MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – Governor Bill Lee was here.
The visit was short, but to the point. He’s talking business.
Ok. Everybody knows FedEx is here. It’s been here a long time, and every night you know the local officials say a prayer hoping it will never go away.
The prayers were answered for now. The company is expanding its world hub.
FedEx Corp. Executive Vice President Don Colleran says, “The modernization will include a construction of a large facility. A state-of-the-art sort system building. And a new area to improve the handling of oversized shipments. We have been seeing more and more of them as the e-commerce business expands for FedEx.”
Tennessee Governor Bill Lee loves this stuff. He is a businessman, and he loves giving Tennessee the business. It’s why he spent a week on the West Coast.
“We met with private companies,” Governor Lee said, “… we met with major corporations, multiple companies. A lot of technology-based companies. Primarily our conversations were around the business-friendly environment of Tennessee.”
Don’t get the wrong idea.
Bill Lee loves companies who have set up shop in Tennessee for decades. Companies like the one that has its name across these big jets. You know, the company that has a FED and an EX in it.
“Not only do they employ 40,000 in the State of Tennessee,” he said, “… but companies come in here in a greater measure, which creates more jobs for this region and changes more people’s lives for the good.”
Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland showed up. He didn’t say anything. He really didn’t have to.
Governor Lee did a lot of the I Love Memphis talking.
“The city is becoming a real leader in job creation and company relocations,” he said.