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1. Civic Celebration -

Shep Wilbun describes “Frayser Day” as “MEMfix on steroids,” referring to the efforts by the Mayor’s Innovation Delivery Team to reanimate business districts or blocks in several parts of the city.

2. Supporters Still Racing to Save Brewery -

At the conclusion of the Tennessee Brewery Untapped temporary activation project, supporters of the event were greeted June 1 with a message on the group’s Facebook page that both thanked participants and bid them farewell.

3. Grizzlies Promote Wexler to Business Operations President -

The Memphis Grizzlies have promoted Jason Wexler to president of business operations of the team and FedExForum.

The new position gives Wexler primary leadership responsibility for all aspects of the business, including ticket sales and service, arena operations, corporate partnerships, marketing communications and broadcast, community investment and general operations.

4. Building Community -

Over a recent weekend, around 30 members of Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal Church descended on a home in the Northwood Hills community just north of Raleigh.

They came armed with determination and demolition tools, spending most of the weekend ripping out old appliances, tearing away wallpaper that had seen better days and preparing the dog-eared house for a rehabilitation project that will make it a home.

5. Chamber Launches PILOT Education Campaign -

Memphis economic development officials wasted little time launching an information campaign about Memphis and Shelby County’s primary business incentive program.

On July 16, less than a month after the Memphis City Council adopted a budget that included deep cuts to employee and retiree benefits, the Greater Memphis Chamber posted a video exploring how the payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentive program works and why it is needed.

6. Busy Street -

Evidence for the attractiveness of Downtown’s South Main neighborhood can be found in any of several corners.

One example is at 314 S. Main St., where Café Pontotoc opened its doors about two weeks ago. Owners Milton and Cherie Lamb wanted to establish a comfortable neighborhood bar that serves wine, local beers and small plates in a setting where patrons get used to coming in to unwind.

7. EdR Finalizes Sale Of Two Properties -

Memphis-based EdR has completed the sale of two properties to separate companies for a combined $29.9 million, the company announced Wednesday, July 16.

The student housing development and management firm said the sale of Pointe West, a 480-bed community built in 2003 that is about two miles from the University of South Carolina, closed on July 1. The sale of The Reserve on South College, a 576-bed community built in 1999 that is about a half-mile from Auburn University, on July 14.

8. Youth Movement -

It’s a good time to be a young professional in Memphis who wants to do more than punch a clock.

From the Greater Memphis Chamber to the New Memphis Institute, plus groups like the Memphis Urban League Young Professionals and Leadership Memphis, among others, the tent of movers, shakers and impact makers has expanded considerably in Memphis of late.

9. EdR Finalizes Sale of Two Properties -

Memphis-based EdR has completed the sale of two properties to separate companies for a combined $29.9 million, the company announced Wednesday, July 16.

The student housing development and management firm said the sale of Pointe West, a 480-bed community built in 2003 that is about two miles from the University of South Carolina, closed on July 1. The sale of The Reserve on South College, a 576-bed community built in 1999 that is about a half-mile from Auburn University, on July 14.

10. Sherman Joins Campbell Clinic as Sports Medicine Physician -

Dr. Henry “Hank” Sherman has joined Campbell Clinic Orthopaedics as a sports medicine family practice physician in its Southaven office. Sherman treats patients who suffer from a variety of orthopedic injuries – from competitive athletes looking to get back in the game to weekend warriors who want to stay active later in life.

11. Council Hears Alternatives to Health Insurance Cuts -

Memphis City Council members fielded several plans Tuesday, July 15, for alternatives to health insurance cuts approved by the council last month. But leaders of the police and fire unions were not among those making an alternative proposal at the committee session, the first in a series of what amount to public hearings.

12. Welcoming Home Baby Boomers -

Part two of a two-part series. Talented leadership is always in high demand. The question is: Where do you look for leaders, who are you overlooking and how do you effectively sustain their involvement?

13. City Council Turns Again to Benefits Discussions -

Memphis City Council members won’t take any major votes Tuesday, July 15, on city employee benefits.

But the controversial topic will likely dominate much of another council day at City Hall. The council is in the gap between its approval of health insurance changes in June and an October vote on the companion proposal to change city employee pension plans for new hires and those with less than 10 years of service.

14. Transplant Games Show True Athletic Spirit -

At the NCAA Tournament every March, it is the cliché of clichés when coaches and players say in a press conference before their first game, “We’re just happy to be here.”

But when members of the Mid-South team competing in the Transplant Games of America July 11-15 in Houston say it, the phrase rings true.

15. Dance Teacher Spreads Love of Dance From Cordova -

Arman Sahakyan, born in Armenia’s capital city of Yerevan, started taking dance classes as a 6-year-old.

Fast forward almost three decades, and today the 33-year-old remains committed to dance as an art form – only now he’s also spreading that enthusiasm to others as the owner of Dancing With Arman, a dance studio in Cordova.

16. Chamber: More People Working in Green Sector -

The Greater Memphis Chamber counts approximately 15,380 Memphians working in the green economy, with the largest group being 4,800 who work in clean energy.

The numbers are based on U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and in the headcounts by business, there are some corporate and brand names that might not be on the tip of your tongue when you hear the term green economy or green business.

17. Changing Landscape -

It’s been confusing from a distance.

The formal groundbreaking for Shelby Farms Park’s $70 million “Heart of the Park” improvements, including an expansion of Patriot Lake, came the same week last month the Memphis City Council voted to delay for one year the city’s portion of funding for the Shelby Farms Parkway.

18. Chamber Launches Young Professionals Group -

Before a concert gets underway, musicians will run through a soundcheck that serves as a kind of warm-up to the main event, during which participants can make suggestions for tweaks before the big show and can make sure that everything is done that needs to be.

19. US Students in Middle of Pack on Financial Knowhow -

WASHINGTON (AP) – In an increasingly global economy, just 1 in 10 teenagers around the world is able to make some key – but complex – financial decisions, including choosing among various loans or analyzing invoices and pay slips.

20. Cushman & Wakefield Adds Yates to Capital Markets Team -

Alex Yates has joined the Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors Capital Markets team as vice president, assisting and executing investment sales, debt/equity placement and development advisory projects. Yates’ efforts will be heavily concentrated in multifamily and retail, but he will focus on other product types as well.

21. Wisconsin Company Plans Paper Plant in Mississippi -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – A Wisconsin company will open a $48 million plant in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, to make paper towels, tissue and other projects, hiring 300 people over five years.

22. Grow Your Talent Pool With Older Workers -

Part one of a two-part series. Are you overlooking a valuable pool of prospective employees and volunteers? Are you unknowingly operating from outdated stereotypes of “senior citizens” and leaving talent sitting on the sidelines?

23. Economic Development Growth Engine Looks to Make PILOTs More Effective -

For years, the payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentive used to recruit or retain jobs in Memphis and Shelby County has been a lightning rod for criticism, particularly from municipal labor unions who view the incentives as corporate welfare that erodes the tax base.

24. Regional Tourism Campaign Gets Marketing Boost -

State and local officials are pumping up marketing efforts for a regional tourism campaign.

The marketing push, called West Tennessee Day Trippin’ and focused on regional tourism in Shelby, Fayette, Lauderdale and Tipton counties, is funded with a $20,000 USDA Rural Business Enterprise grant and a $20,000 match from the Memphis Area Association of Governments.

25. I Choose Memphis: Airika Wallace Gigas -

“I Choose Memphis” spotlights Memphians who are passionate about calling this community home. New Memphis Institute provides the profiles.

Name: Airika Wallace Gigas

26. Truck Suspension Maker Expanding in Dyer County -

MEMPHIS (AP) – Officials say that Rough Country Suspension Systems, a company that makes suspension products for trucks and SUVs, plans to move its distributions operations to a facility in Newbern.

27. Health Choice Selects Abisch to Lead Population Health Services -

Ellen Abisch has joined Health Choice LLC as senior director of population health services. In the newly created position, Abisch will be responsible for designing, implementing and managing population health and wellness programs for the Health Choice network.
Prior to joining the physician hospital organization, she served as manager of benefits and wellness for ServiceMaster.

28. Palazzolo Opens Run for Germantown Mayor -

So far, Germantown Alderman Mike Palazzolo has no opposition in his bid to become the next mayor of Germantown in the Nov. 4 elections.

And his early start campaigning door to door in March and covering about 25 percent of the city so far means he may not in the race to succeed outgoing Mayor Sharon Goldsworthy.

29. Compromise, Relationships and Faith -

Part three of a three-part series. Securing $58 million for a senior housing project is not easy. Cathy Davis, executive director of Bayview Hunters Point Multipurpose Senior Services Inc. (BHPMSS) in California speaks eloquently about compromise and engaging with the political system.

30. Tunica Roadhouse Launches Free Concert Series -

Tunica Roadhouse Casino & Hotel has announced it is hosting a free concert series starting July 5.

The first show will feature the band Fuel, with a free fireworks show immediately after the concert. Additional concerts will take place Aug. 2 and Sept. 6, with the bands being announced the first week of July.

31. CSC Sugar to Open Plant in Covington -

CSC Sugar LLC will open a sugar processing plant Monday, June 30, in the Rialto Industrial Park in Covington, Tenn., that will hire 50 people and prompt the hiring of more drivers at Larry Bowman Trucking in nearby Ripley.

32. FAA, Developers Clash Over Tall Buildings -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The government wants to dramatically reduce the allowable height of buildings near hundreds of airports – a proposal that is drawing fire from real estate developers and members of Congress who say it will reduce property values.

33. Hollingsworth Buys Mississippi Industrial Property -

The Hollingsworth Cos., which operates a prominent industrial development company with holdings across the South, has acquired an industrial building in Senatobia, Miss.

Clinton, Tenn.-based Hollingsworth recently acquired the 198,450-square-foot building at 795 Shands Bottom Road in Senatobia from BMW.

34. Landing Zone -

Beale Street Landing was supposed to cost far less than $43 million and be completed much sooner than the decade it took from the design competition.

But the head of the Riverfront Development Corp. overseeing the 6-acre landing and its construction says with the formal two-day opening of the landing starting Friday, June 27, the riverfront project at the foot of Beale Street and on the northern edge of Tom Lee Park should begin to counter critics of how the project has been managed.

35. Raymond James Recommits to Downtown -

Raymond James is extending its commitment to Downtown Memphis, where the investment firm will remain a key part of the city’s skyline for at least another decade.

The firm has reached a deal with Parkway Properties to extend its lease on the Raymond James Tower at 50 N. Front St. until March of 2024.

36. Heart of Arlington -

When Sandy Brewer and her family moved more than eight years ago from Cordova to a turn-of-the-century home just two blocks from Arlington’s Depot Square, she said it felt like taking a step back in time.

37. Hopson Contract Extension Represents Reform Mandate -

Public school superintendents in Tennessee are not elected in a popular vote anymore. They are appointed by school boards – the only hiring decision school boards make.

So when the Shelby County Schools board voted 6-0 Monday, June 23, to extend the three-year contract of superintendent Dorsey Hopson through June 2018, it was a mandate by the board for the student achievement gains Hopson and the board have set as goals.

38. Accountability and Trust: Keys to Partnership -

Part two of a three-part series. Are you considering a private/public partnership to advance the work of your nonprofit? Learn from those who have already waded into the waters.

Cathy Davis, executive director of Bayview Hunters Point Multipurpose Senior Services, Inc. (BHPMSS) in California is a leader with experience.

39. 6 Cities Added to Tennessee Downtowns Program -

State officials say six cities have been chosen to participate in the Tennessee Downtowns program.

Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty says the communities of Arlington, Carthage, Ducktown, Etowah, Jamestown and Shelbyville have been selected for the program.

40. Kitsinger Continues Downtown Work With The Development Studio -

As an architect and planner, Andy Kitsinger worked on large projects whose scale immediately changed areas, even as they were being built.

And he’s also worked on developments and projects that are smaller – sometimes part of the ripple effect of larger projects, but no less important or influential.

41. Local Firms Benefiting from Cycling, Walking Paths -

For years Memphis was labeled as a backwater when it came to walking trails and bike lanes, showing up on list after list highlighting the worst cities for pedestrians and cyclists.

That has changed dramatically over the last several years and there are now 150 more miles of new trails and bike lanes planned over the next three years.

42. Creating a Nonprofit Private-Public Partnership -

Part one of a three-part series. Private-public partnerships are promoted as a collaborative way to bring people and resources together across sectors.

A recent example is the development of senior housing in San Francisco, California’s Bayview Hunters Point community. We are proud to be affiliated with this project and have witnessed the many twists and turns it has taken over the years. We asked Cathy Davis, executive director of the Bayview Hunters Point Multipurpose Senior Services Inc. (BHPMSS), to share specifics of her partnership so you imagine what a partnership could look like for your organization or institution. Her story is specific to her community; your story will be specific to Memphis.

43. ‘A Step Closer’ -

The general contractor for the Crosstown redevelopment project recently applied for three building permits totaling $115.3 million as the development team approaches a key period for financing the ambitious project.

44. Automotive Parts Maker to Expand in Wilson County -

LEBANON, Tenn. (AP) – State officials say the expansion of an automotive parts manufacturer in Wilson County could create more than 200 jobs.

Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty announced this week that Southtec LLC will invest $24 million to add onto its existing facility in Lebanon, as well as develop a new property creating 210 jobs.

45. Departing PDS Head Says Education Needs ‘Disruption’ -

The departing headmaster of Presbyterian Day School says American education needs more of a revolution than evolution.

Lee Burns is leaving the East Memphis private school to become head of school at the McCallie School in Chattanooga, Tenn., after 14 years in Memphis. He was the keynote speaker Wednesday, June 11, for the second day of the Martin Institute for Teaching Excellence’s two-day summer conference on the PDS campus.

46. Graceland Hotel Passes Crucial Hurdle -

A new hotel near Graceland has passed a key regulatory hurdle.

The Memphis-Shelby County Land Use Control Board approved a proposal from Elvis Presley Enterprises to build a 450-room hotel on the same side of Elvis Presley Boulevard as the historic Graceland mansion, one of the city’s top tourism sites.

47. Conduit Global Opens Call Center -

Civic and business leaders celebrated Conduit Global’s new call center Wednesday, June 11, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The $8 million Conduit Global call center and back-office support operation at 7000 Goodlett Farms Parkway will eventually employ 1,000 people, making it one of the largest local job creation projects in recent history.

48. Many Seek New Homes Near Cities But are Priced Out -

WASHINGTON (AP) – City living has been a blessing for Tim Nelson.

The Phoenix lawyer moved downtown a few months ago into a new $389,000 home with a warehouse-style floor plan, a Jacuzzi tub and kitchen counters made of Caesarstone quartz. His favorite coffee spot is three blocks away. When the Arizona Diamondbacks play on Friday nights, he can watch postgame fireworks from his deck.

49. MicroPort to Invest $100 Million in Arlington Expansion -

MicroPort Orthopedics Inc. is expanding its Arlington location, investing $100 million over the next five years and creating 171 new jobs.

50. Coalition Vows Push for Minority Business Gains -

For decades, goals and percentages have been set for minority business participation in city and county governments.

Both governments have compliance offices. Elected officials look at percentages and ask questions about participation on particular projects.

51. Events -

Methodist South Hospital will host a stroke support group meeting for survivors and caregivers Monday, June 9, at 5:30 p.m. in the outpatient rehabilitation center, 1251 Wesley Drive, suite 141. Dr. Hafiz Elahi will present “Stroke From the Neurologist’s Perspective.” Email patricia.morgan@mlh.org or rushali.naik@mlh.org.

52. Culture of Collaboration -

Despite tremendous advances in technology that yield nearly infinite access to information and the Internet’s connectivity of the world’s greatest experts, many companies continue to look inward for new product development and innovation.

53. I Choose Memphis: Melissa Duong -

“I Choose Memphis” spotlights Memphians who are passionate about calling this community home. New Memphis Institute provides the profiles.

Name: Melissa Duong

54. Council Hears Tentative Plans for Office Building -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s administration would move the Memphis Police Department, information technology services and six city agencies renting offices on Union Avenue Extended into the Donnelley J. Hill office building if the city goes through with a plan to swap the office building with state government in exchange for parking spaces in the Peabody Place garage.

55. Touch of History -

For its 150th anniversary, First Tennessee Bank didn’t want to only blow out the candles, so to speak.

In addition to commemorating the enviable milestone of longevity in an industry as frequently upended as banking, the Memphis-based financial institution wanted to help customers directly feel the impact of the bank’s presence in their community. At the same time, the bank also wants to let customers literally reach out and touch the bank’s history.

56. City Council Hears Tentative Plans for Office Building -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s administration would move the Memphis Police Department, information technology services and six city agencies renting offices on Union Avenue Extended into the Donnelley J. Hill office building if the city goes through with a plan to swap the office building with state government in exchange for parking spaces in the Peabody Place garage.

57. ‘Alive and Well’ -

The diverse crowd that typically gathers for South Main Historic Arts District Trolley Night – from hipsters in skinny jeans to residents who enjoy the monthly celebration of their neighborhood to others drawn to see what the fuss is all about – featured several hundred ghastly additions in May.

58. Southbrook Mall Concept Goes to Public Hearings -

As city Housing and Community Development Director Robert Lipscomb began talking in the gym of the Whitehaven Community Center last week, he could see the Pepper Tree Apartments on the other side of Graceland Drive.

59. Editorial: Economic Success Hinges on PILOT Restructuring -

The Greater Memphis Chamber is once again venturing into political waters and taking stands on issues like the proposed move of city employees to a defined contributions pension plan.

Time will tell whether this is a sustained move by the business community to become part of the political dialogue in a city that has some important decisions to make.

60. Selling Memphis -

Not too long ago, Dudley Boyd, president and CEO of National Bankers Trust, entered a conference room at the Greater Memphis Chamber’s office at the Falls Building Downtown.

61. Medical Makeover -

After suffering from years of benign neglect, a new, more invigorated Memphis Medical Center is finally beginning to take shape.

A drive or walk around the area these days shows the hallmarks of a changing landscape – bulldozers, backhoes, cranes and construction crews working feverishly to forge the new urban environment.

62. Out With the Old -

A small group of people gathered last week in the front room of a new Southwest Memphis housing development for senior citizens.

The scene marked the ending of one era in public housing and the start of another as the doors opened to the newest facility in the nearly 20-year makeover of public housing.

63. Airport Artists -

Several years ago Richard White, vice president of properties and business development at the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority, noticed what he thought was a troubling trend.

64. Events -

The Memphis and Shelby County Office of Sustainability will hold an open house about the Mid-South Regional Greenprint and Sustainability Plan Tuesday, May 20, from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the North End Terminal, 444 N. Main St. Visit midsouthgreenprint.org.

65. Events -

Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital will host a ribbon cutting for its expanded and renovated emergency room Tuesday, May 20, at 10 a.m. at the hospital, 7691 Poplar Ave. Visit methodisthealth.org.

66. Building Community -

The Carrington at Schilling Farms looks like an apartment community you might find in Downtown Memphis or a town square, but the development – Boyle Investment Co.’s first apartment project in more than 30 years – is in the heart of Collierville.

67. Economic Gardening Program Expands Reach -

A program aimed at helping small and midsize companies grow is being expanded with the hope it will allow existing companies to extend their roots in the community.

The Economic Gardening program, which was launched as a pilot program last year to help 22 existing businesses reach the next level, is expanding to assist 25 more companies, and local officials hope the program can become a permanent fixture in the local economic development toolbox.

68. Ready to Work -

Could a framed photograph of the interviewer’s two children help you get the job? How about the Dallas Cowboys coffee mug on his desk? Or the diploma from the University of Memphis on her wall?

69. Bioworks Foundation Wins $200,000 EPA Grant -

Memphis Bioworks is one of 18 grantees for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) program.

The EPA made the announcement on Monday, May 12, and each grant is worth $200,000.

70. Organizations Aim to Train Immigrant Entrepreneurs -

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – After immigrating to Oregon from the Mexican state of Oaxaca more than two decades ago, Paula Asuncion worked on farms and in minimum wage jobs at fast-food restaurants – a widow struggling to feed six children, sharing cramped apartments with other families.

71. Lessons for Memphis Abound in Atlanta’s Beltline -

The Atlanta Beltline is an infrastructure framework around the urban core of Atlanta – a 22-mile loop of mostly abandoned railroads that is being transformed into a transit greenway.

It is a linear park with streetcars, bicycle paths and pedestrian trails that will connect more than 40 diverse neighborhoods, as well as city schools, historic sites and cultural locales.

72. I Choose Memphis: Kesha Whitaker -

“I Choose Memphis” spotlights Memphians who are passionate about calling this community home. New Memphis Institute provides the profiles.

Name: Kesha Whitaker

Job title and company: Communications and Development Manager, Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis

73. Politics Continues After County Primaries -

A lot of the candidates from the Shelby County primary ballot were in the same room the day after the Tuesday, May 6, election.

The occasion was County Commission committee sessions.

It was mostly winners.

74. Trenary Named Greater Memphis Chamber President -

A veteran of the local business and economic development scene will guide the Greater Memphis Chamber as it seeks to execute an ambitious economic and community growth plan.

Phil Trenary, the former president and CEO of Pinnacle Airlines, has been selected as the chamber’s new president and CEO.

75. House GOP Unveils Bill Slashing Highway Grants -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Republicans controlling the House unveiled legislation on Tuesday that proposes a huge cut to a transportation grant program championed by President Barack Obama that funds road and bridge projects, light rail networks, port construction and bike paths.

76. Owens Named MERI Executive Director -

Jason K. Owens has been named executive director of the Medical Education & Research Institute. Owens previously served as education/research planning manager of the nonprofit medical teaching and training bioskills laboratory, and has led cross-functional initiatives specific to the MERI’s strategic education and research planning, mobile education development and operational management.

77. Entrepreneur Day Spotlights Power of Innovation -

Already in recent weeks, Moziah “Mo” Bridges, the 12-year-old founder of the Memphis-based Mo’s Bows bow tie business, has appeared on the hit ABC show “Shark Tank.”

If the exposure alone wasn’t enough, Bridges also impressed fashion mogul and “Shark Tank” panelist Daymond John into offering to mentor him.

78. Events -

The Memphis and Shelby County Office of Sustainability will hold a public meeting about the Mid-South Regional Greenprint and Sustainability Plan Tuesday, May 6, at Riverview Community Center, 1891 Kansas St. Drop by for 10 minutes during the open house, 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., or attend the presentation and Q&A from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Visit midsouthgreenprint.org.

79. Start Co. Launches ‘Summer of Acceleration’ -

This summer, Downtown Memphis is entrepreneur central. For the first time, Memphis’ venture development organization Start Co. will be running all of its startup accelerators at the same time.

80. Across the River -

The Arkansas land between the bridges across the Mississippi River at Memphis doesn’t have a name, at least not yet.

If graffiti is any indication, lots of people go there. And they cross numerous boundaries on dirt and gravel roads and paths that can end abruptly and are posted with “no trespassing” signs and other warnings as well as railroad video cameras.

81. UTHSC Alumni Director Honored -

Michelle Nixon, director of alumni programs at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, has been honored with the Imhotep Award from UTHSC’s Student Government Association Executive Council.

82. Events -

ArtsMemphis will host the Audiences Everywhere Workshop Tuesday, May 6, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Sedgwick CMS training offices, 1100 Ridgeway Loop. Attendees will learn strategic ideas about how to grow their audiences, develop new donors and raise public awareness. Cost is free. Register at artsmemphis.org/events or email lboyer@artsmemphis.org.

83. Raleigh Springs Mall Owners Question City’s Plans -

The owners of the Raleigh Springs Mall had been talking with Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s administration until late last year about the city’s desire to see a revitalized mall possibly with city government offices.

84. UTHSC Alumni Director Honored -

Michelle Nixon, director of alumni programs at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, has been honored with the Imhotep Award from UTHSC’s Student Government Association Executive Council.

85. Coletta: ZIP Codes Don’t Define Destiny -

It’s not often you hear a featured speaker identify herself by ZIP code, but that’s just what Carol Coletta did Thursday morning at the ninth annual Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence conference at Temple Israel.

86. Graceland Hotel First Sign of Expansion Plans -

It’s been several years since executives at Elvis Presley Enterprises took an expansion plan to homeowners in Whitehaven.

The last time was when the entertainment company CKx Inc. owned 85 percent of Graceland and rolled out a $250 million plan to expand the area around Graceland into a resort setting with more hotels, restaurants and entertainment venues.

87. Under the Banner -

If you’ve made your way to the Cooper-Young Historic District lately, you might have noticed the new banners hanging from street poles throughout the neighborhood.

The 26 banners, which line Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division poles down Central Avenue, Cooper Street and Young Avenue, feature images of some of the neighborhood’s biggest assets: the business owners and customers who have helped turn Cooper-Young into such an urban success story.

88. Miles to Lead Germantown Community Theatre -

Michael D. Miles took over as executive director of Germantown Community Theatre Monday, April 28, about two weeks before the theater closes its 2013-2014 season with “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” May 16 to June 1.

89. No Annexation Declaration Directs New Path -

In seven words last week, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. got the attention of hundreds of planners who gathered in the city for the “Memphis Boot Camp,” a summit of sorts toward the idea of changing the city’s philosophy and approach to community development and economic development.

90. Baptist Foundation Adds Dev. Officer -

Penny Aviotti has joined the Baptist Memorial Health Care Foundation staff as a development officer. Previously, she managed First Tennessee Foundation, evaluating the distribution of dollars to nonprofit agencies throughout Tennessee.

91. Lawyer: VW has Deals in Place Outside Tennessee -

Volkswagen warned Tennessee officials during difficult negotiations over incentives to expand the German automaker's lone U.S. plant that the company has already secured offers to build a new SUV elsewhere.

92. Democratic Mayoral Hopefuls Debate April 29 -

The three candidates in the May Democratic primary for Shelby County mayor will debate community development issues Tuesday, April 29, at a forum by the Community Development Council of Greater Memphis and Livable Memphis.

93. I Choose Memphis: Jittapong 'JT' Malasri -

“I Choose Memphis” spotlights Memphians who are passionate about calling this community home. New Memphis Institute provides the profiles.

Name: Jittapong “JT” Malasri

94. Mississippi Could Give $20 Million in Aid to Cooper Tire -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi could borrow $20 million to help Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. update its factory in Tupelo, Miss.

95. Slim’s New Place -

For years, the house at 1130 College St., just north of McLemore Avenue and directly across College from the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, has been one of the city’s many musical ruins.

96. Wilson Joins Inferno as PR Manager -

After several years working in Memphis for companies like Varsity Brands and Mahaffey Tent and Party Rentals and Mahaffey Fabric Structures, Beth Wilson’s mind began to turn to the possibility of agency work for the next phase of her public relations career.

97. Baptist Foundation Adds Development Officer -

Penny Aviotti has joined the Baptist Memorial Health Care Foundation staff as a development officer. Previously, she managed First Tennessee Foundation, evaluating the distribution of dollars to nonprofit agencies throughout Tennessee.

98. Hollins to Speak at Southwest Tennessee Community College Commencement -

On May 3, 2013, Lionel Hollins was overseeing the Memphis Grizzlies’ first-round playoff-series-clinching victory over the Los Angeles Clippers at FedExForum.

This year on May 3, Hollins will be at the Landers Center in Southaven delivering the commencement address to Southwest Tennessee Community College’s 2014 graduating class.

99. How to Keep a Fundraising Job -

Part two in a two-part series. We have seen nonprofit executive directors and college presidents pull their hair out over their relationship – or lack of a relationship – with their development staff. There are magic words development professionals say that pour gasoline on a slow smoldering fire. Here are a few.

100. A Funder’s View of Sustainability -

Editor’s Note: This column will appear Tuesdays through April in honor of Sustainability Month for Memphis and Shelby County.

As the Mid-South’s philanthropic partner since 1969, the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis is clearly here to stay. That’s why we are interested in initiatives that make our area more livable and connected right now and for future generations.