VOL. 120 | NO. 239 | Wednesday, November 30, 2005
City uses incentives to lure businesses to 51 & Main area
It's been five years since the city of Southaven and Southaven Chamber of Commerce officials launched a joint project aimed at reviving the city's downtown business district.
In a field as competitive as the home furnishings industry, it's often the little things that count. That's why Pixie Woodall, co-owner of a small window- and floor-covering business, prizes the fact that customers meet her entire staff before their shades are hung or their hardwood flooring is installed.
The YMCA metropolitan board of directors named Keith G. Johnson CEO of YMCA of the Memphis & the Mid-South. Johnson is a 27-year YMCA veteran who has served in various positions in Atlanta, Fort Worth and New Orleans. His earliest position with YMCA of Memphis & the Mid-South was as vice president and executive director of the Fogelman Downtown YMCA. He graduated from Georgia State University.
TDN: LRK offered several different scenarios to the fairgrounds committee regarding reuse of the property. Could you give a brief summary of these scenarios?
Over the last 100 years, the Mid-South Fairgrounds property has been the site of thousands of memorable events, touching the lives of every person living in Memphis, and its central location is still an important feature in its value to the city. Sadly, the fairgrounds' location and sheer size (170 acres) in the middle of metropolitan Memphis might be the most desirable feature it has remaining. Except for Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, the fairgrounds and many of the historical venues on it have largely been left behind by a changing city and are now on the block for newer concepts. Grander facilities elsewhere in the metro area have made the fairgrounds unprofitable, and changing lifestyles and population shifts have reduced this once proud park to one much in need of fresh ideas and expensive repairs. To that end, a special committee has been studying alternative uses for the property and the buildings on it and recently made recommendations to the city for its future development.