The start of a new year always seems to present a time for reflection and goal-setting, as well as trying to predict trends or issues which may affect your business or life in the coming year. On Dec. 11, Franklin Tomorrow’s FrankTalks lecture will focus on 2018 and what our community leaders think the new year will bring with “Engage 2018: Three Things to Know for 2018.”

Invited guests include Franklin Mayor Ken Moore; Lisa Wurth, Benchmark REALTY and immediate past president of the Williamson County Association of Realtors; Ellie Westman Chin of the Williamson County Convention & Visitors Bureau; and Williamson Inc. CEO Matt Largen and Franklin Synergy Bank CEO Richard Herrington, representing Williamson Inc.

“None of us have a crystal ball, but this panel of experts does have a strong grasp of the issues and trends emerging in their business and community sectors,” said Mindy Tate, Franklin Tomorrow executive director. “We look forward to hearing their predictions for 2018 and being in the know as it relates to emerging trends.”

The program will begin at 9 a.m. with a coffee social, followed by the program starting at 9:30 a.m.

in the Community Room in Building A of the Columbia State Community College campus on Liberty Pike. You may park in any of the lots marked “Student Parking.”

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If you are able, please bring one unwrapped gift to be donated to GraceWorks The Manger. Visit this link for gift ideas:

FrankTalks is free and the public is invited. Franklin Tomorrow partnered with Vanderbilt University’s Office of Neighborhood, Government and Community Relations to expand the frequency of FrankTalks in 2016 to a monthly program. It is held at various locations across the city, but always on the second Monday of the month.