“There might not be a more successful major market economic developer in the South right now than the Memphis Chamber’s Mark Herbison,” says industry publication Southern Business & Development.
Herbison is the Greater Memphis Chamber’s senior vice president of economic development and a key point-man – often the point-man – on just about any economic development deal of consequence the chamber is involved with.
Herbison made Southern Business & Developments list of “Ten People Who Made a Difference in the South.”
From the publication’s write-up about him:
“Last year Memphis earned ‘Major Market of the Year’ honors with 115 points in the 2010 Southern Business & Development 100. It was the second ‘Major Market of the Year’ for Memphis in the last 10 years, which is a pretty good record considering there are 18 major markets in the South vying for the honor, including Charlotte, Nashville, Austin, Raleigh and Orlando, all economic development heavyweights.
“And Memphis’ performance this year may beat last year’s (results will be published in the 2011 SB&D 100, which comes out on June 22). In February, Japanese manufacturer Mitsubishi announced it will build a $200 million plant in Memphis. In December, Memphis was chosen by Electrolux for a $190 million facility that will employ more than 1,200 workers. Also last year, Pinnacle Airlines decided to move its headquarters to downtown Memphis, the largest downtown development since AutoZone brought its headquarters to downtown Memphis. There might not be a more successful major market economic developer in the South right now than the Memphis Chamber’s Mark Herbison.”