VOL. TMN-10 | NO. 42 | Saturday, October 14, 2017
While Memphis has been working to win the nod from Amazon in the company’s highly publicized decision on where it will put its second headquarters, the city is poised to get a major unrelated investment from the e-commerce giant.
Admitting that its workforce in Memphis has been declining due to technology and business changes, pharmaceutical company Pfizer Inc. is seeking a 14-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentive from the city and county to retain its finance and accounting operations in Memphis with a “stabilized” workforce of about 250 workers.
Anticipation, anxiety, mystery abound as Grizzlies start season
The Memphis Grizzlies still cling to their old grit-and-grind identity – at least for marketing purposes and perhaps a subconscious need for comfort and security. But they also decided now was the time they had to initiate transformative change.
The Tennessee Historical Commission agreed Friday, Oct. 13, to send the city's request to remove a statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest from Health Sciences Park to an administrative law judge for a hearing next month.
Although more than half of law school graduates are women, they make up only 36 percent of legal professionals, according to a 2017 report from the American Bar Association’s Commission on Women.
Protest and the legal process live in the same neighborhood. Sometimes they are next-door neighbors with borders that may be in dispute. At others times they are allies. But there is almost always a tension between the two.
It’s not that Richard Vaughan wasn’t busy before, because he was. He carried a full load as an undergrad at the University of South Carolina and also was a cheerleader there.
Almost a decade ago, Memphis voters approved a set of city charter amendments that included ranked-choice voting – a system in which voters select more than one candidate and then rank them by preference.
THE MEMPHIS NEWS ALMANAC
1954: E.H. Crump dies after two days in a coma at his house on Peabody near McLean. The previous August, Crump had missed voting in the primary elections, reportedly the first time he had missed voting since he turned 21 years old, which was the legal voting age at the time.
REAL ESTATE & DEVELOPMENT
Plans for three prominent Downtown redevelopment projects received the architectural green light Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 11, from the Downtown Memphis Commission’s Design Review Board.
Quonset Studios opening on Flicker Street
Frank Roberts has a passion for recapturing pieces of history. And while a 65-year-old Quonset hut on the outskirts of Tobey Park may not be have the elegant art deco accents of Crosstown Concourse, it certainly captures the essence of its post-war industrial beginnings the same way the former Sears building did in the 1920s.
Two new development projects will get underway later this year along Cooper Street in Midtown, following their approval for 11-year PILOTs on Tuesday, Oct. 10.
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Group RMC Corp., the new owners of Southwind Office Center, have tapped CBRE’s Ron Kastner and Patrick Reilly to handle leasing services for the recently acquired asset.
GOVERNMENT & POLITICS
Strickland: Historical commission must decide by mid-November
Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland may not even get a discussion with the Tennessee Historical Commission Friday, Oct. 13, about moving the statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest out of a city park.
Many politicians have touchstones outside the world of politics and holding office they will return to and use in their political life.
At Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division, storms causing power outages that affect more than 30,000 homes and businesses are considered major storms.
Memphis’ bid to land Amazon’s second U.S. headquarters got a new public component Wednesday, Oct. 11, with the launch of a social media push and the lighting of Big River Crossing in Amazon’s signature orange color to help raise the city’s profile amid intense competition.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Attendees of the Eric Hughes Band’s CD release party next week won’t see everything that goes into making a collection of tunes like the band’s latest.
Mason Village returns residential to Fowler Homes site
Heavy machinery has been moving dirt around for a few months now on the E.H. Crump Boulevard lot that was once the site of the Fowler Homes public housing development. Leaders with the city of Memphis and the Memphis-based Church of God in Christ (COGIC) got around to the formalities Wednesday, Oct. 11, of breaking ground for construction of Mason Village – a $12.5 million development of 77 affordable townhomes on the site.
America’s oldest citizens always have been at risk for financial exploitation and abuse. But as people live longer, the window of opportunity for such crimes widens.
As cloud-based technologies continue to advance, a growing number of Memphis companies are hooking into the Internet of Things to become more efficient while offering consumers greater convenience.
Jordan Myers’ business card identifies his title at Interactive Solutions Inc. as account manager for the Memphis-based audio visual and video-conference technology company.
The start of the school day was rainy, but the clouds gave way Tuesday, Oct. 10, for students at Christ Methodist Day School to assemble outside the East Memphis school and start a new learning garden.
Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare has re-arranged itself organizationally, putting its institutions into two groups and encouraging executives to think more across the whole organization rather than with a narrower hospital focus.
TRANSPORTATION & LOGISTICS
The Memphis Area Transit Authority is considering a suspension of its Shelby Farms Park bus route until spring 2018 and an extension of its Appling Farms route to eliminate the Goodlett Ikea Way route that specifically serves the Ikea store in Cordova.
The name of the westernmost point of the Wolf River Greenway is still a working title. But the 115 acres on the north end of Mud Island has emerged from decades of overgrowth, used tires other materials dumped there to become an actual park.
With the Memphis Police Department’s move into Civic Center Plaza from its long-time headquarters on the top floors of the Criminal Justice Center, Shelby County government is preparing to begin a total renovation of the CJC at 201 Poplar Ave.
THE TIPPING POINT
Cory Christmas describes himself as risk-averse. But while he was growing up on the Gulf Coast, in Mobile, Alabama, he dreamed of being the sort of news reporter who broadcasts live during a hurricane.
For all of the uncertainty surrounding the Grizzlies as they wind down the preseason – from a still-diminished Chandler Parsons possibly being relegated to backup power forward to ongoing roster spot battles – coach David Fizdale is sure of this much:
One thing the NBA is not is international soccer. Which is to say, Trinidad and Tobago does not make magic here.
Scott Hartnell ran into unexpected difficulty back in 2000 on one of his very first road trips with the Nashville Predators.
Fans are fuming. Players are fighting. Butch Jones is coaching for his job.
Marc Gasol is the third-best center in the NBA, Mike Conley the fourth-best leader, and former Grizzlies defensive stopper Tony Allen is still tough, but no longer the toughest guy in the league.
Right now, the best thing that can be said about the Tennessee Titans is they play in the AFC South, where someone’s mediocrity will be rewarded with a playoff berth come Dec. 31.
April Steele has joined Southern Growth Studio as a business anthropologist, responsible for collecting and analyzing data to evaluate existing and potential products and services. Steele’s hire comes as the Memphis-based innovation consulting firm grows its applied anthropology practice. Using qualitative social research methods like ethnography, the anthropology team steers the innovation process, conducting primary research to distill and communicate key insights to clients.
The 1,200-pound “Praying Mantis” sculpture is part of David Rogers’ Big Bugs exhibition on display at Memphis Botanic Garden through Jan. 1. The 10 sculptures, which stretch up to 18 feet tall, are intended to reverse the traditional perception of insects and are carved entirely from whole trees and other forest materials.
VIEW FROM THE HILL
The chaos emanating from President Donald Trump’s administration is changing the landscape of Tennessee politics, setting the stage for upheaval within the dominant Republican Party.
“THREE BUCKS A DAY, ALL IN.” My friend Jay Martin, founder and chairman of Juice Plus+, is impatient with systems for systems’ sake, with bureaucracies based on bureaucracies, with the tried and true default of “we’ve always done it that way.” If he sees a problem and sees no solution or a solution as problematic as the problem, he has a habit of building one himself and taking it out for a spin. And then he gets a few friends to climb on.
Ray’s Take: Saving for retirement doesn’t just happen by accident. It takes meaningful thought, discipline, and action to create and execute a plan that will sustain you in your golden years. Yet, according to the Employee Benefit Research Institute, only 18 percent of U.S. workers say they are very confident of having enough money to live comfortably during their retirement years. There seems to be a big disconnect going on between knowledge and execution.
You applied for the position, anxious to seize the opportunity to finally become an administrator, a boss, a leader in the workplace. You went through the rigorous interview process, prepared yourself with the education and experience necessary, and you got the job! Now, you can’t seem to wipe the smile off your face as you picture yourself living that next step in your career. After all, you’ve worked for bosses; you know what to do. How hard can it be?
The hiring landscape is continuously being reshaped by the internet and the increasing data available to employers. On Oct. 4 in Nashville, LinkedIn.com unveiled its latest human resources product offering: LinkedIn Talent Insights. It will most likely impact how you, the job seeker, experiences the hiring process.
You put so much time and energy into getting a prospect to agree to a meeting, preparing for that meeting, pitching your services and gaining agreement from the prospect to consider buying. So why, all too often, is so little time spent on the sales proposal itself? It’s like running the ball to the 10-yard line and then sitting down on the field, which inconsequentially, is essentially what my team did this past Sunday.
If you have health insurance coverage through work, you may be interested in knowing that your premiums could go up next year by as much as $500. But amid all the debate about health insurance, you likely haven’t heard much about it.
The end of 2017 will soon be upon us and the new year will begin. For nonprofits that means a concerted effort on what is referred to as “year-end fundraising.”
Increasingly people with job functions that serve an enterprise but have no customer-facing roles are filling up our Innovation Bootcamps. They are being sent to learn new methods, mindsets and approaches to problem solving. They don’t know what to expect when they arrive, but have plans to apply what they learned to create value for their firms upon leaving.