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Statement from Mayor A C Wharton, Jr. regarding Office of Talent and Human Capital

March 17, 2010

We apologize to Ms. Bright and the Women’s Foundation of Greater Memphis for any confusion that our office may have inadvertently caused regarding our new Office of Talent and Human Capital. The Women’s Foundation has long been looked upon as a national model for social service. We are thrilled to have their partnership in the development of this new office, which will have meaningful implications for workforce development needs in public housing projects across the city.

Our city’s economic future depends on our ability to develop, recruit, and retain the best talent and human capital today. The office’s executive director will play a critical role in maximizing the potential of our city’s workers and ensuring that our best, brightest, and most talented workers find opportunities for employment and service right here in Memphis.

Any confusion for which City Hall has been responsible is a regrettable error. There was absolutely no intent to deceive or mislead in any way at any time. My administration remains absolutely committed to being as transparent, accountable, and service-oriented as possible. Our mistake should in no way obscure the enormous benefit that our new office of talent and human capital will have on our entire city – and the enormous importance of the Women’s Foundation in making it possible.

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