Business Facilities July/August 2010 : Page 30

ters. Southwest Airlines and Delta Air Lines will offer daily service to Atlanta, Memphis, Orlando, Cincinnati, Houston, Baltimore and Nashville. The West Bay Sector Plan initially calls for a business center and a regional employment center, divided into more than two dozen parcels ranging from 7 to 44 acres each. The business and retail sites are sur-rounded by more than 40,000 acres that have been set aside by the devel-Emerging Logistics/Distribution Growth Centers (Less Than 500k Population) 1. GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG, SC 2. TUPELO-MERIDIAN-JACKSON, MS 3. HESPERIA, CA 4. JOPLIN, MO 5. ARDMORE, OK 6. FINDLAY, OH 7. SIOUX CITY, IA 8. DECATUR, IL 9. CALEDON, ONTARIO 10. JEFFERSON CITY, MO Alternative Energy Industry Leaders 1. TUCSON, AZ 2. ALBUQUERQUE, NM 3. MIDLAND, MI 4. CLARKSVILLE, TN 5. GREENVILLE, SC 30 JULY/AUGUST 2010 6. FORT MADISON, IA 7. KNOXVILLE, TN 8. LOUISVILLE, KY 9. JUNCTION CITY, KS 10. BAKERSFIELD, CA AEROTROPOLIS RISING For years, Memphis has rightfully branded itself as America’s Distribu-tion Center. Today, the charming city on the banks of the Mississippi River is calling itself America’s Aerotropolis. This is not a hollow boast—we affirm Memphis’ global leadership as a mega-cargo/shipping hub with the top ranking in our new Logistics/Distrib-ution Shipping Hubs category. From its antebellum leadership, consolidating and distributing cot-ton and lumber to the nation and the world, through its 21st century posi-tion as the globe’s largest, fastest, and most connected multimodal logistics complex, Memphis and distribution have been synonymous. Largely due to its status as the global hub for FedEx, Memphis International Airport has an esti-mated $22 billion annual impact on the metropolitan economy, generat-ing 166,000 jobs and moving up to 5 million metric tons of cargo, making it the world’s busiest cargo airport for 17 consecutive years. Memphis also boasts superior rail, water and road access.More than 400 motor freight companies operating in Memphis offer direct service to all 48 contiguous states as well as Mexico and Canada, and the city can deliver by road transport overnight to more metro markets (152) than any other opers for environmental preserva-tion. St. Joe’s new headquarters will be located within Phase I of the West Bay Sector Plan development near the entrance of the new international airport. The new offices will provide the company with a location central to its numerous residential commu-nities and commercial properties under development.

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