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1. 10 Nonprofits to Receive GiVE 365 Grants -

GiVE 365, The Community Foundation of Greater Memphis’ dollar-a-day philanthropy program, has announced grants totaling $60,000 to 10 nonprofit organizations. This year’s grant cycle is themed “Foundations for the Future: programs that help youth meet their potential.”

2. Job Fair Hopes to Address Local Teacher Shortage -

A diminishing supply of teachers nationwide threatens to leave Memphis classrooms unstaffed when schools reopen in August. Teach901 is working to get as many educators placed as possible by summer’s end to fill more than 400 open positions currently on its job board.

3. Job Fair Hopes to Address Local Teacher Shortage -

A diminishing supply of teachers nationwide threatens to leave Memphis classrooms unstaffed when schools reopen in August. Teach901 is working to get as many educators placed as possible by summer’s end to fill more than 400 open positions currently on its job board.

4. Vaco Risk Solutions' Brian Prentice Talks Data Breaches, Safety -

Vaco Memphis has added Brian Prentice as managing partner of Vaco Risk Solutions, a national consulting firm that works with organizations that have IT security, risk or compliance needs; have had a recent breach; are moving data centers; require a penetration test; or have any other project-based risk management needs.

5. Last Word: Minority Business Mic Drop, Truckers & Taxes and Confederate Statues -

Quite the buzz around the minority business discussion on “Behind The Headlines” – notably the progress report from Greater Memphis Chamber board chair Carolyn Hardy about what’s working and, more to the point, what is not working. In Hardy’s view that would be general minority business goals that she said amount to black-owned businesses being left out some three years into the renewed push for minority business growth – in government contracts and private business-to-business contracts.

6. Hardy: EDGE’s MWBE Program Not Working -

The chairwoman of the Greater Memphis Chamber board said first indications are that minority business requirements in tax breaks awarded by the Economic Development Growth Engine – or EDGE – aren’t working.

7. Barbecue Decoy Surfaces As Overton Square Protest -

Several dozen people staged a street theater protest in Overton Square Saturday, May 20, after a decoy call for a protest Downtown at the Memphis In May International Barbecue Cooking Contest.

“So while they (police) deployed their resources at BBQ fest, CCC was at Overton Square highlighting the real obscenities,” Al Lewis, a member of the Memphis Coalition of Concerned Citizens, posted on Facebook Saturday afternoon.

8. Barbecue Decoy Surfaces As Overton Square Protest -

Several dozen people staged a street theater protest in Overton Square Saturday, May 20, after a decoy call for a protest Downtown at the Memphis In May International Barbecue Cooking Contest.

“So while they deployed their resources at BBQ fest, CCC was at Overton Square highlighting the real obscenities,” Al Lewis, a member of the Memphis Coalition of Concerned Citizens, posted on Facebook Saturday afternoon.

9. Barbecue Decoy Surfaces As Overton Square Protest -

Several dozen people staged a street theater protest in Overton Square Saturday, May 20, after a decoy call for a protest Downtown at the Memphis In May International Barbecue Cooking Contest.

“So while they deployed their resources at BBQ fest, CCC was at Overton Square highlighting the real obscenities,” Memphis Coalition of Concerned Citizens leader Al Lewis posted on Facebook Saturday afternoon.

10. Dream a Baseball Dream -

Memphis is Hoops City, a hotbed of premier basketball talent. That’s why University of Memphis basketball coach Tubby Smith is under pressure. The best of those hometown players on his team, Dedric Lawson, has transferred to the University of Kansas and everyone’s worried Smith won’t get the elite local talent going forward.

11. Last Word: Carousel Preview, New Crime Stats and EDGE Does Multi-Family -

The group Friends of the Fairgrounds got together Thursday evening at the Children’s Museum of Memphis and got the first group tour of the Grand Carousel center under construction at CMOM. This is as the museum focuses more on fundraising for the $6 million project that has already raised the money for the restoration of the carousel itself and now sets about the task of paying for the building around it including a banquet hall. Here’s a look from our Facebook page with more to come on CMOM and the Fairgrounds for the Monday edition that will probably go up on line Friday.

12. Ronald McDonald House Welcomes St. Jude Children, Families -

Jill Crocker knew of Ronald McDonald House Charities and its mission to provide a “home away from home” for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital families and their children receiving treatment. But she had not been there.

13. U of M to Participate In Pathways to Success Summit -

On June 22, the University of Memphis will participate in the Pathways to Success: Boys and Young Men of Color Opportunity Summit hosted by My Brother’s Keeper Alliance at Memphis Cook Convention Center.

14. Cai to Lead Memphis Chamber’s International Business Efforts -

Jinliang (Jin) Cai has joined the Greater Memphis Chamber as vice president of international business development. In that role, Cai will be directing efforts both to grow foreign direct investment in Memphis and Shelby County and to increase the volume of local exports to foreign markets. 

15. Saint Francis Acquires New Robotic Technology -

Dr. Alan Hammond, chief of general surgery in the department of surgery at Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis, is sometimes met with puzzled reactions when he tells a patient he’s going to operate on them with the help of a robot.

16. Haslam Credits Republican Leadership for Budget, Economic Accomplishments -

With the legislative session finished, Gov. Bill Haslam is touting budget accomplishments and a strong economy as the result of Republican leadership.

In a Capitol Hill press conference shortly after the General Assembly adjourned for the year, the governor called passage of a $37 billion budget, the second consecutive one with no new debt, as the Legislature’s most important act.

17. Port Alliance Sponsoring Chamber Council, Series -

Port Alliance/H.Saga International, a member of the Greater Memphis Chamber, has become the title sponsor of the chamber’s Small Business Council and title sponsor for a new chamber leadership series called Listen, Learn & Lead.

18. Port Alliance Sponsoring Chamber Council, New Series -

Port Alliance/H.Saga International, a member of the Greater Memphis Chamber, has become the title sponsor of the chamber’s Small Business Council and title sponsor for a new chamber leadership series called Listen, Learn & Lead.

19. Hamilton Named Development Director At Wolf River Conservancy -

Kelsey Hamilton has been promoted to director of development at the Wolf River Conservancy. Hamilton joined the conservancy in October 2014 as associate director of development.

In her new role, she works to ensure that fundraising goals are met at the conservancy, an accredited land trust that has protected over 16,000 acres of the Wolf River watershed since its founding in 1985. Specifically, she oversees annual giving, membership, corporate giving and events, and works alongside chief development officer Barbara Kabakoff to assist with the capital campaign for the Wolf River Greenway project.

20. Morris Park Tent City Calls for City-Run Homeless Shelter -

For several hours Saturday, May 6, a row of nine tents were pitched on Morris Park off Poplar Avenue in a call for a free city shelter for the homeless.

21. Last Word: BSMF, Budget Books and Milli Vanilli -

Three days of sun and mild temperatures for the Beale Street Music Festival. Not to be all “Dawn Lazarus” about the weather. Of course, it wasn’t just that way over Tom Lee Park. And many of us continue to find there is life outside after you have determined your festival days may be behind you. We were all over the place this weekend including Tom Lee Park and Shelby Farms Park and backyards and trails and on a rising river. Can you still claim you were at BSMF if you were within earshot of it?

22. Baptist Completes Merger With Miss. Health System -

Memphis-based Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. and Mississippi Baptist Health Systems of Jackson, Mississippi, have completed a merger, making the new health care system one of the largest not-for-profit health care systems in the country.

23. Alexander: Senate Will Write Own Version of Health Care Act -

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee says the Senate will write its own version of the American Health Care Act that includes keeping coverage for pre-existing conditions.

“The Senate will write its own bill,” the Republican chairman of the Senate Health Committee said in Memphis Friday, May 5. “We’ve already started that. The House has passed its bill. If we find good ideas, we will borrow them and put them in our bill. But we’ll write our own bill. That’s why we have two houses of Congress.”

24. Editorial: Memphis Coaches Prove How We View Ourselves Matters -

Sports is the all-too-easy analogy for the life of any city – let alone Memphis. Some of us immediately and reflexively respond that basketball, the city’s most popular spectator sport, is where Memphians put their differences aside and come together.

25. Avoid Being a Labor Department Target -

Recently, The Daily News ran a story regarding the U.S. Department of Labor’s current investigation of Google. Specifically, the government allegedly discovered “systemic compensation disputes” across Google’s workforce. The dispute in this case, as with most pay equity cases, is what constitutes “comparable work.”

26. Comcast Adds 500 Outdoor Wi-Fi Hotspots in Memphis -

Comcast has installed 500 Xfinity Wi-Fi outdoor hotspots in popular areas throughout Memphis and plans to add more over the next few months. These outdoor units offer Comcast customers more widespread wireless access to the internet.

27. Baptist Completes Merger With Miss. Health System -

Memphis-based Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. and Mississippi Baptist Health Systems of Jackson, Mississippi, have completed a merger, making the new health care system one of the largest not-for-profit health care systems in the country.

28. Planned Parenthood Opening 2nd Location -

Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region is preparing to open a second location.

The organization has finished construction on a $2.7 million health center at 835 Virginia Run Cove, near Summer Avenue and Interstate 240 in the Berclair area, and will begin seeing patients there May 1.

29. Spring Lessons: Here’s Who Vols Will Start -

Tennessee football coach Butch Jones isn’t big on naming starters and divulging depth charts. Not until he has to. So it comes as no surprise the Vols enter summer workouts and fall camp with junior Quinten Dormady and redshirt freshman Jarrett Guarantano still competing for the starting quarterback’s job.

30. MATA Prepares Case for $30M Increase To Fund Bus System Improvements -

Probably by the end of the summer, a group pushing for $30 million in additional funds for the Memphis Area Transit Authority will be making the case to the public to raise that dedicated source of funding.

31. MRG Reshapes Overton Gateway Plan, Residents Still Not Happy -

A revised multifamily development planned by Makowsky Ringel Greenberg LLC that reduces the number of apartment units and adds amenities that would better connect the project with the neighborhood still didn’t get positive reviews from residents.

32. RegionSmart Summit Seeks to Increase Economic Vitality in the Mid-South -

More than 300 community leaders and officials will be on hand for the second annual RegionSmart Summit, which will be held Thursday, April 27, at the Halloran Centre for Performing Arts & Education.

33. Bill Approved to Open Officer-Involved Shooting Death Cases to the Public -

The House overwhelmingly approved legislation Monday, April 24, requiring records about officer-involved shooting deaths be open to the public.

Sponsored by Rep. G.A. Hardaway and Sen. Lee Harris, both Memphis Democrats, the move opens the curtain on Tennessee Bureau of Investigation records, which are exempt from the Tennessee Open Records Act and confidential. Generally they are disclosed to the public only through a court order.

34. Planned Parenthood Opening 2nd Location -

Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region is preparing to open a second location.

The organization has finished construction on a $2.7 million health center at 835 Virginia Run Cove, near Summer Avenue and Interstate 240 in the Berclair area, and will begin seeing patients there May 1.

35. Choosing a Donor Management System, Part One -

Technology makes the world go ’round. And that includes the world of fundraising. The complaints related to fundraising technology are many and varied. Some people complain they can’t produce “simple” reports requested by management. Others are vexed by the standalone nature of a product. Integrating with accounting is a common complaint, as is the frustration that arises when trying to reconcile fundraising data with that recorded by accounting. A common question – with a complex answer – arises: “What type of donor database should we be using?” 

36. Law Week Honors Memphis' Legal Community -

Law Week is a tradition that celebrates local legal professionals and continues the dialogue about law and justice issues in the Memphis community at large.

Our Law Week emphasis explores some of those issues in greater detail, including judicial criticism, litigation finance and the next generation of attorneys.

37. Last Word: The Day After, $21.9M More for SCS and First Tennessee Overdrafts -

Take That For Data, Indeed. The Grizz crack the century mark over the Spurs 105-94 in a motivated Game 3 of the playoff series before a loud and proud Forum. Game 4 is Saturday on Beale. Meanwhile, Markel Crawford chooses. He will be leaving the Tigers basketball program for Ole Miss.

38. Chef Shuttle Raising Funds For Exchange Club -

Meal-delivery service Chef Shuttle is partnering with The Exchange Club Family Center for a Mother’s Day fundraiser to benefit the organization’s domestic violence and child abuse prevention, intervention and restorative services.

39. EDGE Board Approves Two PILOTs, GMACW Merger -

The Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County on Wednesday, April 19, granted tax abatements for a pair of companies with capital investment plans totaling $34 million and approved a resolution that allows the Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce to merge into EDGE.

40. Memphis Chamber Sets Goal for Local, Minority Contracts -

The Greater Memphis Chamber has set a goal of 600 new business-to-business contracts for minority- and women-owned enterprises and locally-owned firms by the end of the year.

The goal, split 50-50 between the two kinds of contracting and hiring by private businesses, was announced Thursday, April 20, at the chamber’s quarterly Small Business Council breakfast in East Memphis.

41. Memphis, Nashville Mayors Praise Passage of Haslam’s Road Funding Bill -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland lauded the Tennessee Legislature for passing the IMPROVE Act, including a combination of fuel tax and fee increases designed to improve transportation funding.

42. Last Word: Data Night at the Forum, Passing Gas and Graceland's Las Vegas Exit -

It’s a $30,000 fine, about $5k more than expected by most. And Grizz players say they will chip in to pay the fine the NBA levied on coach David Fizdale for his epic rant on the officiating in Game 2 of the playoff series between the Grizz and the Spurs.

43. Dunavant Winners Have Passion for Public Service -

As he presented the Bobby Dunavant Public Servant Award Tuesday, April 18, to Collierville Mayor Stan Joyner, U.S. Sen. Bob Corker recalled fondly his time as the mayor of Chattanooga.

“The best job in America as a public official is being a mayor,” Corker said after giving the keynote address at the awards luncheon at the Hilton Memphis that drew more than 500 people.

44. Last Word: 'Take That For Data', Gas Tax Wednesday and Corker in Memphis -

“Take That For Data” may be the rallying cry for the rest of the NBA playoffs around here. And look for an off-the-chart crowd reaction Thursday when Grizz coach David Fizdale takes his place courtside. The Grizz' loss to the Spurs in Game 2 Monday in San Antonio prompted a post-game statistics-laden tirade by Fizdale about officiating of the game that concluded with Fizdale saying “take that for data” –the closest thing to profanity in the entire rant.

45. McCloy and Joyner Accept Dunavant Honors -

Collierville Mayor Stan Joyner agreed Tuesday, April 18, that Memphis Libraries director Keenon McCloy deserved an award just for working for four consecutive mayors.

He and McCloy were the recipients Tuesday of the 14th annual Bobby Dunavant Public Servant Awards given by the Rotary Club of Memphis East and the family of the late Shelby County Probate Court Clerk.

46. Comcast Employees to Help At 10 Memphis Projects -

More than 1,000 Memphis area Comcast NBCUniversal employees and their families, friends and community partners will volunteer at 10 projects across the Memphis area Saturday, April 22, as part of the 16th annual Comcast Cares Day.

47. 3 Women to be Honored at Legends Luncheon -

Three women who have made huge contributions to local women and families will be honored at the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis (WFGM) 2017 Annual Tribute Luncheon on Thursday, April 27, at the Memphis Cook Convention Center.

48. Shaffer Named Executive Director Of Rebranded BLDG Memphis -

John Paul Shaffer recently was named executive director of BLDG Memphis, the rebranded entity that brings the Community Development Council of Greater Memphis and Livable Mem-phis under a single organizational identity.
In his new role, Shaffer’s job is to guide the organization in its mission of supporting neighborhood revitalization through a network of organizations and individuals working in the community development space – which BLDG Memphis does primarily through organizational capacity building, community education and engagement, and public policy and advocacy – as well as to promote the new brand. 

49. Last Word: Signs of Life in San Antonio, Steel & Rice and Marco Pave's Rap Opera -

The Grizz were down 19 to the Spurs at the end of the first half in Monday’s game two of the NBA playoff’s opening round – 26 earlier in the game -- and had it down to four at the point in the fourth quarter when Grit & Grind came back to life. It was a short if eventful and promising return to life with the Spurs winning 96 – 82. Game 3 Wednesday at the Forum. And Tigers basketball is well into an eventful off-season of Snapchat moments and “junior college” signings.

50. GMACW May Become Part of EDGE -

The Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce would become part of the Economic Development Growth Engine organization in a proposal the EDGE board is to vote on Wednesday, April 19.

GMACW was created three years ago as part of a regional economic development plan and its efforts have include the “MemphisWorks” app of job listings and videos as well as job resumes that was launched late last year. The alliance has also explored the idea of Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools, also known as P-Tech schools that extend high school for two years beyond the senior year and offer college-level courses starting in the 10th grade for college credit.

51. GMACW To Merge With EDGE -

The Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce would become part of the Economic Development Growth Engine organization in a proposal the EDGE board is to vote on Wednesday, April 19.

GMACW was created three years ago as part of a regional economic development plan and its efforts have include the “MemphisWorks” apps of job listings and videos as well as job resumes with interaction between the two groups that was launched late last year. The alliance has also explored the idea of Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools, also known as P-Tech schools that extend high school for two years beyond the senior year and offer college level courses starting in the 10th grade for college credit.

52. Last Word: Gasol on Gasol, Detroit's Riverfront and Governor's Race Shifts -

Gasol on Gasol in San Antonio this Easter weekend where the Spurs ran away with game one Saturday of the first round playoff matchup 111 – 82. Game 2 and vengeance is Monday in San Antonio with a Thursday evening game on Beale.

53. Racist Phone Tirade Prompts Reactions, Denials -

A recorded racist telephone tirade purportedly by a former membership programs and services director of the Greater Memphis Chamber and her husband directed at the staff of a restaurant in Turks & Caicos went viral Friday, April 14, a week ahead of the chamber’s announcement of a new minority business effort.

54. Racist Phone Tirade Prompts Reactions, Denials -

A recorded racist telephone tirade purportedly by a former membership programs and services director of the Greater Memphis Chamber and her husband directed at the staff of a restaurant in Turks & Caicos went viral Friday, April 14, a week ahead of the chamber’s announcement of a new minority business effort.

55. Racist Phone Tirade Prompts Reactions, Denials -

A recorded racist telephone tirade purportedly by a former membership programs and services director of the Greater Memphis Chamber and her husband directed at the staff of a restaurant in Turks & Caicos went viral Friday, April 14, a week ahead of the chamber’s announcement of a new minority business effort.

56. Racist Phone Tirade Prompts Reactions, Denials -

A recorded racist telephone tirade purportedly by a former membership programs and services director of the Greater Memphis Chamber and her husband directed at the staff of a restaurant in Turks & Caicos went viral Friday, April 14, a week ahead of the chamber’s announcement of a new minority business effort.

57. Freewheel Goes Full Circle For Its Second Season -

Freewheel, the Memphis Medical District Collaborative’s slow-ride bicycle program, is returning for a second season beginning April 19.

The rides, which will take place every Wednesday for six consecutive weeks, provide a free opportunity to casually explore neighborhoods by bike and learn more about the medical district’s new and existing hidden treasures.

58. Community Development Council Rebrands, Hires New Director -

Community Development Council of Greater Memphis is undergoing an organizational rebranding to become BLDG Memphis and has named John Paul Shaffer its new executive director.

59. Shops of Wolflake Near Wolfchase Sells for $4.8M -

2965 N. Germantown Parkway
Bartlett, TN 38133 

Sale Amount: $5 million

Sale Date: March 31

Buyer: WFL Retail LLC

60. Royston Joins Planned Parenthood To Lead Volunteer Training Efforts -

Nikeisha Royston recently joined Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region as community manager, a role in which she identifies individuals interested in supporting women’s rights, then trains them to advocate for themselves and others and to be involved in the legislative process.
Royston says volunteers throughout Memphis and the Mid-South use skills learned through the training process to share vital, accurate information about the services provided by Planned Parenthood.

61. Freewheel Comes Full-Circle for Second Season -

Freewheel, the Memphis Medical District Collaborative’s slow ride bicycle program announced it’s returning for a second season which begins on April 19.

The rides, which will take place every Wednesday for six consecutive weeks, provide a free opportunity to casually explore neighborhoods by bike and learn more about the Medical District’s new and existing hidden treasures.

62. Shops of Wolflake Sells for $4.8 Million -

A Germantown Parkway shopping center near Wolfchase Galleria has switched hands for nearly $5 million, according to a warranty deed filed with the Shelby County Register of Deeds March 31.

Called the Shops of Wolflake, the Bartlett shopping center is located between St. Francis Hospital-Bartlett and the Wolfchase mall and is anchored by Eat Well Sushi and Grill.

63. Mid-South Spay & Neuter Services Awarded Grant -

The Margarette J. Sather Animal Welfare Fund, a fund administered by the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, announced it has awarded a grant to Mid-South Spay & Neuter Services totaling $15,820 to help low-income pet owners spay and neuter their animals.

64. The Week Ahead: April 11-17 -

Happy Monday, Memphis! For those so inclined, get out your John Calipari hate towels because he will be featured in an ESPN 30 for 30 documentary this week. It’s also time for some Memphians to vote again and the Grizzlies wrap up the regular season on the way to a first-round playoff series against the San Antonio Spurs, a rival that will not be getting a key to the city.  

65. Task Force Backs 3 De-Annexations, 3 Referendums -

A task force on de-annexation is recommending referendums in three recently annexed areas of Memphis, an automatic de-annexation of three other sparsely populated areas on the city’s borders and keeping a part of Raleigh proposed by Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland for de-annexation.

66. De-Annexation Task Force Recommends 3 Referendums, 3 Automatic De-Annexations -

A task force on de-annexation is recommending de-annexation of three recently annexed areas of Memphis, an automatic de-annexation of three other sparsely populated areas on the city’s borders and keep a part of Raleigh proposed by Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland for de-annexation in the city of Memphis.

67. Grant Awarded to Mid-South Spay & Neuter Services -

The Margarette J. Sather Animal Welfare Fund, a fund administered by the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, announced it has awarded a grant to Mid-South Spay & Neuter Services totaling $15,820 to help low-income pet owners spay and neuter their animals.

68. IMPROVE Act Could be Renamed; Alternative Plan in the Works -

Legislation containing a gas-tax increase moved out of a key committee Wednesday, April 5, with proponents saying it could be called the IMPROVE Act or the 2017 Tax Cut Act because of several tax reductions designed to make it easier for Tennesseans to swallow.

69. Shops of Wolflake Near Wolfchase Sold for $4.8M -

A Germantown Parkway shopping center near Wolfchase Galleria has switched hands for nearly $5 million, according to a warranty deed filed with the Shelby County Register of Deeds March 31.

Called the Shops of Wolflake, the Bartlett shopping center is located between St. Francis Hospital-Bartlett and the Wolfchase mall and is anchored by Eat Well Sushi and Grill.

70. Malco Moving Forward With Downtown Theater -

45 E. G.E. Patterson Ave.
Memphis, TN 38103 

Permit Amount: $5 million

Project Cost: $55 million

Application Date: March 2017

71. NYC Parks Commissioner Joins RegionSmart -

The second installment of the RegionSmart Summit speaker series features the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, an internationally recognized, award-winning planner with over 30 years of experience.

72. From Training to Business Acumen, The Lab Fits Fashion Industry -

Creativity needs space and collaboration to thrive, and The Lab by the Memphis Fashion Design Network, a fashion business incubator which opened last August, was founded on those principles as a welcoming space for anyone involved or interested in the fashion industry.

73. Earth Day Every Day: April Brings 30 Days of Memphis Clean-Up Efforts -

On one hand, the Greater Memphis Chamber’s Memphis Clean by 2019 moon mission seems daunting. The goal is to restore the city’s status as the cleanest city in the U.S. by 2019, when Memphis celebrates its bicentennial.

74. Community Groups Working to Bridge Economic Development Gaps -

When a $1 million award for North Memphis was announced recently, it signaled an opportunity to bring change to those communities.

North Memphis received a $1 million award through the Strong, Prosperous, And Resilient Communities Challenge (SPARCC) that went to the Memphis Partners for Resilient Communities. But in the Klondike and Smokey City neighborhoods of North Memphis, work has been underway for years to support the people who live and work there in the form of the Klondike Smokey City Community Development Corp.

75. Memphis Continues Pursuit of New Convention Center Hotel -

More Downtown hotel rooms. Lots of them. And preferably under one roof.

“We need a big hotel,” said Chuck Pinkowski of Pinkowski & Co. “Four hundred, 500, 600, 800, 1,000. We need a big hotel at the Cook Convention Center to see more conventions. The question is: How do you fund improvements to the convention center and how do you fund a big hotel?”

76. Penn National Gaming to Buy 2 Tunica Casinos for $44M -

1450 Bally Blvd.
Robinsonville, MS 38664 

Sale Amount: $44 million

Sale Date: March 28, 2017

77. Bill That Helps Nonviolent Offenders Passes in Legislature -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A bill that helps nonviolent offenders find employment has passed in the Legislature with bipartisan support.

The primary sponsors of the bill were Shelby County-area lawmakers.

78. Most-Expensive Home Sale of 2017 Recorded -

A 4,624-square-foot residence in Downtown Memphis has sold for $1.7 million – the highest-selling home in the greater Memphis area in 2017, and the fifth-most expensive home to close in the Mid-South over the past year.

79. Tamron Hall to Keynote Legends Awards Luncheon -

Award-winning journalist and philanthropist Tamron Hall will serve as the 2017 Annual Tribute Luncheon keynote speaker for the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis.

The luncheon is April 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the Memphis Cook Convention Center, 255 N. Main St. The presenting sponsor is FedEx Corp.

80. Tamron Hall to Keynote Legends Awards Luncheon -

Award-winning journalist and philanthropist Tamron Hall will serve as the 2017 Annual Tribute Luncheon keynote speaker for the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis.

The luncheon is April 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the Memphis Cook Convention Center, 255 N. Main St. The presenting sponsor is FedEx Corp.

81. Tax Reform Group Supports Amended Fuel-Tax Plan -

NASHVILLE – One of the nation’s most conservative anti-tax groups is supporting a plan by Sen. Mark Norris to offset fuel-tax increases with a reduction in the state’s grocery tax and nix a proposal to tie rates to the Consumer Price Index.

82. Conservative Tax Reform Group Supports Amended Fuel-Tax Plan -

NASHVILLE – One of the nation’s most conservative anti-tax groups is supporting a plan by Sen. Mark Norris to offset fuel-tax increases with a reduction in the state’s grocery tax and nix a proposal to tie rates to the Consumer Price Index.

83. Last Word: Calipari Madness, Wolfchase 20 Years On and The Path Beyond Chemo -

John Calipari returns to Memphis at week’s end after Kentucky advanced Sunday to the NCAA South semifinals at FedExForum Friday. But based on the way his team played Sunday after a close game with Northwestern Saturday he might not be here long.

84. The Week Ahead: March 20-26 -

Happy Monday, Memphis! It’s the first day of spring, and a bounty of social gatherings, government meetings and business events are in bloom. Check out our top picks in The Week Ahead…

85. Grizzlies Make Deal With Comcast Business -

The Memphis Grizzlies have signed an agreement with Comcast Business that will bring a three-gigabit fiber connection to FedExForum.

Comcast Business will furnish the infrastructure to support “a host of emerging technology applications that add to the experience of attending games and events at the arena, including complimentary Wi-Fi access,” according to the cable provider.

86. Leave Your Car Home Event Slated March 22 -

A group of local leaders will host an event Wednesday, March 22, to explore how Memphis can secure dedicated funding that grows and improves the city’s transportation system.

The event, part of the “How To Leave Your Car at Home” series, will be facilitated by Suzanne Carlson of Innovate Memphis, Memphis Area Transit Authority commissioner Andre Gibson, Smart City Memphis’ Tom Jones and John Paul Shaffer of the Community Development Council of Greater Memphis. They will share their thoughts on moving Memphis transit forward.

87. Leave Your Car Home Event Slated March 22 -

A group of local leaders will host an event Wednesday, March 22, to explore how Memphis can secure dedicated funding that grows and improves the city’s transportation system.

The event, part of the “How To Leave Your Car at Home” series, will be facilitated by Suzanne Carlson of Innovate Memphis, Memphis Area Transit Authority commissioner Andre Gibson, Smart City Memphis’ Tom Jones and John Paul Shaffer of the Community Development Council of Greater Memphis. They will share their thoughts on moving Memphis transit forward.

88. Grizzlies Make Deal With Comcast Business -

The Memphis Grizzlies have signed an agreement with Comcast Business that will bring a three-gigabit fiber connection to FedExForum.

Comcast Business will furnish the infrastructure to support “a host of emerging technology applications that add to the experience of attending games and events at the arena, including complimentary Wi-Fi access,” according to the cable provider, which also will supply internet and cloud-based communications services for the team’s front office.

89. Fred’s Brings on New Board Members -

Change continues to be the operative word at Memphis-based retailer Fred’s Inc., which has made some key additions to its board in recent days as the company continues pursuing a major turnaround that includes completing its acquisition of 865 Rite Aid stores.

90. Last Word: Milhaus Sells, Voucher Debate Gets Heated and Boyd's Fly Around -

Highland Row isn’t fully open yet and it is already up for sale as part of a real estate portfolio. The owner, Milhaus, based in Indianapolis, is a development, construction and property management company that works in mixed use development. And the portfolio being on the market could turn into a recapitalization.

91. Chamber’s MWBE Loan Program Helps Companies Secure ISO Certification -

A cohort of minority-owned businesses have used a new Greater Memphis Chamber loan program to complete ISO 9001 certification, which opens them up to new federal contracting opportunities where the certification is required.

92. Memphis College of Art Program Works With Non-Degree-Seeking Artists -

Degree-seeking artists and aspiring graphic designers aren’t the only students found in the halls and classrooms at Memphis College of Art.

There are also artistic types like Lauren Waites – a PR specialist at Archer Malmo who appreciates and pursues art in her spare time.

93. Israel to Lead Greenline Group As Organization’s Focus Shifts -

Andrew Israel recently was named executive director of the Greater Memphis Greenline as the organization shifts its focus to promoting healthy lifestyles and increasing the use of trails, parks and green spaces.
As executive director, Israel is the strategic leader and the chief relationship officer for GMG. Along with creating programs and opportunities to enhance and expand the use of green spaces, GMG works at the grassroots level with neighborhood organizations and individuals to help promote their activities and expand the resources that are available. 

94. Last Word: Gas Tax Resurrection, More Monitoring and Germantown's $200 M Plan -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam's gas tax bill emerged from the workshop effectively on Monday with a sharper cut in the state grocery tax making the complex set of gas tax hike and other tax rollbacks more than revenue neutral.

95. Memphis in May Delegation Returns From Colombia -

A delegation of 48 Memphians representing the Memphis In May International Festival returned to the city from Colombia Tuesday, March 7.

Colombia is the honored country for this year’s Memphis in May series of events.

96. Shortage of Skilled Workers Creating A Crisis in Construction Industry -

With only one skilled tradesman entering the workforce for every five who retire, the demand for skilled labor in the U.S. has reached a critical mass.

That, in turn, can have negative impacts on economic development by causing construction delays and inflating budgets to accommodate out-of-town workers.

97. Tapping Young Donors -

Amelia Thompson is everything a nonprofit is looking for now and in the future. A 30-year-old Memphian who graduated White Station High School, she has worked with a nonprofit in Washington, D.C. and been a buyer for Macy’s in New York.

98. Memphis in May Delegation Returns From Colombia -

Some members of a delegation of 48 Memphians representing the Memphis In May International Festival returned to the city from Colombia Tuesday, March 7. And others remained in Cartagena through week's end.

99. Regional Innovation Underutilized in Memphis -

In San Francisco, the Bay Area Economic Council developed the Innovation Driven Economic Development Model to address shifts from old economies of the industrial age to new, creative economies. With this approach, economic growth sits at the intersection of expertise, interaction or collaboration, diversity, and application with innovation all working in concert.

100. Greater Memphis Greenline Names New Director -

The Greater Memphis Greenline board of directors has appointed Andrew Israel its new executive director as it shifts its organizational focus, the group announced Wednesday, March 1.