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2015 Successes for the Greater Memphis Chamber & Memphis

Yesterday, December 9th, at the 2015 Annual Chairman’s Luncheon we celebrated the unique mix of passions, ideas, cultures and opportunities that make our city great. And it's true that Memphis is full of unexpected combinations that help us stand out above the rest:
We house the headquarters for global brands like FedEx, International Paper, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and AutoZone. Yet publications like Inc. 5000 think we're one of the edgiest start-up hubs in the United States.
We have long been recognized as America’s Distribution Center, with our world-class infrastructure and access to the four R’s – rail, road, runway and river. At the same time, we are literally transforming green spaces across the region through the implementation of the Mid-South Regional Greenprint, a plan that will connect three states through 500 miles of greenway trails and 200 miles of bike paths.
In what other city can you spend an afternoon underwater bowling at Bass Pro at the Pyramid and the evening watching a Broadway musical at The Orpheum? Where else can you eat brunch in the eclectic Cooper Young, ride bikes for miles along the Shelby Farms Greenline and then go cheer on one of the top franchises in all of professional sports at the FedExForum?
Memphis is the only place where you can experience this kind of access – to the arts, to music, to sports, to business, to the outdoors and to the opportunity to make your mark on the city and the world.
We also recognize that this city we love has its challenges. This year we implemented an aggressive set of goals and objectives to reach our vision to break the cycle of poverty in Memphis by creating the quality jobs needed to grow our middle class. Our luncheon celebrated the transformational changes that have moved Memphis forward in 2015, including the progress made on these objectives and more. Below are twenty ways the Chamber and its Chairman’s Circle worked to see Memphis succeed this year, along with photos from our luncheon:

1. Attracted & retained 5,844 jobs and $263,925,786 in investment.

2.  Launched unprecedented workforce partnership with Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce and the Workforce Investment Network.

3. Officially released the Mid-South Regional Greenprint Plan and began implementation phase.

4.  Launched new Affinity Partnership with Yuletide Office Solutions to save members money on office supplies, promotional materials and more.

5.  Completed the first year of SoundCheck, the Chamber’s Young Professional Council, with over 200 members.

6. Pitched and landed over 1,384 media stories – local, national and international.

7. Helped bring LEDIC Realty Company’s new headquarters to Memphis with 150 jobs & $10.2 million in investment.

8. Received awards from Business Facilities Magazine for efforts regarding Workforce Development and Water Resources.

9. Assisted in the hiring of nationally-recognized entrepreneurial and business development leader Leslie Lynn Smith as President of the EPIcenter.

10. Hosted over 400 New Yorkers at four events in NYC in a recruitment effort for open Memphis positions.

11. Hosted dignitaries such as: U.S. Senator Bob Corker, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Fox, Poland Ambassador Ryszard Schnepf, Japanese Ambassador SAITO.

12. Received PRSA’s Best in Show Awards for the New York City media trip and Phil Trenary’s From the Top Blog.

13. Assisted in application for Memphis to be designated as a Manufacturing Community under the Investing Manufacturing Communities Partnership.

14. Memphis Clean by 2019 launched and hosted two successful clean-ups in Orange Mound.

15. Awarded Startup in a Day Prize for EPIcenter Memphis from the Small Business Association.

16. Eighteen jurisdictions in three states adopted the Mid-South Regional Greenprint Plan.

17. Hired John Michels as Greenprint Coordinator to lead the plan's implementation phase and launched the first bi-annual Greenprint Summit.

18. The EPIcenter Logistics Innovation Accelerator sponsored by FedEx launched with its first cohort.

19. The Long Range Plan Moon Mission hosted several city planners and begins peer city visits.

20. Launched marketing and promotion for the Memphis Megasite.

To see more photos and learn more about the Annual Chairman's Luncheon, check out our Twitter feed @MemphisChamber. Also, click here to go watch our video with Mayor-Elect Jim Strickland, "Force For Good."

-Phil Trenary
President & CEO
Greater Memphis Chamber

Photos by: Wes Bramlitt

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