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From The Top: A New Blog Series from President & CEO Phil Trenary

Welcome to the first installation of From the Top - a blog series where I’ll talk about key issues for the city of Memphis and the ways the Greater Memphis Chamber is working to address those issues. You can expect a broad range of topics to be covered here - from education to policy to jobs - but all will tie directly into our mission to push economic growth for our city.

The year 2014 saw several huge successes for the Chamber, but more importantly, Memphis. 
That’s only a few - you can view the full list here - and we do not plan on slowing down in 2015. In fact, the primary way we engage and instigate change within our community is through our Chairman’s Circle - a group of over 100 Memphis business leaders committed to “making Memphis great.” 

The Chairman’s Circle has identified six “moon missions” or goals that specifically impact the city for the better. Each of these moon missions ties directly into the Chamber’s objectives to break the cycle of poverty, grow the middle class and increase the tax base for Memphis. (We will cover those topics in the upcoming weeks.)

You can view the list of moon missions and their connection to economic development below:

  • Center of Excellence for Training in Advanced Manufacturing: To develop a system that will enable us to fill 2,000 manufacturing and 1,000 logistics jobs per year.
  • Ensure Education for Children 0-12 Months through Pre-K: To ensure all children ages 0-12 months through Pre-K have the opportunity to receive quality education.
  • Advance Green Space for Citizens and Retain Talent: To develop the green spaces in the Memphis community to create a sense of belonging for current citizens and recruit outside businesses and people.
  • 1000 Entrepreneurs in 7 Years: To create a single front door to the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Greater Memphis area by directing and coordinating existing resources, as well as developing and leading new programs in key strategic sectors.
  • Memphis Clean by 2019: To clean up the city of Memphis and reclaim the title of “America’s Most Beautiful City” by the city’s bicentennial. 
  • A Long-Range Plan for Memphis: To establish a long-range, comprehensive growth plan for the City of Memphis to address current and future neighborhood, economic, infrastructure and real estate growth for the next 35+ years.
If you have any questions for me, leave them in the comments below. I’ll work to answer your questions in following blog posts. I look forward to tackling the important issues here and the discussions that will follow.  And, as always, I encourage you to join us, get involved and become more active with the Chamber, as we strive to make Memphis great.
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