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1. Mixed-Use Development at Shelby Farms Moves Forward -

The Land Use Control Board has approved initial outlines for a 57-acre planned development north of Shelby Farms Park.

2. Jack Daniel Distillery Announces $140 Million Expansion -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam has announced that the historic Jack Daniel Distillery is planning a $140 million expansion project to help meet global demand for prized Tennessee Whiskey.

3. Memphis Gets Federal Recognition for Local Food Infrastructure -

Memphis has received national recognition as a site of entrepreneurship and innovation in the agriculture sector. Through the federal 2016 Local Foods, Local Places Initiative, Memphis will receive technical support to integrate local food into community development efforts, increase access to healthy goods and create economic opportunities for local farmers and food entrepreneurs.

4. Minority Leader Harris Confident Even on Wrong Side of Supermajority -

Lee Harris says he ran for state Senate because he felt Memphis could do better on Capitol Hill, defeating Ophelia Ford in 2014.

5. Memphis Gets Federal Recognition for Local Food Infrastructure -

Memphis has received national recognition as a site of entrepreneurship and innovation in the agriculture sector. Through the federal 2016 Local Foods, Local Places Initiative, Memphis will receive technical support to integrate local food into community development efforts, increase access to healthy goods and create economic opportunities for local farmers and food entrepreneurs.

6. Q&A: U of M’s Dan Pallme Points to Shipping Changes, Challenges in 2016 -

Dan Pallme is heavily involved in the University of Memphis’ logistics industry departments. He runs the Freight Transportation Leadership Academy, a program that consists of technical tours, sessions with industry experts, and overviews of historic and current trends to encourage leadership in Memphis’ primary modes: rail, river, road and runway.
He is also the senior associate director and freight industry liaison for the U of M’s Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute and the private-sector coordinator for the Southeast Transportation Workforce Center. He has worked with air, rail and trucking companies over the past 25 years.

7. MATA ‘Thinking Outside the Bus’ to Overcome Funding Shortfall -

To accommodate for a chronic budget shortfall, the Memphis Area Transit Authority said that it has to start “thinking outside the bus.”

In January, Memphis was announced as one of the pilot partners of a new app that coordinates public transit with private Uber cars.

8. 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.

9. Impatient Clemmons Anxious for Minority Voice to Be Heard -

Democratic state Rep. John Ray Clemmons is only halfway through his first two-year term representing District 55 in Nashville. But he’s not willing to wait years to speak out or push for change.

10. Tourism Goes Beyond Graceland, Beale Street -

This week, hundreds of investors, community builders and federal leaders gathered at the third annual Rural Opportunity Investment Conference, which ended with a discussion of spurring economic development through tourism.

11. Muller: Memphis On Strong Footing, With Bright Future -

A key Greater Memphis Chamber official is preparing to retire this week after 15 years, at a time when he thinks the city of Memphis is on strong footing, and with a bright future that abounds with potential.

12. Tennessee Legislature Opens 2016 Session on Capitol Hill -

The Tennessee General Assembly's 2016 session will be a short one, likely done by early April. The gavels fall in the House and Senate chambers in Nashville at noon Tuesday, Jan. 12, opening the election year session.

13. Tennessee Lawmakers Return With Eye Toward Campaign Season -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers return Tuesday for the second session of the 109th General Assembly with an eye toward quickly disposing of their business and heading home for election season.

14. Let’s Not Forget -

BELL. BOWLING. CROWE. GARDENHIRE. KELSEY. NICELY. ROBERTS. AND NORRIS. As the Tennessee General Assembly gets going in 2016, let’s remember how they started 2015 – with the abandonment of common sense and decency and hundreds of thousands of Tennesseans.
The story of what they did bears repeating as a cautionary tale. If we let them do it again, we all bear responsibility.

15. Amazon Planes May Not be Imminent Threat to FedEx, UPS -

While it relies today on outside vendors like UPS, FedEx and the USPS to deliver customer orders, Amazon has been making moves that signal it wants to increasingly cut out those companies and become something of a package delivery giant in its own right.

16. Transportation Group Maps Infrastructure Backlog -

Leaders of the Transportation Coalition of Tennessee have mapped the state’s $5.3 million worth of backlogged road projects as part of the discussion about how the state should fund the projects.

17. After a Year of Triumphs and Defeats, Haslam Looks Ahead -

Eight days into 2015, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam formally set a special session of the Tennessee legislature for February on his Insure Tennessee plan, a Medicaid expansion Haslam negotiated with the Obama administration.

18. Transportation Coalition Maps Tenn. Infrastructure Backlog -

Leaders of the Transportation Coalition of Tennessee have mapped the state’s $5.3 million worth of backlogged road projects as part of the discussion about how the state should fund the projects.

19. 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.

20. Google to Locate Data Center in Middle Tennessee -

Google is buying the former Hemlock Semiconductor site in Clarksville and plans to invest $600 million to convert it into its eighth U.S. data center, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced Tuesday, Dec. 22.

21. Norris: Gas Tax Proposal Not Happening in 2016 -

Don’t look for a gas tax hike in the 2016 session of the Tennessee legislature, says the state Senate majority leader.

“We’re not going to do a gas tax in 2016,” Rep. Mark Norris of Collierville said on the WKNO-TV program “Behind The Headlines.” “We are going to have to address it soon enough and these conversations are very important.”

22. City Council Votes On Graceland, Liberty Bowl -

The Memphis City Council approved the Graceland West planned development Tuesday, Dec. 15, the third phase of Graceland’s expansion to a 120-acre campus on both sides of Elvis Presley Boulevard.

23. City Council Votes On Graceland, Liberty Bowl -

The Memphis City Council approved the Graceland West planned development Tuesday, Dec. 15, the third phase of Graceland’s expansion to a 120-acre campus on both sides of Elvis Presley Boulevard.

24. City Council Ends Year With Busy Agenda -

The last Memphis City Council meeting of 2015 came with few speeches from departing council members and a crowded agenda as well as a few leftovers the new council will have to deal with. It was a mix of a new Beale Street lease, seat backs for some Liberty Bowl bleachers, parking meters and the next phase of Graceland's expansion.

25. Council Approves $4M Loan for Belz’s Midtown Market -

The mixed-use project at Union Avenue and McLean Boulevard got a $4 million federal boost with a proposal from developers Belz Enterprises and Harbor Retail Partners clearing the Memphis City Council Tuesday, Dec. 15.

26. Thomas & Betts Parent ABB To Open New Mississippi Facility -

Power and automation technology group ABB is bringing 300 jobs to Senatobia, Miss., with a recently announced manufacturing facility.

The project will create 200 new jobs within three years and add 100 more within five years.

27. Current City Council Marks End of Term -

Memphis City Council members mark the end of an eight-year era Tuesday, Dec. 15, when the body holds its last meeting of 2015.

It is also the last session of the current council’s four-year term of office. With the end of the term, six of the 13 members will be leaving office.

28. DuPont, Dow Chemical Seek Merger, Then 3-Way Split -

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Dow Chemical and DuPont are merging to form a company valued at about $130 billion as they try to counter falling commodities prices and weakness in some key markets that have pressured their giant agriculture and chemicals businesses.

29. Forest Hill Heights Plan Seeks Community Follow-Up -

Development and government leaders are in the process of crafting a broad development plan for Forest Hill Heights, an area located at the southwest corner of Forest Hill-Irene and Winchester roads.

30. Oxford Feels Stress from Development Boom -

Kent Wunderlich travels to Oxford, Miss., often, in part because his grandson is the kicker on the University of Mississippi football team.

31. Interstate Numbers Fuel Mississippi Economic Development -

Highway, routes and interstates can be a numbers game when they show up on maps.

And it is common for the same stretch of road to have several numbers and designations.

But in October, the part of U.S. 78 between New Albany, Miss., and the Alabama state line became Interstate 22.

32. Dixon Museum Renovations, Upgrades Enhance Possibilities -

Upgrades to HVAC systems aren’t always sexy, but those types of improvements can make the difference in a museum getting an exhibit or being passed over for institutions with more up-to-date facilities.

33. Forest Hill Heights Plan Seeks Community Follow-Up -

Development and government leaders are in the process of crafting a broad development plan for Forest Hill Heights, an area located at the southwest corner of Forest Hill-Irene and Winchester roads.

34. Tenn. Council Joins Effort to End US-Cuba Trade Embargo -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee business and community leaders assembled Monday to support a bipartisan public policy group in its effort to end the U.S. trade embargo with Cuba.

Engage Cuba held a round table discussion with the leaders and announced the formation of a 15-member Tennessee State Council, representing an array of sectors such as agriculture, manufacturing, business and the arts.

35. Fight Over Net Neutrality Rules Returns to Appeals Court -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A key federal appeals court judge who thwarted the last push to make sure consumers get equal access to the Internet appeared open Friday to the government's revised plan.

36. Obama Signs 5-Year Infrastructure Spending Bill -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A 5-year, $305-billion bill to address the nation's aging and congested transportation systems was signed into law Friday by President Barack Obama, who said it will put Americans to work and provide states with the federal help they need to commit to long-term projects.

37. Memphis, North Mississippi Competition Raises Questions -

When leaders of the city-county Economic Development Growth Engine didn’t grant developers a $24 million tax abatement to build an industrial park on the site of the former Mall of Memphis, some saw it as more kindling for competition between the industrial markets of North Mississippi and Southeast Shelby County.

38. Knee-Jerk Outbreak -

A SAD STATE OF AFFAIRS. WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States government has mobilized against a clear threat to the country.

Troops have been sent to identify and capture members of an ersatz government openly operating here in defiance of federal law. This group claims theirs as the only true religion, and that laws be based on it as prescribed in the tome of that religion. They believe no other laws to be valid in the eyes of God, and no rights assigned or any authority recognized if any are based on such godless laws. They seek to prohibit the teaching, or even mention, of any other religion in schools.

39. US Construction Spending Rises to Highest Level in 8 Years -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. construction spending jumped in October, fueled by solid gains in home building and the largest increase in federal construction in nine years.

The Commerce Department said Tuesday that construction spending rose 1 percent in October from the previous month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of more than $1.1 trillion. That's the highest level since December 2007 when the Great Recession began.

40. How Would You Rate Yourself As A Fundraiser? -

As the year comes to an end, we have the opportunity to reflect on our lives, give thanks and plan for the coming year. We reflect on family, our relationships with friends and community, and often our work life. With this column we offer 10 questions you can use to reflect on your role as a professional or volunteer fundraiser.

41. Everyone Loves Same-Day Delivery, Until They Have to Pay -

NEW YORK (AP) — Everyone likes the idea of same-day delivery. But who wants to pay for it?

That's the problem merchants face as the busy holiday shopping season approaches. They want to offer customers the near-instant gratification that usually only comes with shopping in stores or via apps like Uber and Seamless. But the logistics and costs of same-day delivery — the fuel, labor, infrastructure and other costs — has been a difficult challenge to surmount.

42. Habitat for Humanity to Build 21-Home Community in Uptown -

The open field between Third and Seventh streets, south of Cedar Avenue in north Memphis, is surrounded by homes – some that have seen better days and others that are newly built.

Now after more than a decade of building homes on scattered sites one or two at a time, the local Habitat for Humanity chapter this summer will build its first Uptown subdivision. And the community will take the name of a section of North Memphis remembered by long-time residents.

43. DunAn to Open Manufacturing Facility in Memphis -

A Chinese company has selected Memphis to be its first manufacturing site in the U.S., bringing more than 100 jobs and $4.2 million in local taxes.

At a Wednesday, Nov. 18, meeting of the Memphis-Shelby County Economic Development Growth Engine, the board approved an eight-year abatement in property taxes for DunAn Precision Inc. The tax break amounts to a total savings of $2.1 million.

44. Wagenschutz, Memphis Recognized as Industry Leader -

When Kyle Wagenschutz took over as the bicycle and pedestrian program manager for the city of Memphis in 2010, there was all of one mile of bike lanes to manage.

In some ways, being the first person charged with developing a bicycle network with only one mile probably had its challenges. On the other hand, the bar was pretty low, giving Wagenschutz the opportunity to create something the city and its bicycle community can take pride in seeing develop.

45. St. Jude to Invest $9B in Hospital, Fundraising Arm in Major Expansion -

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and its affiliated fundraising arm ALSAC are on the precipice of a major expansion in Memphis that represents almost $9 billion in investment between the two entities.

46. The Week Ahead: Nov. 9, 2015 -

How was your weekend, Memphis? Here’s our weekly rundown of local happenings you need to know about, from revenge on the Warriors to crime reduction through urban planning…

It’s still election season in 70 percent of the city, which sounds like a weather forecast – part warning and part advisory.
But the seven-day outlook calls for an increased chance of political engagement this week. Early voting in the set of five Memphis City Council runoff races continues this week at eight satellite locations as well as the Downtown site, 157 Poplar Ave.
The runoff elections in council districts 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7 will determine the identity of a council that will have at least six, possibly seven new members. Super District council members Philip Spinosa and Martavius Jones, the two confirmed new faces on the council, were elected outright on Oct. 8.

47. Killing Keystone XL, Obama Says Pipeline Not in US Interests -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama killed a Canadian energy giant's application to build the Keystone XL pipeline on Friday, declaring the proposed project wouldn't serve U.S. national interests and would have undercut America's global leadership on climate change. The decision capped a seven-year saga that spiraled into one of the biggest environmental flashpoints of Obama's presidency.

48. Enoble Business Capital Commits to Expand Funding to Memphis Businesses -

As the conference room was filling up last week inside the newly opened East Memphis headquarters of Enoble Business Capital, which the company spent $10 million to renovate, the lights eventually dimmed.

49. Memphians Chosen For DRA Leadership Institute -

The Delta Regional Authority has announced 52 fellows for its Delta Leadership Institute Executive Academy, and a couple of Memphis players made the list.

The yearlong leadership development program kicked off with an orientation session in Memphis. Over the course of the program, participants will attend six sessions in Washington, D.C., and across the region to train in workforce training and education; small business and entrepreneurship; public health; transportation and infrastructure; and culture and tourism.

50. Mix It Up -

Memphis’ development eye is turning inward and upward as mixed-use projects are becoming more common than ever before.

Usually a mode of survival for densely packed cities, residential, office, retail and even manufacturing are cohabitating in single mixed-use buildings or lots as a way to recoup Memphis’ sprawl. Downtown and Midtown are being combed for infill and adaptive reuse possibilities as millennials are moving to the urban core in droves.

51. Orgill to Build New World HQ in Collierville -

Orgill Inc. is going to build its new world headquarters in Collierville, bringing a $15 million investment and 115 new jobs.

Memphis-based Orgill is the world’s largest independently owned hardlines distributor, according to the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development.

52. Orgill to Build New World HQ in Collierville -

Orgill Inc. is going to build its new world headquarters in Collierville, bringing a $15 million investment and 115 new jobs.

53. Could Amazon Challenge FedEx? -

Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but depending on who’s doing the imitating, it could also represent a major threat.

The latter is the storyline that tends to result from technologically savvy enterprises, big and small, muscling their way into FedEx Corp. territory. The latest competitor whose moves are resulting in a crush of “FedEx might have reason to worry” headlines – Amazon, which is pushing to own more of the so-called “last mile” of the package delivery journey and to also become a package delivery giant in its own right.

54. MDOT to Widen I-55 in DeSoto County -

DeSoto County officials have held fast that the Interstate 55 interchange at Church Road needs to be fixed to accommodate a higher volume of motorists headed to the Tanger Outlets Store.

And help is finally on the way, although it’s a long way down the road.

55. Memphians Chosen For DRA Leadership Institute -

The Delta Regional Authority has announced 52 fellows for its Delta Leadership Institute Executive Academy, and a couple of Memphis players made the list.

The yearlong leadership development program kicked off with an orientation session in Memphis. Over the course of the program, participants will attend six sessions in Washington, D.C., and across the region to train in workforce training and education; small business and entrepreneurship; public health; transportation and infrastructure; and culture and tourism.

56. Panel Mulls Role of Utilities Offering Broadband in Tenn. -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A lobbyist for the state's cable industry on Wednesday declared all government-owned broadband services in Tennessee to be a failure.

Representatives of the Chattanooga electric utility that recently unveiled the nation's first 10-gigabit Internet service available to all electric customers begged to differ.

57. Dunavant Touts Direct Sales -

Woodson Dunavant and Don Lake are used to the question now that Dunavant Enterprises is through its non-compete with Dreyfus Commodities, the company that bought its global cotton operation in 2010.

58. 'Report Card' Gives Mississippi River Basin a D+ -

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A report card is out on the Mississippi River basin, and the grade is not good: a D+, with an aging transportation infrastructure topping the list of concerns.

The report by America's Watershed Initiative, released Wednesday in St. Louis, assesses categories such as the abundance of clean water, flood control and risk, ecosystem health, the economy and recreation on the river and its watershed, which includes the Missouri, Tennessee and Ohio rivers and other tributaries. All told, the watershed touches parts of 31 states and covers two-fifths of the continental U.S.

59. Downtown Memphis Artspace Project Wins $200K Grant -

The South Main Artspace Lofts got a big boost from the Downtown Memphis Commission in an “extraordinary” grant that went beyond the parameters of its established financial incentive programs.

60. Dell Buying EMC in $67 Billion Bet on Data Storage -

NEW YORK (AP) – Dell is buying data storage company EMC for $67 billion in a huge bet on a segment of technology that has proven to be more profitable than the slumping personal computer market.

61. Collierville Sites Being Groomed to Attract Industrial Development -

Cartwright Farms in the Collierville Commerce Center is a 165-acre lot well positioned for new industrial activity.

It has the infrastructure and utilities capability. It is served by U.S. 72, which just underwent a $20 million five-lane expansion. It’s shovel-ready. It’s one of the largest pieces of Collierville’s 500 acres zoned industrial. All it needs is a little statewide attention.

62. Keys to Unlocking Board Involvement -

Editor’s note: This is part three of a three-part series. The vitality of a nonprofit lies with its board members. Their individual and collective action, engagement and clarity of mission make a difference in the world. In this final installment of our interview with Lisa Hoffman we share her thoughts regarding the important work of a nonprofit board.

63. A Pothole 26 Years Deep -

CRUISING LIKE IT’S 1989. Let’s pretend you can get three cans of tomato soup at Seessel’s for a buck instead of just one, a six-pack of Bud for four bucks instead of six or seven, and a pound of hamburger for 89 cents instead of five bucks. Hell, let’s pretend there’s a Seessel’s.

64. Government Tests Technology to Find Illegal Drone Operators -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration has signed an agreement to test technology that could locate the operators of small drones that are flying illegally near airports, as the government tries to crack down on near-collisions with manned aircraft.

65. Haslam: Long-term Plan Needed for Road Project Backlog -

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam said Tuesday that a long-term revenue plan is needed to address Tennessee's growing list of unfunded road projects, and that one-time money won't fix the problem.

66. Fair Trade: The Mid-South Fair’s transition to Southaven -

A FedEx jet turned for Memphis International Airport just north of Landers Center in Southaven, Miss., on Saturday, Sept. 26, the opening weekend of the Mid-South Fair.

Below it, a ride on the parking lot of the arena made a perpetual turn in the other direction under the same overcast skies.

67. VW: 'Nothing Has Changed' at Tennessee Plant Despite Scandal -

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Inside Volkswagen's only U.S. assembly plant there's little hint of the diesel emissions cheating scandal embroiling the German automaker around the world. Sparks fly off robotic welding arms, new versions of the Passat sedan roll off the line and workers install equipment to build a new SUV billed as a key to reviving the company's growth prospects in America.

68. Congress Votes to Renew FAA Authority for 6 Months -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has temporarily renewed authorization for the Federal Aviation Administration while lawmakers consider whether to take responsibility for air traffic control from the government and place it under the direction of a nonprofit corporation.

69. Study Examines Effectiveness of Tennessee's Pre-K Program -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam said Monday that he's still supportive of Tennessee's pre-kindergarten program despite a study that shows academic gains made by some of the children enrolled fade in early elementary grades.

70. Wharton Reintroduces Detroit Specter as Early Voting Begins -

When the city of Memphis got an unmistakable warning in May 2013 from Tennessee comptroller Justin Wilson to get its financial house in order, Memphis mayor A C Wharton was among those quick to caution against likening the city’s problems to those of Detroit.

71. Memphis Poised to Become Regional Anchor for Entrepreneurs -

A federal agency’s attention to Memphis’ entrepreneurial ecosystem could bring stronger investment and resources for startups.

On Friday, Sept. 18, Memphis was the kick-off site of the Delta Challenge pitch competition, a six-city tour organized by federal-state partnership Delta Regional Authority to identify and support exceptional startups.

72. Memphis Catholic Puts Education To Work -

Milestones are an important part of life that remind us of something that matters.

It’s a needed pause that says, “Look how far we’ve come, and we’re not finished yet.” That’s exactly what Memphis Catholic High School’s Education That Works program is doing this year as it marks its 10th year of operation.

73. Memphis Scores $4 Million in Rape Kit Testing Funds -

With grants Thursday, Sept. 10, from the U.S. Justice Department and the New York County District Attorney’s office, the city of Memphis completed its funding for the effort to clear a backlog of more than 12,000 rape kits dating back to the 1970s.

74. Obama Using Business CEOs Meeting to Apply Budget Pressure -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama urged Congress on Wednesday to avoid another contentious budget showdown and warned that the economy would surely take a hit if the government shuts down again.

75. Memphis Scores $4 Million in Rape Kit Testing Funds -

With grants Thursday, Sept. 10, from the U.S. Justice Department and the New York County District Attorney’s office, the city of Memphis completed its funding for the effort to clear a backlog of more than 12,000 rape kits dating back to the 1970s.

76. Farmers First -

After all these years – 27 weeks of Saturdays for a decade – Jill Forrester calls it a “nice routine.” And by that she means she and husband Keith getting up at 3 a.m., loading their produce, herbs and flowers, and driving to the Memphis Farmers Market downtown.

77. Editorial: Small Business is Big in Importance, Impact -

No one considers the business they create to be a small business. Listen to the stories of their struggles, triumphs and ambition and you will quickly realize success is a big commitment – one that requires more than a bit of fair-weather persistence.

78. Tennessee Brewery, One Beale Plans Win Approval -

Billy Orgel joked this week that his Tennessee Brewery redevelopment is “kind of like a convenience store compared to One Beale.”

But both projects, albeit one much larger than the other, sailed through the Design Review Board of the Downtown Memphis Commission this week with unanimous approval.

79. More Tennessee Lawmakers Come Out Against Gas Tax Hike -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Add the chairman of the state Senate transportation committee to the list of opponents of raising Tennessee's gas tax in 2016.

Republican Sen. Jim Tracy of Shelbyville, who heads the transportation panel in the upper chamber, said Tuesday that there isn't enough time to put together a comprehensive road funding proposal for the upcoming legislative session.

80. Memphis IT Firm NexTek Keeps An Eye Toward Next Big Thing -

NexTek does all the work of a traditional information technology department through virtual networks. Instead of having expensive, in-house servers, small- to mid-sized businesses can turn to NexTek for data management, email hosting and computer and network support – all accomplished remotely with cloud-computing services.

81. Forum Connects Minority Businesses, Econ Opportunities -

This week’s Economic Development Forum is an opportunity for minority and women-owned businesses to connect to opportunities in the Memphis area.

In its eighth year, the forum is presented by the Mid-South Minority Business Council Continuum and runs Tuesday, Aug. 25 through Thursday, Aug. 27. Some 6,000 to 7,000 attendees are expected over the three-day event held at the Memphis Cook Convention Center, said Luke Yancy III, president and CEO of the Mid-South Minority Business Council Continuum.

82. Poor Performance -

OUR POOR KIDS ARE GETTING THE BIRD. During political seasons – that’s pretty much all the time – I’m often reminded of what my first boss once told me, “You know that beautiful, almost iridescent, blue-gray dot in the middle of chicken (crap)? That’s chicken (crap), too.”

83. Health Law Sign-Ups Keep Growing; Uninsured Rate Declines -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly a million people signed up for health insurance under President Barack Obama's law even after the official enrollment season ended, helping push the share of uninsured Americans below 10 percent and underscoring how hard it could be for Republicans to dismantle the program.

84. Emergency Fix -

Memphis is making non-emergency calls a top priority. The Mayor’s Innovation Delivery Team, Memphis Fire Department and area health care providers are working in conjunction with IBM consultants to streamline emergency services.

85. Raise Gas Tax or Borrow? How to Fund Road Projects -

Tennessee has an $8 billion backlog of transportation projects and not enough funds to pay for them, largely because the state gas tax, which funds those projects, hasn’t been increased in 26 years.

86. Memphis Public Transportation Grants Top $5 Million -

The city of Memphis’ efforts at improving public transportation options for its citizens received two chunks of funding recently that collectively total more than $5 million.

The Memphis Area Transit Authority was awarded last week $4.7 million in federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality funding through the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

87. Iberiabank Building New Memphis Branch -

Iberiabank is expanding its Memphis footprint with another full-service branch in the works along Poplar Avenue east of Overton Park.

The Louisiana-based bank filed a $750,000 building permit in April for 2504 Poplar Ave., where Iberiabank Tennessee market president Greg Smithers said a standalone branch is planned. Set to open in the fourth quarter, it will mark the bank’s eighth branch in the Memphis area, not counting 10 other offsite ATMs included in the bank’s Memphis footprint.

88. Haslam Makes Infrastructure Case In Memphis -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is traveling across the state to encourage change in how road projects are funded.

But Haslam insists it is not a prelude to a pitch for an increase in the state’s fuel tax. It’s been 26 years since Tennessee made any changes to its road project financing method, Haslam said.

89. Haslam Makes Infrastructure Case In Memphis -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam kicked of a cross-state tour of 15 cities in 10 days in Memphis Wednesday, Aug. 5, to talk about some better way of funding state road projects.

Meeting with nearly 100 local business and elected leaders at the Greater Memphis Chamber, Haslam said several times that the sessions are not his attempt to build political support for a gas tax hike in the 2016 session of the Tennessee legislature.

90. Tennessee Tops Economic Development Rankings -

Tennessee has been named the No. 1 state for both automotive manufacturing strength and tech-skills education, according to national economic development publication Business Facilities.

The state received several other high rankings in the annual report, including No. 2 in both the Best Business Climate and Best Infrastructure categories, No. 4 in Workforce Training Leaders and No. 7 in Automotive Employment Leaders.

91. Haslam’s Infrastructure Tour to Start in Memphis -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Transportation Commissioner John Schroer will tour the state for six weeks to talk about infrastructure and transportation needs.

The tour, which comes as Haslam considers raising the state’s gas tax for the first time in 25 years, will kick off in Memphis Aug. 5 at the Greater Memphis Chamber.

92. New Closing Regulations Create Title Company Anxiety -

Real estate is still hot in the Nashville area, with July expected to be another record month. Even so, showings seem to be slowing, and listings mounting.

With a little luck, buyers may soon have options.

93. Car2Go to Offer Car-Share Service in Nashville -

The Austin-based car-sharing company Car2Go plans to drive into the Nashville market next year, offering residents in the downtown core yet another way of getting around.

Company officials haven’t given an exact timeline, but an ordinance sponsored by Belmont-Hillsboro Council member Burkley Allen, which passed at Metro Council’s July session, opens the door for Car2Go and other car-sharing companies.

94. Tennessee Tops Economic Development Rankings -

Tennessee has been named the No. 1 state for both automotive manufacturing strength and tech-skills education, according to Business Facilities magazine, a national economic development publication.

95. Haslam’s Infrastructure Tour To Start in Memphis -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Transportation Commissioner John Schroer will tour the state for six weeks to talk about infrastructure and transportation needs.

The tour, which comes as Haslam considers raising the state’s gas tax for the first time in 25 years, will kick off in Memphis Aug. 5 at the Greater Memphis Chamber.

96. ‘Play Together’ -

The Memphis Medical Center is a hotbed of nationally renowned research and health care, but after dark the area might as well be dead.

Despite a workforce of 16,000 and a student base of 8,000, there are limited residential facilities and only a handful of nearby restaurants. But that’s all poised to change thanks to a partnership with an outside consulting group.

97. St. Jude and ALSAC Get New Board Chairs -

The boards of both St. Jude and its fundraising arm have new chairmen.

Former Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Memphis branch regional executive Martha Perine Beard has been elected as the new St. Jude board of governors chair.

98. New Daisy Renovation Signals New Era for Historic Building -

With a national partner found in Live Nation Entertainment, the New Daisy Theater is getting all dolled up to host nearly 200 musical acts annually.

The job doesn't just call for a new coat of paint to cover the decades of graffiti: the historic theater at 330 Beale is getting a complete overhaul.

99. Memphis Sole -

The football field measurements are perhaps inevitable in describing just how big Nike’s Northridge distribution center in Frayser is after its $301 million expansion.

The 2.8 million-square-foot facility – the equivalent of 49 football fields – is Nike Inc.’s largest distribution center in the world.

100. St. Jude and Fundraising Arm Get New Board Chairs -

The boards of both St. Jude and its fundraising arm have new chairmen.

Former Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Memphis branch regional executive Martha Perine Beard has been elected as the new St. Jude board of governors chair.