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Chamber of Commerce Executive To Lead “EDGE” Business Growth Initiative

Reid Dulberger

MEMPHIS, TN, (Dec. 2, 2011)- Reid Dulberger has been chosen as the first president of a new organization that will target new businesses and assist existing ones.

Memphis and Shelby County EDGE, which stands for Economic Development Growth Engine, is a non-profit organization created this past January.  It will serve all cities and areas throughout Shelby County.

Dulberger, 54, Vice President of MemphisED Administration of the Greater Memphis Chamber, will begin his duties January 2012, pending approval by the Memphis City Council and Shelby County Commission. 

Both Mayors Wharton and Luttrell were impressed with Dulberger’s familiarity of the local business landscape, especially the needs of minority and small business owners. 

“Reid has the experience needed for this key position.  He’s not only qualified as a leader in economic development matters, but has the academic credentials and experience needed,” said Mayor Luttrell.

“There’s no more important priority than bringing new jobs to our community. Mr. Dulberger will have a key role in that mission and help unify our overall efforts for economic development,” added Mayor Wharton.

Dulberger will make $175,000 annually.  His salary will be paid by EDGE, which will generate its own revenues through business and industry Payments In Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) fees.  Companies pay the fees in lieu of taxes for their new capital investments and creation of jobs in our community.

 “I am honored and humbled that the Mayors have selected me to lead this dynamic organization, and I am looking forward to leveraging my experience and my passion working with the Mayors, the EDGE board and our many partners to spur growth throughout Memphis and Shelby County,” said Dulberger.

Dulberger has been with the Greater Memphis Chamber since 2008.  He previously held economic development and chamber of commerce positions in Youngstown, Ohio and Syracuse, New York.  He has two Master’s Degrees in Government and Public Management Policy.

 He’s also a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) and Economic Development Finance Professional.

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