Tuesday, September 15, 2009

More Council Nubbins

Posted By on Tue, Sep 15, 2009 at 1:17 PM

For those of you interested in the fate of the airport area beautification plan, a resolution approving the funding passed in a joint City Council CIP/economic development committee earlier today.

(Surely, it's not just me. Tho I do like things pretty.)

"Not only is it something that's attractive to our visitors, it has an impact on the citizens' beliefs about the community and our future," said John Moore, head of the Greater Memphis Chamber.

Moore said the proposal fell in line with both council chair Harold Collins' vision for a clean city and the area's aerotropolis initiative.

The proposal would add trees and landscaping to areas of Plough Boulevard in its' first phase, as well as some new "welcome to Memphis" signage. In later phases, the project would beautify Airways (if such a thing is possible) and other corridors to and from Memphis International.

"What to me is exciting is that this is public land. Airways is all private land. There are a lot more moving pieces," council member Shea Flinn said. "We can start on this today."

For a previous story about the proposal and explanation from landscape architect Ritchie Smith, click here. (Seriously, you should click on it. I think it may be one of my best headlines ever.)

The council's economic development committee also heard an update about the PILOT program from Charles Gulotta, director of the Memphis/Shelby County Office of Economic Development.

There are about 90 companies currently in the PILOT program, and the office is currently in talks with roughly 7 other companies. They also said three projects have gone before the Industrial Development Board since June, representing an additional 80 jobs and 92 million in capital investment.

The council's executive committee is also scheduled to talk about the proposed city/county consolidation charter commission right about ... now.

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