by Jon W. Sparks
Phil Trenary, president and CEO of the Greater Memphis Chamber, wants a job. Actually, multiple jobs.
He’s glad to see St. Jude bringing new ones Downtown, but he’s equally happy when any jobs come into Shelby County.
“The Chamber doesn’t care where a company is as long as it remains in Shelby County,” he says. “We want it to be here because it’s our tax base, our community. That’s what determines how we look going forward.”
So as far as the Chamber was concerned, it wasn’t about getting ServiceMaster to relocate Downtown, it was about keeping it in the community.
That said, Trenary was glad to see the company’s decision to take the long-dormant Peabody Place mall and repurpose it into an office space that would bring some 1,200 employees Downtown to work (and eat and play).
“A vibrant Downtown and a growing Downtown — especially one that attracts millennials — is a key ingredient of economic development because there’s a race to attract the millennials, the talented young creative class out there,” he says.
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