As Bartlett High School undergoes its $60 M modernization, the Bartlett City School system and its students have earned the highest graduation rate of all the Shelby County school districts for the 2018-2019 school year. Abigail Warren of the Daily Memphian writes "All of Shelby County’s suburban school districts saw an increased graduation rate for the 2018-19 academic year, according to new data from the Tennessee Department of Education... Bartlett City Schools had the highest graduation rate of any district in the county and 12th in the state, with 593 of 605 students earning a regular diploma. The total is 98%, up 1.8% from last year."
Read the whole Daily Memphian article here.
In SmartAsset's yearly ranking, Bartlett, TN came in as the second healthiest housing market in the state. SmartAsset explains "a healthy housing market is both stable and affordable," so the statistics that were used relate to the market's stability, affordability, fluidity and risk. Below are some of the numbers that put Bartlett near the top of the list.
Average Years living in Home: 15 years
Average days on Market: 74.6
Homes Decreasing in Value: 6.4%
Average Homes with Negative Equity: 8.9%
Home Costs as % of Income: 19.2%
There are many housing options in Bartlett. Whether you want a zero lot line, or you want to spread out on an acre lot, Bartlett contains a variety of options that come at a variety of price points. In 2018 the average price of a home sold in Bartlett was $228,000. The lowest price home sold was $32,500 and the highest price was $484,000. This offers access for first time home-owners as well as business executives and everyone in between. With one of the county's best school systems and city services, Bartlett's housing market is a clear sign of the economic strength of the city.
Surface Dynamics announced that they will invest nearly $10 Million, and create 110 new jobs at their Bartlett facility in the next five years. This announcement comes following steady growth by the local facility in the last three years, as well as recent acquisitions by the international parent company, UnitedCoatings Group.
Surface Dynamics has grown their local employment by 300% in the last three years, and now they are set to add to that number even more. The company provides plasma coatings to medical devices and surgical equipment. They are an active corporate citizen, as a member of both the Bartlett Area Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Memphis Medical Device Council. Their continued growth will benefit the local economy by providing quality, high skilled jobs to local residents, and providing a specialty service to the medical device manufacturers in the area.
See more details about their recent announcement with TN ECD here, and read the local story from the Memphis Business Journal.
Soul Fish Cafe opens its fourth Memphis Area location by the Wolfchase mall at 5:00 pm on July 31, 2019. It is located in a newly constructed building at 8413 US 64. The Soul Fish Cafe has become a recognized name in the Memphis area, with locations in Germantown, East Memphis, and Cooper Young where they have been serving up catfish and po'boy sandwiches since 2006.
With its classic outdoor dining experience, the Soul Fish is bound to attract customers from all around the Bartlett area. In an article with the Memphis Business Journal, Tiger Bryant, co-owner of Soul Fish Cafe, was quoted on why this location was ideal, saying "We're going to be pulling from Bartlett, Arlington, Oakland, Cordova and it's just a big cross section of people coming from the Mid-South that come to the Area."
In the same MBJ article, the new construction was estimated to cost more than $1 MM.
Read more from the MBJ Article announcing the project back in January, and the new Daily Memphian article here.
Business Facilities' 2019 State rankings are out, and Tennessee tops the list for Best Business Climate. This echoes the message that Tennessee Governor Bill Lee has spread about the outstanding business climate and workforce of the Volunteer State. Business Facilities' Editor in Chief, Jack Rodgers, notes Tennessee's "customized workforce training, prefertilized sites or lower industrial electricity costs" as the points that raise it above the crowd.
In Shelby County, a priority has been put on developing sound workforce training in order to ensure companies that they will have a sustainable pipeline of skilled workers. Bartlett High school has a leading CNC Machining program and an extensive CTE vocational class program that allows students to graduate with credit towards their Technical Degree. Through their partnership with the Greater Memphis Medical Device Council, local Technical Schools and Community Colleges have coordinated with local industry, tailoring their curriculum to ensure graduates have the skills they need to be productive workers. More and more, companies are finding Shelby County, and Tennessee as a whole, to be a great place to do business.
To read deeper into Business Facilities' State Rankings, click here.
Youth Villages is once again investing in growing their Bartlett Campus through a $22MM expansion of the Bill's Place facility. The project will add 100,000 SF to the facility, allowing for 72 new beds, a new school, gymnasium, counseling centers and more. This is only the latest of the growth stories, as Youth Villages opened up a center for abused and neglected girls called Jill's Place earlier this year. Read the article by Michael Waddell with the Daily Memphian here. To find out more about Bill's Place, click here.
A new Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) campus is set to break ground in the heart of the Bartlett Corporate Park. An article by the Daily Memphian explanis "The ultimate goal of the new campus is to increase workforce capacity for existing companies in the Memphis area, helping to keep their production here.
“This facility will be important for our region because it will allow us to train more students in really high-demand areas, with a focus on medical device, heating and air conditioning, mechatronics, automotive and heavy equipment,” Rayner said.
"More than 200 jobs are available locally in the medical device industry alone."
The new campus will provide training for industries such as heating, ventilation and air conditioning; automotive; industrial maintenance; information technology; advanced manufacturing; and heavy equipment.
Read the full article here.
Memphis medical device makers aim to steer Bartlett High students into vocational training and $60,000 jobs. This is being done as part of a broader strategy put together by the GMMDC to create a pipeline of skilled workers to the Medical Device Industry.
The Greater Memphis Area contains the second largest cluster of Orthopedic and Spine Medical Device companies in the nation. As this industry continues to expand, innovative solutions to the workforce needs are being developed.
Read the full article here.