LUNCH AND DISCUSSION WITH MAYOR JIM STRICKLAND

THURSDAY, AUGUST 24, 2017 FROM 12:00 PM TO 1:00 PM (CST) THE TERRACE AT THE RIVER INN AT HARBOR TOWN, 50 HARBOR TOWN SQUARE, MEMPHIS, TN 38103 $25 PER PERSON, RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED HOW: GET TICKETS HERE OR EMAIL PEARSON@SOEMEMPHIS.COM Jim Strickland was sworn in as mayor of Memphis in 2016 and has spent the early portion of his tenure following through with his inauguration day pledge to apply “new eyes to solve old problems.” In partnership with the hard work of city employees, 911 call answer times have been drastically reduced; the percentage of city spending with minority and women-owned businesses has dramatically increased; and two major developments — the retention and Downtown move of ServiceMaster’s global headquarters and the expansion of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital — speak to the momentum of some $7 billion in recent, current or future development in the city. In a new spirit of collaboration, Mayor Strickland’s administration and the 13 men and women of the Memphis City Council passed their first budget unanimously in an unheard-of seven minutes. New police officers are joining the force to continue the mayor’s pledge to prioritize public safety, and more streets are being paved. The state Comptroller and rating agencies have applauded the city’s financial condition, a Strickland initiative has helped some 65 families buy homes inside the core city, and a city partnership is helping homeless Memphians get back on their feet. Mayor Strickland has prioritized a transparent and communicative government — including initiating a weekly email update to citizens that frankly tackles the city’s challenges as well as celebrates successes. The improvement of...