Smart City Contributors

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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by (RSS) Uncategorized | November 14th, 2014 2:52pm CST | No Comments

From Planetizen: The federal government began pushing for innovations within the public sector in May 2009, when President Obama founded the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation (Office). Since then, innovation labs have created a lot of buzz, with “Offices of Civic Innovation” (or some variety) popping up in municipalities all over […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Education | November 14th, 2014 9:52am CST | 2 Comments

From Governing: Despite the Internet’s ever-growing social and economic relevance, a sizable number of Americans in select cities still aren’t connected. For the first time, the Census Bureau collected data measuring Internet adoption in its most recent annual American Community Survey. The results depict disparities in connectivity and the current state of Internet connectivity at […]

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