director of Marketing and Communications, Williamson, inc.


Williamson, Inc. (Williamson County’s Chamber of Commerce and Office of Economic Development) prides itself on its unwavering dedication to serving the community as a premier platform for information. Our commitment to fostering informed, engaged, and proactive citizens is exemplified through initiatives like the annual State of the County: Mayoral Address and our Meet the Candidates interview series. These programs underscore our mission to ensure that the business community and residents alike are well-informed about critical local developments and have direct access to their leaders and representatives.
One of the cornerstones of Williamson, Inc.’s efforts is the highly anticipated annual State of the County Address. This year, the event will take place on July 22nd, at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs, marking one of the largest business luncheons we host. Over 500 attendees are expected to gather for this significant occasion, where Williamson County Mayor Rogers Anderson will present his annual address.
“Partnering with the Mayor’s Office for an annual update on the county is essential for fostering collaboration within our community. This event ensures businesses stay informed and engaged, which is a key objective of our organization,” says Williamson, Inc. President and CEO Matt Largen.
The event not only features Mayor Anderson’s comprehensive overview of the county’s performance on various economic indicators — such as financial health, education, public safety, transportation, job growth, and capital investments — but also includes an exhibition of local businesses and organizations during the networking hour prior to the program. Attendees will gain insights into the county’s budget for the 2024-2025 fiscal year and learn about the many departments that keep Williamson County thriving.
Furthermore, the program will highlight recent and upcoming projects that promise to positively impact the community. As an added feature, the event will celebrate the achievements of young leaders by announcing the Youth Leadership Franklin and Youth Leadership Brentwood scholarship awards.
In addition to the State of the County event, Williamson, Inc. is dedicated to enhancing civic engagement through our Meet the Candidates interview series. This initiative provides a platform for local candidates to present their visions and answer pressing questions.
With the leadup to the August 1st elections, we are excited to host another series of interviews. These sessions are broadcast live on WAKM and Williamson, Inc.’s Facebook Live, ensuring broad accessibility. Recordings of past interviews are available on our Facebook page, and current editions can be found on our website at
By facilitating direct dialogue between candidates and voters, Meet the Candidates helps demystify the electoral process and encourages greater voter participation. This series is a testament to our commitment to transparency, accountability, and informed voting.
Williamson, Inc. remains steadfast in its mission to serve as a vital information hub for the community. Through events like State of the County and the Meet the Candidates series, we aim to promote a well-informed, engaged, and cohesive community. These initiatives are just a part of our broader efforts to ensure that every member of Williamson County has the information and resources they need to actively participate in the future of this community.