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1. McDonald's Sells China Business in Deal Worth Up to $2.1B -

HONG KONG (AP) – Fast-food giant McDonald's is selling a controlling stake in its China business to a group of investors led by state-owned Chinese conglomerate Citic in a deal worth up to $2.1 billion, the companies said Monday.

2. Becoming A Partner of Choice -

A talk by Johnson & Johnson executives Janette Edelstein, director external innovation, and Chris Ryan, director innovation sourcing.

3. Fogelman Acquires Two Apartment Communities -

Memphis-based Fogelman Properties acquired a pair of multifamily apartment communities in Georgia and South Carolina, totaling a combined 540 units.

The communities were acquired in a joint venture with Dallas, Texas-based Thackeray Partners and mark the third and fourth multifamily investments by the partnership since 2015.

4. Fogelman Acquires Two Apartment Communities -

Memphis-based Fogelman Properties acquired a pair of multifamily apartment communities in Georgia and South Carolina, totaling a combined 540 units.

The communities were acquired in a joint venture with Dallas, Texas-based Thackeray Partners and mark the third and fourth multifamily investments by the partnership since 2015.

5. Nordstrom Rack Files $1.5M Permit for Memphis Store -

4572 Poplar Ave.

Memphis, TN 38117

Permit Amount: $1.5 million

Project Cost: $25.2 million

Application Date: December 2016

6. Memphis Bioworks Surpasses Goals of Labor Department Job-Training Grant -

The Memphis Bioworks Foundation is serious about workforce development and job training, along with the other high-profile work for which it’s known, like investing in companies related to bioscience and sustainability.

7. Mold the Future Of Unplanned Purchases -

A Back End of Innovation Conference talk by Melissa Crompton, senior manager, New Model Innovation, The Hershey Co. In this changing retail landscape where trips in-store are down, how does a highly impulsive category remain relevant? And how do we become relevant to new audiences who are not going in stores? 

8. Riding Momentum -

Around this time each year, everyone tends to start fetishizing the blank slate a bit, with its attendant allure of reinvention and that sweeping away of the old order to make way for what comes next.

9. Nordstrom Rack Files $1.5M Permit For Memphis Store -

Nordstrom Rack is moving one step closer to opening an East Memphis location in 2017.

The Seattle-based retailer has filed a $1.5 million building permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for its store at 4572 Poplar Ave. in the future Poplar Commons retail center.

10. Memphis-Area Planned Parenthood Nears $12 Million Fundraising Goal -

Bracing for an uncertain future as President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take office, Planned Parenthood of the Greater Memphis Region is taking steps to stay operational in the event of losing its federal funding.

11. Chairman's Circle Moon Missions Are Taking Flight -

Although the Greater Memphis Chamber’s Chairman’s Circle and its Moon Missions are designed to bring change on a long-term scale, some of the missions are already having a tangible effect on the community.

12. $950M Deal Would Make Fred's No. 3 Nationwide -

Memphis-based Fred’s Inc. has agreed to buy 865 Rite Aid stores from Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. and Rite Aid Corp. for $950 million, which will make Fred's the third-largest drugstore chain nationwide.

13. Renasant Corp. Kicks Off Common Stock Offering -

For the parent company of Renasant Bank, now looked like the perfect time to kick off a common stock offering that will bring more than $75 million into the company’s coffers.

14. Last Word: TNReady Scores, Ikea Day and 901REnews -

Snap goes the streak. Cavs over the Grizz in Cleveland Tuesday 103-86. The Cavs are here Wednesday without LeBron James, Kevin Love or Kyrie Irving. For the Grizz, we shall see about Deyonta Davis who came out of Tuesday’s game with a left foot injury.

15. Medical District Using Tactical Urbanism to Increase Walkability -

Redevelopment in dense city centers provides a unique set of problems for urban planners. Decades and sometimes centuries of overlapping growth make utilizing every possible square foot of land a necessity.

16. Trump Picks Fast Food Executive Andrew Puzder for Labor -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump plans to add another wealthy business person and elite donor to his Cabinet, saying he would nominate fast-food executive Andrew Puzder as labor secretary.

17. Memphis Wins ‘Maker City’ Designation from Etsy -

The local community of makers and artisan entrepreneurs this year has been the subject of increased attention from the city and other key stakeholders who want to learn more about and ultimately see that community expand.

18. Memphis Chamber Announces ‘10 to Watch’ -

The Greater Memphis Chamber has released its annual “10 to Watch” list, which recognizes member companies and organizations whose focus and passion have brought success in the past year and positioned them for future growth.

19. Lennox Cos. Raising Its Profile -

When Lennox Cos. was founded in 2014, the upstart apartment management company owned only three properties with 800 units, but a mere 2 ½ years later it manages 18 properties with more than 3,700 units.

20. Memphis Chamber Announces ‘10 to Watch’ -

The Greater Memphis Chamber has released its annual “10 to Watch” list, which recognizes member companies and organizations whose focus and passion have brought success in the past year and positioned them for future growth.

21. Olive Branch Operation Eyes Relocation to Memphis -

International Distributors USA Inc., which distributes automotive filters under the brand Premium Guard, has applied for a 10-year Fast Track PILOT to move its national distribution center out of Olive Branch and into Hickory Hill.

22. Expanding Care -

With the arrival of the holiday shopping season, dozens of major retailers – brands from Best Buy to Williams-Sonoma to Brooks Brothers and New York & Co. – as well as the consumers who patronize them will also be turning their attention to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

23. Real Estate Awakening -

The year’s biggest office deal didn’t affect Memphis’ office absorption at all, but everyone in real estate has felt its reverberations.

When ServiceMaster Global Holdings announced its move to the shuttered Peabody Place Mall from Ridge Lake office park, it promised new life for a 328,000-square-foot black hole in Downtown’s retail market.

24. Last Word: The Grizz Are Back, Bass Pro Shops Buys Cabela's and Stein at Amurica -

Some of you will remember the late George Lapides, whom I worked with for a time at WREC, had a policy about pre-season baseball games or what he called the “Grapefruit League.” It was that they didn’t exist. He wouldn’t acknowledge the games much less the scores.

25. Inferno Links Its Success, Growth To Community-Centric Mindset -

Before there were interns, companywide philanthropic endeavors or national clients, the founders of Memphis-based inferno made a key decision about their company’s name.

"We made a decision early on that we weren't going to use our names," said Michael Overton, one of the founding partners of the advertising, public relations and marketing firm.

26. Taylor to Head Beale Street Merchants Association -

The new director of the Beale Street Merchants Association will also work for Caissa Public Strategy in a partnership between the marketing firm and the merchants in the entertainment district.

Ken Taylor was named the new director on Monday, Sept. 12, by the board of the organization that includes tenants and business owners on Beale.

27. Taylor to Head Beale Street Merchants Association -

The new director of the Beale Street Merchants Association will also work for Caissa Public Strategy in a partnership between the marketing firm and the merchants in the entertainment district.

Ken Taylor was named the new director on Monday, Sept. 12, by the board of the organization that includes tenants and business owners on Beale.

28. Concerts, Pop-Up Events and Beer Gardens Are Feeding Business at The TapBox -

A traveling beer-mobile with a variety of taps on the side for easy pouring might sound like a dream straight from Homer Simpson’s head, but partners McCauley Williams, J.R. Kingsley and Justin Brooks of The TapBox have turned that dream into a reality, creating several multi-tap refrigerated devices that are popping up at more events across Memphis.

29. Farrow: ‘You Really Have to Listen to People’ -

It was a defining moment: When Hardy Farrow was a student at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., he became an intern with Teach for America. One day in a D.C. classroom, a fourth-grader asked him about where he went to college, and they began talking. 

30. Wiseacre’s Coliseum Plan Fueled By Growth -

Council chairman Kemp Conrad noted the timing is “hot off Overton Park and the Greensward” – the protracted controversy the council was heavily involved in. “I do think it’s going to move fast one way or another,” Conrad said Tuesday, Aug. 9, of the concept of a new Wiseacre brewery in the Coliseum.

31. Books From Birth Taps Wicks As New ED -

Since joining Books from Birth in 2014 Jamila Wicks has done everything from develop a corporate gift strategy to strengthen the non-profit’s relationships with civic and business leaders throughout Shelby County.

32. Amazon Unveils Cargo Plane As It Expands Delivery Network -

SEATTLE (AP) – Seattle-based Amazon is unveiling its first branded cargo plane, one of 40 jetliners that will make up the e-commerce giant's own air transportation network as it takes more control of its delivery process.

33. Game-Changer -

So as it turns out, the FedEx St. Jude Classic in June was a missed opportunity. No one in the gallery shouted, “University of Memphis – Big 12!” The tournament’s “Hush Y’all” signs were obeyed and to no good end.

34. Time Warner Invests in Hulu in Win for Cable Cord-Cutters -

NEW YORK (AP) – In another win for cable cord-cutters, Time Warner has become the latest media company to invest in streaming service Hulu.

The move could boost the viability of an online TV service that Hulu is expected to launch next year as an alternative to cable TV. Sony and Dish already operate online TV services, while Apple has expressed interest in one, according to published reports. None of those companies, however, have the networks themselves as full partners or owners, the way Hulu does.

35. Locally Produced Drink Concept Memfizz Expanding Around City -

The owners of Otherlands Coffee Bar didn’t realize at first they had a hit on their hands, one with wider commercial potential.

About a month ago, Otherlands owner Karen Lebovitz and her husband Steve Cantor took a fizzy, natural probiotic soda they’d been offering at the coffee spot out to the wider world. They branded it Memfizz, hooked up with Memphis-based consultancy Southern Growth Studio, and after just a month have put the product on the shelves in 12 Memphis locations.

36. TAG Truck Center to Occupy Mall of Memphis Land -

4430 American Way

Memphis, TN 38118

Permit Amount: $28 million

Application Date: July 2016

37. TAG Expects Truck Facility to be Operational by Mid-2017 -

TAG Truck Center is moving forward with a $28 million trucking facility at the former site of the Mall of Memphis. Contractor Linkous Construction Co. recently filed two building permits for TAG’s new headquarters.

38. Q2 Data Show Strong Memphis Economy -

From lending activity to bank data to anecdotal evidence from businesses in the area, the Memphis economy seems to be moving into the summer months from a position of strength.

That’s based on a comprehensive look at second quarter metrics and data – everything from recaps of big real estate deals to home sale numbers and the stock prices of Memphis-based companies – included in The Daily News Quarterly Review.

39. Traffic Rises 7.6 Percent At Memphis Airport in May -

May marked the 13th consecutive month of year-over-year traffic growth at Memphis International Airport, which saw a 7.6 percent increase in origination and destination (O&D) enplanements compared to 2015, the airport reported Thursday, July 7.

40. Traffic at Memphis Airport Rises 7.6 Percent in May -

May marked the 13th consecutive month of year-over-year traffic growth at Memphis International Airport, which saw a 7.6 percent increase in origination and destination (O&D) enplanements compared to 2015, the airport reported Thursday, July 7.

41. Memphis International Raceway Readies for World Series of Drag Racing -

No one is suggesting that Memphis International Raceway will duplicate the economic impact numbers generated by the Bristol Motor Speedway. For those numbers – more than $417 million in direct economic impact from 2012 to 2014 – are otherworldly.

42. Evolution of Memphis’ Startup Ecosystem -

In 2014, Start Co. partnered with Jumpstart America, a venture development organization from Cleveland, Ohio, that has created a decades-long legacy of entrepreneurship in communities like ours.

43. 10 Years After Housing Peaked, US is More of a Renter Nation -

MOUNT PLEASANT, South Carolina (AP) – It's a troublesome story playing out across America in the 10 years since the housing bubble peaked and then burst in a ruinous crash: As real estate has climbed back, homeowners are thriving while renters are struggling.

44. Tennessee Lagging On Alternative Energy -

Tennessee has never been at the forefront of alternative energy. If California is the cool kid tapped in on all the latest advances, we could be considered the behind-the-times cousin always trying to play catch up.

45. EDGE Grants Incentives for TAG Truck Center, Turner Dairy -

Two longtime Memphis-area companies secured tax incentives at the June meeting of the Memphis-Shelby County Economic Development Growth Engine.

The payment-in-lieu-of-taxes will support TAG Truck Enterprises LLC’s plans for the former Mall of Memphis site as well as an expansion of Turner Dairy in the heart of Midtown.

46. Nordstrom Rack-Anchored Center Gets $15.5M Construction -

4572 Poplar Ave.
Memphis, TN 38117

Permit Amount: $10.5 million

Project Cost: $15.5 million

Completion: Fall 2017

47. Poplar Commons Developers Pull Permits Totaling $15.5M -

The developer of the Poplar Commons shopping center, which will open in fall 2017, has applied for its first batch of construction permits for the 135,000-square-foot center.

The largest permit Seritage Growth Partners is seeking is $10.5 million for a single-story retail building at 4572 Poplar Ave., labeled as building 1.

48. Poplar Commons Developers Pull Permits Totaling $15.5 Million -

The developer of the Poplar Commons shopping center, which will open in fall 2017, has applied for its first batch of construction permits for the 135,000-square-foot center.

The largest permit Seritage Growth Partners is seeking is $10.5 million for a single-story retail building at 4572 Poplar Ave., labeled as building 1.

49. Grant Touts Ghost River Brewing as Neighborhood Asset -

The Center City Development Corp. has awarded its largest storefront improvement grant to date to Ghost River Brewing Co., which plans to use the $65,500 to building an outside patio and taproom at its 827 S. Main St. facility.

50. Ghost River Expanding in South Main -

Ghost River Brewing Co. is adding to its South Main presence with a planned taproom to launch this October.

51. Memphis MSA Industrial Sector Has A Strong First Quarter After Record 2015 -

The Memphis MSA industrial sector had a strong first quarter after a record-breaking year in 2015.

Last year saw a record absorption rate of 8.4 million square feet, which is 2 million square feet higher than 2006’s pre-recession levels.

52. Last Word: Budget-Mania, TNReady's Backstory and Slow Down Millenial Investors -

The Overton Park Greensward controversy moves back to City Hall Tuesday as the council talks over an ordinance that sets further in stone the council’s decision in March to give the Memphis Zoo control of two-thirds of the greensward.

53. Whole Foods Exec: No Tattoo Shops Planned for New Chain Yet -

NEW YORK (AP) – Whole Foods is prepping for the launch of its hipster new grocery chain. But shoppers won't be able to get a tattoo with their cheese just yet.

The company says its "365" chain will have a minimalist layout, affordable prices and third-party vendors who set up shop inside the stores. That generated fanfare earlier this year when Bloomberg noted the chain's website said the vendors might include sellers of body care products, record shops and even tattoo parlors.

54. Robots Are Taking Tennessee’s Jobs -

MTSU student Nathan Simpkins found the perfect major when the university started its mechatronics engineering program in 2013, a pursuit practically guaranteeing him a high-paying job in an increasingly automated manufacturing industry.

55. $12.6M Building Permit For New Ballet Memphis HQ -

2144 Madison Ave.
Memphis, TN 38104
Permit Amount: $12.6 million

Owner: Ballet Memphis
Tenant: Ballet Memphis
Architect: Archimania
Contractor: Grinder, Taber & Grinder
Details: Ballet Memphis is setting the stage for its Overton Square headquarters as Grinder, Taber & Grinder recently applied for a $12.6 million building permit for new construction.

56. Why Businesses Should Know the SCORE -

Steven Spielberg said, "The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image, but giving them the opportunity to create themselves." And that describes the underlying philosophy of SCORE.

57. Statewide Demand Outstrips Supply of Qualified Workers -

Tennessee is surging as a major manufacturing state, bouncing back from the Great Recession by attracting billions of dollars in new investment and creating thousands of new – and often very high-paying – advanced manufacturing jobs.

58. US Applications for Jobless Aid Rise, But Still Near Lows -

WASHINGTON (AP) – More Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, but applications still stayed near historic lows that point to a stable job market.

THE NUMBERS: Applications for jobless aid rose 11,000 to a seasonally adjusted 276,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The less-volatile four-week average rose 3,500 to 263,250. The number of people receiving unemployment checks has fallen 6.3 percent over the past year to 2.17 million. Weekly claims have now been below 300,000 for 55 straight weeks, the longest streak since 1973.

59. Sweetening the Pot -

The role of the private and public sectors in growing minority wealth came to a head at the March 16 board meeting of the Memphis-Shelby County Economic Development Growth Engine.

EDGE says that requiring companies that are receiving tax breaks to contract with minority- and women-owned companies makes for good public policy.

60. Memphis Investment Firm Preserver Partners Launches Mutual Fund -

For the smaller investors that Memphis-based investment firm Preserver Partners LLC would like to attract to its newly launched mutual fund, one of the selling points is right there in the firm’s name.

61. FedEx CEO Downplays Amazon ‘Industry Disruption’ -

FedEx Corp. founder and CEO Fred Smith never said the word “Amazon,” but the e-commerce giant was clearly on his mind Wednesday.

Smith addressed speculation about “industry disruption” by Amazon from the outset of Memphis-based FedEx’s quarterly earnings conference call. He also defended the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, noting that both of the frontrunners for the Democratic and Republican presidential nominations are opposed to it.

62. Up, Up and Away -

The modern-day drone is both a high-tech military tool and a safer way to play humanitarian and deliver medicine and supplies to the suffering people of war-torn Syria.

The drone is everything from a stalking device to track poachers creeping through the South African bush hunting rhinos to the impetus for a potential commercial growth industry right here in Memphis.

63. Nordstrom Rack to Open In East Memphis -

After months of speculation, Nordstrom Rack has confirmed plans to open in Memphis.

Seattle-based Nordstrom Inc. announced Wednesday, March 2, that it will open a 33,000-square-foot store in fall 2017 at the site of the soon-to-close Sears store at 4570 Poplar Ave., adjacent to Laurelwood shopping center.

64. Engineer Jonnye McElyea Joins Allen & Hoshall -

Jonnye McElyea has joined Allen & Hoshall as a structural engineer. McElyea, who designs structures such as buildings, bridges and retaining walls, is among the 19 percent of engineers who are women. Her previous experience includes time at Parsons Corporation and AFRAM Corp.

65. Retail Projects in Memphis Suburbs, Oxford Staple of Trezevant Realty Corp. -

Germantown-based Trezevant Realty Corp. has deep roots in the Mid-South commercial real estate market, and the uptick in the economy has more projects moving full-steam ahead.

66. Poplar Opens Up -

The prized retail stretch of Poplar Avenue between Perkins Road and Interstate 240 is shaking up in a way the area hasn’t seen in several decades. Within the next two years, more than 230,000 square feet will be made available in what has historically been a tight trade area.

67. Creating A Culture Of Urgency -

President Lincoln once said, “Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.” What amazing insight from someone living in an era we would consider as slow-paced compared to the frenetic pace of change in society today.

68. Picking Up Speed -

Forbes recently penned 2016 as the year of the female entrepreneur, and the local landscape isn’t far behind for women business owners in Memphis.

In her article, “Why The Force Will Be With Women Entrepreneurs in 2016,” contributor Geri Stengel outlines that the media is celebrating stories of women leaders while the sheer numbers of women-owned firms is growing.

69. Orleans at Walnut Grove Sells for $29.2 Million -

317 Royal Chartres Square E.
Cordova, TN 38018

Sale Amount: $29.2 million

Sale Date: Feb. 4, 2016

Buyer: PC Orleans LLC

70. 276-Unit Cordova Apartments Sell for $29.2M -

The 276-unit Orleans at Walnut Grove apartment community has sold for $29.2 million.

PC Orleans LLC, an entity of Provo, Utah-based investment firm Peak Capital Partners, paid an equivalent of $105,731 per unit to buy the property at 317 Royal Chartres Square E. from Orleans Apartment Community LLC, according to a Feb. 4 warranty deed.

71. 276-Unit Cordova Apartments Sell for $29.2 Million -

The 276-unit Orleans at Walnut Grove apartment community has sold for $29.2 million.

PC Orleans LLC, an entity of Provo, Utah-based investment firm Peak Capital Partners, paid an equivalent of $105,731 per unit to buy the property at 317 Royal Chartres Square E. from Orleans Apartment Community LLC, according to a Feb. 4 warranty deed.

72. Focus On Qualities When Hiring Leaders -

If you know what you’re searching for, then look where you’re most likely to find it. That sounds too simple to be good advice, but it is.

When something is that simple, instead of just doing it, sometimes we want to complicate it, make it more difficult, or just plain mess it up by looking everywhere. I see it all the time when it comes to executive searches, especially those “national” ones.

73. Innovation: A Journey Of Discovery -

Innovation gets defined so many ways that it can be confusing. While there is a repeatable framework for creating new value, the iterative nature of front end discovery work can perplex those who believe that work should be linear.

74. Many See Cause for Optimism Despite Slower US Job Growth -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consider looking past January's so-so job growth.

At first glance, Friday's government report on U.S. hiring was a downer — 151,000 added jobs, well below the pace of the previous few months.

75. Councilman Boyd Calls For PILOT Moratorium -

Memphis City Council member Berlin Boyd is calling for a three-month moratorium on any new tax breaks through the Economic Development Growth Engine to come up with a local business participation program.

76. Fenced Out -

There’s a major problem in Memphis when it comes to minorities: African-Americans make up 63 percent of the population but garner less than 1 percent of total business receipts within Memphis, according to the most recent U.S. Census data.

77. Logistics Startup Exec: Amazon Gunning for FedEx -

The number of voices in the technology world convinced that Amazon has stuck a target on the back of FedEx – as well as its larger competitor, UPS – continues to grow.

The latest is Matthew Hertz, director of operations at package shipment startup Shyp. He took to social networking service LinkedIn in recent days to pen a commentary about why Amazon’s emergence as a significant logistics alternative appears to be a matter of when, not if.

78. DHL Triples Space in New Memphis Service Center -

International shipping provider DHL is undergoing a Memphis growth spurt and has expanded a service center to meet growing need.

This week, operations got fully underway at the new 30,000-square-foot facility at 3560 Air Center Cove, near the Memphis International Airport. Previously, DHL was housed at an 11,000-square-foot space at 4140 Getwell Road.

79. Newmark Grubb Knight Frank Acquires Local Real Estate Firm -

Real estate firm Newmark Grubb Knight Frank and its parent company BGC Partners Inc. have acquired local company Steffner Commercial Real Estate.

80. Practices For Today’s Consumer Reality -

Sandra Kang, Director, Brand Insights, Digital Insights & Consumer Affairs, Clorox

Not so long ago, we could take out a TV ad, take out a newspaper ad – and win with consumers. Now, it’s all different for the CPG industry. The, retailers led.

81. Newmark Grubb Knight Frank Acquires Local Real Estate Firm -

Real estate firm Newmark Grubb Knight Frank and its parent company BGC Partners Inc. have acquired local company Steffner Commercial Real Estate.

82. Helping Memphis Make the Shift to Startups -

It’s been quite a year! We saw Memphis’ first joint Demo Day with Start Co. and Zeroto510, graduated 18 startups from accelerator programming and hosted several investors and startup enthusiasts from all over the country here for the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest. However, on a national scale, our startup community still has plenty of work to do.

83. Hudson Bay's Online Push, Snaps Up Luxury Deal Site Gilt -

NEW YORK (AP) — Hudson Bay has purchased the luxury deal site Gilt Group Holdings Inc. for $250 million as traditional retailers follow shoppers, and their money, online.

84. Mall of Memphis Property Bought by Trucking Company -

113-Acre Former
Mall of Memphis Site
Sale Amount: $3.9 million

Sale Date: Dec. 29, 2015
Buyer: TAG Real Estate Holdings LLC
Seller: Memphis Industrial Properties LLC (Johnson Development Associates Inc.)
Loan Amount: $23 million
Loan Date: Dec. 29, 2015
Lender: Mercedes-Benz Financial Services USA LLC
Details: The 113-acre former Mall of Memphis property has a new owner. TAG Real Estate Holdings, an affiliate of Memphis-based TAG Truck Enterprises LLC, paid $3.9 million, or $34,513 an acre, to buy the property from Johnson Development Associates Inc., acting as Memphis Industrial Properties LLC.

85. Tennessee Looks for Returns From Investment Program -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – After six years, an investment program in Tennessee has become a sparkplug for startups and spurred job creation. It has put private investors on track to make millions and yielded millions in tax savings for insurance companies.

86. Mall of Memphis Land Sold to Trucking Company -

The development company that wanted to build a speculative industrial park on the former Mall of Memphis site has sold the property instead.

Johnson Development Associates, Inc., acting as Memphis Industrial Properties, LLC, has unloaded the Mall of Memphis land in a Dec. 29 warranty deed.

87. Midway Point -

A quality, affordable neighborhood for low- to moderate-income Memphians. That’s developer Henry Turley’s ongoing vision for Uptown, a North Memphis neighborhood benefiting from $150 million in redevelopment efforts.

88. EPIcenter Launches Work, Business Space In Germantown -

The EPIcenter entrepreneurship organization has teamed up with the city of Germantown to open a collaborative work and business space in the Carrefour at Kirby Woods, a shopping center at the intersection of Poplar Avenue and Kirby Road.

89. The Week Ahead: Dec. 14, 2015 -

How was your weekend, Memphis? Here’s our weekly rundown of local happenings you need to know about, from the annual AutoZone shareholder convergence Downtown to the new Star Wars movie...

90. ZeroTo510 startup SweetBio raises another $900,000 -

One of the most recent companies to participate in the Memphis Bioworks Foundation’s ZeroTo510 medical device accelerator program has raised another $900,000 in venture capital funding.

That new equity financing raised by SweetBio, a medical device startup specializing in wound-healing biomaterials with a dental focus, brings the venture’s total raise to more than $1 million in the past six months.

91. Versant Inks Office Lease at Germantown Park -

Memphis-based Versant Supply Chain is going corporate with a newly signed anchor tenant lease in the Germantown Park office development near Germantown Parkway and Walnut Grove.

The seven-year commitment is a big move for Versant, which has been operating out of built-in office space at its 4105 Mendenhall Road warehouse.

92. Accelerate Growth By Integrating Research -

Stephanie Cunningham, Associate Director, Global Insights Business Lead – Specialty Division, The Clorox Co.; Jody McInerney, Senior Vice President, Burke Inc.

93. Food-Focused Nonprofits Join Under Memphis Tilth Banner -

Meet Memphis Tilth. Four of the city’s food and farming nonprofits, which cover areas ranging from soil health to food justice to produce distribution, are convening under a single banner.

The Memphis Tilth organization can offer a more comprehensive and sustainable approach to building a better local food system by combining the efforts of the Memphis Center for Food and Faith, GrowMemphis, Urban Farms-Memphis and Bring It Food Hub.

94. Ikea Hires Memphis Contractor, Reaffirms Opening Date -

Ikea has made it official, again, and has hired a Memphis contractor to handle the heavy lifting.

Linkous Construction Co. will serve as construction manager for Ikea’s Memphis project, which is set for a groundbreaking next month and a fall 2016 opening.

95. Ikea Hires Memphis Contractor, Reaffirms Opening Date -

Ikea has made it official, again, and has hired a Memphis contractor to handle the heavy lifting.

Linkous Construction Co. will serve as construction manager for Ikea’s Memphis project, which is set for a groundbreaking next month and a fall 2016 opening.

96. Study: Medical Device Industry Has $2.6B Local Impact -

Companies like Smith & Nephew, Medtronic and Wright Medical don’t just help augment the human body as a result of the products and medical devices they manufacture.

Their products also represent something of a support structure for the Memphis economy, which is braced thanks in part to the reinforcement of the medical device industry.

97. Ready for Launch -

Five hundred new companies in 10 years. That’s the idea that founded EPIcenter, short for Entrepreneurship-Powered Innovation Center, an organization looking to catalyze the entrepreneurial movement in Memphis.

98. DMC’s Morris Touts ‘Radically Different’ South Main -

One of Paul Morris’ first speeches as president of what was then the Center City Commission was to the South Main Association.

99. New Tech901 Expands City’s Tech Field -

A new nonprofit has launched in Memphis to help guide technology job growth, while showing outside companies advantages of doing business in the Bluff City.

Tech901’s mission is to train current and potential Memphians for a variety of technology jobs while working with employers to increase the local technology job base.

100. Strategic Foresight For Key Projects -

Here are notes from the back end of Innovation conference 2015, in San Jose, California. These tips come from a workshop led by Tamara Carleton, Innovation Leadership Board LLC.