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By Updated: May 14, 2019 3:24 PM CT | Published: May 13, 2019 8:50 PM CT
  • Graduations, MIM boost earnings for Memphis Airbnb hosts to record $339,000
  • Pinnacle Financial Partners opens Union Avenue office
  • Job fair Tuesday for positions at Elvis Presley's Graceland
  • Shelby County government partners with Explore Bike Share in support of healthyShelby'19 campaign
  • Groundbreaking for TCAT Memphis' new Bartlett Campus set for May 15

Graduations, MIM boost earnings for Memphis Airbnb hosts to record $339,000

Airbnb announced Tuesday Memphis hosts earned more than $339,000 in income while welcoming an additional 2,600 guests to the city during the University of Memphis spring graduations and the start of the May festival season,  representing the largest surge of guests to Memphis in the history of Airbnb’s platform.

“Local Memphis hosts really stepped up to help their city take full economic advantage of this big weekend, when otherwise some festival-goers and college parents would have been faced with a choice of making a day trip or finding lodging outside of the city,” Laura Spanjian, senior policy director for Airbnb, said in a release, “This has a secondary economic impact for Memphis restaurants and small businesses who count on tourism revenue.”

In addition, Airbnb collects and remits the Memphis occupancy tax thanks to a tax agreement with the city, meaning the surge in guests also represented a boost in tax revenue.

-Natalie Martin

Pinnacle Financial Partners opens Union Avenue office 

Pinnacle Financial Partners announced Tuesday the opening of a new Memphis office in Midtown.

The new office, located on Union Avenue, has begun serving clients with a team of five financial professionals that consists of three new associates and two long-time Pinnacle financial specialists, according to a release 

“This is the next step in Pinnacle’s Memphis story,” Kirk Bailey, Pinnacle’s Memphis chairman, said in a release. “We have a team of local leaders and bankers who have spent the last year expanding our reach into new communities. Now we’re joining the momentum on Union Avenue, an area that’s already growing and robust but has even more potential for the future.”

The Union Avenue office, which features Pinnacle’s signature feature, a Learning Center with full audio-visual capabilities, marks the company’s sixth full-service location in the Midsouth and is designed to serve the full range of business and personal needs and features an ATM and two drive-thru lanes. 

-Natalie Martin 

Job fair Tuesday for positions at Elvis Presley's Graceland

Elvis Presley’s Graceland will host an on-site hiring event for seasonal shuttle drivers and full-time and seasonal positions in its food and beverage departments on Tuesday, May 14, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The job fair will be held at Vernon’s Smokehouse Restaurant in the Elvis Presley’s Memphis complex, 3717 Elvis Presley Blvd. Applicants can park free by entering through the Graceland Parking entrance on Elvis Presley Boulevard.

Candidates applying for shuttle driver positions must have a commercial driver’s license with a Class P endorsement. In addition, all applicants must be able to pass a background check and pre-employment drug test.

Candidates are encouraged to visit Graceland's career site at, fill out an application online and bring a printed resume with them.

Business casual or business professional dress is encouraged. Contact for more information.

-Daily Memphian staff

Shelby County government partners with Explore Bike Share

Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris and County Commission Chairman Van Turner announced Monday county government has partnered with Explore Bike Share in support of the healthyShelby'19 awareness campaign.

A ribbon cutting and a "Move with the Mayor and Shelby County Commissioners" bike ride will be held May 15 at 4:30 p.m. at 160 North Main to celebrate the collaboration.

“I am excited Shelby County government is able to offer this new health and fitness benefit to Shelby County employees,” Harris said in a release.  “I hope this makes it easier for employees to ride to work, ride home, or exercise over their lunch break. A key to creating a culture of health is easier access to healthy options, especially in the workplace.”

Street closures at Main and Beale, Riverside and Beale, Front and AW Willis, and Front and Poplar are expected during the bike ride from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

-Natalie Martin

Groundbreaking for TCAT Memphis' new Bartlett campus set for May 15

Groundbreaking for Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) Memphis' new Bartlett campus, located at the corner of Appling Road and Brother Boulevard, is scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 15.

The project will launch with construction of the $16.9 million, 48,792-square-foot Haas CNC Technology Center, named after the Gene Haas Foundation, which contributed $1 million toward the project, according to a release.

The Bartlett campus will be TCAT Memphis’ fourth teaching site, and will serve up to 400 students annually with "a variety of technical education programs that will enable graduates to begin or advance their careers in high-demand fields."

In addition to the $1 million Gene Haas Foundation grant, TCAT Memphis also received a $1 million contribution from the city of Bartlett, a $4 million state Labor Education Alignment Program (LEAP) grant and $11.5 million in state construction funding for the project. 

-Natalie Martin


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