Local chambers of commerce agree to work together

The seven chambers of commerce in Shelby County have formally joined forces in their common work to bring new business to the area.

A first-ever memorandum of understanding now specifies what the chambers will do when they get new business leads. The chambers of commerce also will continue to work toward additional ways to leverage their resources.

“Last year, Shelby County government and the City of Memphis formed EDGE, the Economic Development Growth Engine, which oversees our unified approach for economic growth,” said Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell in a statement. “This new agreement formalizes the operational relationship among the chambers of commerce. The strong partnership will enhance our ability to grow existing companies and bring new industries to the area.

“There’s a real war for jobs between cities and regions and we must do everything possible in this highly competitive business market. I’m glad that the chambers of commerce have confirmed through this agreement what we inherently know — that our community can prosper when we work together.”