Memphis is among a host of cities trying to lure the new Amazon headquarters, called HQ2, with major incentives. City leaders recently promised $60 million in perks, including $10 million for upgrades to transportation infrastructure. But John Paul Shaffer of BLDG Memphis says that efforts to enhance the city's attractiveness to businesses are ongoing.
Shaffer says that one low-cost, high-profile solution was MEMFix, a volunteer street-party/clean-up event that has so far brought attention to Broad Avenue, Crosstown, South Memphis, the Edge District and other locations.
On Friday, Oct. 13, another MEMFix clean-up will take place near Cleveland and Madison to breathe life into the high-traffic but underperforming business area.
Shaffer speaks with WKNO about the effort and what corporations are looking for in moving to a new city.