Week in Review – October 19, 2013

On October 19, 2013, in News 2013, by Mark Norris


I was honored, as incoming Chairman of the Council of State Governments, to speak during the Mayors’ Mississippi River Economy Summit hosted in Memphis by AC Wharton. I spoke about workforce development needs in the Mississippi River Valley and what we’re doing to meet them. The Mississippi River Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Consortium, Drive to 55, and our LEAP legislative initiative will support a new generation of workers ready for America’s manufacturing renaissance. Also speaking was U.S. Chamber of Commerce Vice President, Americans for Transportation Mobility Coalition, Janet Kavinoky. Chris Masingill and Michael Marshall, Federal Co-Chairs of Delta Regional Authority, presided.


The Annual Meeting of the Memphis Shelby Crime Commission was encouraging. Although violent crime was up in 2012, violent crime is down across the board in 2013.


The Certified Commercial Investment Managers invited me to speak about Tennessee’s balanced budget, tax cuts and lowest per capita debt of any state in the nation. I was introduced by Bob Turner, past President of the Memphis Area Association of Realtors and 2016 President of the National Realtors’ Land Institute.


Saturday was busy with a visit to the Northwest Shelby County Republican Club breakfast at Old Timers Restaurant. The Arlington United Methodist Church hosted its Annual Fish Fry on the 19th. The sign was apparently recycled from previous years so every penny could go to charity.

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