Legislative language Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-9) authored to spur development of the Memphis aerotropolis transportation system was included in the bipartisan agreement to continue funding for our nation's highway projects. The bipartisan $109 billion transportation bill funds construction for highways, bridges and other transportation projects for the next two years.
"The need to ship and receive goods more quickly and over longer distances is increasing by the day," said Congressman Cohen. "Establishing aerotropolis transportation systems in Memphis and across the country will spur economic growth, create jobs, improve our shipping transportation network, and enable us to compete more effectively in the 21st Century global economy."
Adding the Cohen-authored language to the highway funding bill is an important step in creating a comprehensive federal policy to support aerotropolis development. This language further establishes Congressman Cohen as the nation's aerotropolis leader and solidifies Memphis' important role in moving the aerotropolis concept and America forward.
In the 111th and 112th Congresses, Congressman Cohen introduced the Aerotropolis Act to ensure that projects that assist in the establishment of aerotropolis transportation systems are eligible to receive federal funds under the Projects of National and Regional Significance Program. Congressman Cohen is the author of two aerotropolis bills.