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Williamson, Inc. to create Idea Center on former O'More campus in partnership with Heritage Foundation

Idea Center to host office space and collaborative environment for entrepreneurs

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Bari Beasley and Matt Largen stand on the former O'More campus, now owned by the Heritage Foundation

Bari Beasley and Matt Largen stand on the former O'More campus, now owned by the Heritage Foundation of Williamson County. 

The Heritage Foundation of Williamson County will partner with Williamson, Inc. via a multiyear lease agreement for one of the two mansions on the property of the former O’More College of Design.

Williamson, Inc. will create the Idea Center, an innovation and entrepreneurship center in the Fleming-Farrah mansion. 

“This is an exciting day that we are able to announce such an integral partnership in our multi-use plan for the campus,” said Bari Beasley, Heritage Foundation CEO.

“The Idea Center is one of many unique spaces that will be developed on the property. The resources and programs that will be provided through the Idea Center will fuel our local entrepreneurial environment and continue to cultivate successful businesses in Williamson County.” 

Williamson, Inc. will create both office and shared spaces for businesses seeking creative resources, collaboration and support as a blooming business in Williamson County. At this time, partners for this project include Columbia State Community College, Nashville Capital Network, the Nashville Entrepreneur Center and the Nashville Technology Council. More local and regional partners will be added in the future. 

President and CEO of Williamson, Inc. Matt Largen said he is looking forward to the opportunity for Williamson County to build its entrepreneurship. The Idea Center he said will serve as a "launching pad" for companies. 

“We are thrilled to partner with the Heritage Foundation of Williamson County to create a physical space for entrepreneurs involved in scalable ventures across Williamson County," he said. "Promoting and supporting a culture of entrepreneurship provides long-term stability for an economy. The entrepreneurs of today will become the sustainable employers of tomorrow. Engaging them early and providing support and resources to keep them in Williamson County will be critical to the success of our economy.

"The former O’More campus will provide a launching pad for companies that are looking for a collaborative environment and office space in the downtown Franklin core."

On Tuesday, the Heritage Foundation announced it will exercise its option to purchase the property from Belmont University with a formal closing in first quarter 2019. The Heritage Foundation raised $5 million for the purchase of the property, which moved the agreement forward.

The foundation is currently working on a capital campaign to fulfill the complete vision for the multi-use campus. To participate in the campaign, contact Heritage Foundation CEO Bari Beasley at bbeasley@williamsonheritage.org.

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