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Thousands of new jobs coming to Memphis

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The Greater Memphis Chamber of Commerce says 3,709 jobs are coming to Memphis and Shelby County, thanks to a grand collaboration by local governments, civic leaders and big business. The Greater Memphis Chamber of Commerce says 3,709 jobs are coming to Memphis and Shelby County, thanks to a grand collaboration by local governments, civic leaders and big business.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - The Greater Memphis Chamber of Commerce says 3,709 jobs are coming to Memphis and Shelby County, thanks to a grand collaboration by local governments, civic leaders and big business.

And the group says that's just the beginning.

The Chamber says that in 2011, businesses invested $1.2 billion in the local economy.

Not only are thousands of jobs coming this way, this effort will stabilize more than 44,000 existing jobs.

Greater Memphis Chamber of Commerce President John Moore announced Tuesday the fruits of the Memphis Economic Development Initiative in 2011.

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton said thousands of jobs on the horizon means one thing.

"Memphis is flat out open for business," he said.

The Chamber revealed 28 projects and 83 minority consultations in 2011 yielded the billion dollar year. That was on top of the more than 3,700 incoming jobs and 44,075 current jobs at existing businesses will remain in the Mid-South because of the teamwork.

Moore also announced that the local job front is no longer in the red.

"I'm pleased to inform you that from November 2010 to November 2011, we've had a net positive job growth in the metro statistical area of 15,000 new jobs," he said.

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell said he's looking forward to the emphasis EDGE, the Economic Development Growth Engine, will focus on area mom and pop shops.

"It's the small businesses that are really the backbone of our growth," he said.

Moore said these victories require elaborate cooperation on federal, state and local levels.

"You've have to have the leadership of strong mayoral partnership that we have with Mayor Wharton and Mayor Luttrell," he said. "You've got to have good city council leadership, good county commission leadership to move these deals forward."

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The Greater Memphis Chamber of Commerce hosts a website with a list of upcoming Jobs in Memphis and Shelby County. You can visit the site by clicking here.

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