Gallup, Inc. Chairman Jim Clifton and FedEx's Chief Economist & VP Dr. Gene Huang to Speak at Inaugural National Job Fuel Conference

Release date: 2/12/2013

The first annual Job Fuel Conference which takes place on February 20th, 2013 in Memphis, Tennessee will feature a conversation between Jim Clifton, Chairman of Gallup, Inc. and Dr. Gene Huang, FedEx’s Chief Economist and Vice President.

The focus of the conversation will be on how good jobs are the new global currency for leaders and how cities can be successful by focusing on creating more jobs than their competitors.

Jim Clifton writes in his book The Coming Jobs War, “A global jobs war is coming, and there’s no time to waste.   Cities are crumbling for lack of good jobs.  Nations are in revolt because their people can’t get good jobs.  The cities and countries that act first—that focus everything they have on creating good jobs—are the ones that will win.”

The conference is hosted by the Greater Memphis Chamber and Duncan-Williams, Inc., which is headquartered in Memphis, TN.

"It is time for all of us to acknowledge the social importance of creating good jobs in our community,” said Duncan F. Williams, CEO of Duncan-Williams, Inc. “The foundation of creating and sustaining job growth is dependent on our city's leaders and businesses not Washington. The Job Fuel Conference provides an opportunity to address the realities we must face if we want Memphis to be a factor in attracting top talent to our home and Shelby County."

The business leadership of the Greater Memphis Chamber is determined that Memphis will win and be one of the first cities to capture global success by focusing on creating good jobs.

The conference takes place at the Memphis Cook Convention Center from 8 am-10 am CST on Wednesday, February 20th.  More details and registration information is available at

The conference is open to media.  Direct all media inquiries to Christina Meek at or call 901-543-3504.

The Greater Memphis Chamber is the lead economic development agency 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.