Once again, the city of Olive Branch is gaining attention on a national level as a great place to live. Money Magazine Tuesday released its annual "Best Places to Live" list and the DeSoto City city of over 41,000 people is right there once again, this time ranked 23rd among the top 50 "best places to live." The city has consistently been highly ranked, reaching number five in 2017. The write up from Money Magazine lists the Old Towne Historic District, Brussel's Bonsai Nursery, Olive Branch Farmers Market and the one private and three public golf courses. The article also points out the easy accessibility to Beale Street and downtown Memphis, along with the more than 80 businesses that have located in Olive Branch, including Williams-Sonoma, Snap-On Tools, and Cardinal Health. It states the city's median income is at more than $82,000 annually, the median home price is more than $258,000 and the unemployment rate is at six-percent. Money Magazine stated a number of factors it takes into account when forming its annual list. One hundred different metrics were looked and were organized into nine categories: Cost of Living Economic opportunity Diversity Education Fun (aka amenities) Health & safety Housing market Income & personal finances Quality of life You can read the item on Olive Branch on the Money Magazine website.
Our largest funded priority in mitigating traffic congestion in the City of Southaven is the widening of Getwell Rd south of Church Rd to Star Landing Rd. This is a massive project expected to cost approximately $9.8 million that has been contingent upon federal funding through the Metropolitan Planning Organization. The City made application for these funds in 2015 knowing that we had a dire problem even then. The MPO funding will provide approximately $7.5 million with the City paying the remaining estimated $2.3 million. We have pressed for this project to be awarded funding and to get it under construction, but have been at the mercy of federal fund availability and federal processes. We are now close. Construction is projected to begin in early spring of 2022 with completion two years later. This project will widen Getwell to five lanes and correct the traffic “bottleneck” at Church Rd. It will include a landscaped median to improve safety and a 10-ft multi-use pedestrian trail on the west side. The intersection of College and Getwell will also be widened with proper turning lanes and new mast-arm traffic signals. This project is part of a comprehensive transportation improvement plan implemented in 2015 to address the traffic challenges brought about by our tremendous economic growth. It will bring a huge value to the Getwell corridor and be supplemented by additional future projects.
The Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) Wednesday announced that AeroSafe Global, a provider of cold chain solutions for the safe, sustainable delivery and effective use of biopharmaceuticals across the supply chain, is locating a branch of its manufacturing operations to Olive Branch in the I-22 Logistics Park. “Health care and manufacturing go hand-in-hand in Mississippi, as both industries are strong economic drivers for our state, particularly in North Mississippi,” said Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves. “We are proud to welcome AeroSafe Global as the newest corporate partner to the state of Mississippi, a move that reinforces Mississippi’s stance as a leader in these important sectors, and we thank the company for bringing 100 exciting job opportunities to DeSoto County. MDA said the project is a $2.5 million corporate investment that will create 100 jobs. “After 15 years in service to our biopharma partners with a dedicated team of more than 250 employees, we are thrilled to announce plans for a new, state-of-the-art operating facility in Olive Branch,” said AeroSafe Global CEO Jay McHarg. “The DeSoto County region has the business climate, talent pipeline and infrastructure to support the continued growth of AeroSafe, and we are excited to become an active and valued member of the local community.” Headquartered in Rochester, New York, AeroSafe Global is internationally recognized, serving biopharmaceutical customers around the world. The company’s innovative cold-chain-as-a-service offering, the AeroChain, includes proprietary technologies and turnkey solutions that biopharmaceutical manufacturers require for shipping temperature-sensitive products, including the COVID-19 vaccine. In Olive Branch, the company will produce critical components used to protect critical cold chain medical and clinical shipments. “Olive Branch welcomes AeroSafe Global, and we are certain they will find superior transportation options, as well as the labor market and amenities of this area, will contribute to their continued success,” said Olive Branch Mayor Ken Adams. The Mississippi Development Authority has certified AeroSafe Global through the Advantage Jobs Rebate Program, which is available for eligible businesses that create new jobs exceeding the average annual wage of the state or county in which the company locates or expands. DeSoto County and the city of Olive Branch also are assisting with the project. “Additionally, we appreciate the teams at the DeSoto County Economic Development Council, the DeSoto County Board of Supervisors and the City of Olive Branch for working with MDA to secure this exciting win for our great state,” added MDA Executive Director John Rounsaville. The company will begin hiring for the new jobs in August.
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