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1. Local Health Care Firm to Merge With Indianapolis Firm -

Qsource, a Memphis-based nonprofit regional health care consultancy, is planning to merge with Indianapolis-based Network Strategies & Innovations Inc.

2. Harris’ Bill Faces Opposition From Memphis City Council Members -

Legislation by Sen. Lee Harris requiring local governments to hold a referendum before they take on “extraordinary” debt could run into opposition from his own City Council and municipal leaders across Tennessee.

3. Tenn. Political Leaders Put Off Gas Tax Talk Despite Needs -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – While political leaders in Tennessee agree on the growing need to bolster funding for road building and maintenance, there is little consensus about how go about doing it.

4. FedEx Breaks Ground on Little Rock Distribution Center -

FedEx is breaking ground on a 300,000 square-foot ground distribution facility in southwest Little Rock that will employ about 160 people.

Arkansas Business reports the center is scheduled to open in 2016.

5. Haslam Wary of Gas Tax Hike -

Despite low gas prices, a backlog on road projects and prevailing winds for fuel-tax reform, Gov. Bill Haslam is pulling back from a gas-tax increase this session.

After floating the possibility of raising the tax in December, the Republican governor appears to be changing course, in part because of his loss in a Senate committee on Insure Tennessee, the Medicaid expansion alternative that failed to make debate in the full House or Senate.

6. Drones Rule: Proposed Rules for Commercial Unmanned Aircraft -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Drone on, the government says.

Just not through the night sky. Or close to an airport. Or out of the operator's sight. And probably not winging its way with a pizza or package, any time soon.

7. Haslam: Gas Tax Proposal Won't Be Ready Until Next Year -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican Gov. Bill Haslam says Tennessee needs to "do something" about its tax on gasoline, but that he won't be in a position to make a proposal until next year.

8. House Speaker: Gas Tax Increase Unlikely This Year -

House Speaker Beth Harwell says that Tennessee lawmakers are unlikely to take up a gas tax increase during this year's legislative session.

9. City Council Endorses Insure Tennessee -

As Tennessee legislators continue their special session on the proposed Medicaid expansion, Memphis City Council members approved Tuesday, Feb. 4, a resolution urging the Legislature to approve Gov. Bill Haslam’s Insure Tennessee plan. The council resolution is a companion to a similar resolution approved by the Shelby County Commission last month.

10. Net Neutrality and What It Could Mean to You -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A top U.S. regulator just announced he wants more power to oversee Internet service, much in the same way that the government already regulates phone service and other public utilities. The goal is to prevent Internet service providers like AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, Sprint and T-Mobile from blocking or slowing down Web traffic, or striking deals with companies that provide content like Amazon, Google or Netflix to move their data faster than others.

11. Loeb Properties Bullish on Center City Development -

When Loeb Properties Inc. acquired the warehouse at 2542 Broad Ave. in 1995, Aaron Petree, the company’s current vice president of brokerage, was just starting high school.

12. Greenprint Maps Plan for 25-Year Development -

Open a trail or bike lane in the Memphis area and one of the first questions will be about how it links up to other trails or greenlines or bike lanes.

The Mid-South Regional Greenprint Plan is the answer and the guide to those questions with a long-term 25-year plan that maps out a proposed regional trail system to be built in pieces over the quarter of a century scope of the plan.

13. House Speaker: Tennessee Gas Tax Increase Unlikely This Year -

House Speaker Beth Harwell says that Tennessee lawmakers are unlikely to take up a gas tax increase during this year’s legislative session.

14. Memphis City Council Endorses Insure Tennessee -

As Tennessee legislators continue their special session on the proposed Medicaid expansion, Memphis City Council members approved Tuesday, Feb. 4, a resolution urging the Legislature to approve Gov. Bill Haslam’s Insure Tennessee plan. The council resolution is a companion to a similar resolution approved by the Shelby County Commission last month.

15. Health of 200,000 Tennesseans Depends on Governor’s Proposal -

As a nurse serving Tennesseans for over 32 years, I know intimately what sickness looks like, and what it takes to build a healthy life. One of the most important things to ensuring the health and wholeness of our communities is access to affordable health insurance.

16. Federal Government Seeks National Conversation on Transportation -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Hoping to start a national conversation about future transportation needs, the Obama administration released a report Monday that identifies key population, environmental, cultural and technology trends expected to shape the way Americans get from one place to another over the next 30 years.

17. Obama's Record Budget: Tax the Rich, Help Middle Class -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Promising to help America's middle class, President Barack Obama on Monday sent Congress a record $4 trillion budget that would hammer corporate profits overseas and raise taxes on the wealthy while boosting tax credits for families and the working poor.

18. Council Gives Third Look at Beale Street Authority -

For a third consecutive session, Memphis City Council members are scheduled to vote Tuesday, Feb. 3, on establishing a Beale Street Tourism Development Authority.

The resolution establishing the authority to oversee and further develop the entertainment district was delayed two weeks ago as some council members, led by Harold Collins and Wanda Halbert, talked about the council approving actions of the development authority.

19. Lot Shortage Leads to Fewer New Homes -

Shelby County homebuilding activity slowed in 2014 as builders filed fewer permits and sold fewer homes than in 2013.

Homebuilders filed 850 permits in 2014, down 8.6 percent from 930 permits filed in 2013 and down 7 percent from 914 permits filed in 2012, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

20. Taxing Question -

With gas prices in a historic plunge, the idea of hiking state and federal gas taxes and fees to pay for transportation infrastructure improvements is gaining traction.

Democratic and Republican leaders in both chambers of Congress in recent weeks have signaled a willingness to approve an increase in the federal gas tax to help fund improvements to the nation’s crumbling roads and bridges. Meanwhile, a new statewide coalition has launched to support an increase and reform in Tennessee’s transportation fees.

21. New Steps to Boost Private Investment on Infrastructure -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration on Friday announced new steps federal agencies are taking to attract private money for projects upgrading roads, bridges and other infrastructure.

22. Hitting the Accelerator -

Five years after the Great Recession rocked the nation and nearly destroyed auto manufacturing in Tennessee, the Midstate’s industry is booming again.

Nissan’s growth is no small part of that, largely because of the company’s confidence in the state of Tennessee and Gov. Bill Haslam, according to José Muñoz, executive vice president of Nissan Motor Co. and chairman of Nissan North America, which is headquartered in Franklin.

23. Despite Low Gas Prices, Gas Tax Hike Appears Unlikely -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The new Republican-controlled Congress is facing an old problem: where to find the money for highway and transit programs.

With gasoline prices at their lowest in years when the new Congress convened, there had been talk that it might be time to raise federal gas and diesel taxes, which haven't budged in more than 20 years.

24. Center of Attention -

The Pinch District, one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods and commercial centers, will receive some much-needed tender loving care in advance of Bass Pro Shops opening its massive store at The Pyramid May 1.

25. Rudd Defends Relay Partnership For Teachers -

The University of Memphis’ College of Education produced 19 teachers last year who are teaching in the 59 lowest performing schools in the Shelby County Schools system.

University of Memphis president David Rudd wants the number to be around 600 a year and he wants the school’s College of Education to partner with the nonprofit Relay Graduate School of Education to meet that goal.

26. US Construction Spending Slips 0.3 Percent in November -

A sharp slowdown in government-built schools and infrastructure caused U.S. construction spending to fall slightly in November.

The Commerce Department said Friday that construction spending slipped 0.3 percent in November, after having climbed an upwardly revised 1.2 percent in October and 0.6 percent in September.

27. Tennessee Named Top State for Economic Development -

A leading national publication focused on site selection and economic development has named Tennessee its 2014 State of the Year for a second consecutive year.

Tennessee becomes the first state to win the Business Facilities magazine award for economic development efforts in back-to-back years and the first state to win the designation three times.

28. Tanger Outlets Confirms Southaven Involvement -

Tanger Factory Outlet Centers Inc. has confirmed what The Daily News first reported in December: It will play a key role in the development of a massive outlet mall in Southaven.

29. Tennessee Named Top State for Economic Development -

A leading national publication focused on site selection and economic development has named Tennessee its 2014 State of the Year for a second consecutive year.

Tennessee becomes the first state to win the Business Facilities magazine award for economic development efforts in back-to-back years and the first state to win the designation three times.

30. US Construction Spending Slips 0.3 Percent in November -

A sharp slowdown in government-built schools and infrastructure caused U.S. construction spending to fall slightly in November.

The Commerce Department said Friday that construction spending slipped 0.3 percent in November, after having climbed an upwardly revised 1.2 percent in October and 0.6 percent in September.

31. Wharton Indicates Greensward Parking Possible -

A New Year’s eve letter from Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. indicates that when spring crowds begin to reach parking capacity in Overton Park, the park’s greensward will be used for overflow automobile parking at the Memphis Zoo.

32. Key Decisions on Drones Likely From Congress -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration is on the verge of proposing long-awaited rules for commercial drone operations in U.S. skies, but key decisions on how much access to grant drones are likely to come from Congress next year.

33. Memphis Resolutions -

The end of the year hastens a season of resolutions about the year ahead, resolutions about what to include on the blank canvas of a new year.

No matter who you are, the road to 2015 starts at the same place – through the experience of 2014. With that in mind, we surveyed many of the people we’ve covered in these pages in the last year to talk about the possibilities ahead.

34. $200,000 in Grants Awarded to Nonprofits -

The Community Foundation of Greater Memphis has approved grants in its Nonprofit Capacity Building funding category that total more than $200,000.

The Nonprofit Capacity Building grants help established organizations improve operations and increase efficiency. The Foundation’s Board of Governors approved grants totaling $212,471 to 15 nonprofit organizations on Dec. 18. This year’s grant awards range from $4,900 to $23,390; each organization must raise a dollar-for-dollar match.

35. US Companies Eager to Embrace Cuba Face Hurdles -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Cargill aims to sell more corn and soybeans. MasterCard covets another site for Americans to swipe credit cards. Marriott sees beachfront property that needs hotels.

And outside Orlando, Florida, Danny Howell just knows there would be demand for his classic Chevrolet parts.

36. E-Commerce Shift Could Benefit Region -

The Target online distribution center slated to open in Memphis next year is not only a major jobs generator in an area desperate for them, it could signal the region’s arrival as an e-commerce-based distribution hub, according to real estate experts.

37. Security Flaws Allow Global Cellular Eavesdropping -

BERLIN (AP) – Security flaws in a system used by cellphone carriers around the world could open the door to wide-ranging surveillance of mobile phone traffic, according to a German researcher who discovered the problem.

38. Tanger Outlets Involved in Southaven Project -

A major player in the development of outlet malls has jumped on board the long-planned effort to build a massive outlet mall in Southaven.

Tanger Outlets, which has a portfolio of 44 outlet centers in 26 markets in the U.S. and Canada, is now involved in the effort to build The Outlet Shops of the Mid-South at Interstate 55 and Church Road in Southaven.

39. Mapping a Path to Success -

Like many other things on paper, maps have largely become extinct as interactive, digital versions have taken over.

But for students of history, as well as those with a keen interest in the neighborhoods and boundaries within cities, the paper map is an irreplaceable document.

40. New Industrial Market Takes Hold in Marshall, Fayette Counties -

In November, Volvo began operations at its new parts distribution center in Marshall County, Miss.

The 1 million-square-foot distribution center inside Panattoni Development Co.’s Gateway Global Logistics Center is the centerpiece of the company’s streamlined North American parts distribution network and helped solidify the Marshall County and Fayette County, Tenn., region as a major player in local industrial real estate.

41. Competition, Cooperation Part of Regionalism Mix -

When a group of mayors with common borders get together, it is usually a sympathetic gathering of chief executives where there is much comparing of notes.

The items range from sewer projects and common problems to relationships with legislative bodies from aldermen to council members.

42. Congress Told US Lags Other Nations on Drones -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Commercial drone flights are taking off in other countries while the U.S. lags behind in developing safety regulations that would permit unmanned aircraft operations by a wide array of industries, witnesses told a House panel Wednesday.

43. Ivey, U of M Seek to Boost Transportation Sector -

Dr. Stephanie Ivey never intended to get into the transportation field. After earning her doctorate in engineering from the University of Memphis, Ivey had planned on being involved in environmental work but, through a series of twists and turns, accepted a position at the U of M focused on transportation.

44. West Coast Strife Persists and Local Impact Remains Elusive -

Labor strife on West Coast docks isn't going to steal Christmas in Memphis, but it is having an impact locally, according to industry officials. But just how deep that impact cuts remains to be seen.

45. Building a Framework -

Moving the needle on minority business growth in Memphis is in a phase of knitting and prodding six months after a renewed call for a larger share of business for minority businesses in a city whose population is majority African-American.

46. Obama Offers Candor, Insights in Q&A With Top CEOs -

WASHINGTON (AP) – At times blunt, at others obliging, President Barack Obama entered a den of top corporate CEOs on Wednesday with a candid assessment of the limits of his governing agenda, the tripwires facing the economy recovery and the motivations of various foreign leaders.

47. How Much Do You Know About How the Internet Works? -

WASHINGTON (AP) – We may be the Internet generation. But we don't know much about how it works.

A new Pew Research Center survey released Tuesday found most people can recognize Microsoft founder Bill Gates and know that hashtags belong in tweets, but are confused about whether having a privacy policy means that a company actually keeps consumer information confidential.

48. Green Hills in Full Boom Despite Traffic Woes -

Stephen Graw first moved to Green Hills in 2004 right after college, renting a house with a bunch of buddies from school. Like his neighborhood, he’s done a lot of growing in the last decade and is now a senior advisor at Sperry Van Ness Nashville and on the Chamber West Leadership Council.

49. Rogero Talks ‘Smart Growth,’ Democratic Politics -

Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero became the first woman to hold that office when she won the election in 2011.

She’s been actively involved in a number of local issues since her election, from urban-core revitalization and business recruitment to broader social issues such as marriage equality.

50. Expedient Data Centers Expands to Memphis -

Expedient Data Centers, a leading provider of cloud computing and other related services, has settled on Memphis as the site of its first data center in Tennessee.

Expedient currently operates 10 data centers in six markets, and its 11th is planned for 3180 Players Lane in Memphis, close to the TPC Southwind Golf Course and FedEx headquarters.

51. Auto Parts Manufacturer to Build Sevierville Plant -

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – An automobile parts manufacturer that already has a presence in Morristown is opening a new plant in Sevierville.

The Mountain Press reports Otics USA is investing $69.5 million in the facility and plans to create 117 new jobs there.

52. Fewer Freshmen No Worry for Greeks at Four-Year Schools -

MTSU and UT-Knoxville officials see limited impact, if any, from Tennessee Promise on the schools’ fraternities and sororities.

New sorority houses that opened this fall on UT-Knoxville’s campus were funded through donations and each chapter’s semester rental agreements with members. UT-Knoxville invested about $2 million to partially fund land improvements and village infrastructure, according to university officials.

53. Keeping Promises -

With more than 50,000 high school seniors applying for free community college tuition and fees through Gov. Bill Haslam’s Tennessee Promise, it’s reasonable to wonder if Tennessee’s community colleges have the infrastructure – including classroom space and instructors – to handle such an influx of new students.

54. The ‘Meh’ Generation -

ALL THIS IS GETTING OLD. Mitch McConnell is 117. Across the aisle, Harry Reid is 132, same age as Nancy Pelosi over in the House, and John Boehner is 98.

The last time any of them had an original idea, they had to call it in on a rotary phone. The way they get somewhere, or fail to, is as antiquated as our infrastructure, as much in danger of collapse as our bridges.

55. Analysts: How GOP Congress Could Boost US Economy -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Voters made clear Tuesday that they're worried about the economy, despite steady job gains, a robust stock market and faster economic growth this year.

So what can – and should – the now-dominant Republicans in Congress and President Barack Obama do together to benefit more Americans?

56. Tech Support -

As FedEx evolved, it developed its own technologies for moving packages around the globe, such as handheld devices that scan packages. When those devices experienced problems, FedEx technicians repaired them.

57. Hagerty Works Toward Better Air Connection -

In its second term, Gov. Bill Haslam’s administration hopes to draw even more foreign-based business investment to Tennessee by building international air travel in a state that currently has no hub airports.

58. Investment Group Buying Varsity Brands -

A private equity firm is in the process of leading an acquisition of Memphis-based Varsity Brands.

The latter is comprised of a portfolio of three school achievement brands – Herff Jones, BSN Sports and Varsity Spirit. Varsity Brands’ current leadership, under the terms of the proposed acquisition agreement, will get to both keep their current positions and join the investment group led by Charlesbank Capital Partners that’s buying the firm.

59. Battle Rages On Between Regional Foes -

In October, Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. opened the door, or 267 doors to be more precise, on its new $30 million service center in Memphis.

60. Mixed-Use Project Looms for Former Lakeland Mall -

Get used to the name Lake District. You’ll probably be hearing more about it in the near future. Lake District is the new name for the revamped project being planned at the old Lakeland Factory Outlet Mall site.

61. Bigger LIFT -

The former Cadence Bank branch on Court Avenue Downtown is the new and bigger home for Community LIFT, the local intermediary with community development corporations founded by a coalition of nonprofits and the city of Memphis four years ago.

62. China Economy Grows at Slowest Pace in 5 Years -

BEIJING (AP) — China's economic growth waned to a five-year low of 7.3 percent last quarter, raising concerns of a spillover effect on the global economy but falling roughly in line with Chinese leaders' plans for a controlled slowdown.

63. Incentive Applications Lag Previous Years -

Until a spate of activity this month, Memphis and Shelby County were on pace to tie a record-low for the number of payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreements granted to companies in a year.

Through September, the city-county Economic Development Growth Engine, the primary business incentive body in Memphis and Shelby County, had awarded just four PILOTs, tied with 2006 for the lowest amount of PILOTs issued in a year since 2002.

64. Recruiter’s Career Twist -

Ask Janet Miller about her remarkable career at the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and she’ll likely attribute it to good timing or pass credit onto others.

65. Obama and the Midterms: What's At Stake? -

WASHINGTON (AP) – For President Barack Obama, the stark reality of the looming midterm elections is that the best outcome for his party gets him nothing but two more years of the status quo.

66. Does Your Business Need a Fractional CIO? -

With the final quarter of the year underway, many small- to mid-size businesses are planning their budgets for 2015, and technological expenses will likely play a role in the process.

Many of these business owners struggle with questions around whether upgrading equipment and existing infrastructure is worth the ROI, or if updating certain software and programs is a viable option to improve the company’s functionality.

67. IMF Trims Forecast for Global Economic Growth -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The International Monetary Fund slightly lowered its outlook for global economic growth this year and next, mostly because of weaker expansions in Japan, Latin America and Europe.

68. Calbee North America Locates in Mississippi -

SENATOBIA, Miss. (AP) — Snack food manufacturer Calbee North America will set up a factory in a former BMW warehouse in Senatobia.

Officials say company will invest $51.1 million and will create 254 jobs over the next five years, with 67 to be hired in the first year. Workers will make more than $40,000 a year, on average.

69. Downtown Knoxville Tourism Finally Finds its Stride -

When Kim Trent moved to Knoxville in 1990, she could stand along Gay Street on a Sunday and be the only soul in sight. Today, she’s a face in the crowd.

70. Haslam Announces $28 Million in Community Grants -

Gov. Bill Haslam has announced more than $28 million in community development grants to help improve infrastructure, health and safety projects and downtown improvements.

Seventy cities and counties around the state received the block grants under Wednesday’s announcement.

71. Trolley Report First Challenge for MATA Leader -

For the new president and general manager of the Memphis Area Transit Authority, last week’s report on the authority’s grounded trolley system was an introduction to one part of the long-term challenges facing the agency that is public transportation in Memphis.

72. Smart Growth Plan Sets Stage in Germantown -

In 2007, the city of Germantown adopted its Smart Growth plan and accompanying zoning regulations, which promoted more walkable, accessible mixed-use development in its central business district and surrounding neighborhoods.

73. MATA President Vows New Standards for Trolleys -

The new president and general manager of the Memphis Area Transit Authority said Friday, Sept. 26, that he hopes to have some trolley cars up and running again by the end of the year.

But Ron Garrison also said the transit authority will be overhauling training and repair standards as well as trolleys in the wake of a report from the American Public Transportation Association that found MATA lacking in both areas.

74. New Seat, Same Drive -

Dawn Distler was a bus driver for 10 years, but these days she does her work from the passenger seat.

Knoxville’s new director of transit, on the job since June 1, rides the Knoxville Area Transit buses often, making the most of her commute, traveling to work-related events or taking her staff on a friendly fact-finding mission.

75. University of Tennessee Students Help Design Nashville’s Future -

Nashville may be a city on the rise, attracting new residents by the droves. But it’s also a laboratory for students at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville’s College of Architecture and Design, where they are designing the communities of the future in partnership with the Nashville Civic Design Center.

76. HipD: Donelson Finds Its Cool Side -

The tag “Hip Donelson” evoked plenty of snickers, eye rolls and snarky comments when it first appeared. After all, the local joke goes, Donelson’s known for hip replacements – not hipsters.

77. Roxul Opening 17 Years in Making -

U.S Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi searched the 1997 Congressional Record this week before he arrived in Marshall County for the formal opening of the Roxul Inc. plant.

78. Engineers Call for National Approach to Flooding -

An organization of civil engineers is calling for a national strategy for mitigating flood risks, saying the U.S. has not fully heeded lessons from Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy.

The American Society of Civil Engineers released its recommendations Monday during a conference on water issues in Philadelphia.

79. The Only Difference: Mindset -

The same truths not brought into action present themselves as lessons, ongoing themes. This one rings with more truth every time I encounter it. Mindset is the real pivot point, the only true sustainable, competitive advantage (other than exclusivity, which is always temporary) for organizations that want to flourish.

80. Anderson County Gets in on Increased Auto Activity -

Chattanooga and Middle Tennessee may grab more headlines when automotive plants expand operations, but Clinton is no stranger to good news in that regard.

SL Tennessee recently announced that it would build a 250,000-square-foot building in Anderson County’s Clinton/I-75 Industrial Park – its third location.

81. Road to Better Mass Transit -

Picking a new transit chief is critical for a city in transition.

Next year, Nashville residents will elect a new mayor and turn over its large Metro Council.

Davidson County also expects some 200,000 new residents over the next 20 years, and much of the success of future development will depend on the ease of navigating around Nashville – already the nation’s second-worst area for sprawl, according to Smart Growth America.

82. US Wealth Gap Putting the Squeeze on State Revenue -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Income inequality is taking a toll on state governments.

The widening gap between the wealthiest Americans and everyone else has been matched by a slowdown in state tax revenue, according to a report being released Monday by Standard & Poor's.

83. Unintended Consequences: ER Visits Increase -

Hospital officials have been pushing for the state to expand Medicaid health care coverage for thousands of Tennessee’s poorest citizens, despite two significant and related concerns:

Expansion will lead to increased visits to the most expensive place in America for routine health care, the emergency room.

84. Lillard to Be President of Treasurers Group -

Tennessee State Treasurer David H. Lillard Jr. has been elected president of the National Association of State Treasurers.

The association provides advocacy and support for state treasurers and treasury staff throughout the United States and its territories.

85. Lillard to Be President of State Treasurers Group -

Tennessee State Treasurer David H. Lillard Jr. has been elected president of the National Association of State Treasurers.

The association provides advocacy and support for state treasurers and treasury staff throughout the United States and its territories.

86. Knoxville-Area Real Estate Bouncing Back -

Knoxville’s housing market seems to be making steady gains after the setbacks of the Great Recession.

Doyle Webb, president of the Knoxville Area Association of Realtors and a Realtor with Realty Executives Associates, says the area’s housing market will continue to improve over the next five to 10 years and surpass its 2007 sales’ levels.

87. Launching Your Own ‘Ice-Bucket Challenge’ -

Last week we focused on the excitement – and revenue! – generated by the ALS Foundation’s “ice bucket challenge.” We’re talking millions and millions of dollars. And we imagine your nonprofit organization or college is thinking “why didn’t we think of that?!” Or maybe a board member has approached your executive or development director with a request launch your own challenge.

88. Greenprint Advocates Tout Range of Benefits -

After being lampooned for years as one of the worst metro areas in the country for bicyclists and pedestrians, the Memphis region is poised to make a huge leap forward in developing a regional greenway and trail system.

89. Women of Hope CEO Fights Ebola in Sierra Leone -

A war does not occur in a vacuum, and neither does a health crisis, such as the Ebola virus now spreading through West Africa. Kim Kargbo knows this too well.

Kargbo, 47, president and CEO of Memphis-based Women of Hope International, is to leave for Sierra Leone on Tuesday, Aug. 26. Kargbo was raised there by parents serving as missionaries, and she also worked there in the 1990s and 2000s amid the country’s decade-long civil war.

90. Marshall County in Running for Cummins Jobs -

Add the burgeoning industrial area in Marshall County, Miss., to the list of communities competing for a significant chunk of the Cummins Inc. jobs that are currently in Memphis.

91. Old International Paper Equipment Up for Sale -

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) – Some of the last infrastructure left over from International Paper's days of operations will soon be up for bid.

The Adams County Board of Supervisors authorized this week for County Administrator Joe Murray to declare some of the old IP equipment to be excess equipment and advertise it for sale.

92. Reshaping a City, One Lot at a Time -

John G. Brittle Jr. doesn’t have an office. He has a war room. The space, crowded with maps, charts, books, piles of paper and marked-up spreadsheets, is ground zero for InfillNashville, the 10-person team of site selection specialists that Brittle leads at Village Real Estate Services.

93. Vendors Sought for Edge MEMfix Event -

A group behind the next MEMfix campaign in the Edge district is currently looking for vendors.

Livable Memphis is seeking vendors for the Oct. 18 MEMfix event, which will take place around the intersection of Marshall and Monroe avenues.

94. Local Leaders Work to Keep Cummins in Memphis -

Memphis and Shelby County are preparing to fight a border battle with Mississippi to keep hundreds of jobs inside the city.

The state of Mississippi is aggressively courting diesel engine manufacturer Cummins Inc. to move most of its Memphis operations south of the state line to DeSoto County, according to sources familiar with the effort.

95. Graceland Expansion Ready to Rock -

After nine years of different ownership and talk of a $250 million expansion beyond Elvis Presley’s mansion, the revitalization of Graceland into a 120-acre campus gets underway Thursday, Aug. 14.

96. US Postal Service Loses $2 Billion This Spring -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. Postal Service lost $2 billion this spring despite increasing its volume and charging consumers more money to send mail, officials said Monday.

The loss for the spring quarter, which ended June 30, was significantly higher than the $740 million loss for the same three-month period last year. The agency blamed increases in compensation and benefit costs for the red ink and said it would be unable to make a congressionally mandated payment of $5.7 billion this September for health benefits for future retirees. The loss came despite a 2 percent increase in operating revenue compared to last spring.

97. Obama Takes Step to Improve Government Technology -

CHILMARK, Mass. (AP) – The White House on Monday announced the creation of a team of digital experts tasked with upgrading the government's technology infrastructure and making its websites more consumer friendly.

98. Vendors Sought for Edge MEMfix Event -

A group behind the next MEMfix campaign in the Edge district is currently looking for vendors.

Livable Memphis is seeking vendors for the Oct. 18 MEMfix event, which will take place around the intersection of Marshall and Monroe avenues.

99. New Logistics Venture Lands $250,000 Investment -

Start Co.’s “Summer of Acceleration” already has proven a success for at least one startup that’s participated in one of the organization’s accelerators this year.

100. Obama: Economy Stronger, Congress Could do More -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the economy is getting stronger and, quote, "engines are revving a bit louder."

Obama is praising the July hiring and advances by the U.S. economy.