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1. Power Play -

When the Tennessee Valley Authority board voted in August to build a new power plant in Southwest Memphis, it was a decision based on factors larger than the power needs in Memphis.

But it was also a decision that is just as important for Memphis as the decision to build the existing Allen Fossil Plant there 55 years ago.

2. PILOT Reform -

Nike is in the midst of a $301 million expansion of its Northridge plant in Frayser, a project that means the Beaverton, Ore.-based company will create 250 new jobs and retain 1,600 existing local jobs.

3. Hanging Around -

The Pickering Firm Inc. is the architect and engineer of record for Nike’s massive, 1.7 million-square-foot facility expansion in Frayser.

4. City Explores Crucial Crosstown Funding -

City officials are exploring multiple options for financing $15 million in infrastructure improvements at the Sears Crosstown site, key funding that could make or break the ambitious $175 million project.

5. Red Carpet Tour Courts Site Selectors -

Site selection experts from six nationally known firms got a “red carpet tour” from the Greater Memphis Chamber Wednesday, June 5, in a recruitment effort that included a look at the industrial infrastructure of the Memphis area.

6. Mitsubishi Back Story Moves to Manufacturing -

The back story of the new Mitsubishi Electric Power Products Inc. plant that formally opened in Southwest Memphis last week includes a sewer pipe, the Mojave Desert and artificial lightning.

7. Mitsubishi Plant Opens in Southwest Memphis -

A group of 200 dignitaries marked the formal opening Friday, April 19, of the Mitsubishi Electric Power Products Inc. plant in Southwest Memphis.

8. Mitsubishi Debuts $200 Million Facility -

One of the two biggest economic development prizes of recession-era Memphis has its formal opening Friday, April 19.

The Mitsubishi Electric Power Products Inc. plant is the company’s first North American manufacturing plant for large power transformers, some weighing in excess of 400 tons.

9. ‘Banner Year’ for Logistics Industry -

Positive momentum far outweighed the negative in the local logistics and distribution industry during 2012, as city officials and business leaders continued elevating Memphis’s status as world logistics hub.

10. Good News -

There’s something newly electric in the air. That’s how the editors of National Geographic Traveler describe Memphis, putting the city in the category of 20 must-see places in 2013.

It’s a description that came at the end of November in the form of something Memphians aren’t altogether used to – the editors of national publications nodding approvingly from afar at a city long relegated to one arbitrary ranking after another.

11. Electrolux Construction Reaches Milestone -

Construction on the Electrolux North America Cooking Products Memphis plant reached a milestone this week as workers put the company logo and name on the headquarters building in the Frank C. Pidgeon Industrial Park.

12. Building Business -

Dr. Leonard Greenhalgh brought a wake-up call with him to Memphis at the end of August, when he came to the city as one of several featured speakers for the Memphis Minority Business Council Continuum’s 2012 Economic Development Forum.

13. New Plants Point to Infrastructure Needs -

Greater Memphis Chamber leader Dexter Muller is fond of recounting how hard it was to sell the Frank C. Pidgeon Industrial Park to site consultants for manufacturing companies.

14. MEPPI Files $155M Permit App For Rivergate Plant, Office -

2865 Riverport Road
Memphis, TN 38109

Permit Cost: $155 million

Permit Date: Applied June 2012

15. MEPPI Files $155M App to Build Production Facility -

Mitsubishi Electric Power Products Inc. has filed a massive permit application for the manufacturing facility it is building on Rivergate Road in Memphis’ southwest industrial submarket.

16. Pickering Projects Show Activity on Upswing -

If an uptick in engineering services is an economic indicator of recovery and stability, Memphis is progressing fairly well.

That’s the message Bob Pitts, principal at Pickering Firm Inc., shared to the Appraisal Institute of Memphis Wednesday, May 16, at Chickasaw Country Club. Pickering employs 150 engineers, scientists, architects and surveyors across six offices from its Memphis headquarters to the Gulf Coast.

17. Liddon Solves Problems for Relocating Companies -

When Robert Liddon began as a clerk at Heiskell Donelson after his second year in law school in 1974, there were about 25 attorneys.

Now the firm known as Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC is made up of about 600.

18. MC Ionic Continues Work on HQ, Plant -

MC Ionic Solutions US Inc., a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. that will produce an electrolyte solution used in lithium-ion batteries, is moving ahead with its North Memphis headquarters and production plant.

19. ‘Positive Message’ -

The most recent figures from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development show a falling jobless rate for the Memphis metro area.

New, more current figures will be out later this month that show the area’s latest unemployment picture. But in the meantime, the Memphis area has played host to one job fair after another in recent days, while across the state there have been more than 20 such fairs in the past 15 months.

20. Job Fair Scheduled for MEPPI Plant -

Mitsubishi Electric Power Products Inc. will start recruiting this month to fill positions for the company’s state-of-the-art power transformer plant in Memphis. A job fair is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 23, from noon to 8 p.m. at the Embassy Suites Hotel at 1022 S. Shady Grove Road.

21. City Files $12M Permit Application For Mitsubishi Plant Infrastructure -

2865 Riverport Road
Memphis, TN 38109

Permit Cost: $12.1 million

Permit Date: Applied January 2012

22. City Files Permit Application for Mitsubishi Infrastructure -

A $12.1 million building permit application has been filed for the Mitsubishi Electric Power Products Inc. plant property at 2865 Riverport Road in southwest Memphis’ Rivergate Industrial Park. The application states it is for “deep foundation for manufacturing and office building.”

23. Council Weighs In on Electrolux Incentives -

Some Memphis City Council members want to at least slow the appropriation of local government funding to Electrolux North America Cooking Products if the company isn’t more responsive to hiring local for the construction of its Memphis manufacturing plant.

24. That's a Wrap -

If the grand sweep of 2011 could be captured on celluloid and presented to an audience on the big screen, all the components of a great film would be readily apparent.

There was drama, in the form of a deluge and historic flooding that led the Mississippi River to crest at nearly 48 feet early in the year. One of the year’s big surprises saw President Barack Obama give the commencement address for the Booker T. Washington High School class of 2011 at the Memphis Cook Convention Center.

25. $125M Permit Application Filed for Mitsubishi Plant -

Mitsubishi Electric Power Products Inc. is moving forward with its plans for a transformer manufacturing facility at Rivergate Industrial Port.

26. $125M Permit Application Filed for Mitsubishi Plant -

Mitsubishi Electric Power Products Inc. is moving forward with its plans for a transformer manufacturing facility at Rivergate Industrial Port.

27. Message of Hope -

Bruce Hopkins, First Tennessee Bank’s president of banking for West Tennessee, couldn’t attend last year’s Greater Memphis Chamber annual chairman’s luncheon.

28. Chamber Luncheon Highlights City’s ‘Medical Miracles’ -

Bruce Hopkins, First Tennessee Bank’s president of banking for West Tennessee, couldn’t attend last year’s Greater Memphis Chamber annual chairman’s luncheon.

29. Pulling the Strings -

Long before the first widgets roll off the assembly line, way back before the ribbon cutting and the first shovels break ground, and even before executives quietly slip in to scout out a prospective piece of land, someone like Mark Sweeney gets a phone call.

30. Airport CEO Larry Cox to Head Chamber Board -

The Greater Memphis Chamber has a new chairman of the board. Larry Cox, president and CEO of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority, has been elected by the chamber board to succeed former Smith & Nephew executive Joe DeVivo.

31. Airport CEO Larry Cox to Head Chamber Board -

The Greater Memphis Chamber has a new chairman of the board.

Larry Cox, president and CEO of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority, has been elected by the chamber board to succeed former Smith & Nephew executive Joe DeVivo. DeVivo now works for Albany, N.Y.-based medical device provider AngioDynamics.

32. Successful Year -

The Greater Memphis Chamber’s annual chairman’s luncheon next month is expected to draw more than 1,000 business leaders and elected officials to a celebration of the economic and cultural health of the city.

33. Shared Success -

Talent acquisition and retention and an ongoing focus on sustainable workforce development are vital to the economic success of any city. And in Memphis – a city beleaguered by high rates of poverty and unemployment – long-term strategies aimed at building that workforce are now targeting future workers as young as middle school students.

34. Electrolux Plans to Break Ground Oct. 5 -

Electrolux is breaking ground on its new Memphis plant Oct. 5.

The ceremony, scheduled for 10 a.m. at Frank C. Pidgeon Industrial Park, formally kicks off construction of the Swedish appliance maker’s nearly $200 million Memphis factory, which is expected to create more than 1,200 new jobs and support more than 2,200 secondary jobs in the form of suppliers and other related work.

35. Staying Afloat -

Compared to the overall U.S. construction landscape, Memphis’ position appears to be managing fairly well.

Within the last 10 months, the city has landed several heavy manufacturing projects – Electrolux, Mitsubishi Electric Power Products Inc. and Kruger Inc., to name a few – in a time when, nationally, the manufacturing sector is stagnant.

36. Work Still Slow in Construction Sector -

The Mid-South commercial construction market is still trying to gain traction following a steady downturn spanning the past couple of years.

Despite several large-scale and government-funded projects, a dearth of small- to mid-sized projects is keeping the market depressed.

37. Chamber Fires Up 2011 Membership Drive -

The Greater Memphis Chamber could not exist without the support of its members. That is why every year the nonprofit economic development organization holds a membership campaign with the aid of its current investors to encourage new membership and spark growth.

38. New Mileage Standards Aim for Less Fuel, Pollution -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and automakers ushered in the largest cut in fuel consumption since the 1970s on Friday with a deal that will save drivers money at the pump and dramatically cut heat-trapping gases coming from tailpipes.

39. Mayoral Showdown Pits Wharton, Harvey -

They filed for the Oct. 6 city elections one day apart. They served together in Shelby County government. Their campaigns are using different versions of the same basic computer software for targeting voters.

40. EDGE Keeps Memphis ‘In the Ball Game’ -

For the longest time, elected leaders and local economic development officials have lamented a missing ingredient surrounding what Memphis and Shelby County can do to prime the pump for business investment in the area.

41. MC Ionic Solutions US Begins Work on Fite Rd. Site -

2665 Fite Road
Memphis, TN 38127
Permit Amount: $1.3 million

Permit Date: Applied July 2011

42. MCIS Files $1.3M Permit For New Fite Road Facility -

MC Ionic Solutions US Inc. has begun work on its 2665 Fite Road facility, after being awarded a 14-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement in April.

43. Biggs Erases Stumbling Blocks for Companies -

Before Lodie Biggs ever stepped foot into law school, he was coached on business ethics from his Depression-era grandfather.

Growing up in Millington with a dad who worked long hours, Biggs would spend the majority of his Saturdays learning about capitalism, the stock market and entrepreneurship.

44. Canada-Based Kruger Wins Tax Freeze -

Canada-based manufacturer Kruger Inc. is still weighing several choices of locales where the company would like to pursue a major capital investment.

45. Kruger Still Weighing Memphis Project, Wins Tax Freeze -

Canada-based manufacturer Kruger Inc. is still weighing several choices of locales where the company would like to pursue a major capital investment.

46. Kruger Still Weighing Memphis Project, Wins Tax Freeze -

Canada-based manufacturer Kruger Inc. is still weighing several choices of locales where the company would like to pursue a major capital investment.

47. Kruger Set for IDB Mtg. -

Canada-based manufacturer Kruger Inc. is one step closer toward a major investment in its Memphis facility north of Downtown.

48. Mayor Wharton Shares Minority Biz Plans -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. told a minority business forum his administration will begin questioning those who want to do business with the city about their use of minority and locally owned businesses in general.

49. MEPPI Funding Top Topic for City Council Agenda -

The Memphis City Council’s Tuesday, June 21, agenda is dominated by the city budget proposal, but also includes a resolution to pass on $11 million in state funding for the Mitsubishi Electric Power Products Inc. plant in southwest Memphis.

50. MEPPI Buys Rivergate Park Acreage For Transformer Plant -

186.2 Acres In Rivergate Industrial Park
Sale Amount: $3.7 million
Sale Date: May 31, 2011

Buyer: Mitsubishi Electric Power Products Inc.
Seller: Belz Investco GP
Details: Warrendale, Pa.-based Mitsubishi Electric Power Products Inc. has bought three parcels in Rivergate Industrial Park from Belz Investco GP for $3.7 million. The deal closed May 31. The first parcel is 9.3 acres on the north side of Riverport Road (listed in the deed as Rivergate Road). It backs McKellar Lake, and the Shelby County Assessor of Property’s 2011 appraisal is $419,000. The second parcel is 63 acres on the south side of Riverport Road, appraised at $604,600. The third parcel is 113.9 acres on the north side of Riverport Road, wrapping around the 9.3-acre parcel and including an offshoot of McKellar Lake. Its 2011 appraisal is $769,600.
MEPPI announced in mid-February it would build a $200 million transformer manufacturing plant in Belz Enterprises Inc.-owned Rivergate Industrial Park.
In March, the Shelby County Commission and Memphis City Council each put in $1 million toward infrastructure financing for the project.

51. Mitsubishi Buys Land for Transformer Plant -

Warrendale, Pa.-based Mitsubishi Electric Power Products Inc. has bought three parcels in Rivergate Industrial Park from Belz Investco GP for $3.7 million. The deal closed May 31.

52. Special Coverage: Mid-South Flooding -

Coverage of the rising waters in the Memphis area

The 2011 Flood, By the Numbers

After a few days of national media coverage, here are a few numbers that demonstrate part of the complex picture of the life of a city as it faces a flooding crisis.

53. Plant Follows Blueprint for Project Success -

First come the months and years of deal-making and finger-crossing. After that, the big announcement.

Next up after all that hard work in the world of economic development is something now evident throughout Memphis: forward momentum on several big projects that promise to bring hundreds of jobs, a boost to the manufacturing base and a jolt to the local economy.

54. Electrolux Financing Clears Senate Finance Committee -

The Tennessee State Senate Finance committee Tuesday approved two bills that represent the state’s investment of over $90 million in bringing the appliance manufacturing plant to Frank C. Pidgeon Industrial Park in southwest Memphis.

55. Electrolux Financing Clears Senate Finance Committee -

The Tennessee State Senate Finance committee Tuesday approved two bills that represent the state’s investment of over $90 million in bringing the appliance manufacturing plant to Frank C. Pidgeon Industrial Park in southwest Memphis.

56. Memphis and Shelby County Getting an EDGE -

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell told a gathering of area business leaders Tuesday night at the office of Glankler Brown PLLC that he hopes the new joint city-county economic development program gets rolling by this summer.

57. Events -

Health Memphis Common Table will present a Community Partners Forum Friday from 8:30 a.m. to noon at St. Francis Hospital, 5959 Park Ave. Dr. Calvin Johnson, president of Altre Strategies Solutions Group LLC, will speak on the topic “Eliminating Health Disparities by Focusing on Quality.” For more information, contact Patti Tosti at 273-2665 or patti.tosti@healthmemphis.org.

58. Events -

The Mid-South Area Business Travelers Association will meet Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, 6120 Poplar Ave. Laurie Rusin will present “Road Warrior Packing and Travel Secrets Revealed.” To register, visit www.msabta.org.

59. From Old to New -

This year marks Gene Woods’ 40th year of marketing industrial properties in the Memphis area for Colliers International.

60. Chamber Takes Trip to NYC for Media Tour -

Representatives from the Greater Memphis Chamber, the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau and Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s office visited New York City Monday through Wednesday to meet with national publications and share information about the Memphis business community.

61. Fairs Scheduled for Local Construction Cos. -

O’Neal Inc., general contractor for the facility Mitsubishi Electric Power Products Inc. is building in Memphis, is looking for local construction companies and contractors for the project.

62. City Kicked Into ‘Overdrive’ to Lure MEPPI -

In February 2010, Memphis showed up in the No. 3 spot on that year’s ranking of “America’s Most Miserable Cities” by Forbes magazine.

It wasn’t publicly discussed at the time, but that undesirable attention also nearly spoiled Memphis’ effort to convince Mitsubishi Electric Power Products Inc. to build a transformer manufacturing plant here. Ultimately, Memphis won the plant. MEPPI announced in mid-February it would build the facility at Belz Enterprises Inc.-owned Rivergate Industrial Park.

63. Commission Approves Funds for Mitsubishi Infrastructure -

The Shelby County Commission has approved $1 million in infrastructure funding for the Mitsubishi Electric plant to be built in southwest Memphis.

The transfer of funding to the city of Memphis, which has also put up $1 million, came at Monday’s commission session.

64. Dev. Race Procedures Draw Elected Officials’ Ire -

When Mitsubishi Electric Power Products Inc. decided the facility in Ako, Japan, where the company produces large power transformers was approaching full capacity, it wasn’t long before the company decided it needed to build another plant.

65. County Commission Committee Recommends Mitsubishi Incentives -

The Shelby County Commission’s economic development & tourism committee has recommended approval of the county contributing $1 million to the financial incentives for Mitsubishi Electric Power Products Inc., which is building a new transformer manufacturing plant in Memphis.

66. Committee Recommends Mitsubishi Incentives -

The Shelby County Commission’s economic development & tourism committee has recommended approval of the county contributing $1 million to the financial incentives for Mitsubishi Electric Power Products Inc., which is building a new transformer manufacturing plant in Memphis.

67. County Commission Committee Recommends Mitsubishi Incentives -

The Shelby County Commission’s economic development & tourism committee has recommended approval of the county contributing $1 million to the financial incentives for Mitsubishi Electric Power Products Inc., which is building a new transformer manufacturing plant in Memphis.

68. High Gear -

The 2011 Memphis International Auto Show rolls into town Friday through Sunday, giving car enthusiasts a chance to check out more than 250 of the latest cars, trucks, SUVs and hybrids, along with many other special attractions at the automotive extravaganza.

69. IDB Grants Mitsubishi 15-Year Tax Freeze -

Mitsubishi Electric Power Products Inc. has won a 15-year tax freeze from the Memphis-Shelby County Industrial Development Board for the manufacturing facility it’s developing at Rivergate Industrial Park.

70. IDB Grants Mitsubishi 15-Year Tax Freeze -

Mitsubishi Electric Power Products Inc. has won a 15-year tax freeze from the Memphis-Shelby County Industrial Development Board for the manufacturing facility it’s developing at Rivergate Industrial Park.

71. IDB to Consider Tax Break for Mitsubishi -

Twenty-four hours after Mitsubishi executives unveiled plans to build $200 million plant in Memphis that will manufacture electric transformers, the plans will go before the city-county Industrial Development Board to secure crucial tax incentives.

72. On a Roll -

Mitsubishi Electric Power Products Inc. will build a $200 million, 350,000-square-foot facility in Memphis to serve as the headquarters of the company’s heavy electrical equipment production in North America, the company announced Monday.

73. Mitsubishi Announces $200M Memphis Investment -

Mitsubishi Electric Power Products Inc. will build a $200 million, 350,000-square-foot facility in Memphis to serve as the headquarters of the company’s heavy electrical equipment production in North America, the company announced Monday.

74. New Electric Vehicle Chargers Dedicated in Tenn. -

KNOXVILLE (AP) – Researchers in Knoxville have dedicated an electric vehicle charging station.

Right now its only for testing, but it can make electricity from sunlight and put electricity back in the power grid.

75. Fed is Expected to Leave Rates at Record Low -

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Federal Reserve is expected to leave interest rates at a record low this week. The big question is whether Chairman Ben Bernanke and his colleagues will hint about when they will reverse course and start boosting rates.