As we watch the news reports on the devastating flooding of the Mississippi River, the Memphis (TN) Convention and Visitor's Bureau wants to let eveyone know: "the City's been dealt a challenge with flood waters, but it's certainly not closed for business." And that's a message the Greater Memphis Chamber can support as it helps businesses get through the disaster.
In a news report aired on Wednesday, May 11, by the local FOX station in Memphis, Mayor AC Wharton declares that "Memphis is wide open." He goes on to say, "Memphis the city is about 345 square miles. Probably 20 square miles are underwater and much of it is uninhabited."
As for the businesses that have taken on water, the Greater Memphis Chamber is working to identify all of them so it can pass on recovery information to owners.
In an email to ACCE President Mick Fleming on Wednesday, May 11, the Greater Memphis Chamber President and CEO John Moore wrote:
"The city is on high ground so all tourist attractions are safe as well as most businesses. We have some in serious trouble. We are at every EMA meeting and helping them with GIS mapping of the flood. We are also working with the City and County with the overall communication effort; first for preparation and now recovery. Our research team identified 683 businesses in the 100/500 year flood plain and we are contacting all of them. We’ve gotten through to 572 and are following up with the rest. Our VP of Membership contacted all of the chamber members in the zone personally."
Moore closed his message by showing that despite all that is currently going on, a chamber's work continues: "In the midst of all this we had a ground breaking event yesterday [May 10] for Mitsubishi Electric’s $270 MIL manufacturing plant."
Click here to view the abovementioned local Memphis FOX news report, which includes an interview with the Greater Memphis Chamber's John Moore.