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1. Battle Rages On Between Regional Foes -

In October, Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. opened the door, or 267 doors to be more precise, on its new $30 million service center in Memphis.

2. Kaaa-BOOM! -

This Labor Day weekend, hundreds of Knoxvillians will be working harder than ever so hundreds of thousands can kick back and relax.

Knoxville is hosting a huge street festival and one of the biggest fireworks shows in the country on Saturday, followed by the first UT game of the season on Sunday.

3. Start Co. Graduates Newest Batch of Startups -

This week’s Start Co. Demo Day, which brought together more than 500 people involved in the local ecosystem including entrepreneurs, mentors and investors, saw teams presenting their startup ideas in the hopes of securing funding and taking their concepts to the next level.

4. ABF Freight Acquires Two Memphis Properties -

ABF Freight System Inc. appears poised to significantly expand its Memphis presence, but company officials aren’t saying it’s a done deal just yet.

5. Cargill Inc. to Invest $45 Million In West Memphis Grain Facility -

Cargill Inc. will invest $45 million to build a grain handling and shipping facility in West Memphis, the company announced Friday, June 10.

6. Pathmark Inks Lease at I-Bank Tower -

A longtime third-party logistics company is on the move.

Pathmark Transportation Co., which was started in 1984 as a subsidiary of petroleum marketing company Pathmark International before becoming a national logistics provider, has signed a new lease for 3,800 square feet at the i-bank Tower on Poplar Avenue in East Memphis.

7. Editorial: MERI Helping City Address Big Problem -

In the alphabet soup of acronyms that sometimes define to the public any organization with lots of moving parts, the Medical Education and Research Institute – or MERI – may be just another set of letters to some.

8. Memphis Economic Indicator Presents Latest Snapshot -

On the qualitative side of the latest Memphis Economic Indicator, a survey measuring general business sentiment produced jointly by The Daily News and Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP, respondents tended to put Memphis at a kind of inflection point at the moment.

9. Start Co. Launches ‘Summer of Acceleration’ -

This summer, Downtown Memphis is entrepreneur central. For the first time, Memphis’ venture development organization Start Co. will be running all of its startup accelerators at the same time.

10. Crossroads -

After starting work as a butcher when he was just a teenager, Ron Manis began his career as a truck driver in 1979.

“I started when I was 16 years old, learning how to cut meat and, after being in that building 10 hours a day every day, I thought I wanted to do something outside and I’ve been driving a truck ever since,” Manis said. “Every time I saw one going down the road I thought to myself that I’d like to do that one day to see what it was like, seeing places I’ve never seen before, meeting interesting people.”

11. Fisher Finds Reward Sharing Local Economic Story -

When Conduit Global announced during a January event at FedExForum it would create 1,000 new jobs in Memphis over the next three to five years, Gwyn Fisher was finally able to exhale and show some emotion.

12. Memphis Bioworks Leads New Entrepreneurship Venture -

The Memphis Bioworks Foundation has been tapped to lead a new entrepreneurship venture in Memphis called The EPIcenter, the product of one of several so-called moon mission strategies of the Greater Memphis Chamber’s Chairman’s Circle.

13. Full Steam Ahead -

A burgeoning distribution and logistics market for the Mid-South is taking root in the rich Delta soil in Marshall County, Miss., and Fayette County, Tenn.

Industrial developers and their tenants, lured by the availability of large tracts of land, major infrastructure enhancements, a new intermodal facility and friendly, focused public policy, are increasingly targeting the area.

14. Industrial Park Expansions Gaining Momentum -

Economic development officials should know the final scope of a planned expansion of Presidents Island within the next 30 days while the proposed growth of nearby Frank C. Pidgeon Industrial Park is moving forward.

15. Industrial Park Expansions Are Gaining Momentum -

Economic development officials should know the final scope of a planned expansion of Presidents Island within the next 30 days while the proposed growth of nearby Frank C. Pidgeon Industrial Park is moving forward.

16. Full Steam Ahead -

A burgeoning distribution and logistics market for the Mid-South is taking root in the rich Delta soil in Marshall County, Miss., and Fayette County, Tenn.

Industrial developers and their tenants, lured by the availability of large tracts of land, major infrastructure enhancements, a new intermodal facility and friendly, focused public policy, are increasingly targeting the area.

17. New Life -

When Rob Clark and his wife moved into their home in the historic Evergreen neighborhood in 1993, catalog and distribution operations were still active at the Sears Crosstown building.

That soon changed, and for roughly two decades the hulking property stood as a towering, painful reminder of the area’s faded glory.

18. New Life -

When Rob Clark and his wife moved into their home in the historic Evergreen neighborhood in 1993, catalog and distribution operations were still active at the Sears Crosstown building.

That soon changed, and for roughly two decades the hulking property stood as a towering, painful reminder of the area’s faded glory.

19. Mississippi River Mayors Cite Feds for Lack of Money -

Natchez, Miss., Mayor Larry L. Brown came to Memphis last week with the kind of prepared remarks that are standard for gatherings where you have more than two mayors of cities.

The remarks are long on making sure everyone involved gets their name called and the previously agreed-upon talking points get mentioned if there is any time left.

20. Logistics Limelight -

World-renowned as a logistics and distribution hub, Memphis will further raise its profile this month with events that showcase the city’s transportation assets and standing in the global economy.

21. Dunavant Picks Up TCI's Houston, Dallas Operations -

Dunavant Transportation Group recently completed the acquisition of the Houston and Dallas operations of Transportation Consultants Inc., a New Orleans-based third-party logistics provider founded in 1983.

22. Citrone: Logistics Not Just for Men -

It’s hard to picture Cheryl Burch Citrone, a partner at executive recruiting and consulting firm Vaco Memphis, hanging around railroad tracks or shooting the breeze about shipping lanes and trucks.

23. Christ Community Health Services Names Hollabaugh Development Director -

Bonnie Hollabaugh has joined nonprofit Christ Community Health Services, the largest primary care provider in Memphis, as director of development. Hollabaugh’s nonprofit development experience includes extensive work with Ronald McDonald House Charities of Memphis, Girls Inc. of Memphis and Hutchison School.

24. Suburbs See Different Sales Tax Realities -

While Shelby County and city of Memphis government leaders have grappled with the loss of property value and its impact on the property tax rates for both governments, suburban leaders have a different reality.

25. Bumper Crop -

Unless you see the signs, it is hard to tell when you have crossed the Tennessee-Mississippi state line where Fayette County, Tenn., meets Marshall County, Miss., not too far from the southern city limits of Collierville.

26. Red Carpet Tour Courts Site Selectors -

Site selection experts from six nationally known firms got a “red carpet tour” from the Greater Memphis Chamber Wednesday, June 5, in a recruitment effort that included a look at the industrial infrastructure of the Memphis area.

27. ‘Made in Memphis’ Study Points to Hiring Challenges -

A new report on manufacturing jobs in the Memphis area shows rapid growth through 2016.

But the study by the Workforce Investment Network and the Greater Memphis Chamber, along with Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell, also points to the challenge that those manufacturing employers face in finding enough of the right workers for the rejuvenated sector that was once a dominant part of the Memphis economy.

28. New Study Forecasts 4,000 Local Manufacturing Jobs Through 2016 -

A new report on manufacturing jobs in the Memphis area by the Workforce Investment Network and the Greater Memphis Chamber as well as Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell shows rapid growth through 2016.

29. Riding the Rails -

By some estimates, America’s railroad companies are in the midst of the largest investment boom since the Gilded Age – when America’s railroad track mileage tripled between 1860 and 1880.

This year, North American’s freight railroads plan to invest $24.5 billion in intermodal terminals, new track, bridges and tunnels, safety equipment and rail cars, according to the Association of American Railroads.

30. Absolutely, Positively Memphis -

It’s certainly old news to say that the Internet is changing the way we do business today. And most assuredly, we’ve only seen the tip of the iceberg. It’s not so farfetched to imagine a world where virtually everything is delivered, well, virtually. Maybe in the 2060s, the decade in which the futuristic Jetsons cartoon was set. Until then, while eCommerce is having a growing impact on where and how people shop, the fact of the matter is that goods still have to get to the consumer.

31. Hagerty Outlines Changes Made in Past Two Years -

Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty says 2013 will see the administration of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam advance basic changes the administration made in the previous two years.

32. Trucking Braces for Hours of Service Changes -

New changes to the hours of service (HOS) rules from the U.S. Department of Transportation will impact truckers and trucking companies beginning July 1 unless a pending lawsuit in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia blocks the new rules before then.

33. Signs of the Times -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. called the Electrolux Memphis manufacturing plant a “monster plant” this week after a tour of the $266 million manufacturing center in Frank C. Pidgeon Industrial Park.

34. Norfolk Southern Increases Activity -

Norfolk, Va.-based Norfolk Southern Corp. expects to continue increasing operations this year at its new Memphis Regional Intermodal Terminal in Rossville, just east of Collierville.

35. Urban Land Institute: Memphis Recovering Slowly, Behind Nashville -

Memphis’ economy and commercial real estate industry is recovering, but not as fast as other places – like Nashville.

That was the message local professionals heard Tuesday, Dec. 4, at the Urban Land Institute Memphis’ 2013 Real Estate Outlook for the Mid-South.

36. Haynes Joins Table Group as Principal Consultant -

Brad Haynes has joined The Table Group Inc. as principal consultant. Haynes will provide executive teams with customized consulting and training sessions built around teamwork, leadership and overall organizational health.

37. Hurricane Scramble -

It’s been called Frankenstorm, and from an economic standpoint it’s a perfect fit. Because by the time it’s all said and done, Hurricane Sandy likely will have taken a monster-sized bite out of the U.S. economy.

38. Art City -

Artists Colleen Couch-Smith and Kelly Lindsey of Memphis are the creative minds behind Rock Paper Scissors (indielamps.com), offering lamps distinctive enough to double as illuminated art.

39. Nashville Company Buys Wolf River Medical Building for $11 Million -

8040 Wolf River Blvd.
Germantown, TN 38138
Sale Amount: $11 million

Sale Date: Oct. 9, 2012
Buyer: HRT of Tennessee Inc.
Seller: Bayrock Investment Co. LLC
Details: HRT of Tennessee Inc., an affiliate of Nashville-based Healthcare Realty Trust Inc., has paid slightly less than $11 million for the medical office building at 8040 Wolf River Blvd. in Germantown.

40. FedEx Maps Out Changes for Express -

FedEx Corp. executives detailing the terms of the company’s goal of a $1.7 billion improvement in annual profitability over the next three-and-a-half years Wednesday, Oct. 10, put much of the emphasis on how FedEx is changing the way it does business.

41. Kansas City Company Buys Bartlett Warehouse -

A Kansas City, Mo.-based company has bought the 51,040-square-foot warehouse at 3150 New Brunswick Road in Bartlett for $3.2 million.

42. Congestion Woes -

Tennessee Transportation Commissioner John Schroer told the Regional Logistics Council Thursday, Aug. 2, that his office has the “right priority list” of road projects for the Memphis area.

43. Region Should Benefit From GreenTech Opening -

When a group of American investors bought a Chinese auto company making electric vehicles and decided to move the plant to the U.S., the competition was intense for the location.

Haley Barbour, who was governor of Mississippi at the time, points out it was not as intense as the competition for the Toyota plant that the state had previously won.

44. Tax Factor -

A few months ago, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. was recounting to an audience of businessmen a recent breakfast he’d had with a site location agent.

That agent had a client out of California looking at sites in the Memphis area for a project. The location agent had drawn up what the financials for the project might look like – and it included $25,000 in attorney’s fees.

45. Global Connections -

Although the Memphis in May International Festival is widely known for its Beale Street Music Festival and World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, the festival’s focus on developing international economic trade and fostering Memphis companies’ global business relationships remains central to its mission.

46. Aerotropolis Brand Slow To Catch On -

The president of the company that helped give Alliance, Texas, the country’s first 100 percent cargo airport said he and others in the project had the advantage of working with a relatively blank slate.

47. Cybercrime on the Rise -

Despite increased awareness of cybercrime, cyber-attacks continue to plague companies from Memphis to Brussels to Subic Bay.

Cyber attacks are typically defined as criminal activities that are conducted by means of the Internet. With more and more companies relying on the Internet to do business, the frequency of cybercrime is certain to increase. These technology-based attacks can include stealing an organization’s intellectual property, gaining access to online bank accounts, creating and distributing viruses, and posting confidential business information on the Internet.

48. Memphis Advantage -

As the industrial market approaches the end of the first quarter, a handful of deals have local brokers encouraged that the city’s bread-and-butter sector is poised for recovery.

Recent notable industrial leasing transactions – all of which occurred in Class A bulk warehouses – include Trane U.S. Inc.’s 625,000-square-foot lease in Chickasaw Distribution Center; Kimberly Clark Corp.’s 556,000-square-foot lease in Airways Distribution Center; and Impact Innovations’ 275,000-square-foot space at Southridge Corporate Park.

49. Group Weighs Schools Logistics -

The city charter requires Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division to provide water to the Memphis City Schools system at no charge.

When MCS consolidates with the Shelby County Schools system in 2013, the merged system may have to pay a water bill as well as electric and gas bills. Or the free water may flow to the former county schools as well.

50. Former CN Chief Launches Academy -

When E. Hunter Harrison speaks to the first class of the new leadership academy Friday, March 9, at the University of Memphis Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute, it will be the first step on a path to a different kind of front office.

51. The Right Place -

When people think of Memphis, they might picture an aerial shot of Downtown – skyscrapers, The Pyramid and all.

But Andy Cates’ view of Memphis is different. He sees the city’s “dirty, industrial real estate.”

52. Redistricting Up for Second Reading -

Shelby County Commissioners will see Monday, Feb. 20, if there is still a seven-vote majority on the body to pass a new set of district lines and a new commission structure on the second of three readings.

53. Buckman International Invests in Community -

It would be easy for students on their way to Springdale Elementary School on North Hollywood Street to not think much about the adults working inside Buckman offices and research centers on McLean Boulevard and Chelsea Avenue in North Memphis.

54. 'In the Middle' -

Memphis executives and business owners moving their goods around the world this year kept a close eye on international developments like the Arab spring and the Greek government’s fiscal crisis.

55. As Panama Canal Expands, City ‘Located Perfectly’ -

For months, those in the Memphis logistics trade have talked about the coming impact of the Panama Canal expansion, slated for completion in 2014.

The potential is the accommodation of larger ships carrying more containers to eastern seaboard ports as well as Texas’ Port of Houston and those goods moving from the east and south through Memphis via truck and train.

56. Grant Brings ‘Pop Up’ Art to Underserved Areas -

Sometimes art pops up in the most unlikely of places. Thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, three underserved neighborhoods will have the city’s best performances delivered to their doorsteps.

57. Greyhound Move to Alter Downtown Gateway -

The recent listing of the Greyhound Bus Station in Downtown Memphis has a lot bigger impact for the city than meets the eye.

Dallas-based Greyhound Lines Inc. soon will move its depot to Memphis Area Transit Authority’s Airways Transit Center, 3033 Airways Blvd., near Memphis International Airport.

58. IP, Temple-Inland Reach Merger Deal -

Memphis-based International Paper Co. will buy Temple-Inland Inc. of Austin, Texas, in a $4.3 billion deal announced Tuesday, Sept. 6, that increases IP’s dominance in industrial packaging.

59. Unlocking Lamar -

The city’s major corridor for moving freight is also the city’s most congested roadway. And since June, state and local transportation and logistics planners have had a study that suggests a set of seven options, most of which would represent major changes for Lamar Avenue between the Mississippi state line and Interstate 240.

60. Region Sees Logistics Assets Grow -

Change is afoot with the area’s transportation and logistics industries. New developments in the region – from a proposed third bridge spanning the Mississippi River to a new multimillion-dollar intermodal facility – should keep transportation and logistics as the area’s bread-and-butter businesses.

61. Trucking Official Addresses Host of Industry Issues -

The president of the Tennessee Trucking Association has been part of the discussions before at gatherings to discuss the logistics industry and the business of moving goods by multiple modes.

And Dave Huneryager has heard those in the discussions talk about intermodal transportation as a way to “get more trucks off the road.”

62. Bridging the Gap -

Between now and the end of the year, transportation planners in the tri-state area and beyond will round up the final work product that will go into the preliminary search for a new Mississippi River bridge at or near Memphis.

63. Plan to Train Engineers Applauded Locally -

President Barack Obama has announced an “all-hands-on-deck strategy” to train 10,000 new American engineers every year.

“Today, only 14 percent of all undergraduate students enroll in what we call the STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering and math,” Obama said this week at a clean energy plant in Durham, N.C. “We can do better than that. We must do better than that. If we’re going to make sure the good jobs of tomorrow stay in America, stay here in North Carolina, we need to make sure all our companies have a steady stream of skilled workers to draw from.”

64. No Octane -

Several of Memphis’ major publicly traded companies pointed to it during calls with analysts and presentations of their first quarter results.

An expected drop in automobile travel during the Memorial Day holiday weekend in Tennessee and neighboring states is expected to be influenced by it.

65. Fayette Norfolk Southern Work Begins -

Tennessee state Sen. Delores Gresham compared it to Friday’s royal wedding. “This beats any royal wedding,” the Fayette County legislator said from beneath a white tent on a leveled dirt field where the Memphis Regional Intermodal Facility in Rossville is being built.

66. Perl: Collaboration is Key for Memphis to Remain Competitive -

The realities of business are undoubtedly changing.

John Kasarda, the University of North Carolina professor who coined the term “aerotropolis,” recently said that individual companies no longer compete – supply chains do. He also said the three rules of real estate have changed from location, location, location to accessibility, accessibility, accessibility. And there’s a new metric, he said. It’s no longer space, it’s time and cost.

67. Front and Center -

Hundreds of aviation leaders from around the globe will descend on Memphis this week for the annual Airport Cities World Conference & Exhibition.

The three-day event gives Memphis a platform to tout its aerotropolis initiative – the promotion of the city’s economy centered on the airport, other transportation assets and their connectivity.

68. Memphis Defense Depot Slated for Sale -

Memphis Defense Depot – the 4.2 million-square-foot industrial park and former Army base just north of Memphis International Airport – is back on the market.

Once sold, the property will return to the city and county tax base and deliver anticipated tax revenue of approximately $1 million annually, making it one of the more successful national Army base closures.

69. Memphis Defense Depot Slated for Sale -

Memphis Defense Depot – the 4.2 million-square-foot industrial park and former Army base just north of Memphis International Airport – is back on the market.

Once sold, the property will return to the city and county tax base and deliver anticipated tax revenue of approximately $1 million annually, making it one of the more successful national Army base closures.

70. Dunavant Enterprises CEO ‘Bullish on Intermodal’ -

Dunavant Enterprises CEO and president William Dunavant III asked how many in the luncheon group of 50 at the Traffic Club of Memphis thought gas would go back to $2 a gallon. No hands went up.

71. Gaining Momentum -

The office leasing market in Memphis is gaining momentum in the first few months of this year, following a slow but steady 2010.

Last year, smaller users kept the market afloat. But in the past month, an influx of interest from large users has been a welcome – and pleasant – surprise for the market.

72. New Plants Bode Well for Industrial Sector -

Although the overall commercial real estate market is soft, Memphis’ industrial sector appears to be gathering more steam than any other category.

With the arrival of such large projects like the Electrolux and Mitsubishi plants and Norfolk Southern Corp.’s new Fayette County intermodal yard, industry professionals hope ancillary business will bolster the industrial market by sparking new development, attracting new investors and enhancing the area’s economy.

73. Muller Brings Love for Memphis to Chamber -

In the eyes of Dexter Muller, Memphis’ shining attribute is that it’s too big for its britches.

Memphis is the smallest city in the country that has a NBA team, an airline hub and a zoo with a panda exhibit.

74. Bridge to Everywhere -

In four years, there could be a location in the Memphis area designated for the construction of a new intermodal bridge spanning the Mississippi River.

Exactly when construction would begin and how it would be funded are matters to be determined later.

75. High Cotton -

Carol Perel points from her office to the other side of the ground-floor lobby at 65 Union Ave.

“That trading floor,” she says, “is the Graceland of cotton.”

76. The Logistics of Thank You -

Editor’s Note: This is part two of a two-part series

There are two powerful words that keep doors open – Thank You. When delivered promptly, these two words increase friends, donors and funding. Part one of this series discussed the joys of giving and the negative effect of not saying thank you. This week, we present the logistics of donor acknowledgement.

77. Emphasis on Cargo Security Heightened -

Memphis’ prime location and robust infrastructure – five Class 1 railroads, several interstate highways, the nation’s fourth-busiest inland waterway port and the world’s largest cargo airport – make it a critical distribution center and focal point for intermodal transportation.

78. Memphis Booster Perl Joins Glankler Brown -

It surely says something about labor attorney and Memphis booster Arnold Perl when his move to a new law firm in the city prompts what almost could be viewed as a sigh of relief from no less than Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.

79. Eye on Trucking -

A first-of-its-kind event catering to the transportation and logistics industry is coming to Memphis next weekend.

The city’s first annual Trucking Expo will be held Oct. 23 at Agricenter International. It is being presented by Memphis-based Worldwide Transport & Permit Service LLC, a commercial carrier and permitting service.

80. Pinnacle Move Bolsters Aerotropolis -

Pinnacle Airlines Corp.’s recent announcement means a headquarters relocation to Downtown and away from the airport, but industry experts say the move will not hinder Memphis’ aerotropolis marketing.

81. The Law of Attraction -

The state of Tennessee is basking in the glow of its growing reputation as a top destination for companies following a myriad of accolades for its favorable and welcoming business climate.

While Chief Executive magazine ranked the Volunteer State the nation’s third best for business, Southern Business & Development magazine named Tennessee its State of the Year.

82. Deyo Stirs Up Memphis Music Through Foundation -

King Curtis had it right. In the opening crescendo of his soul classic “Memphis Soul Stew,” he masterfully assembles his ingredients: “half a teacup of bass, a pound of fat-back drums, four tablespoons of boiling Memphis guitar.”

83. Dellinger Takes Readers on Trip Down Proposed I-69 -

When Matt Dellinger came to Memphis a few years ago to research the book he was writing on Interstate 69, he stumbled upon the Little Tea Shop on Monroe Avenue.

The main reason he chose the storied Downtown eatery was because of its street number, 69, which he figured must be a sign considering his book’s subject matter – the new interstate coursing through middle America, including Memphis, from Canada to Mexico.

84. Gaining Speed -

For years the Whitehaven community has been fighting against urban decay, crime and economic decline, including the effects of the recent recession.

But with ambitious plans for Graceland in the offing, committed political leadership in place and cooperation from the major players in the area, Whitehaven seems poised to turn an important corner.

85. I-240-Airways Project Stymied by Old Info -

The aerotropolis initiative’s transportation work group has recommended reexamining the Interstate 240-Airways Boulevard interchange modification study after finding flaws in the study, most of which arose from the length of time it took to research the area.

86. City Rolls Out Red Carpet to Tout Assets -

The Greater Memphis Chamber will give prospective businesses and national trade publications the proverbial star treatment next week when it hosts the Red Carpet Tour.

Set for June 8-10, the event is designed to showcase the economic advantages that Memphis can offer – from inexpensive commercial real estate to a logistics-laden work force, from the world’s busiest cargo airport to robust rail, road and river infrastructure.

87. United Way Chooses Committee Chairman -

The United Way of the Mid-South has announced a new chairman for its volunteer board of directors.

William J. Logue, president and chief executive officer of FedEx Freight Corp., is the chairman of the board, while Martha Perine Beard of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Memphis Branch is chairman-elect.

88. Port of Memphis Unaffected By Oil Spill – for Now -

Like many people in the country, Don McCrory is keeping a close eye on the Gulf of Mexico.

As executive director of the International Port of Memphis, McCrory is keenly aware of how the BP oil spill there could affect shipping lanes into gulf coast ports, which could in turn affect traffic up the Mississippi River.

89. UPS Optimistic About Economic Recovery -

ATLANTA (AP) – Improving global economies helped shipping giant UPS boost its first-quarter profit and its prospects for the rest of the year, although a growing number of customers are choosing less-expensive options when sending packages.

90. Hijacked Captain to Headline Multi Modal Conference -

One year ago Capt. Richard Phillips made headlines around the world when Somali pirates hijacked his cargo container ship, the MV Maersk Alabama, and took him hostage.

91. AEL Files Permit for Century Center Facility -

American Esoteric Laboratories has taken another step toward building a $14.3 million lab and headquarters for its Mid-South division.

AEL, a regional provider of clinical laboratory services to physicians and hospitals, last week filed a $9.2 million permit to build a one-story, 70,000-square-foot facility at 1701 Century Center Parkway near the junction of Interstate 40 and Whitten Road.

92. Intermodal Yard Points to Larger Questions About Fayette’s Future -

The Piperton-Rossville area of Fayette County will change and the central question is how.

But that’s not the only question to consider as Norfolk Southern works to assemble another $28.5 million in financing for its $112 million intermodal yard.

93. The Cost of Progress -

The development of Norfolk Southern Corp.’s $112 million intermodal yard on a former cattle ranch in Fayette County has polarized the community for more than a year.

94. Negative Absorption Dings Market -

The strength of Memphis’ commercial real estate market is its industrial sector, but the city’s bread and butter suffered a rare misstep in 2009, the most recent data show.

Memphis saw negative absorption of 352,797 square feet during the fourth quarter and negative absorption of 913,871 during 2009, according to a year-end report from CB Richard Ellis.

95. Hub Expansion on Horizon for FedEx -

At the FedEx Super Hub, 15,000 employees greet thousands of flights and sort millions of packages each month, making it the heart and soul of the Memphis economy.

Those impressive numbers could soon grow now that FedEx Express has taken its first step toward a major hub expansion.

96. Findings Pinpoint Lamar Corridor’s Troubles -

Anyone who has traveled along Lamar Avenue between Interstate 240 and the Mississippi state line knows how congested it can get, with a seemingly endless line of trucks driving both directions and backing up traffic.
Members of the Greater Memphis Chamber’s aerotropolis initiative now have a better idea of the corridor’s horrendous deficiencies.
Cambridge Systematics Inc., a Cambridge, Mass.-based firm that studies transportation assets and needs nationwide, late last week presented the preliminary findings of its Lamar Avenue Corridor Study to the aerotropolis initiative’s access and transportation committee.
The message is clear and not at all surprising: Lamar Avenue has a host of problems that need to be resolved if Memphis wants to continue its role as a critical link in the global supply chain.
The study, which kicked off in the summer, is addressing traffic flows and transportation needs within the Lamar Avenue corridor – the area bordered by I-240 to the north, the Mississippi state line to the south, Interstate 55 to the west and Hickory Hill to the east.
Cambridge Systematics is conducting the study in conjunction with the Memphis Metropolitan Planning Organization, the University of Memphis’ Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute and the chamber.
The Tennessee Department of Transportation assigned Cambridge Systematics to the study following a request from MPO; TDOT has an ongoing contract with Cambridge Systematics to assist local planning organizations around the state.

97. Tunica's New Cash Crop? -

When Xiaolin “Charles” Wang was introduced at an October press conference announcing plans to build a $1 billion hybrid automotive plant in Tunica County, he was described by the emcee as a man who “dreams big and drives fast.”

98. Taking Off -

Aviators attain flight and control the movements of their aircraft by precisely balancing the forces of lift, thrust, drag and gravity. The people piloting the aerotropolis initiative – the promotion of Memphis’ economy focused on the airport, other transportation assets and the connectivity among them – are negotiating their own set of physics in hopes of becoming airborne.

99. Taking Off -

Aviators attain flight and control the movements of their aircraft by precisely balancing the forces of lift, thrust, drag and gravity. The people piloting the aerotropolis initiative – the promotion of Memphis’ economy focused on the airport, other transportation assets and the connectivity among them – are negotiating their own set of physics in hopes of becoming airborne.

100. Dunavant Subsidiary Joins Ranks Of Green Logistics Firms -

A Memphis-based third-party logistics firm has turned a rebranding campaign into a way to reinvent the way it does business.

Centrix Logistics, a wholly owned subsidiary of cotton company Dunavant Enterprises Inc., has joined the SmartWay Transport Partnership, a collaboration between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the transportation industry to increase fuel efficiency and reduce carbon emissions along the global supply chain.