Monthly Archives: February 2014

Healthy Design: Hernando Mayor touts role of design standards

Memphis Daily News Amos Maki The road to community health and wealth is paved, at least in part, with some smart design principles. Density, a strong mix of uses, high design standards and amenities such as bike lanes and parks can produce healthier communities that attract business investment, Mayor Johnson told Urban Land Institute Memphis members this week. While incentives still play a large role in business recruitment efforts, companies are increasingly focusing on quality-of-life issues when making their site selection decisions, said Johnson, co-chairman of ULI’s Healthy Communities Initiative. … Read More

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Hernando sees bike lanes, sidewalks as path to corporate headquarters

The Commercial Appeal Thomas Bailey, Jr. All the new sidewalks and bike lanes Hernando has been building and striping in recent years may be connected figuratively if not literally to about 70 acres at the junction of I-55 and I-69. That’s where DeSoto County seat of about 15,000 residents has the mixed-use zoning for the town’s first corporate headquarters. Continue reading this article here…

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Economy linked to community’s health | ULI Member, Mayor Chip Johnson of Hernando, MS

By Chip Johnson, special to the Commercial Appeal Over the past few years, Mississippians have been confronted with a variety of unappealing and troubling reports about our public health. In 2012, Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation called us “the fattest state” in the nation. ┬áThe Centers for Disease Control Prevention claims we have the sixth worst rates of heart disease in the country. Continue reading this great special from Mayor Johnson here…

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