Bartlett Area Chamber 901.372.9457
BARTLETT, Tenn., June 15, 2015, — The Greater Memphis Medical Device Council (GMMDC) was officially welcomed to their new home at a dedication ceremony and Open House on Monday evening. The Bartlett Area Chamber of Commerce hosted the event in its newly renovated space that will serve as the Council’s Board Room and Conference Center for activities pertaining to the advancement of a sustainable workforce pipeline into the medical device industry.
The Bartlett Chamber has been working over the years with representatives of the industry and helped launch the creation of the Greater Memphis Medical Device Council (GMMDC) in July 2014. The GMMDC is a 501c6 organization - The mission of the Greater Memphis Medical Device Council is to create a successful collaboration among biomedical member companies to identify shared employee development needs. This industry led initiative will guide an educational structure to effectively close the respective skills gap for all levels of biomedical careers.
The renovation was made possible by a grant from the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) which recognizes the contribution GMMDC makes toward the growth of this dynamic industry for Memphis and the region. Mike Marshall, Alternate Federal Co-Chairman of DRA attended the ceremony and spoke of his organization’s support of the Council and its efforts, and how delighted DRA was, to be a part of this initiative. He pledged that the DRA will continue as a partner with the GMMDC.
Shelby County Mayor Luttrell spoke of the importance of the industry to the regional economy and the need to establish a sustainable workforce for the industry to prosper. Bartlett Mayor Keith McDonald echoed those sentiments and stressed the community’s desire to see the industry grow and he reiterated the support of Bartlett City Schools in working with the Council.
EDGE Chairman Al Bright was recognized for his organization’s continued support of the Bartlett Chamber’s medical device initiative. GMMDC Chairman, Gene Baker, who is also VP of Operations for Smith & Nephew, was on hand to address the guests and thanked them for their interest and support of the Council and emphasized the Council’s commitment in achieving its goal. He stated that his, and all GMMDC members, involvement is predicated on the belief that what they are doing will bring beneficial results to the industry.
Ted Townsend, Chief of Staff for the Tenn. Dept. of Economic & Community Development, has been a strong advocate and supporter for the Bartlett Chamber’s medical device initiative over the years. The creation of the GMMDC has been highly noticed in Nashville by his department and the Governor’s office. Townsend told the guests the importance the State places on the medical device industry and how it is considered to be one of the leading growth industries for Tennessee. He also emphasized that medical devices is the largest exporting industry in Tennessee.
The highlight of the program was presenting an appreciation plaque to the four institutions primarily responsible for the renovation:
Delta Regional Authority which provided the grant – represented by Mike Marshall, Co-Chairman
Memphis Area Assoc. of Governments which facilitated the grant – represented by Ralph Moore, CEO
A2H which designed and oversaw construction – represented by Mark Askew, CEO
Yuletide Office Solutions that provided the furniture – represented by Chris Miller, CEO
The GMMDC is currently comprised of 23 members and represent over 5200 employees in the Memphis MSA.