Archive for August, 2013

by (RSS) Poverty | August 30th, 2013 3:00pm CDT | Comments Off on How Poverty Affects the Brain

From Atlantic Cities: Human mental bandwidth is finite. You’ve probably experienced this before (though maybe not in those terms): When you’re lost in concentration trying to solve a problem like a broken computer, you’re more likely to neglect other tasks, things like remembering to take the dog for a walk, or picking your kid up […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development | August 30th, 2013 12:01pm CDT | 4 Comments

The Commercial Appeal reports that Electrolux has hired its first 374 employees. Here’s the tale of the tape: $188 million — Local and state subsidies and tax freezes for new Memphis plant $1.2 billion – North America sales for Electrolux $30,472 – Average wage of first 374 employees $35,667 – Living wage (2010) for one […]

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by (RSS) Arts and Culture | August 29th, 2013 3:00pm CDT | Comments Off on 5 Memphis Things More Interesting Than Miley Cyrus

The following is from one of our favorite sites, Memphis Connect: Okay, so a teen-pop idol did a teen-pop dance at a teen-pop award show. Whoop-dee-do. Meanwhile in Memphis, hugely awesome things are happening while everyone over the age of 35 is looking up the definition of the word “twerk.” What follows is a list […]

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by (RSS) Livability, Trends and Issues | August 29th, 2013 12:25am CDT | 6 Comments

Our good friend and a genuine Memphis talent, Christopher Reyes, posted information on his website about the Memphis Manifesto.  He handled all the marketing, and as you would expect, it was inventive, creative, and clever.  You can see it here.  Below is a video that he also posted that summarizes up the work that took […]

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by (RSS) Arts and Culture | August 28th, 2013 3:10pm CDT | Comments Off on Carol Coletta, 1 of 50 Most Influential People in the Arts

Congratulations to our friend and inspiration Carol Coletta for her much-deserving ranking as one of the 50 most powerful and influential people in the nonprofit arts world in the U.S.   Carol maintains dual citizenship (now Memphis and Miami) as she works as a vice-president of community and national initiatives for the Knight Foundation.  We are […]

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Ten years ago, Memphis was ground zero for discussions by workers connected to creative industries, and they had the goal of developing a call to action for cities wanting to attract and retain them. It was called the Memphis Manifesto Summit, co-sponsored by Memphis Tomorrow and Mpact Memphis and conceived by Carol Coletta, president of […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Trends and Issues | August 27th, 2013 3:00pm CDT | Comments Off on The Reborn Confederacy: A Race to the Bottom

From citiwire.net: By Neal Peirce There was a time when North Carolina was a symbol of Southern enlightenment. Compared to the policies of the old “Solid South” – Democratic, conservative, fervidly anti-civil rights – the state embraced relatively progressive policies in such areas as education and race relations. No longer. In the new, suddenly solid […]

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by (RSS) Neighborhoods | August 26th, 2013 3:11pm CDT | Comments Off on The Power of CDCs for Memphis

From What Works for America: By Joe Kriesberg,  President and CEO of the Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations (MACDC). You can email Joe at joek@macdc.org . What does an organization supporting fisherman have in common with one that’s cleaning up a brownfields site along the Housatonic River in Great Barrington?  What does a foreclosure prevention […]

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There was a former Shelby County mayor who often said when his government was asked to get involved in annexation controversies: “We don’t have a dog in that hunt.  Regardless of what’s decided, they’re still be Shelby County citizens.” That’s why it was such a disappointment – if not baffling – when current Shelby County […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Talent | August 23rd, 2013 12:51am CDT | 2 Comments

Thanks to Ashli Blow, New Media Content Producer at WMC-TV and its Your Neighborhood websites, for spotlighting the importance of 25-34 year-old talent to Memphis’s future: A handful of young adults in Memphis takes endless pride in their city. And they are not afraid to show it by celebrating in Midtown festivals, making Bluff City-inspired […]

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by (RSS) City of Memphis Government | August 22nd, 2013 3:00pm CDT | Comments Off on How Much Should the Young Pay for Underfunded Pensions?

From The Government We Deserve: Recent stories about Chicago’s pension crisis represent only the latest in a long series of announcements about poorly funded state and local pension plans. Detroit’s declaration of bankruptcy shows one possible consequence of such neglect, with many of the city’s retirees fearing drastically reduced pension payments. This isn’t the first […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Talent, Uncategorized | August 22nd, 2013 12:33am CDT | Comments Off on The Talent Potential of Opportunity Youth

Our good friend, Dr. George Lord, sent in this interesting information about the social costs of youth who are neither enrolled in school nor working.  Memphis has been one of the cities with the greatest percentage of these young people.  It’s an underlying problem that has received too little attention, but nevertheless, has profound implications […]

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by (RSS) Arts and Culture | August 21st, 2013 3:00pm CDT | Comments Off on Shakespeare and Dr. King: Two Unique Memphis Cultural Events

On the arts and culture front, we spotlight two Memphis programs that we should all be bragging about and putting their events on our calendars: The Pearce Shakespeare Endowment at Rhodes College is pleased to announce free public lectures by highly-regarded Shakespeareans: • October 11: Shakespeare symposium, “The Past and Future of the Book,” with […]

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by (RSS) Downtown Revitalization, Economic Development | August 21st, 2013 12:55am CDT | Comments Off on Chattanooga Shows How To Capitalize on a Riverfront

From National Journal: CHATTANOOGA–If a visitor stands on top of Lookout Mountain just outside the city limits, Chattanooga’s most prominent feature instantly becomes visible. It’s the Tennessee River, snaking through downtown. The river does not just add aesthetic beauty or recreation to this city of roughly 170,000 people. It also lies at the center of […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Planning and Urban Design | August 20th, 2013 3:17pm CDT | 4 Comments

The metropolitan government, Nashville Chamber of Commerce, and numerous organizations are participating in an impressive process called NashvilleNext, a plan to guide the city’s growth and land development for the future for the next 25 years. Here’s how the city administration describes it on the program website: Over the last several months, we’ve received over […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development | August 20th, 2013 12:07am CDT | Comments Off on Chattanooga’s New Mayor Stakes Out Future as High-Tech Hub

From National Journal: The mayor of Chattanooga wants his city to become the technology hub of the Southeast—even if that’s not the image most Americans would assign to this mid-sized city along the Tennessee River. But surprisingly, Chattanooga boasts some of the fastest Internet speeds in the country. Volkswagen and Amazon opened plants or warehouses here […]

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by (RSS) Education | August 19th, 2013 3:11pm CDT | 3 Comments

A lot of people might say it really doesn’t make any difference that Shelby County Board of Education members call themselves ”commissioners” rather than “board members,” the title given to their positions by state law. However, it seems to me that public officials have some responsibility to use the title the law gives to their positions […]

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by (RSS) Criminal Justice | August 16th, 2013 3:11pm CDT | Comments Off on Blowing the Whistle on the Drug War — At Last

From citistates.net: By Neal Peirce  I thought I’d never live to see the day. But now it’s happened. An attorney general of the United States has finally said he is ready to blow the whistle on America’s ill-fated, racially tinged and cruelly applied “war on drugs.” Eric Holder signaled the shift in a speech Monday […]

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