Archive for January, 2015

  For the second time in little more than a year, Shelby County Government is taking action with the Tennessee Legislature to undermine a long-held policy that recognized the importance of protecting the economic heart of the region – Memphis. Previously, Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell abandoned county government’s 39-year policy of neutrality when it […]

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by (RSS) Trends and Issues | January 28th, 2015 2:08pm CST | Comments Off on Incomes Paints the Portrait of a Tale of Two Regions

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) Economic Development | January 28th, 2015 12:53am CST | 1 Comment

              We received the following notes from someone long involved in our community’s economic development regarding the changes in EDGE policies: From Economic Development Growth Engine (EDGE) web site [growth-engine.org] EDGE requests that anyone take a survey of recent recommendations for changing requirements for tax abatement program (PILOT) to […]

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                The controversial approval of the first-of-its kind retail tax abatement in Memphis and Shelby County for IKEA runs the risk of the EDGE board winning the battle and losing the war. Clearly, the first volley was fired by Memphis City Council Member Wanda Halbert, whose frustration reached […]

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            As is often the case, the discussions in response to a post regularly surpass the post itself.  To prove that point,  we’re bringing forward the abridged discussion that took place to our New Year’s Resolutions for 2015. Here it is: Tiger88 says: It would be great to see University […]

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                  Despite hopes to the contrary, it does in fact appear that predictions that the Memphis region is still two years away from rebounding from the Great Recession are true. Because of it, it’s also obvious these days (after all, hindsight is indeed 20-20) that the direct […]

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by (RSS) Education, Trends and Issues | January 15th, 2015 12:46am CST | Comments Off on New Year’s Resolutions For Our Children

          As we enter a new year, the two things that Memphis and Shelby County governments spend the most money on dramatically illustrate the choices before us as a community. They are education and criminal justice. Education and crime – they are polar opposites in the outcomes we want as a […]

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by (RSS) Criminal Justice, Uncategorized | January 14th, 2015 12:10am CST | 1 Comment

                There are few people we admire as much as DeAndre Brown, founder of LifeLine to Success in Frayser. He turned something that could have destroyed his life and used it to reimagine a different life through a ministry to help ex-offenders so they don’t become just another […]

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by (RSS) Leadership, Livability, Trends and Issues | January 12th, 2015 12:34am CST | 1 Comment

                    The Memphis region’s latest jolt in yet another report showing that our economy is struggling was issued late last week by the Milken Institute.  We’re still buried in the rankings at #145, but at least that’s up five spots from last year, and the Memphis […]

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Everyone these days has their own list of moonshots – inspired by the description by the Greater Memphis Chamber’s Chairman’s Circle of its own priorities – and we’re no different. In truth, what we call moonshots might be called business as usual or priorities for a decade ago in many cities.  For that reason, we […]

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  There is more talk about moonshots here these days than at the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral. Once the Greater Memphis Chamber’s Chairman’s Circle used the term, moonshots, to describe its ambitions, it has become a common feature of conversations all over Memphis. It defines a priority that has the ability for transformative […]

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