Connect with us

#NNPA BlackPress

FedEx Powering Up Its Downtown Presence

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “FedEx Logistics will receive a PILOT from the city and county,” said Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland. “To meet the requirements, there is a required level of participation to include women and minority contractors, or they will not qualify. So, it is assured that there will definitely be minority contract participation.”

Published

on

By Dena S. Owens and Dr. Sybil C. Mitchell, Special to The New Tri-State Defender

On Tuesday, FedEx announced a plan to locate its logistics operations headquarters next to FedExForum, using the now vacant Gibson Guitar Factory building. With renovations expected to be completed by the spring of 2020, the move will initially create 350 new jobs and relocate 350 current employees, with the aim of adding up to 500 more in years to come.

In addition, the project includes contracting and subcontracting opportunities for minority and women-owned business enterprises (MWBEs) as guided by the Downtown Memphis Commission’s Equal Business Opportunity Program, which seeks to have at least 25 percent participation from minority- and women-owned businesses.

The FedEx announcement comes on the heels of the recent move by ServiceMaster to locate its headquarters in downtown Memphis.

Repurposing vacant spaces is part of the city’s plan to tackle blight and build a more vibrant city core, and with two new global corporate giants housed downtown, more plans are in the works for nearby development.

Shortly after the FedEx news, Somera Road, Inc., the owner of the Gibson Guitar facility and adjacent parking lot, announced investment in the first major office tower in downtown Memphis in 20 years.

Named “The Clipper,” the building will be constructed on the 385-space parking lot near Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and B.B. King Boulevard. The structure will house office space, a 250-room hotel, retail and restaurants on the first level and rooftop event space.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee was in Memphis Tuesday for the FedEx announcement and Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland was on hand to publicly thank Richard Smith, chief executive officer of FedEx Logistics and chairman of the Greater Memphis Chamber, “for making Memphis a priority.” He added, “Memphis has momentum. We will accelerate as a team, ‘keeping the pedal to the medal’ and building up and not out.”

From left, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland, Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris, Gov. Bill Lee, FedEx Logistics CEO Richard Smith and Beverly Robertson, Greater Memphis Chamber president and CEO pose for photos during the announcement that FedEx Logistics is relocating to the Gibson Guitar Building.

From left, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland, Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris, Gov. Bill Lee, FedEx Logistics CEO Richard Smith and Beverly Robertson, Greater Memphis Chamber president and CEO pose for photos during the announcement that FedEx Logistics is relocating to the Gibson Guitar Building.

“Welcome home, FedEx!” said Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris. Referring to efforts to repurpose and reuse vacant buildings, he added, “Your decision is a sign that Memphis has turned a corner.”

Global importance in downtown Memphis is indeed attracting other corporations according to city data, which could add to the Memphis skyline and the city overall, making it more viable for the future workforce. FedEx Logistics and FedExForum in lights on adjacent rooftops will make a bold statement about the city’s economic intentions.

“Memphis is on a roll,” said Beverly Robertson, interim executive director for the Greater Memphis Chamber, while noting other new downtown developments, including Union Row, Riverfront Development projects and the relocation of the Brooks Museum. “Our amenities attract young urban professionals for jobs,” Robertson said.

Noting that his family is from Memphis, Lee said, “That is why it makes me so happy to announce that FedEx Logistics will be locating its corporate headquarters right here in downtown Memphis.”

The $44 million project will add an additional 45,000 square feet to the 154,000-square-foot structure.

“These are transformative times in Memphis, and I could not be happier to be a part of it. As a resident, I am excited to see my hometown succeed,” said Smith.

He promised that the new headquarters would be “the coolest” FedEx headquarters anywhere, adding that economic expansion now happening will make his kids want to return after they finish school.

In a brief interview following the press conference, Strickland was asked about the impact of the move and renovation on minority contractors and their level of inclusion on the project.

“FedEx Logistics will receive a PILOT from the city and county,” said Strickland. “To meet the requirements, there is a required level of participation to include women and minority contractors, or they will not qualify. So, it is assured that there will definitely be minority contract participation.”

The EDGE (Economic Development Growth Engine) awards a PILOT to stimulate, retain and attract new businesses. The PILOT (Payment in Lieu of Taxes) is a property tax abatement given to corporations that are building new structures or expanding and renovating existing ones. In return, the company agrees to contract with local small, minority- and women-owned businesses. The idea is that job opportunities would be created and sustained, thus stimulating the local economy.

FedEx Logistics, which presently employs 22,000 people, provides air and ocean freight forwarding, specialty transportation and supply, and e-commerce services.

FedEx Corporation is the city’s largest employer with more than 30,000 working at various locations. The company employs 450,000 worldwide.

(To learn more about the bidding process for contracting and subcontracting jobs through the Downtown Memphis Commission, visit www.downtownmemphiscommission.com.)

Continue Reading
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

#NNPA BlackPress

14th Annual Minnesota Cuban Film Festival with Franklin Curbelo

The 14th. Minnesota Cuban Film Festival is organized by the Minnesota Cuba Committee, with the collaboration of the MSP Film Society, and ICAIC (Cuban Film Institute)
The post 14th Annual Minnesota Cuban Film Festival with Franklin Curbelo first appeared on BlackPressUSA.

Published

on

By


Feb. 21, 2023 – Al McFarlane will sit with Franklin Curbelo, organizer of the 14th Annual Minnesota Cuban Film Festival. In this exciting interview, Franklin will discuss the festival’s commitment to bringing diverse films from Cuba and this year’s line-up.

The 14th. Minnesota Cuban Film Festival is organized by the Minnesota Cuba Committee, with the collaboration of the MSP Film Society, and ICAIC (Cuban Film Institute)

The Conversation With Al McFarlane (TCWAM), Weekdays at 1 pm CST / 2 pm EST / 11 am PST

We hope you will join us at 1 pm CST / 2 pm EST / 11 am PST as we continue our ongoing conversations about how we can all make a difference in our community.

SUBSCRIBE to TCWAM on Insight News YouTube channel:    / @insightnewsmn   #minneapolis #stpaul #blackculture #community #blackmusic #cuba #artfilm #TCWAM

Photo by: Juan Luis Ozaez

Photo by: CineDirektor FILMS

The post 14th Annual Minnesota Cuban Film Festival with Franklin Curbelo first appeared on BlackPressUSA.

Continue Reading

#NNPA BlackPress

2023 Mazda CX-50 2.5L Turbo w/Premium Plus Package AWD

2023 Mazda CX-50 2.5L Turbo w/Premium Plus Package AWD In-depth walkaround and POV Test Drive. The 2023 Mazda CX-50 is a luxurious and powerful compact SUV that boasts several high-end features and technologies. Equipped with a 2.5-liter turbocharged engine, 227 HP @ 310 lb-ft Torque, mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, the C-50 delivers a […]
The post 2023 Mazda CX-50 2.5L Turbo w/Premium Plus Package AWD first appeared on BlackPressUSA.

Published

on


2023 Mazda CX-50 2.5L Turbo w/Premium Plus Package AWD In-depth walkaround and POV Test Drive.
The 2023 Mazda CX-50 is a luxurious and powerful compact SUV that boasts several high-end features and technologies. Equipped with a 2.5-liter turbocharged engine, 227 HP @ 310 lb-ft Torque, mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, the C-50 delivers a robust performance and is available with the Premium Plus package, which offers various advanced features. This review will delve into the details of the car’s features and overall performance.

The CX-50 comes in a beautiful Ingot Blue Metallic exterior color, which complements its elegant and sleek design. It features black 20-inch alloy wheels with P245/45 R20 all-season tires, which provide excellent grip and stability on the road. The rain-sensing windshield wipers and wiper de-icer are a thoughtful addition, making driving in inclement weather more manageable. Additionally, the auto power-folding side mirrors are convenient for parking in tight spaces.

The CX-50’s interior is equally impressive, with a Black interior color and Brown leather-trimmed seats. The 5-passenger seating is spacious, and the power driver’s seat with memory and power passenger seats offer ample adjustability for comfortable driving positions. The ventilated front seats are a welcome feature, especially in hotter climates. The leather-wrapped steering wheel is a premium touch and feels good in the hands. The heated steering wheel is perfect for chilly weather, and the paddle shifters add to the car’s sporty feel. The Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry and rear power liftgate are convenient features that make accessing the vehicle a breeze.

The CX-50 has several safety and security features, including 24-hour roadside assistance, 5-passenger 3-point safety belts, LATCH child safety seat anchors, and an anti-theft engine immobilizer. It also has a lane departure warning system, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert. The I-ACTIV all-wheel drive, hill launch assist, and MI-Drive – sport/off-road/towing make it an excellent option for various driving conditions. The CX-50 also boasts a 3500 lb towing capacity, which makes it ideal for those who need to haul extra gear.

The CX-50 comes equipped with several high-tech features, including a power panoramic moonroof, adaptive front lighting system, LED headlights with auto on/off, and roof rails. The 10.25″ color center display and active driving HeadUp display provide easy access to all necessary information. The dual-zone auto climate control ensures that everyone in the car stays comfortable, and the rearview camera makes parking a breeze. The car has an AM/FM/HD Radio® with four USB inputs, BOSE® 12-speakers audio system, and a SiriusXM® 3 mos. trial. The Mazda Connected Services, wireless Android Auto, and wireless Apple CarPlay™ are convenient for connecting smartphones and accessing music and apps on the go.

The CX-50 has several pros, including multiple driving modes, off-road modes, and a comfortable interior. The car has quick off-the-line acceleration and handles well, making it a fun car to drive.

One downside to the CX-50 is that the ride quality is mediocre. It may not be the best option for those who prefer a very smooth ride.

The CX-50’s MSRP is $43,525, and the Turbo Premium Plus Package adds extra features, such as heated rear seats, 360-degree view monitor, traffic jam assist, front and rear parking sensors, rear smart brake support, blind spot prevention, Mazda Navigation System, wireless phone charger, traffic sign recognition, and a frameless auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink®.

The 2023 Mazda CX-50 is an excellent choice for those who are looking for a luxurious and powerful compact SUV with advanced features and technologies. The car’s impressive performance, various driving modes, and comfortable interior make it a joy to drive. Additionally, the car’s safety and security features, along with the advanced technology, make it a safe and convenient car to own. Overall, the Mazda CX-50 is a strong contender in the compact SUV market and is definitely worth considering for those who want a car that delivers both performance and luxury.

View our detailed video walkarounds, walkthroughs, and 360 videos of the most sought-after new cars, trucks, SUVs, crossovers, Vans, and Minivans w/ detailed walkarounds of special models in their entirety at full screen.

Our videos allow the autos to speak for themselves without any distractions from human voice-overs. Just natural sounds and great footage just for you. Unique to AutoNetwork.com.

Like us on and share https://www.facebook.com/autonetwork
#AutoNetwork
#AutoNetworkReports
Subscribe to our channel now for more videos.
Twitter http://www.twitter.com/liveautos
LinkedIn http://www.linkedin.com/in/autonetwork
Coupons Offers and Deals https://www.couponsoffersanddeals.com/

The post 2023 Mazda CX-50 2.5L Turbo w/Premium Plus Package AWD first appeared on BlackPressUSA.

Continue Reading

#NNPA BlackPress

Why Attend Chicago Auto Show or Show In Your Market – AutoNetwork Reports 394

Our Take on The Chicago Auto Show, Recalls, Autel Energy, CrossTrex, Volvo Subscription Service, Customer Loyalty Dwindling, and more – AutoNetwork Reports 394 Coffee and Cars – AutoNetwork Reports 394. Get your coffee and join us for a new morning show. Warren was a great storyteller, friend, and all-around good guy in our industry and […]
The post Why Attend Chicago Auto Show or Show In Your Market – AutoNetwork Reports 394 first appeared on BlackPressUSA.

Published

on


Our Take on The Chicago Auto Show, Recalls, Autel Energy, CrossTrex, Volvo Subscription Service, Customer Loyalty Dwindling, and more – AutoNetwork Reports 394
Coffee and Cars – AutoNetwork Reports 394.
Get your coffee and join us for a new morning show. Warren was a great storyteller, friend, and all-around good guy in our industry and reviewed cars for The Washington Post newspaper.
Reviews of Cars Driven – AutoNetwork Reports 394
Car Reviews of what we are driving this week. We help you better understand and appreciate your dream car. Find out why we would buy the new car or not. Join our panel of influencers as we review new cars and discuss the latest auto news.

Car Reviews: Visit the website of the panelists for full reviews.
Greg – RAV4
Dawn – Outlander PHEV
Chris – Pathfinder
Teia – Jetta GLI
Dave – G90
Me – Niro SX Touring

Show Panelists:
Frank Washington – AboutThatCar.com
Greg Morrison – http://www.bumper2bumpertv.com
Chris Lawrence – Autoacademics.com
David Boldt – TxGarage.com
Valerie Menard – LatinoTrafficReports.com
Teia Collier – #DSMDrive
Dawn Gibson-Thigpen – @SassyAutoChick

The auto talk show, #AutoNetworkReports, is Live on YouTube weekly Wednesday from 10:00 am ET – 10:30 am ET. where auto influencers discuss the week’s latest automotive news. Go visit http://autonetwork.com for more shows.

Find out why they would buy the vehicle or not. Join our panel of auto journalists and influencers as we discuss this and simplify the latest auto industry news to help you appreciate the auto industry business.

When available we let you know of any vehicle recalls and how to resolve them. Some of the auto influencers have sold cars so we provide car buying and auto leasing tips to save you time and money on your next car purchase. AutoNetwork Reports simplify the latest auto industry news for you to help you appreciate the automotive industry.

{Introducing our new car buying program, https://www.CouponsOffersAndDeals.com/, for money and time-saving specials from select car dealers.}

Like us and share, https://www.facebook.com/autonetwork, on Facebook.
#AutoNetwork
#AutoNetworkReports

[Subscribe to our channel now for more videos]
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuN8D-xz08dJGWXVDMEIA1A

** Twitter http://www.twitter.com/liveautos
** LinkedIn http://www.linkedin.com/in/autonetwork

#newcar #africanamericancarreviewer #autoservicecoupons #carreviewnew #newcarreviews #carreviews2022 #carreviewswebsites #usauto #autonetwork #autonetwork.com #360degreecar #newcarcompany #newcarcompanies #povtestdrive #carreviews #carreviewswebsites #youtubecarreviews #bestcarreviews #electriccarreviews2022

The post Why Attend Chicago Auto Show or Show In Your Market – AutoNetwork Reports 394 first appeared on BlackPressUSA.

Continue Reading

Subscribe to receive news and updates from the Oakland Post

* indicates required

CHECK OUT THE LATEST ISSUE OF THE OAKLAND POST

ADVERTISEMENT

WORK FROM HOME

Home-based business with potential monthly income of $10K+ per month. A proven training system and website provided to maximize business effectiveness. Perfect job to earn side and primary income. Contact Lynne for more details: Lynne4npusa@gmail.com 800-334-0540

Facebook

Trending