The Town's new Economic Development Director John Duncan has been quite busy the past several months building the foundation for Collierville's economic development programs. This week the Economic Development Office is launching a brand new web site. The new site is located at collierville.com and is a featured item on the main menu bar for easy access.
The new site welcomes viewers with clean graphics and scrolling images of manufacturing, aerial photos of available sites, healthcare and scenic views of Collierville.
There is a style and look that is prudently managed by Town of Collierville Development, Planning and Engineering employees. Collierville, as it now is, didn't just happen. By blending the old with new structures and turning ordinary into stylized designs, the Collierville way created a much-needed stormwater detention pond and made it look like a park.
The Queen Oaks Regional Detention Pond, when not filled with stormwater, has the appearance of a park-like setting, surrounded with sidewalks and homes in the northeast area of Collierville.
Education in Collierville continues to be a primary focus with the recent opening of Collierville Schools, plus renewed emphasis on higher education with the University of Memphis Collierville campus relocating to the historic district, downtown.
The new campus is a 27,000 sq. ft. building on the west side of 8.85 acres fronted by Poplar on the North, Walnut Street on the East and College Street to the South. The project, approved by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen in late 2013, is funded with bonds that the U of M will repay over 20 years, $324,000 each year. The $4.5 million project began mid-year and is on target to be completed by year end with classes starting in January 2015.
Parade magazine announced that Collierville is the winner of "America's Best Main Street." This weekend, Collierville, the most charming downtown in the United States, is on the front page of Parade to be viewed by 33 million readers. In the March 22nd edition of Parade magazine, a regular insert in Sunday newspapers across the nation, readers were asked, "Tell us about your town... and it could be featured in an upcoming Parade cover story about the country's most charming downtowns."
Durham School Services the bus transportation provider for Collierville Schools is seeking qualified bus drivers. Please see the application and contact information below.
· Be part of your local community by working with the kids
· Too young to retire
· Stay at home parent; great extra income
Please apply at Durham's recruitment center at 1658 Appling Rd Ste. 108 (Appling and Dexter) or at the local bus garage -you may also call for more information at 901-385-9228.
|Bill Bradham, (L), Accreditation Manager, Collierville Police Department, accepts congratulations on 25 years of service from the Mayor and Aldermen (pictured back to front) Mayor Stan Joyner, with Aldermen Tom Allen, John Worley and Jimmy Lott.|
Collierville Police Chief Larry Goodwin presented Collierville Police Accreditation Manager Bill Bradham with his 25 year service pin and Distinguished Service Plaque during the August 11 Mayor and Board of Aldermen meeting. "It's my pleasure to make this presentation to Bill Bradham for his dedicated and loyal service," Chief Goodwin said.
Bradham began his career with the Police department as a Dispatcher/Jailer in 1989 and became a reserve officer for the department the following year. He attended the Memphis Police Department Third Regional Basic Academy and became an officer in 1991 but later returned to the Communications /Jail serving as a lead dispatcher and a Communications Supervisor.
|Collierville K-9 unit members are (L) 'Roscoe' with Officer Justin Weaver and (R) 'Leno' with Officer Matt Bialy. The highly trained dogs are Belgian Malinois, a breed that has strong, independent character. Their tasks include detection of odors like explosives, accelerants, narcotics, building search or tracking of humans for apprehension in police work.|
There's a good possibility that the most popular members of the Collierville Police Department (CPD) are the two, four-legged officers, K9's Roscoe and Leno! As part of the Uniform Patrol Division, the K-9 Unit maintains highly trained dogs used for narcotic sniffing, tracking and containment, along with their specialist handlers. Officers Justin Weaver and Matt Bialy, along with their partners, Roscoe and Leno, respectively, have greatly enhanced the number of narcotic arrests and apprehensions in Collierville through the Uniform Patrol Division, the largest single division within the Police Department.
Just a few months ago, the Collierville Tourism Advisory Commission introduced a logo and identifying line as part of a branding campaign to inform visitors and residents of the many amenities, and features of Collierville. "Live Life Local" 38017 Collierville was first introduced on stickers, and now the brand is featured on 100% cotton Tee Shirts and Tank Tops available for purchase.
The gray custom-designed shirts and tank tops feature the identifying phrase in black with 38017 in green. The cost is $20 each. Shirts will be available for purchase at the Collierville Chamber of Commerce luncheon, in the historic Town Square District at My Town Tees, The Brooks Collection, and the Morton Museum. Shirts & tanks may also be purchased at the administrative offices of Collierville Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts Department, 440 W. Powell Road, near Harrell Theatre & H.W. Cox Park.
The responsibility of spraying for mosquitos is that of Shelby County Vector Control Program. Anyone with Internet service may go to schdresponse.com to see the schedule for spraying for mosquitos by week and location. Go to schdresponse.com, key on Mosquito Spray Schedule (read directions in the main heading), then key on the week and a map will show where spraying is scheduled. Only one week is posted at a time, due to scheduling changes, weather and mosquito outbreak issues.
Since April, the Shelby County Health Department Program has been actively treating areas in an effort to proactively decrease the adult mosquito population. Most mosquitoes are active at dusk and just before dawn and prefer areas that are shady, humid, and where there is little wind. Always wear DEET-containing mosquito repellants and apply according to label directions.
Collierville and residents of other surrounding towns pay the nominal fee of $.75 monthly on MLGW bills, for the Vector Control Program that includes spraying for mosquitos and rodent control. For more info, the Shelby County Health Department website is shelbycountytn.gov.