The greater Memphis region will be a global leader in the development, production and distribution of high-value goods and services, a model of broad-based cooperation and inclusive growth, and driven by a skilled workforce linked to industry demand.

A team of stakeholders, experts and civic leaders from Memphis and Shelby County have been assembled to work toward this vision.  And, a process to guide economic development planning has been engaged.

FedEx Executive Vice President Christine P. Richards, Shelby County Mayor Mark H. Luttrell Jr. and Memphis Mayor AC Wharton Jr. are co-chairing a process to create the Memphis & Shelby County Regional Economic Development Plan.

Metropolitan Business Planning, a model that adapts the discipline of private sector business planning, is jumpstarting the process.

Today, results are starting to materialize.