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1. The Sweet Spot -

Gary Wilkes usually doesn’t notice the smell at the family business, Wayne’s Candy Co. Inc., unless he has just returned from vacation.

2. Memphis in the Meantime -

The city’s tourism and travel industry is thriving as a one-of-a-kind destination for leisure and business travelers, but industry insiders believe a larger, technologically updated convention center is needed in years to come if Memphis wants to remain competitive in bringing larger groups to town.

3. Bearing Down -

The old adage “loaded for bear” is fitting for a new full-service branding agency that’s emerged on the Memphis advertising landscape.

“We came up with Loaded for Bear after stepping back and looking at the Memphis creative landscape and what our goals were, which are to prove that great creative can happen in a ‘creative wilderness’ such as Memphis, but also to help our clients be prepared for anything,” said managing director Joel Halpern. “That is where the term came from, an old hiker’s saying that means going off in the prepared for the worst case scenario, or a bear.”

4. Downtown Focus -

With its own tax incentives, a narrowly focused group of development boards, a variety of neighborhood demographics and development clusters that run the gamut from commercial to residential, Downtown Memphis is a veritable petri dish of economic development.

5. High-Stakes Game -

At week’s end, International Paper Co. appeared ready to move forward with officially applying for a package of tax incentives as part of a plan to expand the company’s headquarters in the city.

6. High-Stakes Game -

At week’s end, International Paper Co. appeared ready to move forward with officially applying for a package of tax incentives as part of a plan to expand the company’s headquarters in the city.

7. River Business -

From Thanksgiving through the first full week in December, four overnight cruise boats will have docked at the Memphis riverfront.

And the Riverfront Development Corp., which manages the riverfront for the city including Beale Street Landing, has been talking with one cruise company about more of the boats coming to Memphis.

8. B&B Could Spark Victorian Village -

Following years of due diligence, the James Lee House in Downtown Memphis could soon be the centerpiece of the Victorian Village master plan.

9. B&B Development Could Spark Victorian Village -

Following years of due diligence, the James Lee House in Downtown Memphis could soon be the centerpiece of the Victorian Village master plan.

10. Queen of the Mississippi to Launch Service -

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – A comeback for old-fashioned paddlewheel riverboat travel on the Mississippi River continues this weekend with the departure from New Orleans of the Queen of the Mississippi, a brand new, quintuple-decked vessel mixing 19th century trappings meant to evoke the Mark Twain era with modern amenities including Internet access, satellite television, an exercise area and a putting green.

11. Events -

Attorneys from AutoZone Inc., Bass, Berry & Sims PLC and Memphis Area Legal Services will hold the fourth annual free legal clinic for Memphis-area seniors Tuesday, July 10, from 10 a.m. to noon at Orange Mound Senior Center, 2590 Park Ave. The pro bono clinic offers seniors essential legal advice and helps in the preparation of wills, advanced care plans and more. Call Linda Warren Seely of MALS at 523-8822.

12. GASC Changes Name to Align With Steamboat -

The Great American Steamboat Co. is changing its name effective July 1 to align its brand more readily with the world’s largest steamboat.

13. HQ Rumors Latest Hurdle For Pinnacle -

It was almost two years ago that Pinnacle Airlines Corp. began a transition. And it was a very different transition than the one the Memphis-based regional air carrier is now working its way through with supervision from a federal bankruptcy court judge in New York.

14. Cordova’s Appling Lakes Sells for $26 Million -

1385 Appling Road
Cordova, TN 38016
Sale Total: $26.4 million (27 TIC sellers)

15. RDC Files $9.8M Application for Beale St. Landing -

Riverfront Development Corp. is preparing for the next phase of Beale Street Landing: development of a riverfront park. The organization has filed a $9.8 million building permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for the park.

16. Riverfront Rehab -

As the American Queen steamboat docked Tuesday, May 15, at Beale Street Landing and left the same day for a trip to New Orleans, plans were under way for the restoration of another part of the riverfront just to the north – the cobblestones as well as a plaza and fountain at the foot of Union Avenue.

17. Forum Addresses Latest HUD, Real Estate Trends -

People who receive housing counseling before they borrow are much less likely to default. Research shows that 75 percent of at-risk homeowners who meet with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development housing counselors and attend loss mitigation programs won’t be foreclosed.

18. Gather at the River -

About a year ago Memphians were drawn to one spot in particular on the city’s riverfront.

At the foot of Beale Street, the Mississippi River had risen last May to a level where the muddy water covered the intersection of Riverside Drive and Beale, offering a view of an uninterrupted river stretching three miles from the intersection to the levees in West Memphis.

19. American Queen Makes Historic Comeback -

When the American Queen pulls into its Memphis home port Thursday morning, April 26, it will be the second time the world’s largest steamboat has stopped in the city.

The first time was 17 years and several lifetimes ago in the domestic overnight river cruise business.

20. American Queen Runs Test Cruises -

The refurbished American Queen made its first test cruise Thursday, March 29, on the lower Mississippi River at New Orleans.

Called builder’s trials, the process includes a series of test runs for new and renovated boats.

21. River View -

A river view alone isn’t enough for a restaurant to make a go of it on the Memphis riverfront.

And there are many examples to prove the point.

The old Harbor Landing restaurant on Mud Island has a beautiful view of the Memphis harbor and a slightly more distant view of the Mississippi River. There was once an old towboat on the cobblestones that offered the pleasures of dining on its decks. And One Beale Street also came with a view.

22. ‘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.

23. Great American Steamboat to Hire More Than 300 -

Memphis-based Great American Steamboat Co. will hire more than 300 employees to work on The American Queen steamboat scheduled to call Memphis its home port starting in April.

24. Great American Steamboat Co. Hiring More than 300 -

Great American Steamboat Co., the enterprise that’s newly headquartered Downtown in One Commerce Square and which is bringing riverboating back to the Mississippi River, is planning to hire more than 300 new employees for “the grandest, most opulent riverboat in the world.”

25. Take a New Look at City’s Positives -

NEW YEAR INDEED. As 2012 dawns, we’ll be able to see a number of things in a positive, new light – if only we’ll allow ourselves to look at it that way.

A Downtown icon that almost became a parking lot is now writing a new song, and praise will be offered in brand-new ways for architect Francis Gassner’s seminal and long-neglected C&I Bank Building. Positive change is being heard in the Visible Music College.

26. CRE Activity Stays Strong During 2011 -

Despite hard times, local commercial real estate firms were able to ink plenty of deals in the past 12 months.

Memphis’ industrial leasing activity kicked off in January when Buena Park, Calif.-based Pacific Logistics Corp. signed a 60,000-square-foot lease in ProLogis Park DeSoto for its first Memphis-area location.

27. Four-Star Forecast -

Recovery continues in the local hotel market, fueled in part by several Downtown luxury hotels that have experienced healthy business in 2011 and anticipate an even stronger performance next year.

Overall occupancy rate year-to-date for all hotels in the Mid-South is 59.4 percent, up from 57.6 percent last year at this time, according to third-quarter statistics from Smith Travel Research. The market’s average daily rate (ADR) has held steady since last year, hovering near $76, while revenue per available room (RevPAR) has jumped to $45.14, up from $43.81.

28. 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.

29. 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.

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. DeVivo now works for Albany, N.Y.-based medical device provider AngioDynamics.

31. Green Shoots -

As the local commercial real estate market approaches the end of 2011, experts say it appears to be in line with national fundamentals for secondary and tertiary markets.

Shelby County commercial sales in the third quarter were the highest sales volume since Q3 2007, with $259 million, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

32. Heart of Memphis -

The day before Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam was the keynote speaker this summer at the Downtown Memphis Commission’s 2011 Annual Luncheon, he went for a jog in Nashville wearing his “Believe Memphis” Grizzlies T-shirt.

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. American Queen to Compete in Great Steamboat Race -

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – The American Queen steamboat, whose home port is Beale Street Landing, will take part in the 50th anniversary of the Kentucky Derby Festival's Great Steamboat Race next year, along with the Belle of Louisville and the Belle of Cincinnati.

35. GASC Looks to Promising Future as Bookings Begin -

There are a lot of bare walls in the offices of the newest tenant at One Commerce Square. But the offices of the Great American Steamboat Co. have a river view and the lobby houses a scale model of the company’s chief asset – the largest steamboat ever built.

36. Rollin’ on the River -

With the announcement that two grand steamboats will soon begin trolling the Mighty Mississippi past Memphis – one of which will make the city its home port – the last few weeks have brought news for the city’s riverfront that’s definitely made some waves.

37. Riverboat News Points to Upswing Along River -

With last week’s approval of up to $215 million in bonds for the city’s expanded Pyramid plus plans, the project Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s administration describes as the other anchor for riverfront development has been moving in quieter waters.

38. Tower Revival -

The reversal of fortune for the Downtown tower at the intersection of Main Street and Monroe Avenue, until recently plagued by falling occupancy and an uncertain future, was set in motion in a private meeting one year ago this month.

39. Second Mississippi River Steamboat to Dock in Memphis -

The Memphis riverfront will have two queens next summer.

A second Mississippi River steamboat, this one still under construction, will be stopping in Memphis next year on overnight river cruises.

40. Second Steamboat to Dock in Memphis -

The Memphis riverfront will have two queens next summer.

A second Mississippi River steamboat, this one still under construction, will be stopping in Memphis next year on overnight river cruises.

41. Natchez Woman to Oversee Cuisine on Memphis-Docked American Queen -

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) – As a steamboat company prepares to return the American Queen riverboat to work on the Mississippi River, a Natchez woman is preparing to serve as its chef.

Regina Charboneau says she hopes the Queen makes 25 to 30 stops a year in her home town, bringing more than 460 passengers and a full crew to Natchez.

42. Independent Bank Inks One Commerce Lease -

The second-largest bank based in Memphis is coming Downtown. Independent Bank has inked a lease to open a bank branch in the lobby of One Commerce Square, in addition to space for the bank’s financial planning division on the tower’s 23rd floor.

43. Independent Bank Inks One Commerce Lease -

The second-largest bank based in Memphis is coming Downtown.

Independent Bank has inked a lease to open a bank branch in the lobby of One Commerce Square, in addition to space for the bank’s financial planning division on the tower’s 23rd floor.

44. $20M in Improvements On Tap for One Commerce -

Plans for $20 million in tenant improvements are coming right along at One Commerce Square.

Commercial Advisors LLC held a tenant meeting and appreciation lunch Thursday, Aug. 11, in the historic bank lobby, 40 S. Main St. The event was led by Gary Prosterman, president and CEO of Development Services Group and one of the partners in Memphis Commerce Square Partners LLC, the new ownership group of One Commerce.

45. $10M Permit Filed for Beale Street Landing -

Just days after the purchase of the American Queen riverboat by the Great American Steamboat Co. was announced, the Riverfront Development Corp. filed a building permit for the next phase of the Beale Street Landing project.

46. $20M in Improvements on Tap for One Commerce -

Plans for $20 million worth of tenant improvements are coming right along at One Commerce Square.

Commercial Advisors LLC held a tenant meeting and appreciation lunch Thursday, Aug. 11 in the historic bank lobby, 40 S. Main St. The event was led by Gary Prosterman, president and CEO of Development Services Group and one of the partners in Memphis Commerce Square Partners LLC, the new ownership group of One Commerce.

47. 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.

48. American Queen Steamboat Will Call Memphis Home -

The city of Memphis now owns a $9 million interest in The American Queen steamboat, the only overnight cruise boat working the Mississippi River when it leaves its Memphis port in April.

When the U.S. Maritime Administration signed off on the sale of the massive steamboat to HMS Global Maritime and its Great American Steamboat Co. subsidiary this week, it was a milestone in a complex, fast-moving deal.

49. American Queen Seals GASC Move to Memphis -

The sale of the American Queen to the Great American Steamboat Co. for $15.5 million has cleared federal maritime regulators and the CEO of the company said today the first cruise from the Memphis homeport will be in April.

50. Wharton Touts City’s Progress to MAAR Group -

The day after the October 2009 special city elections, local Panatoni Development Co. LLC partner Al Andrews showed up at Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s door notifying him of a site location specialist conference in Atlanta that displayed a map with big red circles around certain areas of the country as places to avoid. Memphis was one of those.

51. CrescoAg Inks Lease for New Downtown HQ -

Downtown Memphis has landed another corporate headquarters. CrescoAg LLC, an independent information management company, has signed a new lease on 4,594 square feet at 88 Union Ave.

52. City Council To Consider Ware’s Replacement -

Memphis City Council members will discuss who should be the 13th council member during their Tuesday, July 5, executive session.

The executive session at 1:30 p.m. comes before the 3:30 p.m. full session of the council at City Hall, 125 N. Main St.

53. Elmwood Cemetery: Where No One is Forgotten -

More than 30 visitors braved the sweltering summer heat on a recent Friday evening to immerse themselves in the stories of some of Memphis’ most famous, infamous and influential citizens during Elmwood Cemetery’s Evening Stroll.

54. 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.

55. Mayors Launch Office of Sustainability -

When Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell launch their joint office of sustainability this week, it will be the latest move in a continuing realignment of both local governments.

56. Steamboats To Call Miss. River Home Once Again -

The overnight riverboat cruise business has certainly had its share of false starts in recent years. The trouble began in 2001, six years after The Delta Queen Steamboat Co. had the largest steamboat in the world built. The company went bankrupt and The American Queen went out of service.

57. Overnight River Cruises to Finance Beale Street Landing -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. Tuesday outlined a plan to Memphis City Council members to bring overnight and multi-night riverboat cruises back to Memphis as headquarters for the Great American Steamboat Co. The deal would also provide the funding to complete the stalled Beale Street Landing project.