Greater Memphis Chamber Orientation


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The Greater Memphis Chamber is as old as the Memphis business community and as current as the newest start-up. Since its inception in 1838, the Chamber has marketed Memphis’ unique assets – logistics, musical heritage, pioneering medical community – to the world. From placing the first full-page advertisements selling Memphis as a dynamic place to do business in 1941 to launching the most aggressive economic development initiative in the nation in 2008, the Chamber is the lead economic development agency for the City of Memphis and Shelby County.

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Greater Memphis Chamber Orientation

  1. 1. Economic Developmentat the Greater Memphis Chamber Presented by The Chamber Team
  2. 2. Jean Reid Senior Executive Assistant to the President John Moore, President /CEO GREATER MEMPHIS CHAMBER Meet the ED Team. Susan Hadley Maynor Managing Director Leigh Anne Downes Director Mark Herbison, Senior VP Brenda Montgomery Administrative Manager NEW BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT Kelvin Kolheim Existing Business Team Leader EXISTING BUSINESS TEAM Mark Herbison, Senior VP Adrienne Johnson Director of Research Robert Brimhall Research Project Manager, GIS Ashley Gates Research Project Manager Lakisha Watson-Moore Research Communications Specialist ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT RESEARCH Mark Herbison, Senior VP • Existing Business Development • New Business Development • Research & Marketing • Int’l Development & Council • MLGW Partnership • Other Partnerships – TVA Economic Development – Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development Ernest Strickland Director INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT Mark Herbison, Senior VP
  3. 3. MLGW Partnership Administrative Assistant Al Sanders Economic Development Representative MLGW ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TEAM Bill Bullock Manager of Energy Resources/Economic Development • MLGW economic development department is housed at the Chamber • Work expansion and relocation projects in partnership with the Chamber’s economic development team • Partnerships with other ED agencies: –EDGE –TVA –State ECD
  4. 4. Existing Business Development • Addresses the needs and concerns of Memphis’ existing businesses • Combines resources and efforts of 28 public and private agencies • Onsite consultations – 500+ consultations in 2011 – 2,500 + total consultations since 2007
  5. 5. New Business Development • RFI facilitation and project management for incoming expansion & relocation inquiries • Promote Memphis’ business advantages at tradeshows, red carpet tours and other events
  6. 6. Research & Data • Community Data Warehouse • GIS mapping & analysis • Proposal & presentation development • Greater Memphis Chamber website & other ED marketing materials
  7. 7. The Project RFP • Divide & conquer • There is often a follow-up RFP
  8. 8. Project Tracking • Use custom database system to track all projects & Existing Business Team consultations – Integrated database of site selectors & other critical economic development contacts – Current project activity – EBT activity – Contacts – International activity – Customizable reports
  9. 9. Int’l Development Council • Grow international trade in Memphis & Shelby County –Increase foreign direct investment –Increase exports • Communicate Memphis’ strengths as a place for foreign investment • Interact with foreign organizations • Partners include:
  10. 10. The Mitsubishi Example
  11. 11. Meet Community Development Andre Dean VP, Public Policy Delores Williams Managing Director Workforce Charles Goforth Aerotropolis Consultant Dexter Muller, Senior VP Beverly Davis Administrative Assistant COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT Janelle Robinson Administrative Assistant Cliff Stockton Senior Advisor • Logistic Infrastructure Development • Public Policy • Workforce Development
  12. 12. Logistic Infrastructure Development • Aerotropolis Initiative –Gateways & Beautification –Marketing & Branding –Revitalization and Master Planning • Regional Logistics Council –$115 million in roadway improvements (Lamar, Miss. River Bridge, Elvis Presley Blvd., etc.) –$700+ million in private rail investments –$20 million President’s Island Rail project
  13. 13. Workforce Development • Memphis Youth Leadership Program –Developed award winning curricula –Raised funds for youth program from private sector –Executed program with private sector partners for 3 years • Career Pathways for Target Sectors –Advanced Manufacturing (Partnership with Workforce Investment Network) –Transportation, Distribution and Logistics
  14. 14. Public Policy • Legislative Agendas –Develop state & federal legislative agendas annually –PILOT policy amendments –Increased State & Federal incentives for projects –Supported state funding for “The MED” –Assisted in development of favorable codes for construction • Economic Development Project Support –Valero Refinery –Blues City Brewery –Bio-device Tax Regulations –Electrolux, Cargill, Smith Nephew and Mitsubishi Incentives
  15. 15. Meet Marketing/Communications Pat Guy Director, Special Events Christina Meek Director, Communications Christina Bradway Online Marketing Amy Daniels, Vice President Tunga Lee Communications Assistant COMMUNICATIONS/PROGRAMMING Corey Owens Artistic Manager • National/International Marketing • Advertising • Collateral Materials • Social Media • Website
  16. 16. Promoting Memphis • Tradeshows • Economic Development Events • Red Carpet Tours • National PR • National Advertising • Trade Missions
  17. 17. Promoting Memphis
  18. 18. Mid-South Quality Production Center Products and Services • ISO 9000, ISO 14000, TS 16949, 13485 • Lean Six Sigma Green & Black Belt Courses • Franklin Covey’s Seven Habits Series • Chamber Quality Cup Award • Kaizen • Process Activated Training System (PATS) • Baldrige Assessments & Application Writing • Global Education, Healthcare, & Business Consulting
  19. 19. U.S. Department of Commerce U.S. Commercial Service Products and Services • Company Assessments • Market Research • Partner Selection • International Advertising • Export Finance • Export Documentation • Trade Complaint Assistance
  20. 20. Membership Development Connecting Your Brand with Our Brand • Networking Events • Education Events • Small Business Council • Member Discounts • Volunteer Opportunities • Sponsorship & Advertising
  21. 21. Questions? 901.543.3500