Business Facilities Magazine Awards Greater Memphis Chamber for Workforce Development and Water Resources

Release date: 4/14/2015

Memphis, Tenn--Business Facilities magazine recognized the Greater Memphis Chamber for Workforce Development and Water Resources in its 2015 Economic Development Awards. The annual series of Achievement Awards honors the agencies and organizations that have established and consistently executed the best practices in the industry, bringing measurable success in targeted economic development to the locations they represent.

“Workforce development and the promotion of Memphis’ water resources have been two key areas of focus for the Chamber and its Chairman’s Circle for the past year,” said Phil Trenary, President & CEO for the Greater Memphis Chamber. “We are honored to have Business Facilities recognize the work we and our partners have accomplished to move Memphis forward and create economic growth for all.”

The Chamber and its partners were recognized for their efforts to create a pipeline of skilled workers to meet the needs of local manufacturing companies as they continue to expand and grow. Business Facilities is working on an in-depth feature on the Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce (GMACW) and the way it is revolutionizing the Memphis workforce to be released online later this week.

"The revolutionary workforce training initiative now underway in western Tennessee is channeling high school students into customized vocational/technical programs that earn them college credits while still in grade school. The goal is to build a homegrown army of skilled workers ready to meet the needs of advanced manufacturers the minute these students get their diplomas," said BF Editor in Chief Jack Rogers. "The program in Greater Memphis should serve as a model for the U.S. as the nation seeks innovative solutions to its shortage of skilled workers."

For more information on the GMACW, check out this feature in the latest Memphis Crossroads magazine.  

Water Resources is a new category of the Economic Development Awards, created to recognize the development of water resources, an increasingly critical requirement. Details on the Chamber’s efforts will be included in a special Water Resources Industry Focus in Business Facilities’ May/June issue.

"The availability of adequate water resources is quickly moving to the top of the list of priorities for site selectors. With an 800-year supply of some of the purest water to be found in the U.S., Greater Memphis has a valuable asset that will bring in a rising tide of growth," Rogers said.

For more about the Memphis water supply watch our video on “The Business of Water.”

The Greater Memphis Chamber is the lead economic development organization for Memphis/Shelby County, and is a private, non-profit, membership-driven organization comprised of 2,300 business enterprises, civic organizations, educational institutions and individuals.