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MARK HALPERIN NOMINATED TO SERVE ON BOARD OF NEW ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE

We are pleased to announce that Triumph Board member Mark Halperin is one of several local business leaders nominated to serve on the board of EDGE (Economic Development Growth Engine). Below is a recent Memphis Business Journal article about the nominations and what this initiative means to Memphis and Shelby County. 

WHARTON, LUTTRELL NAME EDGE BOARD NOMINEES
April 15, 2011, Memphis Business Journal

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton and Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell have appointed nine Memphians to serve on the EDGE board.

Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County, dubbed EDGE, is a new body designed to streamline city and county economic development efforts.

Wharton and Luttrell each appointed four members and jointly appointed one. Both the Memphis City Council and Shelby County Commission still must approve the members.

Wharton’s nominees are:
Mark Halperin, executive vice president of Boyle Investment Co.;
Deidre Malone, president and CEO of The Carter Malone Group;
Johnny Moore, president and CEO of SunTrust Bank Memphis;
Richard Smith, managing director of FedEx Express.

Luttrell’s nominees are:
Natasha Bowen, president and CEO of the Growth Coach;
Tom Dyer, attorney with Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs LLP;
Larry Jackson, president of Patriot Bank;
Dick Leike, president and co-owner of Crye-Leike Inc.

Luttrell and Wharton’s joint nominee is Mark Yates, executive director of Voices for Memphis’ Children at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. Yates will serve as the EDGE board chairman.

In addition to the nine voting members, Memphis City councilman Kemp Conrad and Shelby County commissioner Chris Thomas will serve on the board as non-voting members.

An EDGE president has not been named yet. The city and county are working to contract with a search firm to assist in the hiring process.

The nonprofit EDGE will merge the city and county’s existing Office of Economic Development with the Memphis-Shelby County Industrial Development Board, the Port Commission, the Depot Redevelopment Authority, Frank C. Pidgeon Industrial Park, and the City of Memphis’ Foreign-Trade Zone 77 and Renewal Community programs
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