Selling Memphis - An Easy Assignment

At ProTech, staffing and talent management has always been a big part of our business. As president, a big part of my job has always been “selling” Memphis and convincing qualified candidates to relocate.

It’s an easy job selling Memphis. I’m currently enrolled in the Leadership Memphis Executive Program and through that association I’m seeing Memphis with new eyes, making it even easier.  I’m getting excited all over again about the great things in our community. It’s a wonderful place to live, work and play.

Memphis is a special place with a history that’s known the world over.  The Memphis Chamber describes it this way:  Memphis sneaks up on you, touches your soul, and makes you go, “What was that?” It’s a city with heart and soul. It’s manifested in the people, in the places, in the food, in the culture, and in the history.

Our cost of living is low – in fact, the Council for Community and Economic Research's Cost of Living Index puts Memphis as one of its least expensive urban areas. And, according to the Chamber’s 2015 survey of 55 utility providers, we pay the lowest utility bills in the nation for electricity, natural gas, water and wastewater. In 2014, Forbes surveyed 100 of the largest MSAs in the country and recognized Memphis as America’s second most affordable city.

Memphis is a city full of diversity and inclusion. There are top corporations, such as FedEx, International Paper, AutoZone and ServiceMaster, who are proud to call Memphis home.  FedEx moved here in 1973, choosing Memphis as an optimal location due to its crossroads of America location and ideal weather that results in fewer airport closures.

We believe in supporting performing arts in Memphis, whether it is a top show at the Orpheum or a concert at the Cannon Center featuring the Memphis Symphony. We boast a first-rate dance company, Memphis Ballet, and many other professional music, dance and theatre groups. Opera Memphis is one of the oldest continuously running opera companies in the nation.

And, yes, we do love our basketball – from the University of Memphis Tigers to the Grizzlies, Memphis turns out to support our teams.  We’re also pretty proud of our Triple-A baseball Redbirds, an affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals.

One of my favorite Memphis attractions – TPC Southwind - can be seen from my office window. ProTech has a recurring presence at the annual FedEx St. Jude Classic, which, since 1970, has raised more than $25 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. We're already excited about this year’s 59th annual tournament.

I moved to Memphis in 1984 – I knew then it was a great place to live and eventually raise a family, and nothing has changed my mind since.  My wife, Mikki and I treasure many Memphis attractions such as a drive through Shelby Farms, one of our greatest recreational assets with its 4,500 acres of green space and more than 10 miles of urban trails, or having a family meal with some world-famous barbecue, we’re a Memphis family!

Posted by Dan Weddle at 8:50 AM
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