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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

Dust to Dawn’s motto is “Do it right the first time.” Her goal is to simplify the lives of busy clients through dependable service.

Dust to Dawn entrepreneur uses success, lessons to empower local women

Sarah Opara-Nadi made the leap to self-employment in 2011, founding Dust to Dawn, which provides professional services to residential and commercial clients in Fayette and Shelby Counties and North Mississippi.


Sarah Baumann launched Sealed Signet on Etsy in 2015, featuring original illustrations of cities and their special places.

Signet Sealed delivers colorful city prints with a personal touch

Sarah Baumann illustrates the special pieces of a city in 8x10 or 11x14 prints, including those places that locals call their favorite part of their city.


The Universal Life building at the corner of Danny Thomas and Martin Luther King Blvd.

Long-stalled development projects moving forward across the Memphis area

Projects include restoration of the Universal Life Building downtown, plans for multifamily units in Midtown, a new pedestrian bridge in the Pinch District, a Trader Joe’s in Germantown and the former Justine’s restaurant building in South Memphis.


Binghampton Gateway retail center is under construction at Sam Cooper and Tillman.

Binghampton, Frayser Gateway Centers and proposed TIF plan models on how to revitalize commuties

Two high-need areas in Memphis, Binghampton and Frayser, are ramping up investment in their communities with incoming Gateway retail centers and a proposed neighborhood tax-increment financing plan.


Over 100 people gathered at Martyr Park and marched down Riverside Drive to Beale Street in order to create visibility around the impact the Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids have had on the Latin American immigrant population in Memphis.

ICE Storm: Immigration officers target Latino families; worry Shelby County Schools

The flurry of arrests made by Immigration and Customs Enforcement over the past week drew the attention of Shelby County Schools, which worries that undocumented parents will not enroll their children in the next school year out of fear of deportation. 
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