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Making Memphis Happen: Transformation in 2017

2017 is already on its way to being halfway over. So much has already been accomplished and thanks to YOU, as a member of the Chamber, we’re making huge progress for our community and your business. It is YOU as our members meeting with state legislators on important issues. It is YOU as our members participating in our workshops. It is YOU as our members paying your membership dues to support your Chamber, helping your fellow Memphians live a better life.

The Chamber focuses all of its goals each year towards providing economic growth for all.  Whether it’s slashing the barriers for a minority or woman-owned firm to get certified, promoting job fairs to young Memphians, or connecting our small business members to opportunities, it’s vital that everyone in Memphis have access to making a better life for themselves and their families. 

Below are some highlights to show you what we have been working on—with your assistance—to help your bottom line and transform Memphis:






Other Highlights (January-May 2017)

  • Sedgwick Announced Expanded Headquarters in Memphis: 150 new jobs
  • Cargill/Calysta Announced the Ground Breaking for NouriTech facility: 160 new jobs
  • ServiceMaster Innovation Center Grand Opening in June 2017: 1,200 retained jobs
  • IMPROVE Act passed in part due to work from Chamber members and staff: Tax Savings for Memphis and funded transportation projects will improve business and commutes
  • De-annexation – advocated and passed in Senate with amendments: localized effort will prevent tax increase
  • $10 million in Workforce Development Grants Over 4 Years: connecting more people to jobs
  • Over $700K in MWBE & Small Business Grants: more access to business opportunities
  • $550K (grants) in Progress for EPIcenter: growing support for startups
  • $255K (grants) for the Metro Memphis Export Alliance + $100K Pending by Major Donors: helping to grow business
  • Expungement Reform advocated and passed: will put people back to work
  • St. Jude Infrastructure – funded in Governor’s budget: 2,000 new jobs
  • Hosted 2nd annual MEM2NASH event: maintaining relationships with legislators
  • MEM2DC trip: maintaining relationships with legislators
  • Created TEMP Agency Standards which will launch this year: more people in fulltime jobs
  • Collaborating with Mayor Strickland on the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance Pathways to Success event: young men 16-29 will get career readiness training and job opportunities
  • Trip to China with TNECD: promoting Memphis business opportunities for jobs and investment
  • Memphis in May Columbia Visit: promoting opportunities to do business with Memphis companies
  • Memphis Clean by 2019 Clean-Up Event on MLK Day of Service: 2,000 volunteers removed 22 tons of litter, cleared 35 vacant lots and created 6 community gardens
  • SoundCheck, the Chamber’s Young Professional Council: created a community garden on Earth Day (April 22nd) for its first Memphis Clean by 2019 project in the Beltline neighborhood
  • Small Business Council Breakfast Series launched: connecting small businesses to thought leadership and business opportunities
  • 145 Media Stories (Local, National & Int’l) with $790K Ad Value: promoting Memphis business assets, Chamber member companies and initiatives
  • Lunch in the Know: 3 workshops on topics to help grow your business
  • Listen, Learn & Lead: new leadership series launched on company culture to help attract and retain a quality workforce
  • Ribbon Cuttings: hosted 20+ ribbon cutting events for Members
  • In the Mix: provided networking opportunities for members and highlighting member venues
  • Golf Tournament: fundraiser for the Chamber’s efforts and high level networking for members
  • 300 MWBE Contracts/300 LOSB Contracts: announced a new initiative to expand the network that companies use when choosing who to do business with so there is economic opportunity for all
  • Greater Memphis IT Council Alliance Announcement: strategic alliance to collaborate on GigCity initiative and support efforts to grow the pipeline of IT workers in Memphis
  • BIG 4 Chamber Reception in Nashville: collaborating with other Chambers of Commerce on legislative priorities
  • Government Affairs Council Meeting with Representative Kustoff: opportunity for Chamber members to hear directly from their Representative
  • Government Affairs Council Meeting with Senator Alexander: opportunity for Chamber members to hear directly from their Senator
  • 103 Mission Supported Meetings Convened:
  • 4 Small Business Council Programming Task Force Meetings
  • 5 Boiler Licensing Workgroup Meetings
  • 3 Regional Logistics Council Transportation Committee Meetings
  • 3 Manufacturing Council Regulatory Workgroup Meetings
  • Workforce Sector Council Meetings
  • 6 Government Affairs Council Events
  • 5 GAC Executive Committee Meetings
  • 21 Greenprint-related Meetings
  • 7 Pre-K-related Meetings
  • 7 SoundCheck Meetings
  • 35 Chairman’s Circle Committee/Support Meetings
  • 2 Steel Fabricator Sector Meetings
  • 1 Process Control Sector Meeting
  • 2 Diesel Technology Meetings
  • 2 CDL Meetings


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