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by (RSS) Economic Development | February 16th, 2015 3:08pm CST | No Comments

The Brookings Institution issued research last week about “advanced industries,” which essentially was a broad definition of technology (technology R & D and STEM workers in 50 industries).   The Memphis MSA finished in the bottom 20%. “These industries—which range from automotive and aerospace manufacturing to energy activities to digital services like computer system design and […]

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by (RSS) Trends and Issues | January 28th, 2015 2:08pm CST | No Comments

Germantown and Collierville are among Tennessee’s top cities in household income, U.S. Census Bureau survey estimates released in December show. Germantown at $109,674 in median household income and Collierville at $101,000 trail only the Nashville suburbs of Belle Meade ($202,125) and Brentwood ($134,443) and the Chattanooga suburb Lookout Mountain ($110,208). And Belle Meade with 2,987 […]

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by (RSS) City of Memphis Government, Economic Development | December 17th, 2014 12:06am CST | 2 Comments

The following are two articles from the Chicago Policy Review (Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago).  The first article disrupts the myth that tax breaks result in businesses growing the economy, concluding that tax breaks do not increase economic development, lower unemployment, and income equality.  The second interviews City of Memphis […]

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by (RSS) Poverty | December 4th, 2014 11:02am CST | No Comments

It’s concentrated poverty, not gentrification, that cities like Memphis should be worrying about, according to Joe Cortright in another of his groundbreaking reports. High Poverty Census Tracts in Memphis almost doubled from 1970 to 2010 – from 42 to 78. These are census tracts with poverty rates of more than 30%.  And yet, the population […]

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by (RSS) Poverty, Regionalism, Uncategorized | November 28th, 2014 12:30pm CST | 4 Comments

We’ve written before about how it’s suburban poverty that produces headlines like “Memphis is #1 in Poverty.” These are rankings for the MSA, and it is the anomalous high ranking of poverty outside of Memphis that puts the region in that top spot.  The area outside Memphis is #8 in poverty, and among large cities, […]

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