Inside Memphis Business
by Jon W. Sparks and Samuel X. Cicci

What's happening: 2019 Manufacturing Scorecard
News from other sources: Art enterprises on the rise
Upcoming: Bacon & Bourbon Festival
Hot Sheet: Who’s going where
Power Player: Cindy Brewer
Quotable: Nicholas Oyler

- This week, the Turner Construction Company finished the $10.6 million expansion and renovation of the University of Memphis' athletic training facility. The project is the first of two phases for U of M and features a multi-purpose room, team training room, rehab and recovery stations, hot and cold therapy pools, and coaches' locker room. Turner will continue as construction manager and general contractor for phase two, the 90,000-square-foot indoor practice field. 

- The 2019 Manufacturing Scorecard from Ball State University’s Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) says Tennessee earns a B for manufacturing and C+ for logistics. The state maintained its grades in Benefits Costs ("A"); Manufacturing Industry, Global Position, and Liability Gap ("B"); Diversification ("B-"); Logistics ("C+"); Productivity and Innovation and Tax Climate ("C"); and Human Capital ("D"). For more info, go here.

- Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, CommercialCafe looked at the fastest growing jobs over the last 10 years. It shows that Health Specialties Teachers represent the fastest growing occupation in Tennessee, with a 432 percent increase over the last 10 years. It also says that 35.7 percent of all employees in the state work in business, 20.7 percent in the industrial sector, 12.9 percent in healthcare, and 1.9 percent in IT. Read more here.
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- Scooter and bike enterprises could bring $500,000 to the city in the coming year. Read Maya Smith’s story in the Memphis Flyer here.

- Art enterprises are springing up in the Medical District. Read Kim and Jim Coleman’s story in High Ground News here.

- A call to boycott Family Dollar over unsanitary conditions has been put on hold for now. Read Sybil C. Mitchell’s story in the Tri-State Defender here.

- How to push back against workplace violence? Read Ted Evanoff’s discussion in The Commercial Appeal here.


- The 4th annual Bacon & Bourbon Festival hosted by the Memphis Flyer will have creative bacon-inspired dishes of all kinds from some of Memphis' best restaurants, plus an array of distilled spirits to tempt your tastebuds. The music, merriment, and entertainment will be Saturday August 24th 2019 at Beale Street Landing downtown. A portion of proceeds go to the Memphis Farmers Market. Click here for more info.
- Now’s the time to vote in the Memphis Flyer’s Best of Memphis competition. Results will appear in the September 25th issue of the Flyer. Click here to vote.
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Who's getting promoted? Who's closing big deals? Who's getting awards? Inside Memphis Business magazine's Hot Sheet has the latest on milestones in Memphis.
- Il Hwan Kim (pictured), assistant professor in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology in the College of Medicine at UTHSC, was awarded more than $1.53 million from the National Institute of Health to identify neural circuit dysfunction that could lead to behavioral difficulties in several mental disorders.

- Tom Nenon, provost and executive vice president of University of Memphis, joined the Peer Power Foundation board of directors.
- Allen & Hoshall added four new hires to its team: Nate Taylor (mechanical engineer), Matt Cannon (mechanical designer), and Andrew Robinson and Paul Montray III (structural designers).

- Eclectic Eye won first place in the 2019 America’s Finest Optical Retailer contest by INVISION.

Inside Memphis Business magazine publishes a list of local Power Players every year. These are the movers and shakers in more than 30 categories who get things done in their respective fields. IMB’s April issue has the complete list. We also publish individual categories in other issues throughout the year, and we feature individual Power Players in our weekly Tip Sheet.
This week’s Power Player is Cindy Brewer, principal and cofounder, LEO Events. Graduate, University of Tennessee. LEO has produced some of the city’s largest events, such as Le Bonheur’s grand opening, AutoZone’s national sales meeting, various festivals. Former board chair, Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau. Former member, Memphis Chamber Small Business Council. Graduate, Leadership Academy 2010 Masters program. Recipient, Memphis Business Journal’s “Top 40 Under 40,” 2004; Darrell A. Ledet award.
For the complete list of Inside Memphis Business Power Players, go here.

"Widespread adoption of new mobility technologies will depend on a safe and connected network of on- and off-street spaces to ride and reach destinations.” 

- Nicholas Oyler, Memphis’s bikeway and pedestrian program manager via the Memphis Flyer.
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