Chamber Welcomes 2024 at January Monthly Membership Meeting

Dr. Joann Massey of EDGE talks Economic Development for the “Capital of the South”

The Collierville Chamber of Commerce welcomed 2024 with an information-packed Monthly Membership Meeting on Wednesday, January 10, at First Baptist Church of Collierville. The day’s event was sponsored by the Junior Auxiliary of Collierville and catered by Corporate Cuisine.

Chamber CEO and President Mark Heuberger took a few minutes to thank the many premier partners of the Chamber and to call attention to new additions to the Chamber’s membership. He offered representatives of two new members an opportunity to speak briefly about their companies.

Roger Jones, Principal of Collierville High School, and Charles Brasfield of Patriot Bank took the stage to introduce the first Student of the Month of 2024. Collierville High School Senior Sara Depperman holds a 4.75 GPA and is ranked 16th in a class of 700 students. She has 11 AP classes on her record, 7 dual courses and 7 honor classes. She is an A.P. and 30+ A.C.T. Scholar. Principal Jones noted “her positive influence on those around her,” and highlighted her four-year varsity volleyball record. Additionally, Depperman volunteers for the Collierville Animal Shelter and is a graduate of Leadership Collierville. She plans to major in biology and pursue a path in medicine.


Amanda Whitehorn and Tori Faulk of the Junior Auxiliary of Collierville took the podium to explain the influence that the Junior Auxiliary has on the community, the many projects the women-only organization hosts to benefit children and families, military veterans, as well as community education. Their special annual projects include their Angel Tree Program at Christmas, the Sweetheart Ball for special needs adults and a first responder feast.

Dr. Joann Massey, VP of Operations of EDGE, the Economic Development and Growth Engine of Memphis and Shelby County took the stage for an informative look at EDGE’s vital role in the county’s economic progress. Dr. Massey highlighted the various connections and partnerships her organization uses to coordinate public resources to drive economic development and growth within the community.

Calling Memphis and Shelby County the “capital of the South,” Dr. Massey commented on the transportation facilities and our central location as two of the primary points of economic power. Taking a few minutes to walk through the history of EDGE and its growth into an organization that has brought some 41,000 new jobs, and has helped generate $1.9 billion in new tax revenue, Dr. Massey noted that such monies are able to assist in such projects as building the new Collierville High School. The development and implementation of these projects, she noted, come about through “powering progress through partnerships.”

Massey called attention to the logistical importance of the Port of Memphis, the 5th largest port in the U.S. and its excellent rail and water connectivity.

The power of EDGE became readily apparent as Massey highlighted the many partnerships, connections and opportunities made possible through her organization.

Chamber CEO Heuberger closed the meeting by calling attention to future speakers and this year’s exciting cruise giveaway in partnership with Travel Leaders of Collierville. Specifics of this magnificent luxury tour opportunity are available at the Chamber’s website here.