On Monday, Trump made his latest bid to take back the White House with a speech in which he announced plans to build a golf course in the middle of Nashville’s Cumberland County.
Trump touted the fact that the area has a high unemployment rate and low economic growth and that he would build a “beautiful golf course” for the people of Nashville.
“Nashville, Tennessee, has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the United States.
I am bringing jobs back to Nashville,” Trump said, according to The Nashville Scene.
“We have a beautiful golf course.
We will have a great, beautiful golf tournament.
It will be an economic powerhouse.”
The president then praised Tennessee for being a major player in the construction of the Trump International Golf Links in Las Vegas and promised that the Trump Golf Club would be a “great destination for people to come, have fun, have a good time, and live in the beautiful Tennessee region.”
Trump has made no secret that he wants to rebuild the country’s crumbling infrastructure and put people back to work.
In a March speech in Washington, D.C., he vowed to build three new golf courses and to invest $2 trillion in infrastructure over the next 10 years.
In June, he pledged to create 250,000 new jobs and invest $1 trillion in public works projects.
But it’s unlikely that the president will do much to create those jobs and improve the quality of life in the area.
A recent report from the Pew Research Center found that Nashville has the second-lowest average salary of any metropolitan area in the country, and only five percent of the jobs in the Nashville area were created since 2010.
“There are fewer jobs, fewer opportunities for people in the city to move to,” says Tom Kowalski, director of the Vanderbilt Business School’s Center for the Study of Economic Opportunity.
“The unemployment rate is higher than in any other part of the country.”
The unemployment rate for African Americans in Nashville is nearly 18 percent, while it’s just 4 percent for white Americans.
Kowieski says that Nashville’s high unemployment and high poverty rates may be partly due to a lack of resources.
“When you have high levels of unemployment, you can’t afford the basics that people need,” he says.
“And when you’re poor, you don’t have a lot of disposable income.”
For decades, Nashville has been home to some of the most well-paid and prestigious colleges and universities in the nation, but many of those jobs have closed or are no longer available.
In the 1980s, many Nashville-area high schools were known as the “Schools of the World,” and the city’s university system was known as “The Tiger Mothership.”
“I know a lot more people who have been unemployed in Nashville,” says Kowyski.
“You can’t get a job that is still open.”
He says that if Trump does make good on his promises to revitalize the region, the people will be grateful for his efforts.
“I think he has an opportunity to put Nashville back to its former glory, and the people there are going to be extremely grateful,” he said.