Memphians Still Like Their Gas Guzzlers

Memphis hasn’t bought into the hybrid vehicle craze, as evidenced by the latest list of the most eco-friendly car shopping cities.

The city ranked 162nd out of 210 in the website’s third annual Green Cities Index.

San Francisco was No.1 based on interest in hybrid vehicles as a percentage of total car shopping activity on

“The South continues to lag behind most major cities in the country in embracing hybrid vehicles,” according to a release. “For the second straight year, Laredo, Texas, had the dubious distinction of being last on our list.”

Other Tennessee cites included Nashville (84); Knoxville (102); Chattanooga (114); and Jackson (117).

Flintco Role at Airport Grows

No one is suggesting the city’s airport should be renamed Flintco International, but the Tulsa, Okla.-based company’s presence and influence at MEM right now is as prevalent as anyone’s outside FedEx.
The general contractor was awarded yet another construction contract at Thursday’s board of commissioners meeting, this one a $1.1 million deal to build a temporary parking lot and security gate on the east side of the airport.
The 800-space lot will be used to replace the existing long-term lot being where a $121 million ground transportation center being built by Flintco is underway. Flintco started that massive project March 1 and is “6.5 percent” finished with the project, which right now involves site and foundation work.
Also, the company is wrapping up its work on the Federal Aviation Administration’s $55 million air traffic control tower – the third tallest in the U.S. and fifth-tallest in the world. The FAA will spend the next year installing equipment in the tower.
The Native American owned company has an advantage when it comes to bidding on contracts at the airport not only because of its construction history at the facility but also because of its strong DBE (disadvantaged business enterprise) participation.
DBE is the inclusion of minority- and women-owned businesses for subcontracts, a huge priority for the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority.

Green-Collar Jobs Tour Coming to Memphis

Earth Day is just around the corner, and to commemorate the event the Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment (SOCM) is hosting a “green-collar jobs tour.”
From April 13 to 29, representatives with the Lake City, Tenn.-based social, economic and environmental nonprofit agency will stop at selected businesses and highlight the importance of developing a green economy.
The jobs tour begins Tuesday at a Knoxville wind farm. The West Tennessee portion will be held April 29 with tours of Sharp Manufacturing, which makes solar panels, and GrowMemphis, which supports community gardens.
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Calipari Coming Back … to Speak

Former Memphis basketball coach John Calipari is scheduled to speak in Memphis tomorrow. He is the keynote speaker for the Delta Regional Authority’s annual meeting, held Monday and Tuesday at the Memphis Marriott Downtown (250 N. Main St.). Calipari is slated for Tuesday from noon to 1:15 p.m., and it was confirmed today that he has not been replaced and will indeed speak.

This will make his second public appearance in town following his departure to Kentucky. Earlier this month Calipari spoke briefly at the “Coach Cal and Friends” charity event at Harrah’s Tunica casino, receiving a lukewarm reception from the crowd. Calipari was booked for both events prior to leaving Memphis.

More details about the conference are available at Or read The Daily News’ article on the conference – written prior to Calipari leaving – at