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1. Thomas & Betts to Invest $20.7 Million in Expansion -

Thomas & Betts plans to add 75 employees and invest $20.7 million in its headquarters relocation in Memphis and is seeking a 15-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT) incentive to help defray those costs.

2. Tenth Anniversary of Minority Business-Focused Forum on Tap -

The 10th anniversary gathering of the Economic Development Forum will bring together top decision-makers and business executives when it convenes June 27-29 at the Guest House at Graceland.

The forum is produced by the Mid-South Minority Business Council Continuum and the Memphis MBDA Business Center.

3. 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.

4. Eighteen Startup Teams Set to Begin ‘Summer of Acceleration’ in Memphis -

Eighteen startup teams this week have kicked off the “Summer of Acceleration,” the season of joint accelerator programming across six startup accelerators overseen by the EPIcenter, Memphis Bioworks and Start Co.

5. Thompson Securing Funds For Ballet Memphis’ Future -

Amelia Thompson has joined Ballet Memphis as development associate. In her new role, she works on the administrative side of the organization to generate and secure funding for Ballet Memphis’ daily annual operating budget as well as its capital campaigns.

6. 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. 

7. Grizzlies Scholars Launches Next Generation of Leaders -

Handing drums to a group of eighth-grade boys may not sound like the most relaxing way to spend a Saturday. But according to Frank Shaffer, it makes perfect sense.

8. 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.

9. Fitzhugh Talks About Race for Governor Without Formally Committing -

NASHVILLE – House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh hasn’t officially entered the 2018 race for governor, but he has a “gut feeling” it’s a step he should take.

10. Nine Habitat Homes Completed in Eden Square -

A set of nine new Habitat for Humanity homes at the Eden Square development in Hickory Hill are completed, with the families moving in over the past weekend.

The mixed-use development on Winchester Road east of Mendenhall Road is on the site of the demolished Marina Cove apartments and includes Power Center Academy Middle School and a performing arts center.

11. State Of The Suburbs -

With its central location, unparalleled access to major roads, rails, runways and rivers and low cost-of-living, it’s no surprise that Memphis and the surrounding area is a popular destination for corporate headquarters, national retail brands and major industrial centers.

12. View From the Hill: Haslam Plan Tilts Broadband Playing Field -

State Reps. Pat Marsh and Art Swann emerged from a meeting underwhelmed by Gov. Bill Haslam’s legislation to spread broadband internet access across Tennessee.

“I thought there would be a lot more to it,” says Marsh, a Shelbyville Republican, calling the proposal “a drop in the bucket” financially but at least a starting point.

13. Governor Proposes Rural Broadband Expansion for Tennessee -

NASHVILLE – State government will provide private companies with millions of dollars in grants and tax credits to extend broadband internet access while allowing electric co-ops to enter the retail broadband business under legislation Sen. Mark Norris is set to sponsor.

14. View From the Hill: Cooperatives Ready to Fill Broadband Void -

Rural broadband backers such as Misty O’Beirne in Rutherford County can take heart. Legislation to spread high-speed internet into cyberspace deserts is making the right connections.

15. Last Word: Charter Schools Views, Capitol Hill Round Up & Explaining The Cold War -

Double trouble Wednesday in Oklahoma. The Grizz lose to the Thunder 103-95 in OKC. They are on their way to Houston for a Friday game before returning home Sunday for the MLK game against the Chicago Bulls at the Forum. Meanwhile Tigers lose to Tulsa Wednesday, also in Oklahoma, 81-71. They are back at the Forum Saturday to play South Florida.

16. Last Word: Rallings at Rotary, The Weight of Cotton and Ugwueke's Path -

It’s becoming pretty obvious that this is going to be a big year for the issue of crime and violence in our city. It’s also becoming the year that Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings has found his voice in a job that may be the ultimate glass house for politicians.

17. Rallings, City Council Discuss 'Layered' Approach to Crime -

Memphis City Councilman Philip Spinosa says shopping malls should consider providing some additional security measures instead of relying solely on Memphis Police to quell disturbances at the malls.

18. City’s Bicentennial in 2019 Prompts Memphis 3.0 Plan to Map Future -

The city of Memphis turns 200 years old in 2019. And the city’s bicentennial is the target date for the roll out of a comprehensive city plan the administration of Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland is calling Memphis 3.0.

19. Medical District Begins Buy Local Program -

Nine hospitals and universities within the Memphis Medical District are inviting Memphis-based innovators, entrepreneurs and existing companies to help solve operational challenges within their supply chain.

20. Gestalt to Exit ASD Schools in North Memphis -

Gestalt Community Schools will not be running Humes Preparatory Academy Middle and Klondike Preparatory Academy Elementary schools after the end of the current school year, the charter school announced Friday, Oct. 7.

21. Silicon Ranch Developing Millington Solar Farm for Long Haul -

Millington is about to be the home of the largest solar power plant in Tennessee thanks to a public and private partnership with a commitment to renewable energy.

The project brings together private Nashville-based renewable energy provider Silicon Ranch Corp. with the U.S. Navy, Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division and the Millington Industrial Development Board (MIDB), all large public entities with overlapping initiatives, which is no small feat, according to all the parties involved.

22. Green Renaissance -

As director of Shelby Farms Park Conservancy, Jen Andrews has been on the front lines of what can fairly be called a green revival in Memphis. And she is amazed at how much change has occurred over the last decade, a rebirth that spans not just across the miles but now seems embedded in the city’s psyche.

23. Last Word: Pot's Second, Marina Cove to Eden Square and Deadspin on the NCRM -

With the work week underway, the gas price spike is official and regional.

24. Eden Square Debuts School, Arts Center -

Derwin Sisnett remembered a Christmas from his childhood this weekend. He wanted a Nintendo gaming system and remembers he and his brother searching their home while their parents where elsewhere.

On Christmas Day they discovered their parents had hidden the most cherished present in plain sight.

25. Events -

2016 Cooper-Young Festival will take place Saturday, Sept. 17, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Cooper-Young Historic District. The festival will feature more than 435 artisan vendors, 20 musical acts on three stages, and more. Music starts at 11:15 a.m. Admission is free. Visit cooperyoungfestival.com.

26. Bursting the Bubble -

Graceland is in Memphis. But the two have tended to coexist, rather than being part of each other, since Elvis Presley’s home opened as a commercial enterprise in 1982.

That is starting to change as a $137 million expansion of Graceland – a $92 million hotel resort opening in October and a $45 million, 200,000-square-foot entertainment complex west of the mansion to open in the spring of 2017 – begins to overlap with a renewed emphasis on Whitehaven as the home of many of the city’s middle class.

27. Events -

Memphis Jewish Community Center will hold a Medicare informational meeting Tuesday, Aug. 16, at 6 p.m. at 6560 Poplar Ave. Larry L. Turner of Imagine Retirement will explain Medicare for those ages 60 to 64. Open to the public; reservations required. Call Jennifer Roberts at 901-761-0810.

28. Events -

Tennessee Medical Association will bring its CME Summer Roadshow, “Dollars and Sense: Understanding State and Federal Healthcare Payment Reform,” to Memphis on Tuesday, Aug. 16, at Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis’ Longinetti Auditorium, 5959 Park Ave. Cost is $175 for TMA members and $275 for nonmembers. Visit tnmed.org/summerroadshow to register.

29. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden will host Arts and Craft Beers on Friday, Aug. 19, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 750 Cherry Road. Grab a power tool and create take-home DIY art projects, sample local craft beers and challenge friends to a lawn game at this 21-and-older event. Tickets are $15 for MBG members and $18 for nonmembers and are available at memphisbotanicgarden.com or 901-636-4131.

30. Last Word: Early Vote Turnout Numbers, The Starbucks Factor and New Blue Collar -

Monday is the day. So is Thursday. Thursday is election day and Monday is the first day you can turn left on Union Avenue onto McLean Boulevard.

One comes with stickers. The other is simply an absence of tickets for making an illegal left turn.

31. Red State, Blue Mayors -

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry, a Democrat in Tennessee’s sea of red, finds herself adapting to the control Republicans hold over the state Legislature.

32. Last Word: A Robust 2nd Quarter, Marshall and Union and the Code Crew -

Last Word is more like First Word because of a blink of the computer overnight at around 11 p.m. that left us able to create and report but not to post. But not to worry, we will resume our night owl habits Sunday into Monday after this brief reminder of the way things used to be when the deadline was when the presses stopped.

33. The Week Ahead: June 20-26 -

Let’s get this week started, Memphis! Here’s our roundup of local happenings you need to know about, from a new headstone for one of the Beale Street Sheiks to an event to celebrate (and buy from) Memphis' maker community. 

34. Believe It or Not -

Long before Jim Strickland was mayor of Memphis, he was a thirtysomething lawyer and sports fan. Not always in that order. He loved the University of Memphis – his alma mater – and rooted like crazy for the basketball team. And on those less frequent occasions when there was a reason to believe, for the football team, too.

35. 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.

36. Dignity, Honor, Respect: A Fundraising Success Story -

Do not underestimate the vision, power and tenacity of grassroots community organizations. We have seen firsthand how a well-defined vision can transform a community and the lives of its residents.

37. Collierville Sees Year’s Largest Multifamily Sale -

160 Madison Farms Drive
Collierville, TN 38017

Sale Amount: $34.3 million

Buyer: Spyglass-Collierville LLC

38. Density is Destiny for Memphis’ Creative Economy -

The lack of density in creative workers has worked against the cultivation of a creative economy in Memphis. Density turns out to play an outsized role in the cultivation of collective knowledge and access to the resources necessary to build creative solutions to power the modern-day economy.

39. Southland Mall Sells In Foreclosure -

1215 E. Shelby Drive
Memphis, TN 38116
Sale Amount: $4.3 million

Sale Date: March 31, 2016
Buyer: 1215 East Shelby Drive Holdings LLC
Seller: Southland Mall Shopping Center LLC
Details: Southland Mall, Memphis’ first enclosed mall when it opened 50 years ago, has sold for $4.3 million in foreclosure.

40. Dodging a Disaster With Volkswagen? -

Next month will mark five years since the first Passat rolled off the assembly line at Chattanooga’s Volkswagen plant. Most anniversaries are a cause for celebration.

But as Chattanoogans blow out the candles on this particular milestone they’ll be hoping that Volkswagen’s diesel emissions troubles will soon be extinguished, too, and that the new SUV model they’ll start producing this year will help VW emerge from the crisis a better and stronger company than before.

41. Commission OKs Contract For Greenline Extension -

Shelby County Commissioners approved a $163,400 contract Monday, Feb. 8, for the design of a part of the Shelby Farms Greenline extension.

42. Commission OKs Contract For Greenline Extension Design -

Shelby County Commissioners approved a $163,400 contract Monday, Feb. 8, for the design of a part of the Shelby Farms Greenline extension.

43. Roland Passes on 8th Congressional District Run, Sticks With Mayor in 2018 -

Shelby County Commission chairman Terry Roland will not be running in the Republican primary for the 8th Congressional District in August.

44. Collaborative Aims to Enhance Memphis Medical District -

In 2016, the Memphis Medical Center will see $1.8 million in upgrades and enhancements aimed at creating a unified, livable district. That’s the annual budget for the newly established Medical District Collaborative, a nonprofit entity made up of the area’s stakeholders and executives.

45. Complex path to higher-ed reform -

Only half a year after taking on the presidency of Motlow State Community College, Anthony Kinkel is trying to keep his eye on the pea.

The task of running one of the state’s fastest-growing community colleges is becoming increasingly complex, and it has nothing to do with thousands more students enrolling to take advantage of free tuition through the Tennessee Promise scholarship program.

46. 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.

47. Complex Path to Higher-Ed Reform -

Only half a year after taking on the presidency of Motlow State Community College, Anthony Kinkel is trying to keep his eye on the pea.

The task of running one of the state’s fastest-growing community colleges is becoming increasingly complex, and it has nothing to do with thousands more students enrolling to take advantage of free tuition through the Tennessee Promise scholarship program.

48. Events -

National Civil Rights Museum will host King Day 2016 on Monday, Jan. 18, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the museum, 450 Mulberry St. This year’s theme is “Speaking Truth to Power,” and activities will include family entertainment, youth-centered learning, Mid-South Food Bank and Lifeblood drives, and more. Admission is $5 for all ages, $3 with food bank donation, or free with blood donation. Visit civilrightsmuseum.org.

49. Chancellor Steps Aside, Avoids Fight -

Gov. Bill Haslam’s plan to restructure higher education didn’t take long to shake up the hierarchy.

It led to the early retirement of Board of Regents Chancellor John Morgan, who blasted the proposal in a letter to the governor, before legislation even hit the printing press. The longtime state official said he would rather step down than support a plan he feels will be detrimental to colleges and universities.

50. Memorable Events of 2015 will Spill Into 2016 -

When you really get down to it, history is a collection of moments, moments that, when they fall one after the other over the long arc of time, eventually form the tapestry representing who we are.

51. 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.

52. Autonomy Comes With Risk for State’s Universities -

Tennessee officials are lauding Gov. Bill Haslam’s plan to restructure higher education in an effort to meet his goals for the Drive to 55.

The FOCUS Act proposed recently by the Republican governor to make sure 55 percent of Tennesseans hold a degree or postsecondary certificate by 2025 promises to launch a new era for the state’s colleges and universities.

53. 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.

54. Crosstown Developer: Complicated Projects Can Be Transformative -

The Memphis-area commercial real estate market continues to trend upward, industry leaders say. All asset classes are trending toward pre-Recession levels, and Memphis is taking on more complicated projects like the Crosstown Concourse redevelopment.

55. Metro Nashville’s Local-Hire Rule Gets Battered On Many Fronts -

The ink wasn’t dry on standards for Metro Nashville’s local-hire charter amendment when new Mayor Megan Barry put the measure on hold – despite sizable support in the August election.

56. You Can’t Raise Money From Behind A Desk -

Editor’s note: Part two of the two-part “Fundraising in an Imperfect World” series. What if your nonprofit isn’t comprised of people with power, wealth and influence? What if your board chair can’t pick up the phone and raise $1 million? How do you compete when you feel other organizations are supported by power-brokers and you can’t get your message heard?

57. 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.

58. 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.

59. Speakers Set For Inaugural TEDxMemphis Event -

A few weeks from now, Memphians will have a chance to hear from Kimbal Musk, the brother of billionaire Tesla founder Elon Musk, about his plans for the restaurant and garden concepts he’s bringing to Memphis.

60. Ikea Buys Cordova Acreage For Planned Memphis Store -

41 Acres for
Future Ikea Store

Sale Amount: $5.7 million

Sale Date: July 10, 2015

Buyer: IKEA Property Inc.

61. Cummins Begins Memphis Distribution Expansion -

Cummins Inc. is retooling its current distribution center in Memphis as it prepares for a planned expansion.

62. Tennessee’s ‘Fighting 26’ Democrats Work to Stay Relevant -

Sometimes Tennessee Democrats must feel like a tree that falls in the forest: Does anyone hear them?

When Democratic legislative leaders called for a special session this summer on Insure Tennessee, Gov. Bill Haslam’s market-based plan to use federal dollars to catch 280,000 working people in a health care coverage gap, they found themselves alone.

63. Cummins Begins Memphis Distribution Expansion -

Cummins Inc. is retooling its current distribution center in Memphis as it prepares for a planned expansion.

Dan Walker Associates Inc. has applied for a nearly $2.2 million building permit to renovate the existing Cummins distribution center at 4155 Quest Way in southeast Memphis.

64. Memphis City Council to Vote on Forrest Statue Removal -

[Update: Adds specifics of City Council's proposal on Nathan Bedford Forrest. The council will vote on the Forrest statue removal today.] With the city budget season done, Memphis City Council members turn their attention Tuesday, July 7, to development in the Pinch district, the statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest and redrawing council district lines.

65. Climate Change as Faith Issue a Tough Sell -

It’s been a tough few years for Tennessee Interfaith Power and Light. The state affiliate of a national network of faith communities, the organization offers its members a spiritual way to respond to climate change issues and challenges from political and other sources.

66. The Soul of Memphis -

What if there was one place that could give a meaningful identity to a new generation of Memphians, preserve the sacred story of Memphis’ social and musical history and communicate the city’s soul to the rest of the world?

67. Crone Joins Council, City Buys State Office Building -

Attorney Alan Crone is the newest member of the Memphis City Council.

The former chairman of the Shelby County Republican Party who has worked in the nonprofit sector for the last decade was the choice of city council members Tuesday, May 19, to fill the vacancy.

68. Cummins Will Stay, Expand in Memphis -

Ending months of speculation, Cummins Inc. will remain – and expand – in Memphis, according to state and company officials.

Cummins and the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development said the company would invest $6.7 million to expand its current parts and distribution center in Memphis, creating 70 new jobs in the process.

69. Eden Square Breaks Ground in Memphis' Hickory Hill -

Marina Cove apartments was known in its 1980s prime for its water features – a set of canals.

And when a crowd of 300 gathered Saturday, May 16, to break ground there for the first phase of the $40 million Eden Square development, a small pond that isn’t in the plans had formed by the tent.

70. Wharton's Way -

City elections in Memphis begin unadorned.

Yard signs don’t bloom until mid- to late summer, when the strategic use of television ads and the much higher cycle of radio advertising kick in.

71. Five of the Nation’s Finest -

Each year the U.S. Chamber of Commerce recognizes the contribution of small business to the national economy with the Blue Ribbon Small Business Awards. Five from Knoxville’s business community – The Tomato Head, Management Solutions LLC, Design Innovation Architects Inc., Visionary Solutions LLC and AMS Corp. – have been chosen for inclusion in the annual program.

72. Hickory Hill’s Eden Square Ready for Takeoff -

Five years after the city bulldozed away any trace of the old Marina Cove apartment complex in Hickory Hill and gave the land to a community development corporation, Power Center Academy is about to break ground on what is called the Eden Square development.

73. Central Station Project Relies on Local Institutions -

At $55 million, the proposed redevelopment plan for Central Station that debuted last week isn’t quite the “vertical village” that Crosstown Concourse is. The price tag, all except $3 million of which is private financing, is about a quarter of the $200 million cost of Crosstown.

74. Collins Won't Seek Re-election -

Memphis City Council member Harold Collins will not be running for re-election to the council this year even if he doesn’t run for Memphis Mayor.

75. EDGE Developing Guidelines for Destination Retail Incentives -

When Swedish furniture retail giant Ikea announced it wanted to build one of its destination retail centers in Memphis, the company was greeted with open arms.

Mayor A C Wharton Jr. even held a City Hall press conference to announce the news in December.

76. Battle of the Band(width) -

Joyce Coltrin’s business is wandering in Bradley County’s technological wilderness. And it’s likely to remain there – because of legal threats – until the General Assembly changes state law.

77. Brewery Developers Buy Site for New Apartment Building -

11 Butler Ave.
Memphis, TN 38103
Sale Amount: $1.25 million

Sale Date: Feb. 23, 2015
Buyer: 495 Tennessee LLC
Seller: BCH Investments LLC
Details: The team behind the development of the historic Tennessee Brewery has acquired a key piece of property adjacent to the long-vacant structure as plans for the new Tennessee Brewery: The Revival series of events there move forward.

78. Gestalt Renews Plans for Hickory Hill School -

A new Power Center Academy middle school in Hickory Hill near or on the footprint of the old Marina Cove Apartments moved a step closer to reality with Gestalt Community Schools applying for a $7 million building permit to build a 40,147-square-foot middle school at 5449 Winchester Road.

79. Gestalt Renews Plans for Hickory Hill School -

A new Power Center Academy middle school in Hickory Hill near or on the footprint of the old Marina Cove Apartments moved a step closer to reality with Gestalt Community Schools applying for a $7 million building permit to build a 40,147-square-foot middle school at 5449 Winchester Road.

80. Gestalt Renews Hickory Hill School Plans -

A new Power Center Academy middle school in Hickory Hill near or on the footprint of the old Marina Cove Apartments moved a step closer to reality with Gestalt Community Schools applying for a $7 million building permit to build a 40,147-square-foot middle school at 5449 Winchester Road.

81. New Entrepreneurship Group Taps First President -

The Memphis Bioworks-led entrepreneurship initiative EPIcenter has tapped a nationally recognized entrepreneurship and business development leader to serve as its first president.

Leslie Lynn Smith comes to the job after five years as president and CEO of TechTown Detroit. She'll also serve as a vice president on the Bioworks executive team.

82. Hitting the Accelerator -

Five years after the Great Recession rocked the nation and nearly destroyed auto manufacturing in Tennessee, the Midstate’s industry is booming again.

Nissan’s growth is no small part of that, largely because of the company’s confidence in the state of Tennessee and Gov. Bill Haslam, according to José Muñoz, executive vice president of Nissan Motor Co. and chairman of Nissan North America, which is headquartered in Franklin.

83. Executive Inn Demolition Long Time Coming -

The old Executive Inn hotel on Airways Boulevard where Brooks Road dead ends is the latest problem vacant property to be demolished and touted by Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. as another step in his administration’s anti-blight effort.

84. Leadership and Fundraising -

“... The true leader can be recognized because somehow or other his people consistently turn in superior performances. ... A leader is great, not because of his or her power, but because of his or her ability to empower others. Success without a successor is failure.”

85. Events -

Mid-South Minority Business Council Continuum will host its 2014 Economic Development Forum Tuesday, Aug. 26, through Thursday, Aug. 28, at Memphis Cook Convention Center, 255 N. Main St. Attendees can hear nationally known speakers, learn business growth strategies and get access to business capital. Register at edf.mmbc-memphis.org.

86. Events -

Mid-South Minority Business Council Continuum will host its 2014 Economic Development Forum Tuesday, Aug. 26, through Thursday, Aug. 28, at Memphis Cook Convention Center, 255 N. Main St. Attendees can hear from nationally known speakers, learn business growth strategies and get access to business capital. Register at edf.mmbc-memphis.org.

87. Reshaping a City, One Lot at a Time -

John G. Brittle Jr. doesn’t have an office. He has a war room. The space, crowded with maps, charts, books, piles of paper and marked-up spreadsheets, is ground zero for InfillNashville, the 10-person team of site selection specialists that Brittle leads at Village Real Estate Services.

88. Events -

Methodist South Hospital will host a stroke support group meeting for survivors and caregivers Monday, June 9, at 5:30 p.m. in the outpatient rehabilitation center, 1251 Wesley Drive, suite 141. Dr. Hafiz Elahi will present “Stroke From the Neurologist’s Perspective.” Email patricia.morgan@mlh.org or rushali.naik@mlh.org.

89. Culture of Collaboration -

Despite tremendous advances in technology that yield nearly infinite access to information and the Internet’s connectivity of the world’s greatest experts, many companies continue to look inward for new product development and innovation.

90. Events -

Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital will host a ribbon cutting for its expanded and renovated emergency room Tuesday, May 20, at 10 a.m. at the hospital, 7691 Poplar Ave. Visit methodisthealth.org.

91. Loeb Midtown Center Now Fully Leased -

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

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

92. Next Step: Innovate Open Young Minds -

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

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

93. PILOT Reform -

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

94. Jobs Explosion -

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

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

95. Hot-Button Issue -

When the Economic Development Growth Engine of Memphis and Shelby County was formed in 2011, president and CEO Reid Dulberger knew it would take the organization a little time to gain its footing.

At first, EDGE did not have its own staff or its own office, and it lacked financial and operational control of several key component parts, such as the Port of Memphis and Shelby County and the Depot Area Development Corp.

96. Events -

The West Tennessee Home Builders Association will hold the 2013 Fall Vesta Home Show Saturday, Nov. 9, to Dec. 1 at the St. James Place development in Germantown. General admission is $12. Visit vestahomeshow.com for hours and parking information.

97. Crosstown Plans Continue to Evolve -

The National Park Service nixed plans for planting greenery on one side of the Crosstown parking garage but is OK with developers of the old Sears Crosstown property replacing windows in the mammoth building with new, similar-looking and configured ones.

98. Crosstown Developers Eye Project’s ‘Magic in the Mix’ -

It would seem the only thing that might hold up the locomotive that is the Sears Crosstown $180 million renovation at this point is a much-needed $15 million from the city of Memphis.

A lot of money, but not enough to worry project developers Todd Richardson and McLean Wilson, whose analogy – and attitude – is more pedal power than steam driven.

99. Crosstown Developers Eye Project’s ‘Magic in the Mix’ -

It would seem the only thing that might hold up the locomotive that is the Sears Crosstown $180 million renovation at this point is a much-needed $15 million from the city of Memphis.

A lot of money, but not enough to worry project developers Todd Richardson and McLean Wilson, whose analogy – and attitude – is more pedal power than steam driven.

100. Logistics Limelight -

World-renowned as a logistics and distribution hub, Memphis will further raise its profile this month with events that showcase the city’s transportation assets and standing in the global economy.