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Facebook and Twitter

I came across this infographic comparing the users of Facebook and Twitter, and I couldn’t help wondering:

If you’re a business owner, journalist, student – really anybody, which of those outlets do you prefer, and why?

They’re both reshaping communication in almost every business and public entity in Memphis. But they’re doing it in different ways.

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Bravo Memphis Hosts Le Bonheur Art Tour

In December, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital opened its new 12-story, $340 million state-of-the-art facility. Sustainably built and pending LEED green building certification, the new campus is 50 percent larger than the previous one, with 255 beds and room to expand.

Brightly painted patient rooms and playrooms have been placed along the outer-lying areas of the building, allowing for abundant light and panoramic views of the city. Adding to its kid-friendliness is the hospital’s unique collection of vibrant, uplifting artwork, which can viewed Tuesday night during a tour hosted by Bravo Memphis, Arts Memphis’ membership option for people ages 21 through 45.

A wine and cheese reception will take place at 6:00 p.m. in the Clinic Lobby, followed by the art tour at 6:30 p.m. The evening will end with conversation and wine, compliments of Bravo Memphis, at the nearby Trolley Stop Market, 704 Madison Avenue.

Click here for a preview of the artwork and additional information regarding the tour.

Reporting Project 21

A Houston Business Journal reporter blogged today that she spoke with a principal of the site selection team who worked with Mitsubishi Electric Power Products – the company that’s building a transformer plant in Memphis.

Mitsubishi also considered Houston. And HBJ reporter Jennifer Dawson reported months ago some of the details surrounding the secretive “Project 21″ – the project’s code name.

She asked Mark Sweeney, the senior principal with McCallum Sweeney Consulting of Greenville, S.C., a question that’s been getting a lot of focus in Memphis lately – whether early media reporting about details threatens to kill them.

Her question: “Did the fact that HBJ wrote a story about the project last April hurt the local site’s chances of landing the deal?”

Answer: “No, but it was not well received. Fortunately our ‘confidentiality controls’ prevented you from learning the client identity or very much detail about the project; if that had been divulged it would have put the region in serious jeopardy of being dropped for any further consideration for the project.”

Read more here.

Let’s Build Our Self-Esteem, Memphis

Once again, Memphis has been labeled as one of the most dangerous U.S. cities, according to U.S. News & World Report LP.

Memphis received an index score of 361 following an analysis of FBI violent and property crime reporting data by Onboard Informatics. A score of 100 would mean a city’s crime risk is equal to the national average.

But from January 2010 to the end of December 2010, major violent crime was down 23.6 percent across Memphis – including a drop in murder by 40 percent and a drop in aggravated assault by 13.5 percent – when compared to the same time period in 2006, according to Operation: Safe Community.

Major property crime was down 26.2 percent, including a drop in burglary by 21.4 percent and a drop in motor vehicle theft by 42.1 percent.

And let’s not forget that executives with Electrolux chose Memphis to build a 700,000-square-foot manufacturing plant over Mexico – the main reason being crime. Mark Herbison, the Greater Memphis Chamber’s senior vice president of economic development, recently spoke to the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors about closing the sale:

“It was headed to Mexico, the decision had already been made, but they had changed their mind in the summer and they wanted to stop and take a look at North America – Memphis, Alabama and North Carolina,” Herbison said. “Electrolux was in the county of Juarez, which had about 3,200 murders last year, and I don’t know the details, but I think some of those were employees.”

Herbison went on to say that in his experience as being a sales person for the city, where we fall apart is when the prospect actually comes to town and talks to Memphians about their city.

“One if the things that’s amazed me the most about Memphis is the lack of self-esteem,” he said. “We have so much to be proud of here – having been a person that’s recruited industry for several years to Nashville – this can’t hold a candle to what we offer from the perspective of distribution, capabilities, low cost, product, it’s just a really impressive story. If we could ever get this perception changed and get people proud of our city again, which we’re working toward, I think that we’ve got a lot more to offer than most other cities.”

“When you get a couple of miles away from here, there’s not a real negative attitude about our city, there’s really a neutral attitude – they don’t know a lot about it, they know it’s associated with Elvis and food and barbecue. But when we’re able to talk about the great rail, the airport, the river, right now the available labor because of the high unemployment rates, some of the initiatives with the new leadership we’ve got going on, people get excited about it.”

Borders Waves a Long, Slow Goodbye

The Borders book store chain filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection yesterday. The Borders store and Waldenbooks store the chain operates in Memphis weren’t listed in the wave of 200 stores the chain is closing that will result in several thousand job losses.

However, the chain still has an option to close up to 75 more as-yet unidentified stores.

Meanwhile, anyone who’s on Borders’ email list probably saw the company moving inexorably toward bankruptcy well before now, via a series of increasingly desperate sounding email subject lines.

Here’s a recent sample:

December 27: WATCH ALL WEEK! 2-Day Deals — Deal #2: 50% off bestsellers
December 31: 50% OFF ANY ITEM! Don’t Miss the Last of Our 2-Day Deals!
January 6: $10 in BONUS Borders Bucks — Limited Time Only!
January 6: Eat This, Not That — Shop Here, Not There… And SAVE!
January 13: WOW! A Wireless eReader Under $100 — 4 Days Only!

(Then, three days after the end of that 4-day period …)

January 20: 4 DAYS LEFT! A Wireless eReader Under $100
January 27: MUAH! Be My Valentine — Gift Ideas & SAVINGS!
January 31: FREE SHIPPING — No Minimum Purchase! Stop Shoveling, Start Shopping!

(Oh, remember the 4-day sale on the e-reader? …)

February 7: Dare to Compare! Kobo Wireless eReader Now $99.99 Every Day!

There’s a special Website now set up where Borders is putting information about its bankruptcy.

The title on the main page?

“Borders’ Business Operations Continue As Normal”

Dansette

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