Location, Location, Location
Memphis is uniquely placed along the Mississippi River in the center of the nation.
From its earliest history, the city has long been known as a hub for transportation.
From the early days of travel along the river to the railroads, FedEx headquarters,
and on to the modern day aerotropolis planning, the city has always been at the forefront
in transportation innovation.
The University of Memphis plays an important role in advancing these innovations through
collaborative research, policy initiatives, and the provision of many community resources.
Centers such as the Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute (IFTI) have brought
together public, private, and academic sectors to identify and address critical issues
impacting movement across the mid-south and the nation.
These efforts advance research and education on a wide range of topics related to
transportation infrastructure, technology innovations, natural and man-made hazards,
business practices, and policy and regulatory matters that impact Shelby County and
the entire Mid-South region.
"It really matters whether people are working on generating clean energy or improving
transportation or making the Internet work better and all those things. And small
groups of people can have a really huge impact." - Larry Page