IFTI Co-Hosts Mid-South Aerotropolis Conference with the Greater Memphis Chamber
On Tuesday, April 10th, IFTI welcomed 300 people to the U of M campus for the Mid-South
Aerotropolis Conference. Participants included local and national elected officials
and business professionals from the Memphis area. Dr. Shirley Raines, president of
the University of Memphis, opened up the conference by greeting this exceptional group.
The speakers for this event were outstanding and included Secretary Shaun Donovan
– the Secretary of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, TN Senator
Lamar Alexander, TN Representative Steve Cohen, TN Representative Jimmy Duncan, Jr.,
AR Representative Rick Crawford, Memphis City Mayor AC Wharton, Jr, Shelby County
Mayor Mark Luttrell, Jr., CEO of FedEx Fred Smith, and Airport Authority Director
Larry Cox – to name a few. The conference explored the Aerotropolis Economic Development
Strategy and how it has been applied in airport cities around the world. It reviewed
the Memphis Model for Aerotropolis, its leadership and results to date. Finally, there
was a discussion on how Memphis can capitalize on its transportation infrastructure
to move the needle forward for jobs, capital investment and neighborhood revitalization.