Murphy D. Cheatham II has long been committed to economic development for numerous cities, regions, and states; managing the financing and development of housing, small businesses, and commercial real estate for over 15 years. Murphy began his career as a project manager of the Galleries at Turney which was first Leader in Energy Efficient Design (LEED) Certified residential development in the state of Arizona with The Modus Development Group. Murphy managed this development through completion while completing the inaugural class of the Masters of Real Estate Development Program (MRED) at Arizona State University. He then excelled on to partnering with HDR, Inc. leading the strategic planning of over $300 million in mixed-use development real estate in Arizona, Florida, North Carolina and Texas.
With the success of his preceding projects, the City of Shreveport appointed Murphy to serve as the Chief of Housing and Business Development; making him the youngest person ever to hold the position. Focused on improving the quality of life in underserved communities, Murphy successfully managed multi-million dollar budgets targeting revitalization programs to grow real estate and business development opportunities.
Among many career experiences, accomplishments and multi-million dollar deals, Murphy’s roles have included working with the National Development Council and leading affordable housing redevelopment projects funded by the department of Housing and Urban Development. Murphy also achieved the role of principal on the Memphis Pyramid, a $120 million economic redevelopment project. As the Chief Executive Officer of the DeSoto Economic Development Corporation, Murphy is responsible for developing DeSoto’s workforce, increasing the sales tax revenue, increasing jobs, and increasing capital improvements by retaining and recruiting businesses.
Additionally Murphy is committed to investing back into his community and is passionately involved in diverse community service activities. As a proud alumnus of Grambling State University, Murphy currently serves on the University’s Foundation in support of the nationally distinctive arts, education and business programs.