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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

TraVure office and retail development site in the West Poplar District of Germantown, TN,

Landlocked Germantown models urban growth strategies

Germantown is looking to densify by supporting major-dollar mixed use projects that are new types of development for the suburban community.

Participants of Memphis Fashion Week attend a runway show at Memphis College of Art.

Memphis fashion design scene encourages collaboration, youth participation

Avianne Robinson is an 18-year-old award-winning fashion designer. That may seem like a young age for such an accomplishment, but for her, it’s been a long time coming.

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Overton Park supporters rally to raise $1M to fund parking for Memphis Zoo

A public fundraising campaign for $1 million is the latest plot twist in the long-simmering parking dispute between the Memphis Zoo and Overton Park.


Daniel Watson prepares cinnamon rolls in his South Memphis commercial kitchen.

Beneva Mayweather Foods brings 'America’s grandmother' to Memphis kitchens

Daniel Watson continues the legacy of his grandmother with Beneva Mayweather Foods, a South Memphis business that makes homemade yeast rolls and cinnamon rolls.


The electrical workers union on Madison Ave.

Shuttered buildings for workers unions tell of changes in local economy

Perhaps the most well-known Memphis union story is the most tragic one: the 1968 sanitation strike by members of AFSCME, Local 1733 that brought Dr. Martin Luther King to Memphis and unfortunately sealed his fate. Union buildings in Memphis, and the changes that have happened to them, reflect the history of the city. Today, the landscape for unions, like in years past, is not without its issues.
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