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About EDGE

Provides and coordinates public resources to drive economic development in Memphis and Shelby County through ongoing economic activities and projects that provide real value to the community and provide a strong foundation for future economic growth.

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About EDGE

Provides and coordinates public resources to drive economic development in Memphis and Shelby County through ongoing economic activities and projects that provide real value to the community and provide a strong foundation for future economic growth.

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Who We Are

Created in 2011 through a joint resolution of the Memphis City Council and the Shelby County Commission, EDGE is the economic development agency for the City of Memphis and Shelby County coordinating public resources to drive growth. EDGE provides and coordinates public resources to drive economic development in Memphis and Shelby County.

Contact an Economic Development Specialist at:

901.341.2100

Contact an Economic Development Specialist at:

901.341.2100

Contact an Economic Development Specialist at:

901.341.2100

Our Focus

EDGE leverages the benefits of economic development incentive programs to foster public/private partnerships that:

Our Focus

EDGE leverages the benefits of economic development incentive programs to foster public/private partnerships that:

Attract Investments

Attract Investments

Draws international business to the area.

Create & Retain More Jobs

Create & Retain More Jobs

Increases hiring potential.

Grow Employee Wages

Grow Employee Wages

Creates high
paying jobs.

Attract Investments

Attract Investments

Draws international business to the area.

Create & Retain More Jobs

Create & Retain More Jobs

Increases hiring potential.

Grow Employee Wages

Grow Employee Wages

Creates high
paying jobs.

Revitalize Neighborhoods

Revitalize Neighborhoods

Sparks economic growth and renewal.

Attract Investments

Attract Investments

Draws international business
to the are.

Create & Retain More Jobs

Create & Retain More Jobs

Increases hiring
potential.

Grow Employee Wages

Grow Employee Wages

Creates high
paying jobs.

Revitalize Neighborhoods

Revitalize Neighborhoods

Sparks economic growth and renewal.

Assist Small Businesses

Assist Small Businesses

Helps with building improvements & hiring.

Leverage the Port of Memphis

Leverage the Port of Memphis

5th largest port on
the lower Mississippi.

Assist Small Businesses

Assist Small Businesses

Helps with building improvements & hiring.

Leverage the Port of Memphis

Leverage the Port of Memphis

5th largest port on
the lower Mississippi.

Revitalize Neighborhoods

Revitalize Neighborhoods

Draws international business
to the area.

Assist Small Businesses

Assist Small Businesses

Helps with building
improvements and hiring.

Leverage the Port of Memphis

Leverage the Port of Memphis

5th largest port on
the lower Mississippi.

Who We Manage

Who We Manage

Who We Manage

The Leadership

EDGE Board of Directors

EDGE is governed by an eleven-member board of directors appointed by both City of Memphis and Shelby County Mayors and confirmed by the Memphis City Council and Shelby County Commission.

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Of the 11, nine are voting members along with one non-voting member each from  the Memphis City Council and the Shelby County Commission. The EDGE Board of Directors also serves as the governing body for the Industrial Development Board of Memphis and Shelby County and the Depot Redevelopment Corporation of Memphis and Shelby County. 

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Chairman

Al Bright, Jr.

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Vice Chairman

Thomas Dyer

Formal Portrait of Dr Florence Jones
Secretary

Dr. Florence Jones

Gerre Currie
Treasurer

Gerre Currie

A Bright Jr
Chairman

Al Bright, Jr.

Formal portrait of Thomas Dyer
Vice Chairman

Thomas Dyer

Formal Portrait of Dr Florence Jones
Secretary

Dr. Florence Jones

Gerre Currie
Treasurer

Gerre Currie

L Jackson
Commissioner

Henri  E. Brooks

Formal Portrait of Natasha Donnerson
Board Member

Natasha Donerson

Formal portrait of Edmund Ford Sr
Councilman

Edmund Ford, Sr.

Formal Portrait of Mark Halperin
Board Member

Mark Halperin

L Jackson
Commissioner

Henir E. Brooks

Formal Portrait of Natasha Donnerson
Board Member

Natasha Donerson

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Councilman

Edmund Ford, Sr.

Formal Portrait of Mark Halperin
Board Member

Mark Halperin

Formal Portrait of Vijay Kalaga
Board Member 

Vijay Kalaga

Formal Portrait of Cary Vaugh
Board Member

Cary Vaughn

Formal Portrait of Vijay Kalaga
Board Member

Vijay Kalaga

Formal Portrait of Cary Vaugh
Board Member

Cary Vaughn

EDGE Economic Development Finance Committee

Formal Portrait of Natasha Donnerson
Chairwoman

Natasha Donerson

Formal Portrait of Nita Black
Vice Chairwoman

Nita Black

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Committee Member

Chad Boyd

Formal Portrait of Keith Collins
Committee Member

Keith Collins

Formal Portrait of Natasha Donnerson
Chairwoman

Natasha Donerson

Formal Portrait of Nita Black
Vice Chairwoman

Nita Black

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Committee Member

Chad Boyd

Formal Portrait of Keith Collins
Committee Member

Keith Collins

Formal Portrait of Angel Price
Committee Member

Angel L. Price

Portia Scurlock
Committee Member

Portia Scurlock

Formal Portrait of Luke Yancy
Committee Member

Luke Yancy, IV

Formal Portrait of Angel Price
Committee Member

Angel L. Price

Portia Scurlock
Committee Member

Portia Scurlock

Formal Portrait of Luke Yancy
Committee Member

Luke Yancy, IV

Memphis & Shelby County Port Commission Board of Directors

A seven-member board of directors governs the Port of Memphis; five are appointed by the EDGE board chairperson and two are ex officio representatives from the City of Memphis and Shelby County.

Formal portrait of Thomas Dyer
Chairman

Thomas Dyer

Formal Portrait of Mark Halperin
Vice Chairman

Mark Halperin

Formal Portrait of Dr Florence Jones
Secretary

Dr. Florence Jones

Gerre Currie
Treasurer

Gerre Currie

Formal portrait of Thomas Dyer
Chairman

Thomas Dyer

Formal Portrait of Mark Halperin
Vice Chairman

Mark Halperin

Formal Portrait of Dr Florence Jones
Secretary

Dr. Florence Jones

Gerre Currie
Treasurer

Gerre Currie

Formal Portrait of Robert Knecht
Board Member

Robert Knecht

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Board Member

Cliff Norville

Formal Portrait of Robert Knecht
Board Member

Robert Knecht

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Board Member

Cliff Norville

The Team

The EDGE Team

The EDGE staff is committed to making a positive impact on Memphis and Shelby County. Working with city, county, and state officials along with development partners, EDGE staff help plan, manage, and implement development projects throughout Memphis and Shelby County.

The EDGE Team

The EDGE staff is committed to making a positive impact on Memphis and Shelby County. Working with city, county, and state officials along with development partners, EDGE staff help plan, manage, and implement development projects throughout Memphis and Shelby County.

John Lawrence
Vice President of Economic Development

John Lawrence

Trey McKnight
Senior Economic Development Specialist

Trey McKnight

Stefanie Barrett
Director of Marketing & Communications

Stefanie Barrett

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Director of
Research

Adrienne Johnson

Marjorie Shaw
Manager, Economic Development Programs

Marjorie Shaw

Carmen Franklin
Office
Manager

Carmen Franklin

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Communications & Marketing Specialist

Sarah Thomson

International Port of Memphis Team

Randy Richardson
Executive Director, Memphis & Shelby County Port Commission

Randy Richardson

Amber Shepheard
Office Manager

Amber Shepheard

Chris Ervin
Crew Person

Chris Ervin

Eric Harris
Crew Person

Eric Harris

Crew Chief

Mark Summerford

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Crew Person

Jon Wayne Hall, II