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1. Experts to Provide Commercial Real Estate Outlook at Seminar -

Yes, Overton Square is booming, but that may not have been the case without Memphis-based Loeb Properties Inc.

2. Events -

Memphis Zoo will host Zoo Boo Friday, Oct. 17, through Sunday, Oct. 19, and Oct. 24-26 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the zoo, 2000 Prentiss Place. Activities include trick-or-treat stations, not-so-haunted tour of Primate Canyon, straw maze, haunted hayride and more. Tickets are $12 for members and $15 for nonmembers. Visit memphiszoo.org.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. Williams-Sonoma Growth Highlights DeSoto Push -

In 1999, Williams-Sonoma Inc. opened its first DeSoto County distribution center on Polk Lane in Olive Branch.

7. 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

8. Woodland Expansion Reflects Broader Changes -

From the outside, the most noticeable change to the campus of Woodland Presbyterian School is the new building for the seventh- and eighth-graders at the pre-K through 8 independent private school in East Memphis.

9. Cardinals Finding Way Back to Playoffs -

Everyone always says the expectations are highest in their clubhouse. But when the St. Louis Cardinals say it, well, it has a certain depth. The past decade has seen seven playoff trips and two World Series championships. And this season, the Cardinals are hunting their fourth straight Red October.

10. Bloodworth: Greenways Increasing Residential Values -

The Memphis region’s existing 50 miles of greenways, paths and trails are responsible for some increase in property values, particularly residential property, says Rusty Bloodworth, vice president of Boyle Investment Co. and past chairman of the Urban Land Institute’s Memphis chapter.

11. Redbirds Prepare for Playoffs Appearance -

First-year Memphis Redbirds general manager Craig Unger grew up a St. Louis Cardinals fan and he spent the last five years working in the team’s front office. He even wears a huge World Series ring from the team’s 2011 championship.

12. I Choose Memphis: Amy Simpson -

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

Name: Amy Simpson

13. Redbirds’ Easley, Scruggs Enjoy Stellar Season -

Oscar Taveras, Randal Grichuk and Stephen Piscotty. Those were the St. Louis Cardinals’ hot outfield prospects stashed in Memphis at season’s start.

Taveras and Grichuk have shuttled between the Cardinals and Redbirds and both are with the big club as the Redbirds’ regular season winds down. Piscotty has stayed with the Redbirds, but throughout the year Cardinals general John Mozeliak openly has talked about having playing time in St. Louis for Piscotty in the near future.

14. Attendance Woes to Bring Changes at AutoZone Park -

As the Memphis Redbirds closed out their regular-season home schedule at AutoZone Park this past week, pitcher Tim Cooney set a franchise record with his 14th win and the Redbirds widened their lead over second-place Nashville in the Pacific Coast League American Southern Division.

15. Greenprint Advocates Tout Range of Benefits -

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

16. Southwest’s Essex to Retire In 2015 -

The leader who guided the merger of the city’s two community colleges announced Tuesday, Aug. 19, that he will retire in June.

Nathan Essex became president of Shelby State Community College and State Technical Institute at Memphis in 2000 as the two institutions were merging to become Southwest Tennessee Community College.

17. 5 Tennessee Sites Added to National Register -

Five Tennessee sites, including one in Memphis, have been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

The registry is part of a nationwide program that coordinates and supports efforts to identify, evaluate and protect historic resources. The Tennessee Historical Commission administers the program in Tennessee.

18. Basketball Qualifier Coming to Memphis -

A one-on-one street basketball tournament is coming to Halle Park for the 2014 Red Bull King of the Rock USA Qualifier.

The Memphis qualifier will follow one-on-one street basketball rules in a single-elimination tournament. Only two- and three-pointers count in each five-minute game, while five fouls equal an automatic loss. The competition is open to amateurs and pros alike; however, players must be at least 16 years old to participate. Registration is first come, first served.

19. Blueprint for the Future -

It was 1992, and architect Joey Hagan was searching high and low for space for his own office.

He turned to his friend David Schuermann – the two had previously worked together at Bologna and Associates – whose firm at the time, DMS Architects, had an office at 88 Union Center Downtown.

20. Street Basketball Qualifier Coming to Memphis -

A one-on-one street basketball tournament is coming to Halle Park for the 2014 Red Bull King of the Rock USA Qualifier.

The Memphis qualifier will follow one-on-one street basketball rules in a single-elimination tournament. Only two- and three-pointers count in each five-minute game, while five fouls equal an automatic loss. The competition is open to amateurs and pros alike; however, players must be at least 16 years old to participate. Registration is first come, first served.

21. Events -

Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital will hold a stroke survivor group meeting Tuesday, Aug. 5, at 4 p.m. in Medical Office Building A, 7655 Poplar Ave, suite 250. The group will discuss issues that can affect patients after a stroke. Email angela.mensi@mlh.org or call 516-6929.

22. School’s In -

When public schools open Monday, Aug. 4, for the academic year across Shelby County, the merger of public education into one school system will give way to the demerger into seven separate public systems.

23. Events -

Overton Square will hold a Thursdays Squared concert Thursday, July 31, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the Tower Courtyard at Trimble Place and Florence Street. The series continues through Aug. 28. Visit thursdayssquared.com for a schedule.

24. Riverside Debate Reflects Pace of Riverfront Change -

On the day that the Memphis Grizzlies Foundation unveiled plans to add a soccer field, volleyball court and six-station fitness loop to Tom Lee Park, city engineers got an earful in the Beale Street Landing breezeway from critics of other changes to the stretch of Riverside Drive that runs by the park and the landing.

25. Grizzlies Plan ‘Pop-Up Park’ for Tom Lee Park -

The Memphis Grizzlies would like to activate Tom Lee Park while generating a community-wide discussion about the highest and best use of green spaces.

26. Events -

B.I.G. for Memphis, a business interest group that connects Memphis Police colonels and business leaders, will meet Wednesday, July 30, from 9:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Phelps Security, 4932 Park Ave. Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell will present the State of the County. Visit phelpssecurity.com.

27. Frayser Town Center Would be Based on Manhattan Park -

The town center plan for Frayser that debuted this past weekend at the first annual “Frayser Day” celebration is built on the model of Bryant Park in Manhattan only on a smaller scale to fit the Frayser Plaza Shopping Center.

28. Knowledge Tree Buys Cordova Retail Center -

8195 Dexter Road
Memphis, TN 38016
Sale Amount: $1.3 million

Sale Date: July 8, 2014
Buyer: K Tree LLC
Seller: 8195 Dexter Road LLC
Loan Amount: $1.5 million
Loan Date: July 11, 2014
Maturity Date: N/A
Lender: First Tennessee Bank NA
Details: An affiliate of the Knowledge Tree learning center has paid $1.5 million for the 28,575-square-foot shopping center at 8195 Dexter Road in Cordova.

29. Beale Street Landing Looks Beyond Early Curiosity -

The Riverfront Development Corp. is filling in a calendar of events at the newly opened Beale Street Landing that stretches into the fall and demonstrates the role of programming in holding the larger public’s interest beyond those coming to the landing now out of curiosity.

30. 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.

31. Editorial: Enhanced Riverfront Much Needed for City -

The idea of a city’s riverfront as an ornate front door is a relatively new concept in the evolution of cities as old as ours.

Historically, riverfronts were busy, functional, ever-changing ports not built to dazzle but instead to serve as the engine of commerce in river towns like ours.

32. Riverfront Cornerstone -

Beale Street Landing seems an unlikely choice as a cornerstone, considering its troubled path to completion.

At this point, it’s almost a motto – not on time and over budget, and by a lot on both counts.

33. Pathmark Inks Lease at I-Bank Tower -

A longtime third-party logistics company is on the move.

Pathmark Transportation Co., which was started in 1984 as a subsidiary of petroleum marketing company Pathmark International before becoming a national logistics provider, has signed a new lease for 3,800 square feet at the i-bank Tower on Poplar Avenue in East Memphis.

34. After the Flood -

When the flood water and debris from Nonconnah Creek receded last week from the Wheel Estate Mobile Home Park on East Brooks Road, it exposed a set of familiar issues for such properties in Memphis.

35. Archer-Malmo Hits Record-High Headcount -

In terms of its headcount, Memphis-based marketing communications agency archer-malmo is at a high-water mark.

The agency’s growth – in everything from its creative talent to its physical footprint and client roster – hasn’t slowed down this year. In the second quarter alone, for example, archer-malmo added seven new hires, bringing its employee roster to a record high of 160.

36. Events -

Cooper Young Night Out will be held Thursday, July 3, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at businesses in the Cooper-Young neighborhood. Visit cooperyoung.biz for a list of activities.

37. Editorial: Park Should Be Place to Unify Community -

There is something about an economic impact study of a 4,500-acre park that at first glance seems out of place.

But given the recent travels of Shelby Farms Park through our local political machinery, further proof of the park’s worth is still needed.

38. Pyro’s Adding Third Memphis Location -

Pyro’s Fire Fresh Pizza will be opening a third Memphis-area location in the next several months.

Pyro’s is leasing 3,200 square feet at 2286 N. Germantown Parkway, which is being developed by Utley Properties.

39. Editorial: Park Situation Speaks to Bigger City Issues -

The parking controversy at Overton Park is probably the best place to begin to think more about what happens when we get our wish for more density within the parkways.

More people living and working or going to the same area or park, in this case, means change on a lot of different levels.

40. Heart of Park Advances as Shelby Farms Parkway Stalls -

Within the space of a few days this month, the Shelby Farms Park Conservancy formally broke ground on the park’s $70 million Heart of the Park project and then its leaders watched as the Memphis City Council delayed the Shelby Farms Parkway project for a year.

41. Pyro’s Adding Third Memphis Location -

Pyro's Fire Fresh Pizza will be opening a third Memphis-area location in the next several months.

Pyro's is leasing 3,200 square feet at 2286 N. Germantown Parkway, which is being developed by Utley Properties.

42. Cash Reflects on ‘Long Way Home’ -

As Graceland marks the anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley in August, another important artist from Sun Records will be remembered in Dyess, Ark.

The opening of Johnny Cash’s childhood home in Dyess as a museum is Aug. 16.

43. Renovation, Expansion Underway at Saddle Creek -

The Shops at Saddle Creek has picked up a new tenant as the lifestyle center undergoes a renovation.

Marmi Shoes has leased 1,395 square feet between Vera Bradley and Madewell at Saddle Creek. St. Louis-based Marmi Shoes offers a wide variety of women’s shoe styles and sizes with a European influence. The Saddle Creek location, the first in the Memphis area and the second in Tennessee, is expected to open in the fall.

44. 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

45. Redbirds Games to Air in St. Louis -

Eighteen Memphis Redbirds games will be broadcast on KTRS 550 AM radio in St. Louis during the 2014 regular season. The first game was to have aired Saturday, May 31.

“It allows for us to extend the Redbirds brand in St. Louis,” said Redbirds general manager Craig Unger. “It also lets us get the word out about upcoming events and attract tourists to Memphis.”

46. Commission Approves Budgets and Dueling Tax Rates Without PreK Amendment -

Shelby County Commissioners signed off Monday, June 2, on a $1.1 billion consolidated operating budget for all of Shelby County government as well as a $75 million capital budget, both for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

47. Redbirds Games to Air in St. Louis -

Eighteen Memphis Redbirds games will be broadcast on KTRS 550 AM radio in St. Louis during the 2014 regular season. The first game was to have aired Saturday, May 31.

“It allows for us to extend the Redbirds brand in St. Louis,” said Redbirds general manager Craig Unger. “It also lets us get the word out about upcoming events and attract tourists to Memphis.”

48. Commission to Vote on Budget, Tax Rate -

Shelby County Commissioners take final votes Monday, June 2, on a $1.1 billion operating budget and a $75 million capital budget for Shelby County government, and the first of three votes on a new property tax rate for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

49. Events -

The Memphis Lawyers’ Chapter of the Federalist Society will hold a panel discussion on religious liberties Wednesday, May 28, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Madison Hotel, 79 Madison Ave. U.S. Magistrate Charmiane G. Claxton will moderate the panel. Cost is $25 for members and $30 for nonmembers, and includes lunch. RSVP to gregory.grisham@jacksonlewis.com or 462-2616.

50. MATA President Calls for Expanded Service -

The interim leader of the Memphis Area Transit Authority wants the city’s bus line to get more involved in “transportation management associations.”

MATA’s interim president and general manager, Tom Fox, describes the associations as “groups of employers banding together to provide some kind of services to supplement what MATA can provide.”

51. Kyocera Inks ProLogis Park Lease Renewal -

ProLogis has landed a major renewal at one of its industrial parks.

Kyocera Document Solutions America Inc., which manufactures and markets network-ready digital copiers and printers, laser printers, color copiers and printers, digital laser facsimiles and multifunctional, wide-format imaging products, has renewed its lease for 300,000 square feet at 5510 Getwell Road in Memphis.

52. Overton Park Compromise Takes Shape -

The Overton Park parking plan isn’t a compromise just yet. There are still details to be worked out and a big difference in the price estimate of a Memphis Zoo parking garage.

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s plan is to have some kind of agreement in place by the time shuttle service between the park and the Overton Square parking garage begins its month-long trial June 7.

53. Wharton Memo: Overton Greensward Parking Could End In June -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. is exploring two options for parking at the Memphis Zoo that would end overflow parking on the Overton Park Greensward by the first week in June.

A memo from Wharton dated Saturday, May 17, obtained by The Daily News says the city agrees that the overflow parking on the lawn “is not the highest and best use of the space”

54. Rock’n Dough to Open In University Center -

Rock’n Dough Pizza Co. is opening a new restaurant near the University of Memphis.

The Memphis-based pizzeria has signed a 1,225-square-foot lease on first-floor space at Loeb Properties’ University Center, 3445 Poplar Ave.

55. Prescott Earned Place in Sports Hall of Fame -

On Easter Sunday, April 17, 1960, a 13-year-old Allie Prescott and his father were sitting down the third-base line at Russwood Park watching an exhibition game between the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago White Sox.

56. Motte Looks to Regain Form in Redbirds Rehab Assignment -

When St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jason Motte learned he had to have the elbow ligament replacement procedure commonly known as Tommy John Surgery, he didn’t ask, “Why me?”

57. Events -

Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest will be held Thursday, May 15, through Saturday, May 17, in Tom Lee Park on Riverside Drive. Hundreds of teams compete for more than $110,000 in prizes. Visit memphisinmay.org.

58. Rock'n Dough to Open in University Center -

Rock’n Dough Pizza Co. is opening a new restaurant near the University of Memphis.

The Memphis-based pizzeria has signed a 1,225-square-foot lease on first-floor space at Loeb Properties’ University Center, 3445 Poplar Ave.

59. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden will host Farmers Market at the Garden Wednesday, May 14, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., and every Wednesday through Oct. 29 at the garden, 750 Cherry Road. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.

60. Memphis News Claims Five Green Eyeshades -

The Memphis News was awarded three first-place honors in the 64th Annual Green Eyeshade Awards for its coverage of stories in 2013. The awards are given by the Society of Professional Journalists’ Southeastern region, which covers 11 states.

61. The Memphis News Claims Five Green Eyeshades -

The Memphis News was awarded three first-place honors in the 64th Annual Green Eyeshade Awards for its coverage of stories in 2013. The awards are given by the Society of Professional Journalists’ Southeastern region, which covers 11 states.

62. Editorial: Gathering at the River Still Part of Our Lives -

Where the Mississippi River runs and recedes, it usually leaves more than was there before.

In the case of the Arkansas side of the river at Memphis, the muddy waters come and go, offering a riverside experience that mixes nature, history and that indefinable experience of just being at the river’s edge to watch its journey to the sea.

63. Events -

The Downtown Alive concert series continues Thursday, May 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Court Square. Earl “The Pearl” Banks and The Memphis Dawls will perform. The free series, produced by the Downtown Memphis Commission and Memphis Music Foundation, continues Thursdays through June 26. Visit downtownmemphis.com for a schedule.

64. Events -

Talk Shoppe will host Speed Networking: Scoring Business Leads With Fast Pitches & Race Around the Bases Wednesday, April 30, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at DeVry University, 6401 Poplar Ave., sixth floor. Baseball attire optional. Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.biz.

65. Events -

B.I.G. for Memphis, a business interest group that connects Memphis Police colonels and business leaders, will meet Wednesday, April 30, at 9:45 a.m. at Phelps Security, 4932 Park Ave. Bob Nations of the Shelby County Office of Preparedness will present “Emergency Preparedness and Homeland Security in the Mid-South.” Visit phelpssecurity.com.

66. 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.

67. 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.

68. Restivo Group Moves to New Midtown Digs -

The Restivo Group Realtors has expanded into new offices at 1861 Madison Ave. in the landmark Gilmore Building.

69. Backlog Backlash -

The first thing Veronica Coleman-Davis wanted to do was take a look at where thousands of untested rape kits had been stored over the last 30 years.

The former U.S. attorney is investigating how the backlog came to be. It’s an effort that, until her appointment in February by Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr., had been pointed at clearing the backlog with no answers from any of the players in the criminal justice system about how the backlog happened in the first place.

70. Hilton Garden Inn Planned for Former Bus Station -

A Knoxville-based hospitality company has closed on the purchase of the vacant Greyhound facility Downtown and will transform the property into a Hilton Garden Inn.

Turkey Creek Hospitality completed the $1.7 million purchase of the 1.3-acre property Tuesday, March 18, and will bring a 140-room Hilton Garden Inn to the heart of Downtown Memphis. Hank Martin and Elliot Embry with NAI Saig Co. represented Greyhound Lines Inc. in the transaction.

71. Mississippi River Geotourism Effort Touted -

The National Geographic Society wants to create an interactive media geotourism project that guides visitors on journeys they can coordinate up and down the length of the Mississippi River.

Jim Dion, coordinator of the Geotourism Map Guides division of National Geographic’s Center for Sustainable Destinations, has been in Memphis this week, meeting with local and regional tourism leaders and possible donors to the effort.

72. Tennessee Brewery Plan Unveiled -

Memphis businessman Taylor Berger is part of a team preparing to take short-term ownership of the Tennessee Brewery Downtown, with plans to bring a variety of community-focused uses to the site from roughly the last weekend in April through the last weekend in May.

73. Hampline Recalls Overton Park Interstate Plans -

In a city with lots of markers and monuments showing where historic events happened, there is an increasing amount of attention to a different kind of Memphis historic event.

And it involves something that did not happen – the interstate that was supposed to go through Overton Park 50 years ago but was first delayed and then stopped for good in a U.S. Supreme Court ruling 43 years ago this coming Sunday.

74. Loeb Files $2 Million Loan on Park Place -

The Loeb Properties affiliate that owns Park Place Centre at Park Avenue and Ridgeway Road has filed a $2 million loan on the property.

Park Place Memphis LLC filed the deed of trust and security agreement and fixture filing statement (second priority) Feb. 13 through Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. Loeb vice president Earl Williams signed the trust deed on behalf of the borrower.

75. 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.

76. Another Broken Egg to Open in E. Memphis -

Another Broken Egg Cafe will open later this year in East Memphis.

Franchise owners Chris Gouras and George Gouras of Gouras Restaurant Group have signed a 3,232-square-foot lease at Park Place Centre, at 6063 Park Ave. in East Memphis

77. Another Broken Egg to Open in East Memphis -

Another Broken Egg Cafe will open later this year in East Memphis.

Franchise owners Chris Gouras and George Gouras of Gouras Restaurant Group have signed a 3,232-square-foot lease at Park Place Centre, at 6063 Park Ave. in East Memphis

78. Arc de Overton -

The bicycle arch on the eastern side of Overton Park should be installed Saturday, Feb. 8, where Sam Cooper Boulevard dead-ends into East Parkway.

79. 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.

80. Commission Approves Ballpark Deal -

The deal for the city of Memphis to buy AutoZone Park and the St. Louis Cardinals to buy the Memphis Redbirds franchise is on its way to a mid-February closing.

Shelby County Commission approval of the county’s part of the deal Monday, Jan. 27, came with a lot of reluctance and some of the same complaints Memphis City Council members had last month – primarily that they were being rushed.

81. Commission Approves Other Part of Ballpark Deal -

Shelby County Commissioners reluctantly approved county government’s part of the AutoZone Park deal Monday, Jan. 27, despite delaying a vote on it at committee sessions last week.

The item was added onto the commission’s agenda by chairman James Harvey who said he could because it was “time sensitive.”

82. Full Steam Ahead -

A burgeoning distribution and logistics market for the Mid-South is taking root in the rich Delta soil in Marshall County, Miss., and Fayette County, Tenn.

Industrial developers and their tenants, lured by the availability of large tracts of land, major infrastructure enhancements, a new intermodal facility and friendly, focused public policy, are increasingly targeting the area.

83. Full Steam Ahead -

A burgeoning distribution and logistics market for the Mid-South is taking root in the rich Delta soil in Marshall County, Miss., and Fayette County, Tenn.

Industrial developers and their tenants, lured by the availability of large tracts of land, major infrastructure enhancements, a new intermodal facility and friendly, focused public policy, are increasingly targeting the area.

84. Call Center ‘Gratifying’ for Local Office Sector -

Conduit Global’s announcement this week that it is locating a call center in Shelby County that will employ 1,000 people was a breath of fresh air for local office real estate professionals.

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. Telecom Company to Open Call Center in Shelby County -

A telecommunications-related company will locate a major call center in Shelby County, a project that will create hundreds of new jobs.

The company, which has been operating under the code name Project Moscow, will announce the deal that will employ over 500 people on Wednesday, Jan. 22, according to sources with knowledge of the project. The unidentified company would operate the call center for one of the nation’s largest telecommunications providers, Verizon.

87. Editorial: Memphis Must Provide Bedrock for Great Ideas -

For every Holiday Inn and Piggly Wiggly and FedEx, there are hundreds – maybe thousands – of ideas in Memphis that don't make the cut.

Sometimes it is the idea. Other times it is the timing. Often it’s money.

88. Midtown Medical Office Building Sells for $2.6 Million -

A partnership of two Utah-based companies has acquired a medical office building on Union Avenue near Overton Square.

Trivalis LLC and Novalis LLC, both based in Utah, acquired the medical office building built in 1967 at 2076 Union Ave., next door to the IHOP restaurant, for $2.6 million. The property, at the corner of Union Avenue and Florence Street, was appraised at $1.3 million in 2013, according to the Shelby County Assessor of Property’s office. The sellers, Missouri-based Roundabout Real Estate LLC and Visual Projects LLC, acquired the property in 2008 for $2 million.

89. Ballpark Deal Back Before City Council -

Memphis City Council members are scheduled to pick up Tuesday, Jan. 7, where they left off last month in considering a proposal in which the city of Memphis would buy AutoZone Park and contribute toward improvements to the ballpark.

90. Wading In With a Few Thoughts to Begin 2014 -

1) A shout-out to Tennessee State Parks’ First Hikes of 2014 program. My wife and 15-year-old son and I spent part of our New Year’s Day hiking 5.8 miles at Fort Pillow State Park in Henning. Great way to step into the New Year. Even if we did order pizza after returning home.

91. Park Expresses Purposeful Giving in Book -

Whether it’s on television, on the radio, in print or around town, Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club President Jeremy Park seems to be everywhere, and a quick scan of his professional history reveals a similarly expansive career.

92. Events -

T.O. Fuller State Park will host its first hike of the year Wednesday, Jan. 1, at 9:30 a.m., starting at the visitors center, 1500 Mitchell Road. The 4-mile hike along the Discovery Trail will include a birds of prey program during the break. Cost is free; bring hiking shoes and water. Call 543-7581 or email michael.champagne@tn.gov.

93. Events -

The 55th AutoZone Liberty Bowl, featuring the Mississippi State Bulldogs and Rice University Owls, will be held Tuesday, Dec. 31, at 3 p.m. at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, 335 S. Hollywood St. Country vocal group Diamond Rio will perform at halftime. Visit autozonelibertybowl.org.

94. Events -

Beale Street will host the AutoZone Liberty Bowl parade Monday, Dec. 30, at 3 p.m. on Beale, followed by the Bash on Beale pep rally at 5 p.m. in Handy Park. The parade will include floats, and high school and university marching bands. Both events are free. Visit autozonelibertybowl.org.

95. Events -

T.O. Fuller State Park will host its first hike of the year Wednesday, Jan. 1, at 9:30 a.m., starting at the visitors center, 1500 Mitchell Road. The 4-mile hike along the Discovery Trail will include a birds of prey program during the break. Cost is free; bring hiking shoes and water. Call 543-7581 or email michael.champagne@tn.gov.

96. Worksite Consultants Preps Employees for Job Rigors -

In an industrial park in Southeast Memphis is a facility that can best be described as an “adult jungle gym.”

Among warehouses, 18-wheelers and office space is the home of Worksite Consultants. With its 3,000 square feet of ladders and ramps, boxes and weights of all measure, owner Denise Higdon and her team put the employees of some of the area’s largest companies through their paces.

97. Building Capacities -

Major road and highway projects like the Interstate 269 loop, I-40/240 and the Mallory Road interchange near Frank Pigeon Industrial Park made substantial progress during 2013, with several phases of important transportation corridors wrapping up and new projects planned for 2014 and beyond.

98. Union Mission Heightens Outreach During Holidays -

Memphis Union Mission is ramping up its efforts to help the homeless during the holiday season.

The nonprofit group just completed its annual Thanksgiving event late last month to feed the homeless, and preparations are underway for meals and services on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

99. Volunteer Odyssey Expands Program for Employers -

For Sarah Petschonek, what started as a childhood interest in volunteerism has evolved from a habit to an inventive blogging project to what today is her social entrepreneurship venture dedicated to promoting volunteer activities around the city.

100. BizChair Leases Olive Branch Distribution Space -

BizChair.com, an Internet retailer that specializes in selling chairs and furniture for offices, schools, restaurants, medical facilities, and homes, has inked a lease for around 382,500 square feet at 8631 Polk Lane, inside Olive Branch Distribution Center in Olive Branch, Miss.