If anybody had any doubts about whether Bill Haslam would forget about the west side of the state when he moved into the Governor’s mansion in Nashville, he made a point of dispelling those notions Thursday at the Downtown Memphis Commission’s annual luncheon.
He took pride in telling the crowd, for example, that only 24 hours earlier he was running in Downtown Nashville dressed in his “Believe Memphis” shirt.
“If Tennessee is going to be a great state, Memphis has to be a great city,” Haslam said. “It really is that simple.”
He singled out Downtown Memphis for special praise, which was fitting considering the group that brought him to speak. He said Downtown has the kind of corporate presence “other cities would kill to have.”
“The passion and commitment people have to Memphis is almost unparalleled,” he said.