Memphis Economy Partners


    The University of Memphis

    The University of Memphis is a learner-centered metropolitan research university providing high quality educational experiences while pursuing new knowledge through research, artistic expression, and interdisciplinary and engaged scholarship.  The University of Memphis is a public institution founded in 1912. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 16,639, located in an urban setting on a 1,600 acre campus.   The University of Memphis utilizes a semester-based academic calendar and was ranked Tier 2 in the 2017 edition of Best Colleges, National Universities



    The Sparks Bureau of Business and Economic Research (SBBER) at the University of Memphis consists of several research divisions that provide professional assistance to the business, government, and academic communities.

    Named for Willard R. Sparks in 2003 but established in 1963, the Sparks Bureau of Business and Economic Research (SBBER) is the largest research center at the University of Memphis. For nearly two decades, the SBBER has ranked among the largest and most successful business research centers in the nation. The SBBER forms a multidisciplinary research organization that conducts an extensive array of applied research activities, provides faculty, graduate, and undergraduate research opportunities, and delivers technical assistance and training services for units of state and local government.



    Created in 2011 through a joint resolution of the Memphis City Council and the Shelby County Commission, EDGE: Economic Development Growth Engine is the economic development agency for the City of Memphis and Shelby County Government.  EDGE provides and coordinates public resources to drive economic development in Memphis and Shelby County.  EDGE leverages the benefits of economic development incentive programs to foster public/private partnerships that create jobs, grow the economy, revitalize neighborhoods, attract investments, spark innovation, and encourage entrepreneurship.  EDGE-approved projects are projected to create and retain nearly 12,000 jobs with $2 billion of new investment, $362 million of contracts for MWBEs/LOSBs, and more than $850 million in new tax revenue for Memphis and Shelby County.