The origin of the Mid-South Quality Productivity Center (MSQPC) began with an introduction of the Total Quality Management (TQM) movement during the late 1980’s. Under the visionary leadership of the presidents of the then Memphis Regional Chamber and State Technical Institute at Memphis, a Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) grant was applied for and was awarded to develop the only Center of Emphasis in Quality and Productivity in the State of Tennessee.

The close alliance that was forged between these two entities during late 1985, made possible the formulation of one of the nation’s first public-private partnerships devoted to improving quality and productivity within a major metropolitan area of the nation. A formal dedication of MSQPC occurred on April 21, 1988, with the assistance of Dr. Myron Tribus, a national leader in the quality movement.

The Mid-South community derives extraordinary benefits through MSQPC as a total quality-productivity improve- ment resource and productivity center. The Center is unique in its program offerings to service, manufacturing, educational, small business, governmental and not-for-profit organizations, and has maintained a reputation as a cutting edge resource center for Mid-South organizations by providing innovative consulting, training and public workshops in ISO 9000, Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Assessments, benchmarking trips to world-class organizations and teleconferences featuring nationally renowned quality-productivity experts.