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Welcome to New York

Read Part 2 of our media and economic development trip to New York City here.

The Big Apple. Empire state of mind. The city that never sleeps. It’s the backdrop for your favorite sitcoms. The setting in your Monday night movie. The subject of the next song on the radio. I’ve read about it, heard about it and even talked about it, but I’ve never actually experienced it.

This week that all changed. The Greater Memphis Chamber team joined by members of our Chairman’s Circle and the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau traveled to New York City to meet with national site selectors and media outlets.

This trip is part of a strategic economic development plan to promote Memphis’ business assets and culture. The Chamber team travels to key target areas each year to recruit new jobs to Memphis, the primary focus of the Chamber. Members of the Chamber’s Chairman’s Circle are on the trip providing an important business perspective with site selectors and media. 

I’ll be providing updates here on the blog for the rest of the week, but you can also follow along live via our Twitter feed @MemphisChamber.

Yesterday – our first full day in NYC – was full of media stops for the Chamber. We started the morning with a great meeting with Inbound Logistics. Publisher Keith Biondo and Editor Felecia Stratton knew Memphis as a strong logistics hub, and we had the opportunity to talk to them about our growing manufacturing industry and the creation of the Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce.

Next on the schedule was a meeting with Motoko Rich, an education reporter for the New York Times. Motoko has previously written about the Memphis education scene, and we updated her on the progress being made through collaborative efforts within the city.

Jack Rogers of Business Facilities met up with us for an afternoon meeting. Business Facilities just named Tennessee the state of the year for economic growth for the second year in the row – a first for the publication. We filled Jack in on all the ways Memphis is on the rise, going into detail about the new workforce alliance, our huge water asset and the development of the EPIcenter.

Yesterday evening a few of our Memphis business executives started to arrive and more will come in this afternoon for the Memphis Grizzlies versus Brooklyn Nets game as we host dozens of national site selectors in our suite at the Barclays Center tonight. (Remember to follow along at @MemphisChamber.)

In our spare time, we have been able to see a few of the sights. As the only “newbie” on the trip, everyone’s eager to show me their favorite places. I’ve had the chance to walk on Time Square – it’s just as bright and fascinating as I imagined – hail my first cab, and enjoy tea at the Plaza Hotel.

But the best is yet to come! Come back later for more details about the game and details about a surprise trip I’ll be making this afternoon.

Only a couple of days left -what do I have to see while I’m in New York? Tweet me your answers at @MemphisChamber.
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