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1. Target, Cummins Awarded 15-Year Tax Breaks -

Two companies won approval Wednesday, Dec. 17, for tax incentives for projects that will create around 1,200 jobs.

The board of the city-county Economic Development Growth Engine approved 15-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes, or PILOT, incentives for both Target and Cummins Inc.

2. Events -

Madonna Learning Center will present its 2014 Christmas play, “Home for the Holidays,” Tuesday, Dec. 16, at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. and Wednesday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m. at the Germantown Performing Arts Center Duncan-Williams Performance Hall, 1801 Exeter Road. Tickets are $5. Visit gpacweb.com.

3. Collins, Harris Discuss Tax Incentive Concerns -

Memphis City Council members Harold Collins and Lee Harris agree for the most part on the value of the Graceland expansion plan the council approved two weeks ago.

4. Haslam Announces Recipients of Grant Competition -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam has announced that 12 agencies from across the state are recipients of a statewide initiative to help residents get more education and training for jobs that are available in their communities.

5. Events -

The 13th annual Porter-Leath Toy Truck will collect new, unwrapped toys and monetary donations Monday, Dec. 15, to Dec. 19 from 7 p.m. to 7 p.m. at WMC-TV Action News 5, 1960 Union Ave., and Bud Davis Cadillac, 5433 Poplar Ave. Donations from both locations will benefit children and families served by Porter-Leath. Visit porterleath.org.

6. Goat Milk and Smart Marketing -

Maybe it was that last Facebook post that put them over the top. Or, maybe it was the #voteforgoats hashtag.

Little Seed Farm’s goats aren’t telling, but they do look a bit smug.

The goats, along with Little Seed Farm owners James and Eileen Ray, recently pulled in a cool $25,000 by snagging the top spot in furnishing retailer west elm’s, “We Love LOCAL Small Business’’ grant contest.

7. Events -

The 13th annual Porter-Leath Toy Truck will collect new, unwrapped toys and monetary donations Monday, Dec. 15, to Dec. 19 from 7 p.m. to 7 p.m. at WMC-TV Action News 5, 1960 Union Ave., and Bud Davis Cadillac, 5433 Poplar Ave. Donations from both locations will benefit children and families served by Porter-Leath. Visit porterleath.org.

8. Back to Normal -

NORMAL. AGAIN. Last week, Bob Loeb and I took a stroll through the 1950s in the reality of 2014.

9. Chamber Wants to Clean Up Memphis -

If Greater Memphis Chamber officials get their wish, Memphis will be the nation’s cleanest city by 2019.

The chamber will spearhead a four-year effort to help clean up the litter and waste found in so many corners of the Bluff City, an ambitious new “moon mission” for the economic and community development organization.

10. A Tale of Two Projects -

At 7.7 miles, it takes about 12 minutes to make the drive between the Mid-South Fairgrounds and Graceland.

However, the political fortunes of each couldn’t be more different.

A financing plan for a long-delayed expansion of the Graceland campus to develop all 120 acres owned by Elvis Presley Enterprises and amassed since the mid-1990s cleared the Shelby County Commission this week and the Memphis City Council a week before.

11. Chamber Plans City Clean-Up, Announces Grants -

If Greater Memphis Chamber officials get their wish, Memphis will be the nation’s cleanest city by 2019.

The chamber will spearhead a four-year effort to help clean up the litter and waste found in so many corners of the Bluff City, an ambitious new “moon mission” for the economic and community development organization.

12. Memphis Features Prominently in 'Nashville' Finale -

Tennessee’s capital is a centerpiece of the hit ABC series “Nashville,” but its winter finale episode airing tomorrow will also highlight Memphis and a few iconic locations here in addition to featuring a Memphis-focused storyline.

13. Graceland Plan Clears Main Local Hurdles -

Elvis Presley Enterprises attempted to secure private financing of its plan for a 450-room resort hotel and a remake of its plaza area, but those attempts failed, said Graceland’s bond counsel, because it is difficult for borrowers to get conventional financing for a hotel project.

14. Commission Approves Graceland Plan, Delays Fairgrounds TDZ -

Shelby County Commissioners approved the Graceland economic impact plan Monday, Dec. 8, the last local hurdle for a plan that includes the construction of a 450-room hotel and a later phase transforming the Graceland Plaza area across Elvis Presley Boulevard from the Graceland mansion.

15. Christmas As It Was -

The hustle and bustle of a 21st Century Christmas and holiday season can be overwhelming, but the Historic Ramsey House offers a view of a bygone era.

Area residents and visitors have an opportunity to travel back to a time when life was slower and an orange in the stocking and a wooden doll under the tree was reason for excitement.

16. 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.

17. Victorian Village Homes See Demand -

A new single-family residential project in the heart of Victorian Village is doing very well, thank you very much.

Five of the eights lots inside Planters Row II, a unique master planned community on Jefferson Avenue in Victorian Village between the Medical Center and Downtown core, are already optioned or under contract after the first day of sales, according to Scott Blake, president of Design 500 Inc.

18. Education, Economic Commissioners to be Named Soon -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam says he plans to name new commissioners for economic development and education by the first of the year.

The Republican governor, who was recently re-elected to a second term, spoke at a Nashville Rotary Club luncheon on Monday.

19. Mid-South Grows in Popularity for Retirees -

Florida or bust?

Not necessarily, not anymore.

Retirees coming from the Midwest and Northeast are realizing they have other options, and increasingly they are acting on them. Several Mid-South states have developed formal recruitment programs with the hope of luring out-of-state retirees – new money, in economic development parlance.

20. New Alliance Focuses on Workforce Development -

Memphis and Shelby County are prioritizing workforce development and creating a pipeline that will deliver trained employees to local companies.

The goal is to align educational offerings with the current and future needs of employers.

21. Program Launched to Grow State’s Small Businesses -

Because many small businesses might still find access to credit tight, and because putting new capital to work in small businesses can give the economy a jolt through the creation of jobs, a pair of organizations has launched a new lending program with those factors in mind.

22. Spillyards Leads Community Advisors Launch -

Greg Spillyards has joined the brokerage team at Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors to launch the firm’s Community Advisors service line.

Community Advisors is focused on the Memphis city core, with a goal to provide real estate advisory services to assist in the revitalization of the city’s underserved areas with passion, creativity and entrepreneurship, and with service to those already living and leading in their neighborhoods.

23. New Alliance Prioritizes Workforce Development -

Memphis and Shelby County are prioritizing workforce development and creating a pipeline that will deliver trained employees to local companies.

The goal is to align educational offerings with the current and future needs of employers.

24. Lynnfield Place Apartments Sell for $22.4 Million -

1400 Lynnfield Road
Memphis, TN 38119
Sale Amount: $22.4 million

Sale Date: Nov. 7, 2014
Buyer: Lynnfield Apartments LLC
Seller: Lynnfield Holdings LLC
Loan Amount: $20 million
Loan Date: Nov. 3, 2014
Borrower: Lynnfield Apartments LLC
Lender: Arbor Commercial Funding LLC
Details: The Lynnfield Place apartment community in East Memphis has sold for $22.4 million.

25. Germantown Mayor-Elect Discusses Revenue, Schools -

The incoming mayor of Germantown wants to grow the city’s sales tax base to make its government a bit less reliant on property tax revenue.

Property taxes fund about 60 percent of Germantown city services, said mayor-elect Mike Palazzolo, who takes office Dec. 16. Sales tax revenue funds another 16 percent, with the rest coming from fees and state and federal funding.

26. Wharton Says Southbrook Mall Qualifies for Federal Bonds -

The proposed renovation of Southbrook Mall is lurching back to life after months off the political radar screen.

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. announced Thursday, Nov. 20, that a renovation of the mall could be financed with up to $2.1 million in federal bonds through the Memphis Green Communities Program.

27. Germantown Was Into Mixed-Use Before It Was Cool -

Even before Mayor Karl Dean’s announcement that the $60 million ballpark would be constructed in Germantown, the area was flourishing – not to the extent that it is now, but it was experiencing growth and development.

28. 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.

29. School on ‘Nashville Nine’ List -

Historic Nashville Inc., a nonprofit devoted to promoting and preserving historic places in Nashville, has placed Hillsboro High School on its annual Nashville Nine list.

30. Hillsboro High Land Sale: New School, Big Profit -

Merritt Rowe knows her children will never personally benefit from any changes to Hillsboro High School in Green Hills, but as the parent of two current students and another starting next year, it is something she is willing to fight for and encourages other parents – especially those of future students – to do the same.

31. 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.

32. Delta Slashes More Memphis Flights -

Delta Air Lines will dramatically reduce service at Memphis International Airport once again, delivering another blow to airline employees, local flyers and airport officials.

Delta has informed the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority that effective Jan. 5, 2015, the airline will cease nonstop flights to Pittsburgh International Airport, New Orleans Louis Armstrong International Airport and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. In addition, Delta will cease its nonstop flight to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in April.

33. Wharton Says Southbrook Mall Qualifies For Federal Bonds -

The proposed renovation of Southbrook Mall lurched back to life Thursday, Nov. 20, after months off the political radar screen.

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. announced Thursday a renovation of the mall could be financed with up to $2.1 million in federal bonds through the Memphis Green Communities Program.

34. Boyle Sees Opportunity in East Memphis -

Memphis-based Boyle Investment Co. hopes to break ground next year on a new office building at its Ridgeway Center complex near Poplar Avenue and Shady Grove Road, according to company officials.

35. Bohannon to Chair Junior Achievement Board -

Morgan Bohannon has been named chairman of the board of director of Junior Achievement of Memphis & the Mid-South Inc. Bohannon, the regional market manager for iHeartMedia, became engaged with Junior Achievement when iHeartMedia sponsored the “Broadcast Center” at JA BizTown in 2012. He joined the board soon thereafter and has been involved ever since.

36. Education Commissioner Leaving for Private Sector -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Education Department Commissioner Kevin Huffman said Thursday that the scrutiny he received during his nearly four turbulent years at the helm of the state's schools didn't influence his decision to leave for the private sector.

37. Makowsky Ringel Greenberg Still Going Strong -

In 2008, Memphis-based Makowsky Ringel Greenberg LLC acquired land inside the Schilling Farms community in Collierville for a new high-end apartment development.

38. Economic Commissioner Leaving for Private Sector -

Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty is leaving the administration to return to the private sector, Gov. Bill Haslam announced Wednesday.

The Republican governor didn't say exactly what Hagerty will be doing, even though the commissioner's name has surfaced as a possible gubernatorial candidate in 2018.

39. 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.

40. Economic Commissioner Leaving for Private Sector -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty is leaving the administration to return to the private sector, Gov. Bill Haslam announced Wednesday.

41. Southaven Rises on Memphis’ Tide -

While our country's economy seems to be making a turn in the right direction, cost of living remains one of the top reasons that individuals and families choose to live where they do.

Recently, data from the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center and other resources, pulled from the first quarter in 2014, showed that the Mid-South ranked as the most affordable place to live, with Mississippi at No. 1 and Tennessee at No. 2.

42. Historic Brewery Sold and Ready for Development -

The long-vacant Tennessee Brewery Downtown has been sold for $825,000 and could soon see new life.

The Tennessee Brewery LLC, a trust of the family that owns Memphis general contractor BHN Corp., sold the shuttered brewery at 495 Tennessee St. to 495 Tennessee LLC, according to a Nov. 5 warranty deed filed with the Shelby County Register of Deeds office.

43. Palazzolo Prepares to Lead Germantown -

Germantown Mayor-elect Mike Palazzolo was surprised that the mayor’s race became as hard-fought as it was.

But after beating former city division director George Brogdon last week, Palazzolo prepares to take the oath of office Dec. 15, assemble his administration and start work on a new economic development plan.

44. Overton Square Highlights Commercial Real Estate Positives -

The old owners of Overton Square had a plan to remove existing local tenants and retailers and replace them with national retailers.

They succeeded in emptying Overton Square of tenants, but couldn’t attract new national retailers, leaving what was left to twist in the wind.

45. ’Tis the Shopping Season -

Buoyed by rising home prices and stock portfolios, Middle Tennesseans are ready to spend big again on the holidays and will be shopping earlier than ever.

In fact, they already have.

Forget Black Friday or even Thanksgiving Day as the traditional start of the holiday shopping season.

46. Footwear Operation Bringing Jobs to Morristown -

MORRISTOWN, Tenn. (AP) – State officials say a tactical footwear manufacturer locating in Hamblen County is expected to create close to 200 jobs.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty announced this week that Original Footwear will invest $10 million in a new manufacturing operation in Morristown that will employ 182 people.

47. Hill to Lead MIFA’s COOL Program -

Andrea Hill has been named manager of Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association’s COOL (College Offers Opportunities for Life) program, which provides higher education counseling, life skills training and mentorship opportunities to 11th- and 12th-graders from G.W. Carver and Booker T. Washington High Schools. Hill previously worked as director of volunteer services for Cool Girls Inc. in Atlanta.

48. 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.

49. Inclinator Remains Elusive at The Pyramid -

In the 23 years since The Pyramid was built and opened as an arena, some of the frustrations of developing the building for more than one use remain.

Its brief life as an arena now gone, The Pyramid is being converted to a Bass Pro Shops superstore with a hotel and other attractions inside, including restaurants and an aquarium at the top of the structure. There are also glass extensions at the top to view the city and the Mississippi River.

50. Mississippi Company Waited Years to Acquire The Horizon -

Walker Thrash, principal of Dawn Properties Inc., first heard about The Horizon shortly after work on the ambitious condominium tower overlooking the Mississippi River ground to a halt in 2009.

51. 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.

52. 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.

53. Schools, Development Dominate Germantown Races -

Germantown will have a new mayor once all of the votes are counted Nov. 4 in the city’s municipal elections on the ballot.

But the race between former Germantown Community Services director George Brogdon and alderman Mike Palazzolo likely won’t completely settle the community’s discussion and debate about development and the future of the Germantown Municipal Schools district.

54. Succession Plan Charts Future For Linkous Construction -

As children, Jamie and Rusty Linkous used to hop in the family vehicle with their parents, R.E. and Clare Linkous, and visit work sites, watching firsthand the hard work their parents put into altering the built landscape of the city.

55. Memphis Economic Indicator Finds Optimism -

The latest Memphis Economic Indicator, a quarterly survey measuring general business sentiment produced jointly by The Daily News and Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP, found a downward trend in sentiment measured by almost all of the survey’s six standard questions.

56. UTHSC Names Snyder Associate Dean -

Dr. Clint W. Snyder has been appointed as the senior associate dean and chair for the new Department of Medical Education in the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) College of Medicine.

57. UTHSC Announces Medical Education Appointment -

Clint W. Snyder, PhD, MBA, has been appointed as the senior associate dean and chair for the new Department of Medical Education in the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) College of Medicine.

58. Palazzolo, Brogdon Talk 3 Gs in Germantown Debate -

The two candidates for mayor of Germantown offered different views about where the city is and future goals Tuesday, Oct. 21, before an overflow crowd at the Germantown Municipal Center.

Mike Palazzolo and George Brogdon, who retired as the city’s community services director to run for mayor, are running on the Nov. 4 ballot to succeed five-term mayor Sharon Goldsworthy, who is not seeking re-election.

59. New Tech Group Formed to Expand Community -

This year’s TechCamp Memphis event, which happens Nov. 1, will represent more than just a one-day conference for design, development and marketing professionals in the Memphis area.

The event, now in its third year, also marks the first official event from the Memphis Technology Foundation, a new nonprofit put together by leaders in the city’s technology community to help that community grow. The group plans to do so by helping the city’s designers, developers, makers and technology aficionados find new ways to band together, learn from each other and network.

60. Council Considers Car Lot By New Graceland Hotel -

The Memphis City Council takes up a special use permit Tuesday, Oct. 21, to allow a used car lot at 3510 Elvis Presley Blvd., south of Winchester Road, by Babak Makki.

61. Expanding Opportunities -

The popular image of a library may be one of a dowdy old institution that loans out books and demands hushed voices from its patrons. But because of where the library system in Memphis is headed, though, that notion is – no pun intended – overdue for a rethink.

62. 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.

63. Developer Focuses on Midtown Corner -

Developer Charles S. Ryan is looking to expand his Midtown real estate holdings. For several years Ryan has held discussions with property owners around the intersection of Cooper Street and Central Avenue.

64. Events -

Poplar Pike Playhouse will present “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” Thursday, Oct. 16, to Oct. 25 at the playhouse in Germantown High School, 7653 Old Poplar Pike. Buy tickets at ppp.org.

65. McManus Joins Patrick Accounting -

Michelle McManus, a Memphis native and certified public accountant, has joined Patrick Accounting and Tax Services PLLC as manager. In her new role, McManus will supervise and review the monthly accounting process for a section of clients. She will also prepare and review tax returns and work closely with clients, assisting them with ongoing tax planning.

66. Acura of Memphis Owner Buys Dealership, Land -

2611 Ridgeway Road, 6055-6085 Acura Cove
Memphis, TN 38119
Sale Amount: $12.4 million

67. I Choose Memphis: Lori Spicer Robertson -

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

Name: Lori Spicer Robertson

68. Editorial: Jobs Growth Has Multilayered Solution -

The basic goal of bringing jobs to Memphis isn’t as simple as it sounds.

It’s about keeping jobs in Memphis and Memphians in those jobs.

We’ve known that since the recent days of the Electrolux plant announcement and Blues City Brewing starting up in the old Schlitz/Coors/Stroh’s brewery.

69. University of Memphis Gets ‘Big Data’ Grant -

The University of Memphis is among a dozen universities in the nation sharing in $32 million in federal funding for research into how to analyze and use complex biomedical data, U.S. health officials announced Thursday, Oct. 9.

70. Collins Taps Frustration in Possible Mayoral Challenge -

Memphis City Council member Harold Collins took his exploratory campaign for Memphis Mayor to the Evergreen Historic District just days after launching the effort on social media.

71. No Gang Zone Targets Legends Park Area -

In June a group of 100 gang members lined both sides of Mosby Avenue between Dunlap and Ayers Streets, shutting down the area, as they celebrated the birthday of a fellow gang member, according to the local Multi-Agency Gang Unit.

72. United States Cold Storage Expands in Covington -

A refrigerated warehouse logistics provider is expanding in Covington with a $48 million investment that will create 63 new jobs in Tipton County.

United States Cold Storage will add a new distribution and warehouse facility adjacent to the Unilever ice cream facility in Covington, one of the largest ice cream plants in the world.

73. Ripley Gets Funding for Storefront Renovation -

The city of Ripley, Tenn., is getting $25,000 in state block grant funding to renovate storefronts along the town’s Washington Street corridor.

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development awarded the Community Development Block Grant funds to Ripley’s Downtown Development Corp., which will oversee the competition among the business owners for four grants.

74. McNeill Seeks Permits for Germantown Medical Offices -

1432 Kimbrough Road and 1468 Kimbrough Road
Germantown, TN 38138
Project Cost: $2.6 million

75. Orgel Hints at Tennessee Brewery Plans -

The owner of the Tennessee Brewery said the historic property could be transformed into a mixed-use project featuring apartments and some ground-floor commercial space, according to a news report.

Billy Orgel, president of cell phone tower development firm Tower Ventures, said the “likely” use of the massive property overlooking the Mississippi River at 495 Tennessee St. would be a combination of residential and commercial space, according to the Memphis Business Journal.

76. Methodist Opens Care Clinic in Marion -

A subsidiary of Memphis-based Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare has opened a primary care clinic in Marion, Ark., and officials hope more providers will follow suit to close the gap left by the sudden closure of Crittenden Regional Hospital in West Memphis.

77. UT Extension Wins Grant to Fight Chronic Disease -

University of Tennessee Extension has been awarded a grant of more than $987,000 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to reduce the rate of chronic diseases in four West Tennessee counties: Lake, Lauderdale, Haywood and Humphreys. Tennessee State University Extension is a cooperating partner.

78. Orion CFO Selected for Credit Union Council -

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has tapped Orion Federal Credit Union chief financial officer Jason Lee to join its national Credit Union Advisory Council.

The CFPB’s advisory board and council members are considered to be experts in consumer protection, financial services, community development, fair lending, civil rights and consumer financial products or services. And they are all representatives of community banks and credit unions.

79. Parting Thoughts -

Wade Bolton had a lot on his mind when he drafted his will in 1868.

Most of it had to do with a violent feud between his family and the Dickins family in which he was ultimately one of the victims of the violence – shot and fatally wounded in Court Square, less than a year after writing the will.

80. Room for Growth -

Sardor and Gulam Umarov are used to fighting battles with seemingly long odds.

Between 2005 and 2009, the brothers waged a high-profile human rights campaign against the authoritarian government in their native Uzbekistan for the release of their father, Sanjar Umarov, a Germantown businessman thrown into prison for opposing the regime.

81. Under Armour Facility to Create 1,500 Jobs -

MT. JULIET, Tenn. (AP) – Athletic apparel maker Under Armour says it will build a new distribution center in suburban Nashville.

The $100 million facility is projected to create 1,500 jobs in the next five years.

82. 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.

83. Olive Branch Business Park Closer to Development -

A Texas-based development firm could start turning dirt soon on a massive new business park in Olive Branch.

Hillwood Investment Properties is expected to close on a land purchase next week that will clear the way for Legacy Park, a 265-acre distribution and business park on the south side of Goodman Road, just east of Hacks Cross Road near Polk Lane.

84. Leadership and Fundraising -

“... The true leader can be recognized because somehow or other his people consistently turn in superior performances. ... A leader is great, not because of his or her power, but because of his or her ability to empower others. Success without a successor is failure.”

85. Stonebridge Crossing Sells for $29.8 Million -

9135 Morning Ridge Road
Memphis, TN 38016
Sale Amount: $29.8 million

Sale Date: Sept. 11, 2014
Buyer: IRT Stonebridge Crossing Apartments Owner LLC
Seller: AB Merion Stonebridge LLC
Details: The 500-unit Stonebridge Crossing apartment complex in Cordova has traded hands.

86. 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.

87. UT Extension Awarded Grant to Fight Chronic Disease -

University of Tennessee Extension has been awarded a grant of more than $987,000 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to reduce the rate of chronic diseases in four West Tennessee counties: Lake, Lauderdale, Haywood and Humphreys. Tennessee State University Extension is a cooperating partner.

88. Orion CFO Selected For Credit Union Advisory Council -

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has tapped Orion Federal Credit Union chief financial officer Jason Lee to join its national Credit Union Advisory Council.

The CFPB’s advisory board and council members are considered to be experts in consumer protection, financial services, community development, fair lending, civil rights and consumer financial products or services. And they are all representatives of community banks and credit unions.

89. I Choose Memphis: Gregory Love -

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

Name: Gregory Love

90. Melting Pot Interested in Memphis Return -

The Melting Pot fondue restaurant is looking to come back into the Memphis market a month after its restaurant across Germantown Parkway from Wolfchase Galleria closed in August.

The company has named Memphis as a target for future franchise development. The chain is amenable to reopening the shuttered location with the right franchisee partner or at a new site in the market, according to the company.

91. 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.

92. NashvilleNext Planners Move to Next Step -

As the city shifts into fall, planners are gearing up for the final phase of NashvilleNext, a three-year long planning process that will have a major impact on growth and development patterns in Davidson County over the next 25 years.

93. 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.

94. Active Community Keeps Sports Medicine Busy -

George Hernandez is not only the CEO of Campbell Clinic, he’s a client.

An avid runner, Hernandez was doing a trail marathon last winter. Conditions were rainy, cold and windy. Worst of all, there were wet leaves underfoot covering protruding tree roots.

95. Auto Components Manufacturer Coming to Spring Hill -

SPRING HILL, Tenn. (AP) – State officials say Comprehensive Logistics Co. Inc. plans to build a facility that will house the manufacturing and light assembly of automotive components for the General Motors plant in Spring Hill, about 30 miles south of Nashville.

96. Melting Pot Interested in Memphis Return -

The Melting Pot fondue restaurant is looking to come back into the Memphis market a month after its restaurant across Germantown Parkway from Wolfchase Galleria closed in August.

The company has named Memphis as a target for future franchise development. The chain is amenable to reopening the shuttered location with the right franchisee partner or at a new site in the market, according to the company.

97. 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.

98. Viability of Black Creative Districts Explored -

Several weeks ago, Eric Robertson, the president of the neighborhood revitalization intermediary Community LIFT, was showing a group of visitors around the city’s various creative and entertainment districts.

99. County Commission Starts School Bond Process -

Shelby County Commissioners vote Monday, Sept. 22, on a resolution that is the first step in issuing $120 million in general obligation bonds over the next two years to finance “public works projects, including schools,” according to the resolution.

100. Haslam Announces Workforce Grants -

Gov. Bill Haslam has announced a new statewide initiative to help residents get more education and training for jobs that are available in their communities.

Haslam says the Tennessee Higher Education Commission is accepting applications from partnerships across the state for $10 million in grants from the Labor Education Alignment Program. Applicants must represent a partnership between a local economic development agency, a community college, the local school district and at least two employers.