by Jon W. Sparks
Our cover package is a keeper for anyone who has to put together an event, whether a meet-and-greet in a private room in a restaurant or a big shindig in an auditorium with food and music and presentations.
There’s an interview with Kevin Kane, president and CEO of the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau, who offers insight into the present state of Memphis tourism and the future of conventions. You’ll also find a terrifically useful list of venues in and around town where you can stage your event.
Meanwhile, Jody Callahan interviewed event planners to see how the industry has changed and Aisling Maki has a feature on the growing number of taprooms, breweries and distilleries that will host events. And if you’re planning a presentation, check out Andrea Wiley’s column for tips on making it effective.
Elsewhere in the issue, see Frank Murtaugh’s interview with Latino Memphis leader Mauricio Calvo, Jane Schneider’s profile of the forward-thinking ER2 recycling operation, and Samuel X. Cicci’s Q&A with outgoing Rhodes College president William E. Troutt.
And don’t miss David S. Waddell’s fascinating look at “E-conomics,” where the rapidly changing global information marketplace is wildly different from the one-time dominant manufacturing and oil sector — but they still have some resemblance to the “bully monopolies” of yore.
We also take a look at the Y&R ad agency’s offices Downtown and get a peek at their relationship with the U.S. Navy.
You’ll also read Emily Adams Keplinger’s interesting community partnership story about the collaboration between Wolf River Conservancy and Ring Container Technologies. And the inimitable Vance Lauderdale goes back in time to reveal the grand Goodwyn Institute that once stood where the First Tennessee tower now dominates.
I’ve been encouraging people to sign up for IMB’s Tip Sheet on our web site. Each week, you’ll get an email with some business nuggets. Inside this issue, you’ll find some of those items we’ve recently run.
We also take a look at an economic impact analysis by Dr. John Gnuschke, director of the Sparks Bureau of Business and Economic Research at the University of Memphis, and Dr. Jeff Wallace, associate research professor. They’ve got some numbers on how Shelby County would be affected if the proposed Trump Administration budget were to be enacted. (And, no, I’m not related to the Sparkses who created the Sparks Bureau).
Our October-November issue is our annual Innovation Awards tribute to some of the savviest creators in Memphis. Last year’s winners continue to make important strides in medicine, education, and social development. We expect the winners this year will be just as impressive.
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