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Millington Industrial Development Board

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Millington, TN 38053
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May 19, 2017
Navy Lake for Sale

The IDB recentl voted to sell the 115 acre Navy Lake location. The site was leased by the Navy from the IDB for a 15 year time period. The site contains many amenties. They include a 3500 square foot event center, 24 recreational vehicle hookups, a bathhouse with showers, washing machines and dryer, three fishing lake, a concrete stage with electrical hookups, two large pavilions suitable for reunions, business meetings and other large scale events, nine small picnic pavilions and other amenities. The IDB office should be contacted for more details.  

May 18, 2017
Support for Tourism

In an effort to support tourism and visitation to Millington the IDB leased land for parking for the Millington-Memphis Airshow. The IDB will also lease property so that a major multi-day car show can be held on IDB property adjacent to Navy Road on July 7,8, and 9th. 

May 12, 2017
Regional Stormwater Detention Basin
In an effort to provide more efficient location possibilities on IDB property near the airport, the IDB will carry out soil testing to determine the feasibility of develoing a regional storm water detention basis. If successful, the basis could be utilized by numerous businesses locating of IDB property near the Millington Airport. The stormwater detention basin will be along Dakar Avenue close to the Millington Fire Training Center.

May 12, 2017
Millington Air Show

The Millington Industrial Development Board is leasing land to the developers of the Millington Air Show for parking. The IDB's support will allow the public to have quality parking spaces in close proximinity to the air show, its vendors, and hospitality areas. 

Systems Plus of Tennessee
This firm recently rented space in the MIDB building at 7965 Veterans Parkway, Millington. Systems Plus was forced to relocate from a Navy owned and MIDB leased building. Maintaining this firm in Millington saved seven jobs for the community.  

Inman Murphy Termite and Pest Control
The MIDB is working to develop a 4 acre site for Inman Murphy Termite and Pest Control along Veterans Parkway. This location would encompass new offices for this firm. Twenty jobs would be created and 20 jobs would be saved for the community.

City Represenative to the MIDB
Mayor Terry Jones recently appointed Frankie Dakin to be the City of Millington's representative to the MIDB. Frankie replaces Chris Ford who is no longer a member of the City Board of Aldermen. The City's representative is a non voting member. His job is to keep the Mayor and Board up to date on the activities of the MIDB. The MIDB has seven voting members. They are appointed by the Mayor of Millington and confirmed by the Board of Aldermen.

Land Donation to the Millington Airport Authority
The MIDB recently completed paperwork to donate more than 35 acres of property to the Millington Airport Authority. More than 14 acres surrounding the Automated Weather Observation System (AWOS) comprised one donation. This donation will make it possible for the Airport Authority to secure funds to upgrade the AWOS with state of the air equipment. A second donation comprised land bordering the airport fence on the west side of the airport. The Airport Authority is responsible for maintaining this property.

Navy Lake Lease
Smoky Mountain Catering has signed a one year lease with the MIDB to administer the 115 acre Navy Lake property. This firm was the food services provider at Navy Lake for many years. They will continue to run the site carrying out the generally accepted activities and projects which were run by the Navy. 

MIDB Website
The Millington IDB has recently contracted with MIdsouth Aerial Photography Solutions, a local Millington area firm, to shoot drone aerial footage of IDB industrial properties. This footage has been placed on the Sites section of this website.

Airport Authority Grant Award
The Millington IDB offered a $100,000 grant to the Millington Airport Authority. The funds will be used to try and secure a grant to expand the Airport Authority's administrative offices into a small airline terminal. A number of commuter airlines have expressed interest in establishing service at the Millington Airport. The lack of a facility for security, baggage handling, ticketing and related factors has been the major obstacle to landing scheduled services. Should the airport's efforts be successful, a major obstacle will be overcome to recruiting a commuter airline.  

TIF Incentive
The Millington IDB carried out its financing responsibilities under the Shoppes of Millington Farms Tax Increment Financing incentive. All project development funds were expended consistent with the TIF agreement. The result will be the location of 12 new businesses in Millington and the creation of 135,000 square feet of new retail.

New IDB Tenants
Beginning February 1, 2017, Systems Plus of Tennessee relocated from a Navy owned building into Suite 106 in the MIDB Building at 7965 Veterans Parkway. This locally owned business employs 8 people. They carry out circuit board assembly. Smoky Mountain Catering will begin their lease of the 115 acre Navy Lake site from the MIDB effective March 1, 2017. The Navy chose not to renew their lease with the MIDB. Smoky Mountain Catering was the firm providing catering at the Navy Lake site. They will continue operations of the facility, continuing all existing services.

Navy Lake Site
After leasing Navy Lake from the MIDB for fifteen years, the US Navy has decided to terminate its lease. Beginning on March 1st, 2017 the MIDB will assume responsibility of the 100+ acre site.

Site Location Consultants Blue Carper Tour
MIDB staff participated in a presentation to a group of national site location consultants. The group was invited to the area by the Memphis Chamber of Commerce. MIDB staff prepared a presentation, in conjunction with the other Shelby County suburban communities highlighting our competive advantages.

West Tennessee Solar Industries Association
IDB staff made a presentation at the annual meeting of the West Tennessee Solar Energy Industries Association.  IDB Executive Director Charles Gulotta outlined the process which the MIDB went through to secure the solar farm project. He discussed the positive relaitonship which were strengthened with the US Navy and the Tennessee Valley Authority.

TVA Marketing Grant
The MIDB is the recipient of a $3,500 grant from TVA in regard to a marketing presenation made by staff to TVA industrial recruiters. TVA invited local industrial developers to Nashville to outline our land and other resources which are available for our industrial recruitment program.

Millington Rotary Presentation
MIDB staff made a presentation to the Millington Rotary Club. The presentation outlined recent MIDB accomplishments, ongoing projects and long term objectives.

TVA Public Meeting
MIDB staff attended a TVA public meeting designed to secure input from local stakeholders regarding the best route of electric transmission lines from the recently announced solar farm to the TVA substation on Mudville Road. Those in attendance included Millington elected officials, US Navy representatives, local landowners, representatives from Silicon Ranch and others. Work on the transmission line will begin in 2017.

FLAP Grant Progress
MIDB Staff met with the City of Millington staff and engineers and others to discuss using MIDB land as a regional storm water detention  basin. This project will lower the cost of developing MIDB land in the area of the Millington Airport. Construction of the extension of Astoria Road, linking it with Funafuti will not start until Spring, 2018.

Airport Land Donation
The Millington Industrial Development Board (MIDB) agreed to donate two parcels of land to the Millington Airport Authority (MAA). One parcel consists of approximately 13+ acres. It surrounds the airport's Automated Weather Observation System (AWOS). In order for the MAA to secure grant funds to upgrade the AWOS, they must show ownership or a long term lease. The MIDB cannot develop land around the AWOS, so consequently, it agreed to donate the surrounding property. The MAA's western border fence is bordered by a very narrow strip of MIDB property. To create consistent land ownership, the MIDB also agreed to donate this property to the MAA. The agreement calls for the MAA to pay all costs for surveying, legal, recording and other associated fees.

Airport Land Sale Complete
The Millingotn Industrial Development Board recently completed the sale of 57.397 acres of land to the Millington Municipal Airport Authority. The sales price was $172,000. The Airport Authority will keep the land in reserve for a runway extension if and when needed. Proceeds of the sale were given to the City of Millington. Funds will be used as matching dollars for a $2.2 million Federal Lands Acces Program (FLAP) grant to develop new infrastructure adjacent to MIDB land at the Millington Airport. Other matching funds will come from right of way donated to the City by the MIDB and a $247,000 Delta Regional Authority grant awarded to the city for associated road and utility work.

Shops of Millington Farms Groundbreaking Ceremony
A groundbreaking ceremony for the Shops of Millington Farms shopping center is set for July 12th, 9:30 AM at the project site. All major stakeholders will be present to celebrate. This Tax Increment Financing project was a cooperative effort between the Millington Industrial Development Board, Shelby County Government, City of Millington, First Citizens National Bank and Ryan Commercial Properties. Construction is already underway. The center will be completed during the first quarter of 2017.

Airport Land Sale
The Millington IDB recently completed the sale of 57.397 acres of land to the Millington Airport Authority. The sales price was $172,000. The land will be placed in inventory by the Airport Authority and used if and when the existing runway will be expanded. The MIDB will contribute $160,060 of the sales price to the City of Millington as matching funds for a $2.2+ million Federal Lands Access Program grant to improve and create new roadways adjacent to the Millington Airport.  

West Tennessee Homebuilders  The Millington Industrial Development Board cooperated with officials from the City of Millington, Shelby County Government and the Millington Chamber of Commerce in making a presentation to the West Tennessee Homebuilders Association. The objective was to peak the interest of area homebuilders in looking at Millington as a place for new home construction. The presentation was made at the Homebuilders administrative offices in Memphis.

Solar Farm Land Sale Complete The Millington Industrial Development Board recently completed the sale of almost 350 acres to Silicon Ranch, a solar farm developer. The land will be combined with over 70 acres of adjacent US Navy land for the project footprint. Construction will begin in 2017. New transmission lines will be constructed from the solar farm to the US Navy Base and to a nearby TVA power substation. Approximately 300 perons will be involved in constructing the project.

Shoppes of Millington Farms  The Millington Industrial Development Board recently completed all requirements to utilize the Tennessee Tax Increment Financing program to fund $3.8 million of public infrastructure for the Shoppes of Millington Farms shopping center. The Shelby County Commission and City of Millington were essential participants in the project. The Millington Chamber of Commerce and Millington Planning Commission all played roles in bringing the shopping center to Millington. Construction has begun the second week of June. The project will be complete during the first quarter of 2017.

Solar Farm Groundbreaking Ceremony
The Millington IDB, Tennessee Valley Authority and the US Navy held a solar farm groundbreaking ceremony on Earth Day, June 22nd. The ceremony marked a milestone for the construction of 53 MW AC solar facility. The solar farm will encompass over 400 acres. The MIDB will sell over 330 acres to Silicon Ranch, the facility developer. The farm will generate enough electricity to power 7,500 homes. Five hundred and eighty thousand solar panels will be installed. Construction will begin 1n 2017. Completion will be in 2018.

Stables Area
The Millington IDB has ended its lease agreement with the US Navy for the Stables Area. This location has been used by the Navy as a recreation area for its sailors and others for many decades. An option has been signed with a solar development company to purchase and develop a significant solar project of the former stables area. Once all details of the project have been finalized, the MIDB will work with all of the project stakeholders on a press release.

FLAP Grant Awarded
The City of Millington has been awarded a Federal Lands Access Program grant in the amount of $2,927,950. Local matching funds total $585,590. The total project cost is $2,927,950. The project will provide a multi lane access from the Millington Airport to a main entrance of the Naval Support Activity base. The project will extend Astoria Road and connect it with Funafuti Street along the south border of the Crew Training International Headquarters. Millington IDB property will be provided with multi lane road and utility access where none existed before.

Consultants Meeting
IDB staff attending a site location consultant's meeting in Memphis. Staff interacted with national site location consultants, the Director of the State of Tennessee Office of Economic and Community Development, and numerous other stakeholders involved in Shelby County economic development. Telling the story of Millington to key economic development decision makers is an important marketing activity for the community.

Crew Training International
Millington IDB staff attended a Millington Board of Zoning Appeals meeting on November 23rd in order to support a sign variance request from Crew Training International. Staff testified to support the variance request from CTI. The Board of Zoning Appeals unanimously approved the request.

US Marine Corps Reserve Center
The US Marine Corps opened its Millington location in October, 2015. Over ten full time USMC uniformed personnel man the center. Monthly meetings bring over 100 USMC Reservists to Millington for training and drills. The Reserve Center is located on the Naval Support Activity Base south of Navy Road.

Workforce 360
The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (ECD), in partnership with the Tennessee Deparments of Labor and Workforce Development, Education, Board of Regents, Higher Education Commission and Human Resources will hold a meeting at the University of Memphis, Millington Branch on October 7th from 1:30 PM  until 3:00 PM. There will be discussions regarding workforce gaps and stragegies to streamline solutions  regarding workforce issues. Current workforce challenges for existing Tennessee industry will be a major topic of discussion. MIDB staff will be in attendance.

Naval Support Activity Mid South Commanding Officer
The Millington Industrial Development Board (MIDB) is pleased to welcome new Naval Support Activity Mid South Commanding Officer David Bryson to Millington. The MIDB prides itself in being an outstanding partner to the Navy in many ongoing short and long term ventures.

Solar Farm
At the Millington IDB meeting on September 11th, the Board agreed to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the US Navy, Tennessee Valley Authority and Memphil Light Gas and Water. The MOU will outline the intent of all parties to try and complete the requirements for a significant solar farm to be built on the former Navy Stables Area. The MIDB will commit over 300 acres of its property to the venture.

Hale Trucking
Hale Trucking has signed a short term lease with the Milington Industrial Development Board. This firm signed a lease for 2+ acres of property along Singleton Road Extended. 

Sheehan Pipeline Construction
Sheehan Pipeline Construction is a new tenant in the MIDB Building on Veterans Parkway. This firm will occupy two suites and also rent MIDB land near the Millington Airport. Sheehan is carrying out interstate pipeline work in the Shelby County area. Over 70 company employees will be coming and going from the leased MIDB faciliites. The lease is on a short term month to month basis.

Requests for Proposals
During the month of July the Millington IDB has submitted two proposals to the State of Tennessee Office of Economic and Community Development for manufacturing projects. The IDB maintains data bases necessary to respond to projects from the State, TVA, and private sector consultants.

Small Community Air Service Development Grant
The Millington IDB is cooperating with the Millington Airport Authority in submitting a Small Community Air Service Development Grant. The grant will be used as an incentive to attract scheduled airline service to Millington.

Airport Land Sale
The Millington IDB will sell a 57+ acre site to the Millington Airport Authority. The land will be banked for future use. Long term the Airport Authority will have the land available for a potential runway extension.

Crew Training International
Crew Training International (CTI) cut the ribbon for their new facility at the Millington Municipal Airport. A 20,000 square foot hangar was renovated for their use by the Millington Airport Authority.  The  State of Tennessee awarded the City of Millington a grant to extend utility lines to a site which CTI will purchase from the Millington Industrial Developmetn Board. CTI will eventually construct dormitories for flight students. The Delta Regional Authority has also awarded the City of Millington a grant to reconstruct a roadway adjacent to the renovated hangar and the future housing site.

Roadmaster Truck Driver Training School
The Millington Industrial Development Board has leased a 25 acre site to Roadmaster for a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) training school. Roadmaster will begin operations in early August, 2015. Approximately 30 people will be employed by Roadmaster. CDLs are the required license for tractor trailer truck drivers. The site was previously occupied by Swift Transportation. Swift consolidated its operations at their terminal on Brooks Road earlier in 2015.