MDN: Land Bridge Project Could Transform Entire University of Memphis Area

MDN: Land Bridge Project Could Transform Entire University of Memphis Area The official planning phase has begun for the much anticipated $33 million University of Memphis land bridge, which will safely connect two sides of the university that are currently split by the Norfolk Southern railroad tracks and Southern Avenue. … Haizlip Studio also was the architect for the new University Center, which will be adjacent to the land bridge. “The funds are in place, and the design contracts are in place,” said Tony Poteet, assistant vice president of campus planning and design at University of Memphis. “Now we’re in … Continue reading MDN: Land Bridge Project Could Transform Entire University of Memphis Area

MDN: Memphis Airport Receives $12.4 Million Federal Grant

MDN: Memphis Airport Receives $12.4 Million Federal Grant Congressman Steve Cohen has announced a $12.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to go toward the modernization of the Memphis International’s Airport’s Concourse B as well as improvement of security and the access road. The Airport Improvement Program grant will fund the initial design phase for modernization of Concourse B after the elimination of Delta Airlines’ hub. The five-year plan includes consolidating all usable gates in Concourse B and mothballing Concourse A for future airline growth. Funds will also go toward the rehabilitation of 300 feet of pavement to … Continue reading MDN: Memphis Airport Receives $12.4 Million Federal Grant

MDN: 2nd Bona Fide Blues Festival Keeps Lineup Local

MDN: 2nd Bona Fide Blues Festival Keeps Lineup Local John Gemmill, the president of the Memphis Blues Society, says there is a standard look to blues festivals – a poster with a guitar player and “fill-in-the-name-of-the-city blues festival,” and a lineup that includes performers from all over the place. The society’s Bona Fide Blues Festival is a challenge to that. “We are surrounded by the countryside that created the blues, and for decades people have been coming here and people have been coming from all around to soak in the atmosphere,” Gemmill said. “There’s a huge blues scenes. We’ve got … Continue reading MDN: 2nd Bona Fide Blues Festival Keeps Lineup Local

MDN: Edge District Could See ‘Banner Year’

MDN: Edge District Could See ‘Banner Year’ Two recently approved projects will bring more than $300,000 in public projects to the Edge District. … The Center City Development Corp. on Wednesday, July 20, approved two grants to bring pedestrian improvements and public art to an area that’s previously seen little development. The Edge District, roughly identified as the margin between the Central Business Improvement District and the Memphis Medical Center, is a priority area for both the DMC and the recently established Memphis Medical District Collaborative. The MMDC works on behalf of the Memphis Medical Center’s eight anchor institutions and … Continue reading MDN: Edge District Could See ‘Banner Year’

HGN: Memfizz launches offering new local drink

HGN: Memfizz launches offering new local drink A new, homegrown drink hit the shelves of many midtown and downtown stores and restaurantsin June. Memfizz, an all natural probiotic soda, is sourced and produced in Memphis and aims to fill a growing desire for tasty, non-alcoholic drinks with healthy aspects. Though it just launched commercially, Memfizz has been in the making for more than a year. Steve Cantor, the beverage’s co-owner and producer, had been producing and offering Memfizz at the midtown coffee bar Otherlands for months before high demand prompted an expansion. “People kept telling me how refreshing it was … Continue reading HGN: Memfizz launches offering new local drink

MBJ: Memphis Bike Share doubles up on its money

MBJ: Memphis Bike Share doubles up on its money A new bike share initiative got more than it bargained for at a meeting Wednesday; but, since it was increased funding, it was welcome news. Explore Bike Share received double the amount of its original ask at Wednesday’s Center City Development Corp. (CCDC) meeting. The $4 million bike share effort, led by Doug Carpenter, principal of advertising and marketing firm DCA, will offer an alternative public transportation option. The plan is to establish 600 bikes for rent that can be shared between 60 stations across Downtown, Midtown, South Memphis, Orange Mound … Continue reading MBJ: Memphis Bike Share doubles up on its money

HGN: Proposed Lake District expected to boost Lakeland economy

HGN: Proposed Lake District expected to boost Lakeland economy The Lake District, an ambitious new 126-acre mixed-used development proposed in Lakeland, is expected to make a big impact on the local economy once construction starts in mid-2017. California-based Gilad Development is hoping to get final approval for the project from the Lakeland City Council later this month. “The timeline is on track for spring/summer start depending on weather, with occupancy 2018,” said Maggie Gallagher, Gilad director of development. “The project will generate $5.5 million in property tax and create 1,000-plus permanent jobs. We are reviewing numbers with contractors now. Our … Continue reading HGN: Proposed Lake District expected to boost Lakeland economy

MDN: Q2 Data Show Strong Memphis Economy

MDN: Q2 Data Show Strong Memphis Economy From lending activity to bank data to anecdotal evidence from businesses in the area, the Memphis economy seems to be moving into the summer months from a position of strength. That’s based on a comprehensive look at second quarter metrics and data – everything from recaps of big real estate deals to home sale numbers and the stock prices of Memphis-based companies – included in The Daily News Quarterly Review. That packaged snapshot of the local economy, which also features the latest Memphis Economic Indicator survey results, will be published next week. The … Continue reading MDN: Q2 Data Show Strong Memphis Economy

MBJ: UTHSC researcher gets NIH funding for Parkinson’s research

MBJ: UTHSC researcher gets NIH funding for Parkinson’s research A University of Tennessee Health Science Center professor received a $1.6 million grant to study the role of dopamine in Parkinson’s disease. Fu-Ming Zhou, an associate professor in the Department of Pharmacology in the College of Medicine, received the grant, distributed over five years, from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, which is part of theNational Institutes of Health. Zhou’s study is titled “Ion Channel Mechanisms of Striatal Dopaminergic Motor Stimulation.” Dopamine is a chemical that affects brain functions, including motor control, cognition and reward regulation. Using anatomical, physiological … Continue reading MBJ: UTHSC researcher gets NIH funding for Parkinson’s research

HGN: Greenprint Summit examines southern success stories

HGN: Greenprint Summit examines southern success stories Celebrating the region’s green accomplishments is focus of the Mid-South Regional Greenprint. But at this summer’s biannual Greenprint Summit, it was also a time to look at examples of greenways in Atlanta and Nashville to examine how those communities are connecting citizens and neighborhoods while growing green infrastructure. The summit featured two keynote addresses before a panel discussion. Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean gave the first keynote and was followed by Ryan Gravel, Sixpitch founding principal, visionary for Atlanta BeltLine and author of “Where We Want to Live: Reclaiming Infrastructure for a New … Continue reading HGN: Greenprint Summit examines southern success stories