Press Releases


7/10/2014 - Greater Memphis Chamber Launches Young Professionals Council

The Greater Memphis Chamber launched SoundCheck: A Young Professionals Council of the Greater Memphis Chamber with business leaders and young professionals in attendance on Wednesday, July 9th. 


6/11/2014 - CONDUIT GLOBAL CELEBRATES GRAND OPENING WITH RIBBON CUTTING EVENT

Memphis, Tenn.--Today at a press event at the Conduit Global Memphis office at 7000 Goodlett Farms Parkway, business and public officials celebrated the grand opening of the new call center and back office support facility with a ribbon cutting. 


5/7/2014 - Greater Memphis Chamber Launches Workshop On Hiring Veterans

Memphis, Tenn. — The Greater Memphis Chamber is launching a Workforce Leadership Series with the workshop “From the Front Line to the Front Office: Leveraging Veteran Hires to Grow Your Business” on Wednesday, May 21 from 8 a.m. to noon.  The Hiring Our Heroes job fair will take place the following day and is in partnership with the US Chamber.


5/7/2014 - Phil Trenary Named President & CEO of the Greater Memphis Chamber

Phil Trenary is named as the new president and chief executive officer of the Greater Memphis Chamber, effective June 1, 2014.  Trenary’s past business experience and deep connection with Memphis will allow the Chamber to grow and expand its role in making Memphis great.


4/25/2014 - Consul Gneral of Japan Presents Memphis With Somei Yoshino Cherry Trees

In appreciation for millions of dollars in relief from the East Japan Earthquake


3/19/2014 - Greater Memphis Chamber’s Chairman’s Circle Announces Innovation Center to Create 1,000 Entrepreneurs in 10 Years

Memphis Bioworks selected to lead the Center

The Greater Memphis Chamber’s Chairman’s Circle announced plans to create 1,000 entrepreneurs and 500 companies in 10 years. The Chairman’s Circle benchmarked Memphis with other successful communities and determined that achieving this next level of success requires a concerted effort to organize all the organizations that serve startups around a common strategy. This research resulted in the launch of the Memphis Entrepreneurship Powered Innovation Center (The EPIcenter), an organization that will serve as the single front door and single point of accountability for entrepreneurs in Memphis.


3/11/2014 - Forbes Ranks Memphis as 2nd Most Affordable City

Forbes recognized Memphis as America’s second most affordable city when surveying the 100 largest Metropolitan Statistical Areas in the country. First, Forbes looked at housing affordability, using the Housing Opportunity Index, and then they considered the cost-of-living index developed by Sperling’s Best Places. In the end, Memphis was one of six southern cities to make the list with a Housing Opportunity Index of 78.7 and a Cost-of-living index of 91.8.


3/11/2014 - Memphis Ranks 5th in 2014's Best Cities To Start a Business

In a study by WalletHub comparing 150 of the largest cities in the United States, Memphis ranked 5th in Best Cities to Start a Business. WalletHub analyzed the relative start-up opportunities in each city, and used 14 unique metrics to determine which cities were best for aspiring entrepreneurs.


1/24/2014 - Southwest Tennessee Community College and Mid-South Community College unite to create the Mid-South Manufacturing/Distribution Training & Education Institute

In an historic agreement, Southwest Tennessee Community College and Mid-South Community College have committed to the creation of the Mid-South Manufacturing/Distribution Training and Education Institute.


1/22/2014 - Greater Memphis Chamber Announces Conduit Global Will Open a Call Center and Back Office Support Facility in Memphis

$8 million investment will bring 1,000 jobs to local community.


1/7/2014 - Greater Memphis Chamber Releases 2014 State Legislative Agenda

Memphis, TN — The Greater Memphis Chamber released their 2014 state legislative agenda at a reception that included local elected officials, Chamber leadership and business community leaders.


12/6/2013 - The Greater Memphis Chamber Names Andre Dean Vice President of Community Development

Andre Dean has been named Vice President of Community Development for the Greater Memphis Chamber, effective immediately. He has worked as Vice President of Public Policy and Community Relations for the Chamber for the last three years. Dean will primarily focus on the Chamber’s efforts in infrastructure, logistics and manufacturing as well as reinforce the Chamber’s relationships with the community.


12/3/2013 - Shelby County Attorney Kelly Rayne To Join Chamber Staff As Vice President of Public Policy


Memphis, Tenn--Shelby County Mayor Mark H. Luttrell, Jr., and Greater Memphis Chamber CEO, John W. Moore, announced today that Shelby County Attorney, Kelly Rayne, will join the staff of the Greater Memphis Chamber as Vice President of Public Policy.  Rayne will be working on public policy issues as they relate to the Memphis business community.  Rayne will officially join the staff Monday, January 13, 2014.


11/22/2013 - Drexel Chemical CEO & Chairman Leigh Shockey Named Chairman of the Greater Memphis Chamber

Business executive, Leigh Shockey, has been named Chairman of the Board for the Greater Memphis Chamber, by a unanimous vote by her fellow directors.  Shockey, who is CEO & Chairman for Drexel Chemical Company, assumes this position Tuesday, December 10 at the Chamber’s Annual Chairman’s Luncheon at The Peabody Memphis.  As Chairman of the Board, Shockey is charged with upholding the mission of the Chamber and supporting its economic development efforts. Shockey will also oversee efforts to hire a new President and CEO for the Chamber as John Moore is stepping down January 3, 2014.  Shockey fills the position of outgoing Chairman, Larry Cox, President & CEO of the Memphis Shelby County Airport Authority.


11/19/2013 - The Greater Memphis Chamber Announces "10 To Watch" In 2014

Memphis, Tenn.— Every year, the Greater Memphis Chamber recognizes 10 companies and organizations whose great ideas, never-ending effort and outstanding accomplishments have allowed them to rise to new heights.


10/25/2013 - Chamber President/CEO To Step Down January 2014

John W. Moore announced today that he is stepping down as President and CEO of the Greater Memphis Chamber effective January 3, 2014.   Moore has served as President and CEO since September 2005.


9/25/2013 - The U.S. Chamber Highlights Memphis, Tennessee’s Economic Growth in ‘Enterprising Cities’ Report

Memphis, Tenn.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation recognized Memphis, Tenn. as a model for government focused on job creation, economic growth and crime reduction in its report, Enterprising Cities, released on Thursday.


9/4/2013 - The Greater Memphis Chamber, along with the Memphis Business Community, announce their support of the Memphis Pre-K Initiative

The Greater Memphis Chamber and members of the Memphis business community together announced their support of the Memphis Pre-K Initiative in a press conference at the Chamber’s offices at 22 North Front Street on Wednesday, September 4th. 


8/19/2013 - The Council For Community And Economic Research (C2ER) Ranks Memphis' Cost Of Living Index As Fourth Lowest In Nation

Memphis, TN – The Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) ranked Memphis as the fourth lowest city in the nation in terms of cost of living index, behind Harlingen, TX (81.1%), Norman, OK (84.2%) and Pueblo, CO (84.4%). 


8/7/2013 - Memphis One Step Closer in Landing Wright Medical Group HQ

Decision Would Be Double Win for Memphis/Shelby County 260 jobs/$10 million investment


7/17/2013 - Greater Memphis Chamber Announces the Memphis Crossroads Magazine's 2013 Young Memphians

Memphis, Tenn – The Greater Memphis Chamber announces the names of the ten young professionals to be featured in the Memphis Crossroads Magazine: 2013 Young Memphis annual issue. 


6/18/2013 - GREATER MEMPHIS CHAMBER ANNOUNCES #MEMLUV: Rewards4Rewards CAMPAIGN

Encourages Mid-Southerners to Show “LUV” for Southwest Airlines in the Memphis Market


6/6/2013 - Greater Memphis Chamber Supports Bipartisan Immigration Reform

The Greater Memphis Chamber recognizes that the current U.S. immigration system cannot address the modern challenges faced by our business and economic environment, and believes now is the time for Congress to address the broken immigration system as an economic imperative.


4/26/2013 - The Mid-South Quality & Productivity Center (MSQPC) Welcomes The Federal Thailand Productivity Institute (FTPI) To Memphis For Best Practices Tour

The Mid-South Quality Productivity Center (MSQPC) will play host to one of their international partners, the Federal Thailand Productivity Institute (FTPI), who is visiting Memphis next week to help the Center celebrate their 25th Anniversary and to include Memphis as part of their “Global Best Practices” tour in the United States.


2/26/2013 - Greater Memphis Chamber Advocates For Memphis Business

Memphis, TN—Leaders from the Greater Memphis Chamber traveled to Nashville, TN February 26th and 27th to present the Chamber’s 2013 Legislative Agenda.  The trip includes meetings with the other TN urban chambers (Nashville, Knoxville and Chattanooga) and state elected officials, including Governor Haslam.


2/12/2013 - Gallup, Inc. Chairman Jim Clifton and FedEx's Chief Economist & VP Dr. Gene Huang to Speak at Inaugural National Job Fuel Conference

The first annual Job Fuel Conference which takes place on February 20th, 2013 in Memphis, Tennessee will feature a conversation between Jim Clifton, Chairman of Gallup, Inc. and Dr. Gene Huang, FedEx’s Chief Economist and Vice President.


2/6/2013 - THE COUNCIL FOR COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC RESEARCH (C2ER) RANKS MEMPHIS’ COST OF LIVING INDEX AS FIFTH LOWEST IN NATION

The Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) ranked Memphis as the fifth lowest in the nation in terms of cost of living (COL Index), behind Harlingen, TX (79.5%), Norman, OK (80.9%) Ardmore, OK (84.2%) and Pueblo, CO (85.1%), much smaller cities in terms of population and size.  Memphis Cost of Living Index was 85.6%.


2/5/2013 - GREATER MEMPHIS CHAMBER RECEIVES THREE MID-SOUTH EMMY AWARDS FOR THE SOUNDTRACK PROJECT

The Greater Memphis Chamber’s Communications & Programming Team is the recipient of three Mid-South Emmy Awards in the Writing, Editing and Arts categories. They received the Emmy’s for The Soundtrack Project, a series of eight documentary shorts, produced by the Greater Memphis Chamber, which captures the entrepreneurial spirit in Memphis.


1/14/2013 - Greater Memphis Chamber's Wage Theft Ordinance Position Statement

The Greater Memphis Chamber believes that for the City of Memphis and Shelby County to continue its momentum of progress and sustained economic vitality, it is essential to our business community that the Shelby County Commission does not pass the Wage Theft Ordinance. 


11/8/2012 - Greater Memphis Chamber Receives International Awards For Communications Excellence from MarCom

The Greater Memphis Chamber’s Communications & Programming Team is a recipient of both platinum and gold MarCom Awards. They received awards for the Chamber’s Website (Platinum), for the Chamber Beat Weekly e-newsletter (Gold), and for Memphis Crossroads Magazine: Young Memphis 2012 (Gold).  


10/23/2012 - Music Legend David Porter Launches National Music Mentorship Organization

Hall of Fame songwriter, producer and music legend David Porter, is launching a national music mentorship non-profit called The CONSORTIUM MMT (Memphis Music Town) which will be housed on the second floor of the Falls building in the Greater Memphis Chamber offices.  The CONSORTIUM will develop a new, young talent pool to bring back the thriving music industry in Memphis through mentorships with music industry veterans who will be passing techniques and improvement processes on to them.


10/16/2012 - 10 to Watch Companies Announced

Congratulations to the 2012 10 to Watch companies!  The Greater Memphis Chamber's annual end-of-the year Memphis Crossroads Magazine features 10 companies (Chamber members) who have had significant growth this year through expansion, hiring or bringing investment to our city in other ways. Read more about these companies in Memphis Crossroads Magazine which will be distributed at the Chamber’s Annual Chairman’s Luncheon December 12th and digitally online.


10/16/2012 - MSQPC’S Dr. Donald C. Fisher Appointed to TNCPE Panel of Judges

Dr. Donald C. Fisher, Executive Director MSQPC - The Quality Center in Memphis, has been appointed to the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence (TNCPE) panel of judges. Every year, the panel of judges plays an integral role in the TNCPE Award Program, which recognizes local, regional and statewide organizations that demonstrate excellence in business operations and results.


7/31/2012 - W. NEELY MALLORY III APPOINTED CHAIRMAN OF THE GREATER MEMPHIS CHAMBER’S REGIONAL LOGISTICS COUNCIL

W. Neely Mallory III of Mallory Alexander International Logistics has been appointed as the new Chairman of the Regional Logistics Council by Greater Memphis Chamber Chairman, Larry Cox.  He replaced the previous chairman, Arnold Perl, after a rotating two year term that goes into effect immediately.


7/30/2012 - GREATER MEMPHIS CHAMBER ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCH OF NEW CHAMBER MEMBER BENEFIT FROM FIRST DATA

The Greater Memphis Chamber launched a new Chamber member benefit in partnership with Affinity partner, First Data.


7/26/2012 - The Greater Memphis Chamber and Commissioner Hagerty Welcome Delegation With China Investment Promotion Agency

The Greater Memphis Chamber’s International Development department, in conjunction with the Tennessee Economic and Community Development Department, worked with the China Investment Promotion Agency, the Tennessee China Development Center and the West Tennessee Industrial Association to bring a delegation from China to strengthen economic ties, promote mutual investments, trade and project cooperation between Chinese provinces and Tennessee.


7/11/2012 - Greater Memphis Chamber Launches New Member Benefits

The Greater Memphis Chamber launched a new Chamber member benefit in partnership with Affinity partner, Service Assurance (part of All Covered) which includes an Optimized Print Services Assessment by Konica Minolta and a Business Continuity Assessment from All Covered.  


6/28/2012 - Greater Memphis Chamber Receives National Award from ACCE

Memphis, Tenn—The Greater Memphis Chamber is a recipient of the American Chamber of Commerce Executives’ (ACCE) Award for Communications Excellence (ACE).  The Chamber’s Website and 2011 Memphis Crossroads Magazine: Young Memphis issue received a Silver Award. 


6/26/2012 - Greater Memphis Chamber Promotes Amy Daniels to Vice President of Communications & Programming

Memphis, Tenn —The Greater Memphis Chamber promoted Amy Daniels to Vice President of Communications & Programming.
 
Daniels was formerly the Director of Communications.  She will now be responsible for spearheading the Chamber’s efforts to streamline Chamber programming in addition to continuing to run the Communications department.


6/26/2012 - The Chamber Announces the Memphis Crossroads Magazine's Ten Young Memphians

Memphis, Tenn —The Greater Memphis Chamber announces the names of the ten young professionals to be featured in the Memphis Crossroads Magazine: Young Memphis annual issue.  Memphis Crossroads Magazine is the Chamber’s quarterly membership publication.


3/30/2012 - Memphis Ranks In Top 3 For Most Hiring In 2011

Gallup Job Creation Index shows Memphis MSA 38% Increase in Hiring – Chamber-led efforts assist


1/17/2012 - Chamber Announces Billion Dollar Year For 2011

$1,184,098,514 Capital Investment and 3,709 New Jobs


11/30/2011 - Airport Authority President and CEO Larry Cox Named Board Chair for the Greater Memphis Chamber

Business executive, Larry D. Cox, has been named Chairman of the Board for the Greater Memphis Chamber, by unanimous vote by his fellow directors. Cox, who is President and CEO of the Memphis—Shelby County Airport Authority, assumes this leadership position January 1, 2012.


11/29/2011 - Delta Sky Magazine Highlights Memphis in December Issue

Sky's 37-page feature will reach millions of travelers.


9/1/2011 - Greater Memphis Chamber Announces Participation in September’s National Preparedness Month (NPM)

This September: A Time to Remember. A Time to Prepare.


8/22/2011 - Chamber, Mayor Wharton, Mayor Luttrell welcome Kruger expansion

MEMPHIS-August 19, 2011–Greater Memphis Chamber officials along with Mayor Wharton and Mayor Luttrell are excited to welcome Kruger’s expansion which was announced today. Kruger will invest US$316 million to implement state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment at its Memphis, Tennessee, mill and thereby increase its production capacity by 18 percent. The project will create 100 direct jobs in Memphis.


7/20/2011 - THE GREATER MEMPHIS CHAMBER ANNOUNCES ITS ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP DRIVE: FUEL THE FIRE!

Memphis, TN – As a non-profit organization, the Greater Memphis Chamber relies on the support of its membership to help fund the essential role it plays in the greater Memphis area through economic, community and member development. All three work towards making Memphis a great place to live, work and play. Those who help support the Greater Memphis Chamber as members are participating in the effort to making and maintaining Memphis as a “city of choice.”


6/20/2011 - WKNO Brings The Soundtrack Project to Television

The Soundtrack Project, produced by the Greater Memphis Chamber, to air periodically between programs on WKNO/Channel 10. Six of the films were compiled into a larger 30-minute documentary set to premiere on WKNO Thursday, July 7 at 7:30 p.m.


4/18/2011 - The Greater Memphis Chamber’s Existing Business Team Earns International Honor for Improving Local Economic Growth

Memphis, TN - Members of the local Business Retention & Expansion International (BREI) chapter received BREI's “Multi-Community/Regional with a population over 100,000.” Each year, one award is given to an individual or group who contribute to the economic sustainability and growth of an individual community, county, state or province.


3/30/2011 - City Brewing To Acquire Hardy Bottling

Company to hire 500 people / invest $41 Million in facility.


3/21/2011 - Memphis Leaders Urge Support for Japan Relief Efforts

Japanese Traders and Manufacturers Association, Greater Memphis Chamber and Memphis, Shelby County Mayors Encourage Local Donations to “Tennessee Tomodachi Fund”


12/15/2010 - Electrolux Chooses Memphis To Open New Manufacturing Plant

Today at the Annual Chairman’s Luncheon, the Greater Memphis Chamber’s 2011 Chairman, Joe DeVivo, Chamber president, John Moore, Mayor Luttrell and Mayor Wharton, along with Commissioner Kisber and Governor Bredesen announced that Electrolux will open a manufacturing plant here.


12/8/2010 - The Greater Memphis Chamber Generated $100 Million In New Business

Less than 18 months ago the Greater Memphis Chamber launched a new program for its members, RFP (Request for Proposal) Central, and announced today that the program has awarded over $100 million in new business to the member companies of the Greater Memphis Chamber.


11/30/2010 - Smith & Nephew President Joe DeVivo Steps In As Chairman of the Greater Memphis Chamber



10/21/2010 - Memphis: America's Aerotropolis receives $1.2 million in Tiger II grant

Memphis, TN – City of Memphis is among 62 local and regional partnerships to receive federal funding in support of projects and initiatives that have holistic and integrated approaches to connecting affordable housing, job opportunities and transportation corridors.


4/19/2010 - Chamber Launches VoteForMemphis.com to Promote Civic Activism

The Greater Memphis Chamber has launched a new Web site, VoteForMemphis.com, to increase civic engagement and participation in politics and legislation.


3/18/2010 - Tennessee's “Big 4 Chambers” Support Hospital Coverage Fee

THA-proposed hospital coverage fee will restore millions in cuts to the TennCare program.


3/3/2010 - Memphis Ranked in Top Ten Metro Areas by Site Selection Magazine

Chamber Economic Development Team assists in $552 million in new capital investment.


11/18/2009 - McKesson Corporation Essential To Memphis Business Landscape

With over 800 employees and a presence in Memphis since the 1940’s, McKesson Drug will be the first company to go through the Memphis/Shelby County Industrial Development Board’s Retention Payment‐In‐Lieu‐Of‐Taxes (PILOT) Program. (The retention program will give companies operating in Memphis for at least ten years the opportunity to gain PILOT benefits under certain conditions.) If the full project comes to fruition, McKesson will invest over $186 million to build a new state‐of‐the art, energy‐efficient, logistic and supply‐chain headquarters in Memphis.


11/11/2009 - Owens Corning Announces $22M Investment In Memphis Operations

Owens Corning (NYSE: OC), along with the Greater Memphis Chamber and the State of Tennessee, is pleased to announce the expansion of its Memphis operations.


10/22/2009 - Legendary NFL Coach Tony Dungy To Speak To Memphis Business Community

Legendary National Football League coach Tony Dungy will address members of the Memphis business community at a lunch presented by the Greater Memphis Chamber and sponsored by FedEx Corporation. Dungy will deliver remarks and entertain questions on Tuesday, November 10 at a lunch to be held at Peabody Memphis from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.


8/28/2009 - John Moore to be Inducted into the Duck Walk Hall of Fame

At its 140th Anniversary celebration, The Peabody Hotel will induct a Memphis business leader into the Duck Walk Hall of Fame.


8/28/2009 - Fred Smith to Receive Chamber's Global Leadership Award. Award to be Presented at Global Leadership Series with Dr. Condoleezza Rice.

The Greater Memphis Chamber, along with its International Business Council, has named Frederick W. Smith, Chairman, President and CEO, FedEx Corporation, with the first Global Leadership Award. The award will be presented during the Global Leadership Series Dinner with special guest Dr. Condoleezza Rice on Tuesday, September 15. Smith will be in attendance to receive the award.


6/1/2009 - Fresh Face of Chamber Website Provides Rich Content About Memphis

With more than 5,000 unique visitors from over forty countries or territories per month, the Greater Memphis Chamber’s newly designed website – memphischamber.com -  serves as the front-door to Memphis businesses, Chamber members and the entire greater Memphis community.


3/31/2009 - New Free Government Bid and RFP Notification Service for Chamber Members

The Greater Memphis Chamber has partnered with Onvia, Inc., a leading provider of public and private bid notification services to provide members access to timely, relevant new business opportunities each business day. Starting Tuesday, March 31, the Greater Memphis Chamber will deliver new government bids and RFPs to member companies that opt into the service. The notifications will be part of the Chamber’s eNewsletter and will include actual project information forstate, local, and education bids, RFPs including notification of projects funded by the government economic stimulus plan.


3/10/2009 - Halifax and Memphis Look to Strengthen Cargo Connections

HALIFAXProduct leaving Halifax, Nova Scotia will have easier and faster access to southern U.S. markets as stronger cargo links are built between Halifax and Memphis, Tennessee.


3/3/2009 - “Transportation Transformation” Theme of Memphis Conference

Frederick W. Smith, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of FedEx, will lead a line up of high-ranking industry, government and academic leaders addressing, “The Global Green Initiative: Transportation in Transformation”, to be held at The University of Memphis’ FedEx Institute of Technology, April 20-22, 2009.  The challenges and opportunities facing freight and passenger transporters, in view of world energy, infrastructure and technology issues, will be the theme of the three day conference and technology exhibit.   The event is organized by the non profit Foundation for Global Mobility and sponsored by a number of public and private entities.


12/11/2008 - Memphis Regional Chamber is Becoming Greater, M!Power Memphis Campaign to Launch

The 170-year-old Memphis Regional Chamber has announced that it is changing its name to the Greater Memphis Chamber and introducing its new community marketing campaign “M!Power Memphis.”


12/1/2008 - Williams Tapped to Lead Chamber's Workforce Initiative

Delories Williams has been named Director of Workforce Development for the Memphis Regional Chamber, according to Dexter Muller, Senior Vice President of Community Development.


9/2/2008 - Chamber Receives Award of Excellence for Diversity

The Memphis Regional Chamber was recognized by Diversity Memphis with a 2008 Award of Excellence at a ceremony held on Thursday, August 28. Given annually, Diversity Memphis recognizes businesses that are utilizing and promoting diversity and in doing so, strives to make a better community.


 

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