As I walked through the floor of the Memphis Cook Convention Center, where we had more than 1,000 of our young people participating in the My Brother's Keeper Alliance Pathways to Success Opportunity Summit in late June, it occurred to me: Memphis really is a city of opportunity.
Think about it. Our MBK Opportunity Summit had more than 500 jobs up for grabs. That's a record for this event, which has also been held in Detroit and Oakland. Our great corporate citizens such as FedEx were there in droves, and everyone from the national MBK organization was in awe of Memphis.
But it doesn’t stop there. In Memphis today, you can get a free community college education, apply for one of 15,000 open jobs, receive free training and application assistance -- and even have a nonviolent criminal record expunged, free of charge.
Beyond our duties to improve core city services such as infrastructure and public safety, I find more and more that our job at city government is to connect citizens -- particularly our young people -- to these opportunities. That's what this website is all about.
We’re an opportunity city. And we’re here to make sure you know how to reach that opportunity.
-- Mayor Jim Strickland