A lot of great ideas were born in the city of Memphis, and we are proud to call it home.
This is where the world's first hotel chain (Holiday Inn), the first full-service grocery store (Piggly Wiggly), the first outlet mall and the world's first and largest overnight package delivery company (FedEx) were all started. Music fans recognize Memphis as the "Home of the Blues" and the "Birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll," the place where such legends as Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and B. B. King honed their talents. Food aficionados know Memphis for its pork barbecue and soul food. It is also home to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and the Mid-South's largest medical center.
With a population of more than 1.1 million, Memphis is the 24th largest metropolitan area in the country. The city's diverse business and industry landscape provides exceptional student internship and employment opportunities in a variety of fields. Several worldwide companies, including FedEx and AutoZone, have their headquarters here. It is also home to the NBA's Grizzlies and the AAA baseball team, the Redbirds.
The city's vibrant history of culture, music and business innovation has helped shape the world, and it continues to inspire millions of people.