FAQs

Who decides Memphis Tomorrow's agenda?
What are the criteria for membership?
So, anyone who meets this criteria may join?
How much does it cost?
Are there other organizations like Memphis Tomorrow in other cities?
Why was Memphis Tomorrow founded?
How do I apply for project funding from Memphis Tomorrow?
How is Memphis Tomorrow different from the Memphis Regional Chamber?


Who decides Memphis Tomorrow's agenda?

Projects and activities are determined by vote of the Board of Directors through a careful study process. They involve educational, health, social, civic, and economic matters affecting the general welfare of greater Memphis and affecting or benefiting all or a substantial segment of the community. 

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What are the criteria for membership eligibility?

Memphis Tomorrow members are top executives of local corporations and enterprises that have over $200 million in annual revenue or over $100 million in assets, or top executives of professional services firms with annual revenues over $75 million. Members must demonstrate community commitment and contribution.

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So, anyone who meets this criteria may join?

Memphis Tomorrow limits its membership to approximately 30 members. So, yes, as long as membership slots are available.

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How much does it cost?

Dues are determined by the annual budget approved by the board of directors each year.

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Are there other organizations like Memphis Tomorrow in other cities?

Yes, there are other CEO associations in other cities that get involved in economic and community development and public policy. Each has a unique approach and methodology.

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Why was Memphis Tomorrow founded?

Memphis Tomorrow was formed because local business leaders believe in civic responsibility and recognize that their active, collaborative participation in guiding and supporting our community's development is essential to its successful future.

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How do I apply for project funding from Memphis Tomorrow?

Memphis Tomorrow is not a grant-making foundation. We fund only those initiatives developed through internal committee work. Looking at issues of major importance to the community, our primary role is one of convener, long-range planner, and facilitator of breakthrough solutions to significant local challenges

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How is Memphis Tomorrow different from the Memphis Regional Chamber?

The Chamber is one of MT's many partner organizations, and as such we collaborate closely where appropriate and helpful. However, the two organizations are very different.

Memphis Tomorrow exists to engage CEOs of our largest companies -- and the resources of their companies -- in building a stronger Memphis.  Our work is conducted primarily through public-private partnerships, and we actively build collaboration with government and civic leaders to shape, drive and execute a shared agenda.  Our areas of focus are education/talent, government fiscal strength, economic development, crime reduction and health/wellness. Memphis Tomorrow employees just two staff and does not run programs, but instead works with and through existing partner organizations, one of whom is the Greater Memphis Chamber.

Alternatively, the Chamber represents and supports the business interests of 1500+ member businesses and focuses on improving the business environment and leading our community's efforts to attract jobs and capital investment, and it operates a wide variety of programming that supports local business interests, job growth, and capital investment.

Memphis Tomorrow and the Chamber work closely together on a regular basis and have many active partnerships . 

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