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CVB – By the Numbers

Kevin Kane will gladly run the numbers for you. As President and CEO of the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau, he is all about the digits: dollar figures, rankings, crowd flow, ticket buyers, economic impact and all.

Downtown: St. Jude

St. Jude’s 2016-2021 Strategic Plan would have shocked Danny Thomas. So says Dr. James Downing, the institution’s president and CEO, who observes that the founder of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital had an extraordinarily expansive vision to fulfill and cultivated smart people to bring it about.

Urban Savvy

In a recent meeting of the Downtown Memphis Commission’s Design Review Board, Chairman Ray Brown issued a warning: “If we don’t start getting serious about how we are going to attract people back to this city, this city is going to die.”

Downtown: South Main

Dozens of young faces happily huddled close to the glowing campfires of Loflin Yard. A bluegrass mandolin tinkled softly just above the rowdy din of their conversations that hovered over the yard.

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