Global Trade magazine has ranked Nashville 41st among U.S. cities for international trade based on export volume.
New York City ranks No. 1, while Memphis comes in at 24th.
The reports notes Nashville generated $5.7 billion in export volume for the time period assessed, with the three countries to which the city exports the most goods being Canada, Mexico and Saudi Arabia. Memphis recorded $11.1 in export volume.
Nashville’s main export items include computers, electronic products and transportation equipment.
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Medicare Advantage insurer HealthSpring has beefed up its presence in Memphis, adding six hospitals and a number of physicians to its network via the Health Choice joint venture. Health Choice has long worked with Cigna, the newish owner of HealthSpring.
The Nashville International Airport ranked as the nation’s 34th busiest in 2011, rising five spots from its 2010 position, according to statistics the Metro Nashville Airport Authority released Tuesday.
The Airport Council International-North America Traffic Report 2011 shows BNA had 9.6 million passengers last year, surpassing the passenger counts at airports in Cleveland, Memphis, Milwaukee, Oakland and Raleigh. BNA saw 6.2 percent growth from 2010 to 2011, enjoying the fourth-highest growth rate among the top 75 airports in North America.
May flight operations statistics reveal total aircraft operations at BNA rose 1.3 percent. Also that month, the airport averaged 378 daily flights, up eight flights per day compared to May 2011 numbers. In addition, BNA saw fuel sales (per gallon) drop 7.5 percent from May 2010 to May 2011. They have decreased 6.1 percent year to date.
Churchill Mortgage is staying on its growth path with staff additions in Tennessee and Texas, including at its year-old Houston outpost. Locally, the company's Brentwood home office and Mt. Juliet branch have gotten many of the dozen new hires, which have come from Regions Bank, Crescent Federal Credit Union and United Capital Lending, among others.
SEE ALSO: Some of the other growth moves Churchill has made of late
North Star Destination Strategies, a local shop that helps position and market tourist attractions and communities, has been chosen by the Downtown Memphis Commission to help brand the South Main Memphis district. North Star beat out three other finalists for the job.
“We had a very strong interest in keeping things in Memphis,” Person said. “But did we want to use a firm in Memphis that is capable of doing it, or did we want to use the best firm? Using the best firm as our final decision-making tool when the judges huddled, we came out with the best firm and that was North Star.”
Closeout retailer and wholesaler Essex has inked leases to open two of its Bargain Hunt stores in the Memphis area. The Nashville-based company runs more than a dozen other locations in Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama and Georgia and plans to grow its Memphis footprint in the coming years.