Congressman Steve Cohen has latched onto the aerotropolis concept and is working to get his Washington colleagues on board as well.
The democrat today introduced legislation – H.R. 5236, the Aerotropolis Act of 2010 – to fund the development of transportation assets in Memphis and elsewhere under the aerotropolis banner.
“The need to ship and receive goods more quickly and over longer distances is increasing by the day,” Cohen said in a release. “Establishing aerotropolis transportation systems in Memphis and across the country will spur economic growth, create jobs, improve our shipping transportation network, and enable us to compete more effectively in a 21st century global economy.”
The concept has been around for a few years. John Kasarda, the North Carolina professor who coined the phrase, called Memphis the nation’s only developed aerotropolis.
The initiative got its first official public funding last fall when the City Council approved $1.6 million for the beautification of Plough Boulevard.
For more about the aerotropolis concept, check out this article in The Memphis News.