VOL. TMN-11 | NO. 23 | Saturday, June 9, 2018
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital establishing itself as worldwide leader in fight against pediatric cancers
Over the past two years, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has extended its global reach in a variety of ways, forging new partnerships and alliances to further research efforts for pediatric cancer and blood disorders while investing more than $1 billion to substantially grow its Memphis headquarters.
There aren’t too many physical reminders of the star-shaped building that housed the original St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in the early 1960s, other than the statue of St. Jude himself.
Longtime Memphis mainstay Corky’s BBQ has announced a partnership with Dobbs Equity Partners LLC, a company founded by local businessman John H. Dobbs Jr., to further accelerate the worldwide growth of the hometown barbecue brand.
In an effort to support credit and financial counseling of Memphis residents, more than a dozen local banks that banded together last year to form the Memphis Area Community Reinvestment Act Association are preparing to host their first collective event this weekend.
THE MEMPHIS NEWS ALMANAC
1977: Former president Gerald Ford, playing in the pro-am event of the Danny Thomas Golf Classic, hits a hole-in-one on the fifth hole at Colonial Country Club with a five-iron shot that hits the green six feet from the flag and rolls in. The tour professional in the group is Ben Crenshaw. On the ninth hole, Ford hit three straight bunker shots.
Community LIFT calls for broader definition of economic development
By the end of July, the group that works to connect the dots among the city’s community development corporations plans to have a report that looks at how other cities are connecting the dots in a much broader way.
Though summer break has started, some of the school-year buzz remained on the campus of Bartlett High School this week as a group of adults gathered with ceremonial shovels for a groundbreaking.
REAL ESTATE & DEVELOPMENT
An international award-winning art installation has a new home in Downtown Memphis. Treedom Memphis – a “functional” piece of art designed by the Parisian architectural firm Atelier YokYok, officially opened Saturday, June 2, on A.W. Willis between Second and Third streets.
When Memphis College of Art announced in October it would be closing its doors for good by May 2020 – an announcement that came just months after the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, another longtime mainstay, said it, too, was leaving Overton Park – there was an understandable level of concern for many patrons of the park.
A Rhode Island-based company has acquired the site of the former Benchmark Hotel and is seeking a 15-year tax incentive from the Downtown Memphis Commission to demolish the structure’s remaining concrete skeleton and replace it with a new four-star hotel.
263 Wagner Place, Memphis, TN 38103: Carlisle Corp.’s expanded plans for One Beale received unanimous approval from the Center City Revenue Finance Corp. on Tuesday, May 29. -
The project was initially awarded a 20-year PILOT (payment-in-lieu-of-taxes) incentive by CCRFC in 2015, so Carlisle was seeking a green light to update the project's scope, get a closing deadline extension, and receive reaffirmation of a previous commitment to fund an onsite public parking garage.
FirstBank to boost profile with move to TraVure
Sometimes in business timing is everything. And when it comes to the relationship between FirstBank and Gill Properties that’s certainly the case. When Jeff Hudson was hired three years ago, one of his goals was to relocate FirstBank’s commercial offices and regional headquarters into a highly trafficked area with good visibility and easy access for their clientele.
TRANSPORTATION & LOGISTICS
A $71.2 million federal transportation grant announced Tuesday, June 5, in Washington, D.C., will fund long-planned and awaited infrastructure updates to the city’s major freight corridor.
GOVERNMENT & POLITICS
The Shelby County commission dipped its toes in the roiling waters of the Graceland-Grizzlies arena flap with a vote Monday, June 4, to conditionally endorse the idea of a 6,200-seat Whitehaven arena built by Elvis Presley Enterprises on the Graceland campus.
With their minds still in the numbers from the May county primary election, candidates on the Aug. 2 Shelby County ballot are on the summer campaign trail with early voting about six weeks away.
By the fall, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland hopes to have a plan to overhaul city sanitation services – specifically the yard waste curbside pickup that has caused a lot of citizen complaints.
THE TIPPING POINT
Born in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Kristin Lockhart, vice president of recruiting at Adams Keegan, is no stranger to moving.
For Daniel Berger, the FedEx St. Jude Classic at TPC Southwind is the happiest golfing place on earth.
Where this golfing thing goes, Tommy Kellum doesn’t really know. His daughter Elizabeth has been playing since she was 6 years old and she has some talent.
In 2009, Brian Gay won the FedEx St. Jude Classic. He got the big check, more ranking points and all the acclaim that goes with winning a PGA Tour event. And no doubt, any FESJC volunteer that crossed his path that year did right by him. Picked him up and got him to TPC Southwind on time, delivered cold water on the golf course and on and on.
They got heat. They got history. But for most of 3,000 or so fans who made their way to steamy Memphis International Raceway Saturday, they got a welcome dose of NASCAR. And they want more.
No matter where life takes him, Joshua Dobbs will always find his way back to Knoxville.
Anne Ross has been promoted to director of marketing at Hollywood Feed. Having been with the Memphis-based natural pet food chain for more than five years, she now oversees all of the company’s marketing and communication efforts throughout the region in its 70 stores.
Second-grade students work on dissecting small dog robots during Camp Invention at Grahamwood Elementary. Through Camp Invention's Robotic Pet Vet module, campers nurse their robotic puppy back to health, and design and build dog parks as they hammer out ideas for the best park attraction. Camp Invention, a nationally recognized, nonprofit summer enrichment camp program, integrates the STEM learning model into the educational camp.
VIEW FROM THE HILL
Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn is doubling down against Democratic opponent Phil Bredesen in the race for an open U.S. Senate seat, hammering him as a liberal in the vein of Obama, Clinton, Schumer and Pelosi.
SOMETIMES THE WAIT IS WORTH IT. I remember when you couldn’t get Coors beer here – ergo – Coors was wonderful, caught in frosted mugs held beneath Rocky Mountain snowmelt waterfalls, tapped by the chosen somewhere west of here, somewhere forbidden.
Ray’s Take: The most expensive funeral ever documented was that of Alexander the Great. The cost of laying him to rest was a whopping $600 million in today’s money.
When I discuss estate planning with people, I am usually met with one of two responses: “I haven’t gotten around to it,” or, “I don’t need any.”
I recently had the opportunity to attend Indeed Interactive in Austin, Texas. Indeed.com is the world’s largest job website. It’s like the Google of job searches. Indeed Interactive is the annual conference where thousands of human resources professionals come together to learn about the latest updates to the website and to job seeking this year.
When it comes to search engine optimization, one can easily feel lost at sea. Results are anything but immediate, and Google’s search-filtering algorithms continue to adapt. The reality is that it may take months before you realize whether your targeted keywords, titles or descriptions for your website pages are driving real results.
The more things change the more they stay the same. Yes, technology is transforming all aspects of our lives. Our relationships, work environments and community engagement are not the way they once were. Smartphones, social media, video conferences and webinars are just a few of the new methods.
From the Conscious Capitalism 2018 Conference, the largest gathering of conscious capitalists dedicated to elevating humanity through business. Practicum: B Corp 101, led by Kim Coupounas, director, B Lab.