^True. But Downtown shouldn't simply cede to East Memphis. Competion is a good thing. And I would think that the last expansion the Convention Center had still stings since it went way over budget. Come to think of it, there isn't even much room left to expand so a new convention center is kinda out of the question. As for the strategy to fill in hotel space, the Reasearch Park in the Med District should take care of that. It might even attract medical instrument companies to locate downtown. We could also go after Nike, since 90% of their products go through the Port of Memphis. Service Master will probably move to East Memphis though. Another question I posed in the Beale St. Landing thread was the justification of the cost of building the dock. There are only a few cruises a year so a ferry to Tunica-Memphis-Wolf River (if its not to shallow) could bring alot more people to the dock, plus the high rolling tourists who don't want to stay in Tunica. Tunica's hotel occupancy was around 90% before Katrina, so its probably around 95% now. Add in Bass Pro and in the end, we might have a hotel shortage
Another question the CCC should ask themselves is "What can downtown offer that East Memphis can't?" The CCC helps with site selection but big corparations usually figure it out for themselves. Downtown has better infrastructure (light rail, 2 airports, nice resturants and hotels within walking distance, etc.). Another thing the CCC should focus on is making their entire coverage area a Wi-fi zone.
Here's an exceprt from the Smart City blog:Wi-Fi
Dozens of governments are developing broadband networks, but Memphis isnít one of them. New Yorkís Central Park is becoming wireless. Philadelphia, Portland and Milwaukee have launched programs to become citywide ďhot spotsĒ in the next 18 months. Suffolk County, New York, has kicked off a wireless system over an area larger than Shelby County Ė more than 900 square miles.
In Atlanta, Mayor Shirley Franklin has introduced the ďAtlanta Dashboard.Ē Based on corporate dashboards, it keeps city government managers focused on goals and indicators of success. Most of all, it opens a window for citizens to judge how city operations are performing.
In Boston, Mayor Thomas Menino is equipping all city vehicles to be ďdigital street assessment tools,Ē so they can measure vibrations created by rough roads and potholes and send the data to a computer that maps locations using GPS. Shanghai, China, is doing much the same thing, but the perpetually updated map is also used by private companies who pay so they know which routes are best for their deliveries on a given day. Wireless Cities
In an Intel survey of wireless cities, Memphis ranked 68th, behind Nashville, Knoxville, Little Rock, Omaha and Tulsa; University of Memphis didnít make the top 100 wireless college campuses; Memphis International Airport isnít listed in the top 25 wireless airports; and unsurprisingly, neither local government ever makes the annual winnersí lists for digital cities or counties.
This about much more than bragging rights. Itís about better government -- e-government.
At its most basic, it applies technology to improve administrative functions and a greater sharing of information within government. More to the point, itís about transforming the relationship between government and the people it serves.
Itís about creating government thatís open for business when we need it, 24/7/365. Itís about citizen-centric government that flattens the public bureaucracy, and itís about increasing government efficiency and productivity, promoting transparency and accountability, and inviting the public into discussions and decisions.
And all it takes is for the mayors to order it to be done. There are few things they can do that can have more impact on our attitude and power as taxpayers. http://smartcitymemp...iority-for.html
Wireless internet is the infrastructure of the future and Oakland County, MI (suburban Detroit) is investing in coating the entire county with Wi-Fi.
Edit- Here's an example of one company that formed possibly because of St. Jude http://www.memphisda.../...x?&id=93858
Oh yea, St. Jude's expansion might also fill in a couple more of those hotel rooms
Edited by Bears, 09 August 2006 - 11:35 AM.