The radio network and media company originally announced in May it would move from Rocklin, California, to Cool Springs during Williamson Inc.’s Outlook Williamson event.
The organization operates K-LOVE, a Christian radio station, as well as podcasts and Air1. K-LOVE and Air1 are nationwide Christian contemporary music radio networks.
The company’s eventual 170,000-square-foot, six-story building at Berry Farms will eventually have 500 employees and include broadcast facilities, podcast and video production studios, and a worship center, according to the company.
EMF CEO Bill Reeves said the move to Franklin will place the company closer to the center of the music industry.
“Middle Tennessee is the hub for Christian musicians, publishers, filmmakers and industry professionals, making it a great place for us to call home," Reeves said. “It is incredibly important to us to be somewhere that shares our values. We’re excited to bring our headquarters here. The content we’ll be broadcasting from this community will impact people across the U.S. and around the world.”
“We’ve been fortunate to work with world-class organizations on this project so far,” Reeves said. “We have terrific partners at Boyle, the city of Franklin, Williamson County, Hastings Architecture, Brasfield & Gorrie General Contractors, and Mark Williams and his team at Strategic Development Group.”
Since starting to move operations to the area, the company has brought about 100 EMF employees to work in Franklin in a temporary office and studio spaces this year. The relocation will be in phases over three years, according to EMF.
EMF began as a single, nonprofit radio station in Northern California in 1982 and is now the parent company to K-LOVE and Air1. The company owns and operates more than 1,000 signals in all 50 states, and EMF is a top 10 U.S.-based audio streaming company, according to the announcement.
“We are thrilled Educational Media Foundation has chosen Berry Farms as the home of its global headquarters,” said Phil Fawcett, managing partner of Boyle Investment Co., which developed Berry Farms. “EMF is a leader in the Christian entertainment industry with an emphasis on serving its audiences and employees. Their goals align well with Boyle’s mission to be strategic in serving and transforming our community and establishing long-term value by building lasting relationships and quality developments."
Berry Farms is a 600-acre mixed-use project at the I-65/Goose Creek Bypass interchange in Franklin, which upon completion is expected to have 3 million square feet in office space, 1.8 million square feet of retail and 1,100 residential units.
It includes park space, restaurants, retail shops and services, meeting spaces and fitness offerings as well as multiple hotels for out-of-town guests, employees and corporate functions.
Berry Farms is already home to Lee Co., Aetna, Ramsey Solutions, Trexis Insurance, Crestmark and Tennessee Baptist Mission Board, among others, occupying more than 1 million square feet of office space.
For more information about EMF, visit http://emfbroadcasting.com.