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Topic: Smart, Targeted Growth in Williamson County
Learn how officials from the City of Franklin and the City of Spring Hill are managing growth throughout the I-65 corridor. Mixed-use projects such as Berry Farms are examples of how local leaders in Williamson are designing for smart, targeted growth. Be the first to know about upcoming developments and how local leaders are strategically working on the continued success of Williamson County for both businesses and those who call Williamson home.
Director of Planning and Sustainability
City of Franklin
Emily Hunter, AICP, is the Director of Planning and Sustainability for the City of Franklin. She has been with the City of Franklin for nine years, where she previously held the roles of Principal Planner in the Current Planning Division and Long Range Planning Supervisor. Prior to joining the City of Franklin staff, Emily was a Research Associate with the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (TACIR). Emily received her undergraduate degree in Mathematics and Economics from Birmingham-Southern College and obtained a Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of Memphis. While in Memphis, Emily was employed by the Shelby County Department of Housing, the Memphis and Shelby County Office of Economic Development, and the Regional Economic Development Center.
Emily is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), the American Planning Association (APA), and the Urban Land Institute (ULI). Emily is also a graduate of the Transit Alliance of Middle Tennessee’s Transit Citizens Leadership Academy and serves on the Technical Coordinating Committee for the Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization and the Parking and Transportation Task Force for the Urban Land Institute of Middle Tennessee.
Victor Lay has served as the City Administrator for the City of Spring Hill since October 5, 2009. The City Administrator is appointed by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen and his job is to carry out the policies and programs approved by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen and to provide administrative leadership to the City’s departments and employees.
Vice President | Land Planning
Southern Land Company
Ben leads Southern Land Company’s mission to create memorable environments. Whether he is designing a brand-new community, planning a mixed-use development or creating sanctuary in a rooftop garden, he ensures no detail is overlooked. By jointly managing the efforts of Southern Land Company’s design and engineering teams, Ben delivers function and form to every project.
Ben brings nearly 20 years of experience to his position, including work recognized by the American Society of Landscape Architects and the Urban Land Institute. Prior to joining Southern Land Company, Ben worked in master planning and resort design for Reece, Hoopes and Fincher in Atlanta; and held positions at Hawkins Partners, Inc. in Nashville; and Post Landscape Group in Atlanta.
Ben is certified by the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB) and is registered in Tennessee, Texas, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Colorado. He holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture and a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Contracting, both from Mississippi State University.
Boyle Investment Co.
Fawcett is a seasoned real estate veteran who was formerly with the Trammell Crow Company, where he served as the principal manager for the retail division, and was responsible for the management, leasing, and brokerage operations for the state of Tennessee. He was also responsible for the development and redevelopment of shopping centers throughout the state. Fawcett and Jeff Haynes opened the Boyle Nashville office in 2001, and Fawcett has since been responsible for the development of new projects, as well as the oversight of the Boyle Nashville retail properties, which totals over 800,000 SF. Fawcett also directs the planning, zoning, and entitlements for new projects in Middle Tennessee. His vast knowledge and experience in all facets of the shopping center industry have allowed him to create unique solutions for retail clients and customers throughout the United States. Currently, Fawcett is working closely with the city officials throughout Middle Tennessee to facilitate development activities throughout the area. Fawcett directs the planning, zoning and development of the Berry Farms property, a 602-acre mied-used development that will include 1.7M SF of retail space, 3M SF of office space, and 1,146 residential units when complete.