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Economic Development

Construction on International Paper's new tower underway in East Memphis.

Whole Foods construction in east Memphis

There's been excitement in the Memphis air recently. With new businesses popping up and long abandoned neighborhoods coming alive with revitalization efforts, it's easy to see the results of economic development. From big investments to small-scale projects, from South Main to Binghampton, we have a lot to cover in the realm of econmic growth. Through the coordinated actions of government, communities, companies and entrepreneurs, the growth of Memphis is strong.

Economic Development Features

Jerome Pope (L) and Robert Coates (R) cut hair at The Barber School on Jackson Avenue in Klondike.

The Barber School brings needed job skills to North Memphis

Now in its 17th year, the Barber School in the Klondike neighborhood is a federally accredited school with an average enrollment of 125 students. 

Aretha Franklin's birth home at 406 Lucy Avenue.

TV network could save Aretha Franklin's crumbling Memphis home

More than four years after being declared a public nuisance, the South Memphis home where iconic songstress Aretha Franklin was born continues to display the effects of dilapidation and despair, but brighter days may be ahead.


Mapping the decline and revival of Soulsville USA

As a coda to its On the Ground program, the High Ground News team examines the area known as Soulsville USA from its turn-of-the-century designation as a residential hub, the 1960 opening of groundbreaking Stax Records, decades of decline and recently -- revival. 

Sierra Hughes and Rachel Greer

Seven women in Memphis who are changing their communities for the better

In honor of International Women's Day on March 8, High Ground News looks back on stories of intrepid women who take their industries and communities to new heights. 

Economic Justice

It's up to us: Considering economic justice in Memphis

A diverse crowd stood up for inclusion of Memphis' minority-owned businesses at "Economic Justice in the City," a panel event hosted by High Ground News and EPIcenter Memphis at the historic Clayborn Temple. The full program can be viewed below.
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