“Memphis is a global logistics hub in no small part because of the strong freight presence in our city. We are the third largest rail center in the U.S. and products leaving Memphis can reach any of 45 states by rail within two days. Private railroad investments have delivered huge economic growth for Memphis and the entire state.”

Ernest D. Strickland leads the cultivation of international and business partnerships for the Greater Memphis Chamber. He previously served as the chamber’s Director of Economic Development, Director of Workforce Development and Public Policy, Existing Business Consultant, and Business Development Associate.

As a native Memphian, Strickland serves on the boards of the Memphis in May International Festival and the Downtown Memphis Commission and previously served on the boards of the Memphis World Trade Club and the trade organization Business Retention Expansion International. Strickland holds a B.A. in Professional Studies from the University of Memphis and an M.A. from Bethel University’s Executive MBA program.

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