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A Year in Review: Greater Memphis Chamber Successes in 2014


The past twelve months have been full of exciting announcements, monumental changes and huge successes for the Greater Memphis Chamber and the city of Memphis. Through your investment and dedication, our team has worked to advocate on behalf of and promote the Memphis business community, allowing us to provide opportunities for all Memphians. 

When I started serving as President & CEO of the Chamber in June, I joined the team with one goal – to break the cycle of poverty here in Memphis. I believe it’s the responsibility of the business community to spark transformational change in this city by creating quality jobs and growing the middle class.

Thanks to our members, our Chairman’s Circle and our government leaders, here are some of the ways the Chamber and Memphis have succeeded in 2014:

2014 Chamber Successes:

  1. 1. Helped bring Conduit Global with 1,000 jobs and $8 million investment.
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  3. 2. Worked with government leaders to pass 2015 City budget with no tax increases.
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  5. 3. Formed the Manufacturing Council and executed Manufacturing Day in partnership with Shelby County Schools; five manufacturing companies hosted a total of 250 youth and guidance counselors from five high schools to expose them to careers in manufacturing.
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  7. 4. Launched SoundCheck: Young Professionals Council. In the first six months, over 150 young professionals have joined to further their careers and the future of Memphis.
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  9. 5. Formed the JOBS PAC; a majority of candidates we supported were elected into office.
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  11. 6. Helped bring the Target e-commerce fulfillment center with over 400 jobs. A key to our success was a guaranteed job-ready workforce, an aggressive new approach with our education and training partners and a first for business recruitment in Memphis.
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  13. 7. Worked with government leaders to reform the City Pension Plan, ensuring fiscal order and preventing a substantial tax increase for Memphis citizens.
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  15. 8. Helped bring the first IKEA to the state of Tennessee with over 200 jobs.
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  17. 9. Launched Advice on Tap, a free mentorship program for small businesses.
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  19. 10. Assisted Cargill with a Job Fair to help match their skilled employees with new job opportunities; 47 companies participated.
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Chairman’s Circle:

  1. 1. Partnered with the City of Memphis, Shelby County and the Brookings Institute to realize the launch of the Harvard Tech Moon Mission in forming Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce. Helped secure over $20 million in federal grants to support the Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce.
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  3. 2. Launched the Entrepreneurship Powered Innovation Center (EPIcenter) to create 1,000 entrepreneurs in seven years with an estimated economic impact of $600 million.
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  5. 3. Partnered with organizations in Memphis and Nashville to win a $70 million grant for Shelby and Davidson counties to expand the number of Pre-K classrooms, including wrap-around services.
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  7. 4. The partnership for a long range comprehensive growth plan for Memphis retained a consultant to undertake an assessment of the planning framework, assets and previous efforts.  Conclusions to be released in first quarter of 2015.
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  9. 5. Mid-South Regional Greenprint completed, approval process by 80 participating entities begun, and grant for $157,000 awarded for implementation.
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  11. 6. Launched a new moon mission: Memphis Clean by 2019.

With all this momentum, the Chamber does not plan on slowing down in 2015. In the upcoming year you can expect continued leadership from the business community. Through the Chairman’s Circle, JOBS PAC and our many councils, we will continue to provide ways for our members to make an impact on their community and industry. 

You can also be ready for a strong focus on small business growth. We will continue to provide the resources and advocacy our small businesses need to succeed.  The Small Business Council launches its programming for the year at a breakfast on January 26, 2015. You can register for the event here.

Once again, the Chamber thanks you – our members – for a successful year. Let’s continue to make Memphis great in 2015.



Phil Trenary
President & CEO
Greater Memphis Chamber

Posted: 1/7/2015 10:29:24 AM | with 0 comments




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