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Eric Miller Joins Greater Memphis Chamber as Senior Vice President of Economic Development

Memphis, Tenn. (July 30, 2018)—The Greater Memphis Chamber announced today the addition of Eric Miller as the new Senior Vice President of Economic Development.

“Eric brings a disciplined, data-driven approach that will help us play smarter offense when it comes to business recruitment,” said Richard Smith, President & CEO of FedEx Trade Networks and Chairman of the Board for the Greater Memphis Chamber. “He has extensive experience successfully targeting the types of companies and industries that make sense based upon a community’s unique civic assets.”

In addition to hiring a new Economic Development leader, the Chamber has commissioned two studies to help shape an economic development roadmap to address stagnant job growth in the region.

“We’ve taken a serious look at our competitiveness as a region and it is clear that we need a far more aggressive recruitment and attraction strategy,” said Phil Trenary, President & CEO of the Greater Memphis Chamber. “Eric brings a tremendous amount of experience using a data driven, proactive approach to target companies with a marketing message that can truly sell the assets of this city.”

A competitive mindset was a priority in the national search for a candidate for this position, Trenary said.

“I’m a competitive person, but I don’t like to just compete. I like to win. Memphis is poised to win,” said Miller. “What I see in Memphis is a strong commitment from both the business community and the public sector to create a competitive business climate.”

Miller has more than 18 years of progressive economic development experience at the state, regional and local levels. Some of his career highlights include:

  • During his tenure with the South Carolina Department of Commerce, Eric managed a team responsible for announcing over 50 new companies, more than $800 million in investments and over 8,000 new jobs across South Carolina’s 46 counties.
  • He was responsible for spearheading the passage of The South Carolina Life Sciences Act to improve South Carolina’s competitiveness in the life sciences sector.
  • During Miller’s tenure with the Upstate South Carolina Alliance, his team was responsible for $3.5 billion in capital investment and more than 7,000 new jobs – in 2010. For perspective, those numbers represented approximately half of the total investment and 1/3 of the new jobs created across the entire state of South Carolina in 2010.

“Our goal is to transform our region into an economic powerhouse and we are confident that we have assembled a team at the Chamber who, with the leadership of our members and the partnership of our community and civic leaders, can truly drive change in our city,” Trenary said. “I have never been more optimistic about our city’s prospects.”

Miller joins the Greater Memphis Chamber from Norfork, Virginia, where he served as Executive Vice President of Business Development for Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance, one of 46 accredited economic development organizations in the nation. In addition to his work in South Carolina and Virginia, he served as Director of Industrial Development for the Muskogee City-County Port Authority, in Muskogee, Oklahoma.

Eric earned both his Bachelor of Science and his Juris Doctorate degrees from The University of South Carolina and The University Of South Carolina-School of Law, respectively. He is also a graduate the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Basic Economic Development School, The University of Oklahoma-Economic Development Institute and a Charter Graduate of the South Carolina Advanced Economic Development Symposium.

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