A $1.5B health care construction boom sustains Memphis economy

Jeff Creel sits in his perch 255 feet above the construction site for Tower 2 on the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital campus while manning one of three cranes operating on the site that will house a state of the art Proton Beam Therapy facility. The new six story building will also house a new surgical suite, Intensive Care Unit, Global Education Center, and conference rooms. (Photo by Mike Brown)

By Toby Sells

Memphis Commercial Appeal

Posted December 19, 2012 at midnight

Tilt your head back around Downtown Memphis and you’ll see a surefire sign of optimism in any city, at any time, in any economy.

Construction cranes.

Cranes mean something big is getting built and that people are working.

Cranes mean someone saw something missing in Memphis and wanted to fix it.

Cranes mean bank loans, contracts, blueprints, business deals in restaurants over breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks, new jobs, better jobs, new services, better services, risk, reward and a commitment to this town that won’t wane — unless, of course, the Mayans were right after all.

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