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1. Pepsi Franchise to Open Center in Cape Girardeau -

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — A Pepsi franchise is planning to build a new customer service center in Cape Girardeau that could create 74 jobs.

The Missouri Department of Economic Development said Friday that Pepsi MidAmerica would complete the $3.1 million project. The state is offering incentives of up to $1.3 million through community development block grants and the enhanced enterprise zone program.

2. Southbrook Mall Plans Simmer -

If the city is going to spend money on a renovation of the Southbrook Mall in Whitehaven, it should be part of a larger plan for Whitehaven and tie in to the aerotropolis concept.

That’s what city Housing and Community Development Director Robert Lipscomb said Tuesday, April 15, as he outlined a $6.5 million plan for turning the mall into a “town center” that includes some city government offices and private retail.

3. Wharton Outlines $596 Million Budget Plan -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. warned Tuesday, April 15, that “half measures” in converting city employees to a defined contributions benefits plan would not restore the city’s financial health and resolve an unfunded pension liability of hundreds of millions of dollars.

4. The Business Case for Investing in Green Space -

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

During 2013 the Greater Memphis Chamber formed the Chairman’s Circle, a group of over 100 Memphis business leaders organized to push for action on key issues to accelerate the regional economy. Early in the life of the organization we created “moon missions,” which are coordinated efforts to truly transform our community.

5. Brewery Project Looks for Answers -

When the Untapped event at the Tennessee Brewery ends June 1, the fortress-like landmark on the south bluffs will still be tentatively slated for demolition in August.

But organizers of the event, which mixes live entertainment, local beer and food, and the experience of gathering in a long-closed courtyard, hope some answers will have emerged about a possible life beyond August.

6. New Media Explosion -

One of the defining features of a traditional newspaper is the content bundle, a broad selection of topics and stories meant to appeal to the widest group of readers possible.

Increasingly, though, upstart digital media outlets are launching in Memphis that take the opposite approach. They’re focusing their brands on content that doesn’t seek to be all things to all people, going after specific niches that the founders of these outlets feel get short shrift from legacy media.

7. Milestone Year -

The day after First Tennessee Bank celebrated its 150th birthday a few weeks ago by shooting fireworks over its Downtown Memphis headquarters, with executives and bank stakeholders mingling on a nearby hotel rooftop, the bank’s chairman, president and CEO looked back with pride at his bank’s long history.

8. Loeb Midtown Center Now Fully Leased -

Loeb Properties’ Belvedere Collection on Union Avenue in Midtown is 100 percent leased.

Agilitas USA Inc., operating as Results Physiotherapy, signed a new lease for 2,280 square feet in Suites 105-106 at the retail strip center.

9. Stephens Joins Maintenance Team at Commercial Advisors -

Timothy Stephens has joined Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors as a maintenance mechanic at One Commerce Square. In his new role, Stephens will performing plumbing, painting and general maintenance services.

10. New Digital Pet Magazine Launches -

The number of new digital media outlets launching in Memphis keeps getting bigger. The newest addition is Bluff City Bark, a venture billing itself as Memphis’ first digital pet magazine. The first issue was published a few days ago, and the cover features Jeff Fioranelli, owner of Buckley’s restaurant, photographed with his two dogs, Teddy and Sam.

11. Fourth Annual MED Night Raises Hospital Awareness -

“Celebrate good times, come on!” The song by Kool & the Gang – this year’s MED Night: A Soul Celebration headliner – pretty much encapsulates not only the night, but the overall feeling about Regional One Health’s vision and new direction.

12. 2014 Campaigns Hit the Streets -

With the April filing deadline behind them and early voting for the county primaries a week and a half ahead, those running for elected office in Shelby County this year kept a full weekend schedule.

13. Diversified Trust Makes Promotions in Memphis -

Memphis-based Diversified Trust, a comprehensive wealth management firm with more than $5 billion in assets, has promoted seven professionals in its Memphis office.

Robin Smithwick, managing principal of Diversified’s Memphis office, attributed the move to the company’s next generation of leaders becoming more visible and taking on greater responsibility around the firm, which also is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

14. Past, Present, Future -

The weekend before the formal reopening of the National Civil Rights Museum, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s voice could be heard in the museum plaza.

15. Harris Files Ford Challenge at Deadline -

Memphis City Council member Lee Harris is challenging Democratic state Sen. Ophelia Ford in the August primary for District 29, the Senate seat held by a member of the Ford family since 1975.

16. Report: Tennessee Offered Contingent Incentives to VW -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee's incentive offer to Volkswagen was made contingent on the labor situation at the German automaker's plant in Chattanooga developing to the "satisfaction" of Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's administration, according to documents obtained by WTVF-TV in Nashville.

17. Yellen: Job Market Needs Low Rates 'For Some Time' -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen made clear Monday that she thinks the still-subpar U.S. job market will continue to need the help of low interest rates "for some time."

18. Sustainability is a Win for All -

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

This April marks the third annual Sustainability Month for Memphis and Shelby County. It has been remarkable and rewarding to watch the growth in activity and awareness around this important issue.

19. Industrial Portfolio Sells for $43 Million -

4550 Swinnea Road6005 Freeport Ave., 3399 E. Raines Road
Memphis, TN
Sale Amounts: $10.1 million; $14.8 million; $18 million

20. Caught in the Middle -

Even before the Affordable Care Act came along, Deborah Casey was living between a logistical rock and an economic hard place. Casey, a 61-year-old widow, draws a monthly Social Security check based on her husband’s earnings. She works part-time for Shelby County (no benefits), and to continue receiving the same amount in that Social Security check, she has to keep tabs on how much she makes. This is exactly how someone who wants to provide for herself winds up on a “fixed income.”

21. Clash of Contenders -

Shelby County Commissioner Steve Mulroy says his political plans last year didn’t include running for county mayor in 2014.

He was on U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen’s short list of recommendations for an open federal judgeship, a White House appointment he said he knew he might not get “the first time.”

22. Commission Votes Down Family Planning Services Rebid Resolution -

Shelby County Commissioners voted down a bid Monday, March 24, to rebid the county’s contract for federally-funded family planning services with Christ Community Health Services.

And the commission rejected an August referendum item on eliminating any residency requirement from the Shelby County Charter for county government employees as well as Shelby County Schools teachers.

23. Commission Takes Up Family Planning Contract -

Shelby County commissioners Monday, March 24, take up an attempt to end the county’s contract for federally funded family planning and related health services with Christ Community Health Services.

24. Fisher Finds Reward Sharing Local Economic Story -

When Conduit Global announced during a January event at FedExForum it would create 1,000 new jobs in Memphis over the next three to five years, Gwyn Fisher was finally able to exhale and show some emotion.

25. Becoming Your Own CEO -

I’ve heard the same story at least three times in the past two weeks. A high-performing worker went in for a performance review with the boss. The boss said something along the lines of, “You’ve done a great job. I appreciate you. I can’t offer you a promotion, or a raise, but please don’t leave. I need you here.”

26. Events -

Hattiloo Theatre will present “Black Pearl Sings!” Thursday, March 20, to April 6 at the theater, 656 Marshall Ave. Visit hattiloo.org.

27. Events -

Sales & Marketing Society of the Mid-South will meet Wednesday, March 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Racquet Club of Memphis, 5111 Sanderlin Ave. Scott Lackey, founder and president of Meridian Performance Group LLC, will present “Your Strategy Earned You the Opportunity; Don’t Let Your Personality Kill It.” Cost is $35 at the door. Visit sms-midsouth.org.

28. Start Co. Moves Back Downtown -

With a new home, new programming and expanded leadership, among other things, this summer finds the Start Co. entrepreneurship organization in the midst of one of the more consequential periods in its history.

29. Norfleet Forum to Focus On Brain Development -

A one-day forum titled “Early Brain Development and Function: Impact on Social and Health Outcomes” will be held March 20 from 7:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at the FedEx Institute of Technology on the University of Memphis campus.

30. Defining Luck -

Some people seem to have all the luck. From the outside, they appear to get every promotion, make more money, drive a nicer car and live in a nicer house. It’s like they are surrounded by a ray of sunshine all day. This seems especially true of celebrities, company heads and professional athletes. How do they get so lucky, and when will my luck change?

31. Norfleet Forum to Focus on Brain Development -

A one-day forum titled “Early Brain Development and Function: Impact on Social and Health Outcomes” will be held March 20 from 7:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at the FedEx Institute of Technology on the University of Memphis campus.

32. Frierson Joins T-Shirt Champions as Art Director -

Nikki Frierson has joined T-Shirt Champions as art director, where she will oversee the planning and creation of all T-shirt art produced by the company’s graphic design team. Frierson is also currently involved in Leadership Memphis’ FastTrack program, an initiative that teaches emerging, high-profile leaders personal leadership skills and knowledge of the community.

33. Crosstown Funding Comes With Questions -

The Memphis City Council’s approval of $15 million in city funding for the Crosstown redevelopment project last December was supposed to be the last piece of a $180 million funding puzzle for the mammoth undertaking.

34. City Mid-Year Budget Clean Up Totals $48 Million -

With lots of questions, the Memphis City Council approved Tuesday, March 4, a “mid-year clean-up” budget resolution that includes shifting $48 million in city funds.

While many of the transfers are revenue-neutral transactions for accounting purposes, the shift also includes moving $1 million to pay for continued testing of the Memphis Police Department’s rape kit backlog.

35. Public Invited to Weigh in on Sustainability Plan -

Planners from the Memphis and Shelby County Office of Sustainability are inviting members of the public to review the vision plan and concept map for connecting local green space that’s a result of the Mid-South Regional Greenprint and Sustainability Plan.

36. Start Co. Promotes Staff, Launches New Accelerator -

Start Co. has added Memphis businessman Scott Vogel to its operation as vice president of civic entrepreneurship, and the organization has promoted current mentorship leader Al Pickett to vice president of diversity.

37. Making a Difference -

It’s a strange thing, acknowledges Memphis businessman Taylor Berger, to form an organization that you don’t necessarily want to be that organized.

38. Start Co. Promotes Staff, Launches New Accelerator -

Start Co. has added Memphis businessman Scott Vogel to its operation as vice president of civic entrepreneurship, and the organization has promoted current mentorship leader Al Pickett to vice president of diversity.

39. City Mid-Year Budget Clean-Up Totals $48 Million -

With lots of questions, the Memphis City Council approved Tuesday, March 4, a “mid-year clean-up” budget resolution that includes shifting $48 million in city funds.

While many of the transfers are revenue-neutral transactions for accounting purposes, the shift also includes moving $1 million to pay for continued testing of the Memphis Police Department’s rape kit backlog.

40. Public Invited to Weigh In on Sustainability Plan -

Planners from the Memphis and Shelby County Office of Sustainability are inviting members of the public to review the vision plan and concept map for connecting local green space that’s a result of the Mid-South Regional Greenprint and Sustainability Plan.

41. City Sprouts -

The vacant homes and lots on Jennette Place near Walker Avenue and Mississippi Boulevard in South Memphis began germinating like an urban form of kudzu. They appeared like an invasive species in this proud neighborhood, spreading quickly, choking the life from viable properties and growing into a scourge that at one point seemed impossible to eradicate.

42. Council Weighs Conflicting Liability Numbers, Approves Mall Plan -

Memphis City Council members cleared much of their committee calendar Tuesday, Feb. 4, to talk for four hours about specifics of the city’s pension fund liability crisis.

The discussion with Tennessee Comptroller Justin Wilson, Tennessee Treasurer David Lillard and consultants from four actuarial firms was aimed at trying to define the specifics of the problem, see if there is agreement on some of the numbers and better explain the differences.

43. Council Weighs Conflicting L:iability Numbers, Approves Mall Plan -

Memphis City Council members cleared much of their committee calendar Tuesday, Feb. 4, to talk for four hours about specifics of the city’s pension fund liability crisis.

The discussion with Tennessee Comptroller Justin Wilson, Tennessee Treasurer David Lillard and consultants from four actuarial firms was aimed at trying to define the specifics of the problem, see if there is agreement on some of the numbers and better explain the differences.

44. Eddleman Joins Family Safety Center -

Vernetta Eddleman has joined the Family Safety Center, Memphis and Shelby County’s center for victims of domestic violence, as director of client services.

In her new role, Eddleman will be responsible for the planning, design, development and management of client services, and will also supervise and train staff and partner agency providers in delivering quality care to victims and their families.

45. Startup Space -

The new Cowork Memphis venture in Cooper-Young has quickly developed into a resource and educational hub for freelancers and other busy professionals, helped in part by participation from entrepreneurs like Michael Nunn.

46. Next Step: Innovate Open Young Minds -

Our last Let’s Grow column focused on an outgrowth of our efforts with some sharp peers, the Memphis Innovation Bootcamp.

One objective of the Bootcamp is to build a community of innovators. The more we socialize these methods and tools, the larger the social and business problems can be met with creativity, empathy and the widest range of possible solutions.

47. Economic Club Names Tucker Executive Director -

Just because she took a voluntary buyout from FedEx in December doesn’t mean Laurie Tucker is ready to slow down.

48. Wells Joins Evans Petree as Associate -

Julie Wells has joined Evans Petree PC as an associate in the East Memphis office, focusing her practice in health care law and general business matters. She previously worked at Baptist Medical Group, where she played an integral role in physician practice acquisitions and contractual-related matters.

49. Complaint Alleges Deutsche Bank Discrimination -

Deutsche Bank allegedly discriminated against minority neighborhoods in the Memphis area in the way it handled bank-owned properties, according to a complaint filed with the federal government.

50. Affordable Townhome Community Opens in Holly Springs -

A new affordable townhome community in Holly Springs, Miss., opened Friday, Feb. 21.

Murphy Lane, a community of 36 townhomes, was developed by Rosedale Corp. of Oxford, Miss., with federal Low Income Housing Tax Credits, which provide a dollar-for-dollar reduction on federal income tax for developers.

51. Northgate’s Shift -

When the Kroger store opened at Northgate shopping center in Frayser 58 years ago, the store gave away a Shetland pony.

When the store closed Tuesday, Feb. 18, it was the last of the original tenants in a center whose changing fortunes mirror those of the blue-collar suburb still feeling the loss of its blue-collar jobs.

52. Tour Shows Work Progressing in Pyramid -

The opening date for Bass Pro Shops at The Pyramid is still tentative.

But it appears to now be in December depending on who you talked with this week as the outdoors retailer offered a look inside The Pyramid.

53. Three Town Center Concepts Take Shape -

The city of Memphis would move government offices into two shopping malls and the Soulsville Town Center under tentative “conceptual” plans Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. took Tuesday, Feb. 18, to the Memphis City Council.

54. Council Tours Pyramid, Weighs City Offices In Two Malls -

Memphis City Council members heard Tuesday, Feb. 18, that the administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. wants to move some city government offices into the Soulsville Town Center in South Memphis and is weighing whether to renovate or tear down and build anew on the site of the Southbrook Mall in Whitehaven.

55. Events -

Sales and Marketing Society of the Mid-South will meet Wednesday, Feb. 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Racquet Club of Memphis, 5111 Sanderlin Ave. Susan S. Stephenson, co-founder, co-chairman and president of Independent Bank, will present “Make it Work Marketing: Sending a Message That Matters.” Cost for nonmembers is $30 at the door. Visit sms-midsouth.org.

56. New Women’s Business Group Grows In Memphis -

A new business group for professional women and business owners has launched in Memphis and is meeting at Napa Cafe next week to hear a veteran sales strategy consultant talk about authenticity in the digital world.

57. Improving Disparities -

Working to better understand, and thus bring down, Shelby County’s infant mortality rate would be a giant undertaking.

But that is but one of many challenges that lie ahead of a husband-and-wife team of doctors who nine months ago moved from Nashville to Memphis to set up the Research Center on Health Disparities, Equity and the Exposome.

58. Cities Can Become Adventure Tourism Districts -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — State officials say applications are now available for communities seeking to become certified as adventure tourism districts.

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development and Department of Revenue said Thursday that the certification allows certain tourism-related businesses within adventure tourism districts to qualify for a jobs tax credit.

59. Events -

Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis will host Zumba demonstration classes Tuesday, Feb. 18, and Feb. 25 from 3:45 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. in the hospital’s cafe, 5959 Park Ave. Visit saintfrancishosp.com.

60. CDC Leaders Have Challenges in Communities -

Community development corporations are designed to help create more housing in areas where investors and banks might not normally invest without incentives.

But the CDCs, as they are known, are increasingly in the business of adding business development to the housing in a combination of community building.

61. Luttrell Begins Re-Election Bid for Mayor -

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell made it official Tuesday, Feb. 11, filing his qualifying petition with the Shelby County Election Commission to run for a second term of office.

62. $2 Million Building Permit Filed for Indoor Sports Facility -

237 Woodland Lake Drive
Cordova, TN 38018
Permit Cost: $2 million

Permit Date: Applied February 2014
Owner: Wes Misenhelter
Tenant: Wes Misenhelter
Contractor: n/a
Details: Developer Wes Misenhelter has filed a $2 million building permit application for the indoor sports facility he is building on 237 Woodland Lake Drive in Cordova.

63. Victorian Village to Host Fundraiser Feb. 23 -

Victorian Village Inc. on Feb. 23 will host a fundraiser dinner called A Taste of Elegance, a farm-to-table period dinner benefiting Victorian Village Inc. Community Development Corp.

64. Council OKs ‘Tax Dead’ Anti-Blight Program -

The Memphis City Council on Tuesday, Feb. 4, approved an anti-blight grant program for “tax dead” properties – properties with more in back taxes and associated fees than the property is appraised for or could ever be sold for.

65. PILOT Reform -

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

66. City Delays Fairgrounds Zone Application Vote -

The city of Memphis won’t be going to the Tennessee Building Commission in Nashville this week for approval of a Tourism Development Zone for the Mid-South Fairgrounds.

The administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. decided to delay the proposal last week as it reviewed the fairgrounds renovation financing plan with Memphis City Council members.

67. Council OKs ‘Tax Dead’ Anti-Blight Program -

The Memphis City Council on Tuesday, Feb. 4, approved an anti-blight grant program for “tax dead” properties – properties with more in back taxes and associated fees than the property is appraised for or could ever be sold for.

68. Cohen Against Haslam’s College Plan -

The legislator who pushed and finally won passage of the Tennessee Lottery a decade ago doesn’t like the plan by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam to use most of the lottery reserve for an endowment to offer two years of community college free to every Tennessee high school graduate.

69. Council Hears More on Police and Fire Budget Decisions -

Memphis City Council member got deeper Tuesday, Feb. 4, into the specifics of Memphis Police and Fire Department budget decisions.

But they didn’t get a clearer picture of what the direction forward will be as they and Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. prepare to make some hard decisions about public safety in dealing with the city’s unfunded pension liability.

70. Meghan McMahon Joins Glankler Brown as Associate -

Meghan K. McMahon has joined Glankler Brown PLLC as an associate, concentrating her practice in business and commercial litigation and intellectual property. McMahon previously worked in academic and membership affairs for the NCAA, and has experience with issues relating to NCAA compliance, sports and entertainment contracts, intellectual property.

71. Victorian Village to Host Fundraiser Feb. 23 -

Victorian Village Inc. on Feb. 23 will host a fundraiser dinner called A Taste of Elegance, a farm-to-table period dinner benefiting Victorian Village Inc. Community Development Corp.

72. Smucker Files $16 Million Permit for Plant Expansion -

4789 Cromwell Ave.
Memphis, TN 38118
Permit Cost: $16 million

Project Cost: $41 million
Permit Date: Applied January 2014
Completion: TBA
Owner: The J.M. Smucker Co.
Tenant: The J.M. Smucker Co.
Architect: N/A
Contractor: N/A
Details: The J.M. Smucker Co. has filed a $16 million permit with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement as part of its planned plant expansion at 4789 Cromwell Ave. in Oakhaven.

73. City Council Reviews Raleigh Springs Mall Plan -

Memphis City Council members get their first public detailed look Tuesday, Feb. 4, of an “urban renewal” plan for the Raleigh Springs Mall.

The council meets at 3:30 p.m. at City Hall, 125 N. Main St. Follow the meeting @tdnpols, www.twitter.com/tdnpols.

74. I Choose Memphis: Mickell Lowery -

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

Name: Mickell Lowery

Job Title and Company: District Sales Manager, FedEx Services

75. Cowork Memphis Opens Workspace Venture -

Freelancers and other busy professionals who work remotely, outside of a traditional office setting, probably know the feeling.

Their coffee shop is loud and sometimes a difficult place to work. Perhaps a phone call comes in that they need to step outside to take – while being stuck leaving papers spread out and a computer on the table inside. And working from home, of course, brings its own distractions.

76. Owner of Whitten Road Retail Center Files Loan -

The owner of the 14,136-square-foot retail center at 2435 Whitten Road in Northeast Memphis has filed a $1.1 million loan on the property.

77. Empowering Programs -

On a recent Thursday night in January, 10 young girls enjoyed assorted cheeses, crab cakes, fruits and desserts at Napa Café in East Memphis.

While the girls, all members of Girls Inc. of Memphis, loved the food, it was their discussions with female employees from CB Richard Ellis Memphis that nourished their imaginations and ambitions.

78. Heritage Trail Financing Plans Change -

The city of Memphis is making changes in its plans to finance two housing developments that are part of the broader Heritage Trail plan for redevelopment of the area south of FedExForum and into South Memphis.

79. Finding ‘Delicate Balance’ -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. leaned heavily on reality and the practical in a State of the City address Wednesday, Jan. 29, at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.

“We have the responsibility of balancing the expectations of our citizens versus the bottom line of our budget,” Wharton told an audience of several hundred, including city division directors and those in agencies working with the city. “We must strike the delicate balance of our affairs that is based in realism and pragmatism. This is important because ultimately the numbers that define our budget are real. The decisions that have the most positive impact are practical, and the work we have to do cannot wait.”

80. Attorney Pierotti Joins Thomas Family Law Firm -

Nicholas J. Pierotti has joined Thomas Family Law Firm PLC as an attorney, marking the firm’s expansion to include probate issues. Pierotti, a third-generation attorney, joins founder Justin K. Thomas in the Memphis-based practice and will work with clients on both family law and probate matters, including wills and estates.

81. Colgate-Palmolive Building New Plant -

Officials say Colgate-Palmolive is building an oral care products manufacturing plant in Hamblen County, Tenn., adding 75 jobs in the process.

In a news release, Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty says the company will invest $25 million in manufacturing equipment and building and infrastructure improvements in Morristown.

82. Brockman Takes Reins of Airport Authority -

Scott Brockman assumed the position of president and CEO of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority on Jan. 3.

83. Brockman Takes Reins of Airport Authority -

Scott Brockman assumed the position of president and CEO of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority on Jan. 3.

84. Start Co. Forms New Investment Partnership -

Andre Mouton, director of investment at the Singapore-based boutique investment firm Angaros Group, traveled to Memphis last year to participate in the “Investor Day” for Seed Hatchery, the startup accelerator whose programming culminates with participating startups to make funding pitches to investors.

85. Jobs Explosion -

Conduit Global will hire 1,000 people over the next three to five years to staff a large call center in Shelby County, the company announced Wednesday, Jan. 22.

Conduit Global president Bryce Hayes said the New York-based company will start hiring 300 immediately for the $8 million call center serving Verizon.

86. Espitia Joins Michael Hatcher as Chief Financial Officer -

Ed Espitia has joined Michael Hatcher & Associates Inc. as chief financial officer. Espitia comes to the Memphis-based landscape services firm after serving since 2010 as finance manager for Schulz Xtruded Products, a Germany-based pipe maker with operations in North Mississippi.

87. New Housing Option Comes to Victorian Village -

Florence Hervery had been thinking about the next phase of her life for some time.

The 55-year-old Whitehaven resident had been mulling over a move Downtown, but she wanted a home, not a condominium or apartment, and was hesitant to move into the bustling Downtown core.

88. New Life -

When Rob Clark and his wife moved into their home in the historic Evergreen neighborhood in 1993, catalog and distribution operations were still active at the Sears Crosstown building.

That soon changed, and for roughly two decades the hulking property stood as a towering, painful reminder of the area’s faded glory.

89. Muddy’s Founder Shares Story at Cowork Memphis -

Muddy’s Bake Shop founder Kat Gordon next week will tell the story of starting her business and the development of its second location in Cooper-Young as the inaugural guest for the Startup Grind series at Cowork Memphis.

90. New Life -

When Rob Clark and his wife moved into their home in the historic Evergreen neighborhood in 1993, catalog and distribution operations were still active at the Sears Crosstown building.

That soon changed, and for roughly two decades the hulking property stood as a towering, painful reminder of the area’s faded glory.

91. Muddy’s Founder Shares Story at Cowork Memphis -

Muddy’s Bake Shop founder Kat Gordon will tell the story of starting her business and the development of its second location in Cooper-Young as the inaugural guest for the Startup Grind series at Cowork Memphis. The event happens Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 6:30 p.m.

92. Shankman-Cohn to Lead Interior Design Coalition -

Leslie Shankman-Cohn has been elected the 2014 president of the Tennessee Interior Design Coalition, a statewide coalition committed, through legislative and regulatory endeavors, to enhance and protect the right to practice interior design. Shankman-Cohn is a partner in Jill Hertz Interior Design, a division of Eclectic Interiors. She specializes in custom-designed furniture, space planning, furnishings and finishes specifications, universal design, Aging in Style and sustainable design issues.

93. City, County Differ on Fairgrounds Zone -

The city of Memphis and Shelby County governments have a difference of opinion about tax revenue and education funding.

It is over where the sales tax revenue would go within a tourism development zone the city wants to use to finance the redevelopment of the Mid-South Fairgrounds.

94. New Plan to Spur Entrepreneurship Growth -

On one of the first pages of a more than 80-page plan to kick start entrepreneurial growth in the Memphis area, a reader is greeted with a stark assessment.

“The Memphis economy is broken,” reads one of the bullet points within the newly released development plan called MEMx, a blueprint developed by Memphis-based Start Co. with help from the national JumpStart Inc. organization as well as with input from more than 200 Memphis partners and community leaders.

95. ‘Tax Dead’ Program Clears First Hurdle -

Shelby County Commissioner Steve Mulroy scrambled Monday, Jan. 13, to overcome some of the nagging questions about an anti-blight initiative aimed at “tax dead” properties and overcame most of them for now.

96. Billingsley Is Newest County Commissioner As "Tax Dead" Program Advances -

Former Germantown alderman Mark Billingsley is the newest Shelby County Commissioner.

On the second ballot Monday, Jan. 13, commissioners appointed Billingsley to fill the vacancy created by the resignation this month of Wyatt Bunker, who became mayor of Lakeland last year.

97. Design Competition a Win for College of Art Students -

On a rainy Friday afternoon, Bailey Brocato, a sophomore at the Memphis College of Art, was using a hammer and chisel to remove a tile backsplash in the kitchen of a second-floor unit at The Venue Apartments on Central Avenue.

98. County Commission Expected to Fill Vacancy -

The Shelby County Commission starts with a dozen members at the first meeting of 2014. But it should be back up to the full 13 members by the end of the Monday, Jan. 13, session.

The commission meets at 1:30 p.m. at the Vasco Smith County Administration Building. Follow the meeting @tdnpols, www.twitter.com/tdnpols.

99. Raymond James Looks to Sublease Space -

Raymond James Financial Inc. is marketing space it has vacated at its 21-story Downtown office tower for subleasing opportunities as the company continues to evaluate its real estate needs.

100. PRSA Memphis, Rossie Prep for Busy Year -

The Memphis chapter of the Public Relations Society of America is kicking off what incoming chapter president Kim Speros Rossie is calling a busy 2014 by naming Beverly Robertson, outgoing president of the National Civil Rights Museum, as the 2014 recipient of the chapter’s Communicator of the Year Award.