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Collaborative Efforts

Jackson Regional Partnership

The Jackson Regional Partnership (JRP) began in August 2011 after nine months of study and research, and with the assistance of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development and Tennessee Valley Authority.  It is an extension of the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce and is led by Managing Director, Kyle Spurgeon, and a nine-member advisory council.  JRP includes the nine counties of Carroll, Chester, Crockett, Gibson, Hardeman, Haywood, Henderson, Madison and McNairy.  It is designed to promote regionalism and assist its members in being better prepared as they compete for jobs and investments.  The Jackson Region recognizes the importance of regionalism and the benefits it provides.  By working together regionally, the Jackson Region can boast a population of more than 300,000 and better qualify for projects.

Memphis Regional Megasite 

The Jackson Regional Partnership and the Jackson Chamber are working closely with the State of Tennessee to market and promote the Memphis Regional Megasite, a 1700-acre site in Haywood County that has been certified by McCallum Sweeney Consulting (MSC) of Greenville, S.C., as a megasite, or large industrial property suitable for a major automotive manufacturing facility or related industry. The site, which is owned by the State of Tennessee, is located just north of Interstate 40, 20 minutes east of the Memphis, Tennessee, suburbs. The site is easily accessible from Memphis, Bartlett, Collierville, Germantown, Jackson, and other West Tennessee cities. It is adjacent to U.S. Highway 70/79 and the CSX Railroad on the north.

Based on its expertise as a site selection consultant for the automotive industry, McCallum Sweeney Consulting (MSC) was commissioned by the Tennessee Valley Authority as an independent source to evaluate sites submitted by communities in TVA’s service area. MSC established comprehensive certification criteria and a detailed process to evaluate potential properties.

The Memphis Regional Megasite meets the MSC criteria required for certification, including the availability of land that has sufficient contiguous and developable acres, infrastructure, utilities, and labor capacity.

Site attributes include:

  • 1,720 acres/696 Hectares Core Megasite
  •  1,483 Hectares Other Available Properties
  •  Square-shaped
  •  Immediately available
  •  Excellent topography
  •  All drainage begins on site
  •  No flood zones
  •  Designated "Attainment" for 8-hour Ozone Standards & PM 2.5
  •  Minimal wetlands
  •  Over 80% of the core site is unforested and cleared
  •  Excellent soils
  •  Low water tables
  •  No endangered species
  •  No archeological impediments
  •  Only two residential structures to relocate
  •  Fast rezoning process