Rep. Cohen asks American Airlines and U.S. Airways to expand in Memphis

After the jump, a letter from Memphis congressman Steve Cohen to the two airlines, asking them to consider expanding their presence in Memphis:

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Australian accelerator models itself on ZeroTo510

An accelerator launching later this year in Australia is modeling itself on Memphis’ ZeroTo510 medical device accelerator program.

Ignition Labs near Sydney, Australia, is now taking applications for its accelerator. It will start in September and focus on health and medical technology startups, according to ssti.org. And at the end of the program in November, the companies will “engage in a roadshow” through Australia, Europe and the U.S.

The program is partly the result of conversations officials there had with Allan Daisley, director of entrepreneurship and sustainability at the Memphis Bioworks Foundation.

New agriculture innovation accelerator is launching

The Northwest Tennessee Entrepreneur Center and Memphis Bioworks Foundation are collaborating to launch an agriculture innovation accelerator this summer.

The goal of the program will be to help launch and grow new agricultural businesses. It will be a cohort-based business accelerator that leverages the strength of the nine counties served by The Northwest Tennessee Entrepreneur Center that have significant assets related to agricultural crop production, livestock, and logistics. For the new program, up to eight companies will be chosen to go through a six-month round of business instruction and mentorship, and at the end, they’ll pitch their business plans to a group of investors.

The accelerator is open to individuals and teams with an idea for a new company as well as existing companies that are working on developing a new technology or innovation. The program will support entrepreneurs commercializing a range of agriculture-related technologies, things like precision agriculture and software, grain handling and storage, food processing, food safety, software, app development, livestock reproduction and nutrition and more.

A Tax Explanation

 

Just a word or two here to help with some of the confusion that may be present if budget deliberations in this unique budget season are new to you as a reader.

Much of what is happening is new to even veterans of the process on the city council and county commission and the mayor’s offices on both sides of the Main Street Mall.

Much of the discussion so far and to come in the next two weeks on the city government side of this is about when to take certain measures.

Should they be for the fiscal year that starts July 1 or a later fiscal year.

If you are among those listening on line to the council or commission budget deliberations you will hear lots of references to fiscal year ’14 or fiscal year ’15 when the ideas being discussed start to move in that direction.

Fiscal year ’14 is the one that begins this July 1. A handy rule of reference is that the fiscal year in city and county government always takes the year number that it ends in.

Whenever possible, however, we talk about the fiscal year that begins July 1 and if it is a later year we will refer to it as the fiscal year that begins July 1 with the appropriate year.

No sense making this harder to follow than it already is.

On the other hand, you have probably noticed that we are making a distinction between proposed increases in the city and county property tax rates and proposed tax increases.

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Amro honors music teachers

Amro Music is giving music educators a permanent shrine.

The store’s Poplar Ave. location is paying tribute to Memphis-area and Mid-South music teachers with a “Walk of Fame” at the entrance. The inaugural class of inductees includes Jim Holcomb of Memphis City Schools, Dr. J.D. Kelly of Arkansas State and David Willson of Ole Miss.

Nominations for the honor are taken from the public, and members will be chosen each year based on the educator’s impact, years of service and other contributions.

Amro is accepting nominations at http://walkoffame.amromusic.com.

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