Economic Development

7:00 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Grinding's Over; Grits Are Still Good

May 27, 2013 – Face painter Shun Stotts, proprietor of Parties with Pizzazz, was hired by the Grizzlies to decorate fans such as Terrihanna Ingram outside the FedExForum during the playoffs. She said the high-profile job has led to additional business.
Credit Christopher Blank

It was ten minutes before the Memorial Day Grizzlies game against the San Antonio Spurs, and outside the FedExForum visitors were being urged to “believe.”

Believe, Memphis, that the team would come back after three straight losses and win the   Western Conference Finals. Everyone was sure this was going to happen.

In case you missed the game, it did not end with a blue Bear doing a victory dance on top of the Alamo.

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Mid-South News
8:30 am
Mon February 27, 2012

State Capitol Report: Republicans Pipe Up on Closing ECD Records

Gov. Bill Haslam and ECD Commissioner Bill Hagerty joined local and company officials on Thursday, Feb. 2 for an official grand opening and tour of the new Amazon fulfillment center in Chattanooga. Pictured is General Manager Sanjay Shah as he leads.
Tennessee ECD

An effort by the Haslam administration to close records regarding cash grants to private companies is being reworked after hitting a snag in the Tennessee Senate last week. Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey repeated what started as an argument from a few Democrats, that the state should at least make public who owns a company seeking state incentives.

The Tennessee Economic and Community Development Department says it needs this confidentiality bill to compete for business with other states.