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Ford Megasite: Tupelo-area pulled together to land Toyota

By , Daily Memphian Updated: November 19, 2021 10:05 AM CT | Published: November 19, 2021 4:00 AM CT
<strong>The 1,700-acre campus of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi Inc. &ndash; plus an additional 1,100 acres of &ldquo;buffer&rdquo; that sits off I-22 &ndash; is like its own town. It has its own exit, 73A, and employees and visitors follow Magnolia Way to the plant.</strong> (Patrick Lantrip/Daily Memphian)

The 1,700-acre campus of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi Inc. – plus an additional 1,100 acres of “buffer” that sits off I-22 – is like its own town. It has its own exit, 73A, and employees and visitors follow Magnolia Way to the plant. (Patrick Lantrip/Daily Memphian)

They had their doubters, but leaders from three counties in the Tupelo, Mississippi, area believed in their vision for rebooting the local economy. “A lot of folks thought we were as crazy as hades. ...,” recalled Randy Kelley, executive director of the Three Rivers Planning and Development Alliance. 

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Don Wade

Don Wade

Don Wade has been a Memphis journalist since 1998 and he has won awards for both his sports and news/feature writing. He is originally from Kansas City and is married with three sons.


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