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by (RSS) Economic Development | July 29th, 2014 12:48am CDT | No Comments

From Governing: A poor economy and all the problems that come with it actually benefit some people, giving powerful players less incentive to improve the status quo for the rest. So many cities and regions continue to struggle economically. Even within nominally well-performing places there are pockets that have been left behind. Most of the […]

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by (RSS) City of Memphis Government, Trends and Issues | July 25th, 2014 3:32pm CDT | No Comments

From Citiscope: “City governments need to get out of procuring by specifying the solution they want,” says Citymart co-founder Sascha Haselmayer. “What they should do is specify the problem they want to solve … and then allow the market to inspire them to find the best solutions.” (Citymart/ Gunnar Knechtel Photography) New ideas are rare […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Poverty | July 22nd, 2014 3:00pm CDT | 1 Comment

From CityLab: There’s a clear connection between economic inequality and low-tax, pro-business policies. Economic inequality has risen substantially in the United States over the past several decades, but its rise has been uneven across the 50 states. According to my own analysis here on CityLab, more than half of states—26, plus Washington, D.C.—saw inequality increase […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | July 18th, 2014 3:00pm CDT | No Comments

From NPR: Our local customer service guru (and communications expert) Emily Yellin was featured on NPR’s Morning Edition this morning regarding the now-infamous Comcast “employee from hell” conversation. To hear the interview, click Better Culture Could Have Prevented Viral Comcast Call. The following is posted on the NPR website: This week, one man’s customer service […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development | July 14th, 2014 3:03pm CDT | No Comments

From Washington Post: If you can’t build your own, steal someone else’s. That, one economist notes, has become the default strategy for state and city governments in their pursuit of rapidly growing businesses, with many offering increasingly lucrative incentive packages to encourage employers to move to and create jobs in their districts. However, that’s hardly […]

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by (RSS) Education | July 12th, 2014 12:11am CDT | 1 Comment

Our friends over at Bluff City Education are posting information and profiles of candidates for the Shelby County Schools board who responded to its request for information on their positions and vision for the district.  Here are the candidates and the days when their responses will be posted: Chris Caldwell, District 1 – Wednesday, July […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | July 9th, 2014 3:39pm CDT | 1 Comment

The following infographic was submitted by Derek Rojers with gratitude to Extra Space Storage.          

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | July 8th, 2014 3:25pm CDT | 1 Comment

Author’s Note: The subject of drug abuse, drug addictions and mental health are something that concern a great many of us, whether as sufferers, as relatives or carers of sufferers or as members of society who have recovered. Some of the most vulnerable members of society are targeted by laws and statutes which many of us do […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | July 3rd, 2014 3:34pm CDT | No Comments

The African-American population in the nine-county Memphis metro area has not yet reached a majority but it has surpassed the number of non-Hispanic white residents, recently released Census Bureau estimates show. The racial breakdown estimates for July 1, 2013, released June 26, are black , 624, 184 (46.5 percent); non-Hispanic white, 607, 274 (45.3 percent), […]

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by (RSS) Transportation | June 25th, 2014 12:02am CDT | No Comments

We received this infographic from Hoogleit Transport. It provides an interesting  international context about public transit.  

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by (RSS) Economic Development | June 12th, 2014 12:39am CDT | Comments Off

From Naked Capitalism: By Kenneth Thomas, political scientist at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Originally published at Middle Class EconomistIt’s a familiar situation: business and government officials are promoting a new economic development deal which naturally includes subsidies for the investor. They may be touting a consultant’s study touting massive ripple effects and fantastic taxpayer […]

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by (RSS) Parks and Greening | May 29th, 2014 3:00pm CDT | 3 Comments

When Mayor Wharton first announced his Clean and Green Initiative, I was excited that our community was taking a common sense approach to economic development through environmental projects, something the Sierra Club wholeheartedly supports. At a January press conference at the Central Library announcing the initiative, the Mayor spoke about one such project where the […]

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by (RSS) Civil Rights, Talent, Trends and Issues | May 23rd, 2014 3:00pm CDT | 1 Comment

From The Atlantic: A new survey shows the youngest bloc of voters is decidedly progressive, nervous about money—and not especially energized about voting. Two months ago, Derek Thompson walked readers through the results of a huge new survey by the Pew Research Center on Millennials and their attitudes and opinions. As he noted, this generation, […]

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by (RSS) Livability, Transportation | May 16th, 2014 3:00pm CDT | Comments Off

This is an outstanding post, and it should sound familiar.  Here, it’s just as easy to substitute MPO (Metropolitan Planning Organization) for DOT: “Your city’s gaining population? Build more roads. People are driving more? Build more roads. Your city is losing population? Build more roads. And this in a city with 25% of its population […]

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by (RSS) City of Memphis Government | May 14th, 2014 3:23pm CDT | Comments Off

From Governing: This is part of an ongoing series called Finance 101 that explains the basics of public finance for public officials. All states and many municipalities are legally required to pass balanced budgets each year. But a budget that is balanced isn’t always one representing a healthy spending plan. At the most basic level […]

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by (RSS) City of Memphis Government, Transportation | May 13th, 2014 12:56am CDT | Comments Off

From Atlantic Cities: One of the biggest challenges facing cash-strapped mass transit agencies is how to improve service without raising costs to the public. Many reach the conclusion it can’t be done and opt for an either-or approach: either increase fares or decrease service. Which makes the massive expansion that Houston has planned for its […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development | May 9th, 2014 12:43am CDT | 2 Comments

From Huffington Post: By Greg Leroy Somebody forgot to send Toyota the memo — and it’s messing with Rick Perry’s script. When a politician gives your company a large sum of taxpayer money in the name of jobs, you’re supposed to give him lots of credit — even if, as is almost always the case, […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development | May 8th, 2014 3:24pm CDT | Comments Off

Flexibility can enable a city, or country, to respond to changing social and economic pressures. It can be difficult to build this sort of resilience into a community, but doing so could enable Memphis to provide its growing numbers of millennials with a more flexible workstyle and a better range of opportunities. What is a […]

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by (RSS) City of Memphis Government, Parks and Greening | May 6th, 2014 5:12pm CDT | Comments Off

From City Parks Blog: By Kathy Blaha The Cully neighborhood is considered the most “parks-deficient” neighborhood in Portland. Citywide, 40 percent of residents live within a quarter-mile of a park. In Cully, only 24 percent do, with almost 23 percent of neighborhood children living in poverty. For over twenty years, Cully residents set their sights […]

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by (RSS) Trends and Issues | May 5th, 2014 12:54am CDT | Comments Off

These Are The 10 Most Affordable Places In Tennessee From the Smoky Mountains to Graceland, Tennessee has a lot to offer, but which places provide the most affordable life? We’ve written about Tennessee before on the Movoto Real Estate Blog, but one thing we know house hunters are concerned about is an area’s overall affordability. […]

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By Jimmie Covington The assessed value of property for tax purposes in Memphis and Shelby County has dropped overall for the second year in a row, according to certified tax roll figures released recently by the Shelby County Assessor’s Office. However, the drop was lower than in 2013, a reappraisal year, and was expected as […]

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by (RSS) Livability | May 1st, 2014 3:00pm CDT | Comments Off

From Associated Press: Tactical urbanism: Citizen projects go mainstream . MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The city painted a crosswalk and installed tennis-ball green signs, but the cars just kept on zooming through. But rather than wave a white flag, Sarah Newstok grabbed an orange one instead. The Memphis mother of three zip-tied some recycled plastic […]

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