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Mid-South Regional Green Print

In November 2011, Shelby County Government was awarded the HUD Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant in the amount of $2,619,999 for the Mid-South Regional Greenprint & Sustainability Plan. The plan is designed to enhance regional livability and sustainability by establishing a unified vision for a region-wide network of green-space areas, or Greenprint, which serves to address long-term housing and land use, resource conservation, environmental protection, accessibility, community health and wellness, transportation alternatives, economic development, neighborhood engagement, and social equity in the Greater Memphis Area.

The regional Greenprint will include parks, greenways, bike trails and walking paths, byways, blue ways, conservation lands, natural areas, wildlife management areas, open space areas, community gardens, storm water management areas, and other similar spaces. The scope of this plan is defined geographically by the boundaries of the Memphis Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and West Memphis MPO, including jurisdictions in Tennessee, Mississippi, and Arkansas. For more information, please visit


Memphis Aerotropolis

Efforts have been underway since 2006 in the development of the area around the Memphis International Airport as an Aerotropolis. An aerotropolis is a type of urban form that consists of a city or an economic hub that extends out from a large airport into a surrounding area.  This provides the opportunity for the growth and development of distribution centers, office buildings, light manufacturing firms, convention centers, and hotels, all linked to the airport via roads, expressways, and rail lines.

Airport City Master plan map

The Memphis Aerotropolis can be described as the airport-integrated urban land form where the impact and development attraction of the airport extends out as far as 25 miles into East Arkansas and North Mississippi and 50 square miles directly around the airport. This is the primary study area, often referred to as Airport City.  

A key component of the aerotropolis strategy for the Memphis region is it's access to all four major modes of transportation, including air, roadway, railway, and the river.  The ultimate goals of the aerotropolis are:

  • Business attraction, retention and job creation
  • Improve connections to airport from business parks, residential areas and downtown
  • Infrastructure improvements and congestion mitigation
  • Increase airport cargo and passenger activity
  • Improve internal and external perceptions of Memphis as a place to live, work, and do business.

Aerotropolis Final Plan







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