Archive for September, 2015

by (RSS) Economic Development, Taxation | September 29th, 2015 12:47am CDT | 7 Comments

                When discussion of PILOTs come up, attention regularly turns only to EDGE, but it’s worth remembering that there are nine other public agencies in Shelby County that can also waive county taxes . Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir regularly issues the most useful reports about PILOTs, including […]

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                  We’ve been re-reading one of our favorite histories of Memphis – Memphis During the Progressive Era 1900-1917 by William D. Miller (1957) – and we’re always struck by how some character traits of our city were apparent so many years ago and how their currents run […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Poverty, Regionalism, Talent | September 22nd, 2015 12:28am CDT | 9 Comments

                Our media air waves and political squares are dominated by talk about all manner of challenging issues, but they are largely silent on the single issue that ultimately has the power to kill our region – the economic disparities that are devastating drags on our community. It’s […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | September 19th, 2015 10:28am CDT | Comments Off on The Smell, A Bill Day Cartoon

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by (RSS) City of Memphis Government | September 18th, 2015 12:39am CDT | 1 Comment

City of Memphis is the Rodney Dangerfield of government. Speakers at Memphis City Council and commenters on The Commercial Appeal website rail about City Hall corruption although no one has been charged with a crime in decades. Business leaders complain about high taxes in City Hall but fail to walk across Civic Center Plaza to […]

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by (RSS) Transportation | September 16th, 2015 3:26pm CDT | Comments Off on Sign Up: How Technology Can Connect People and Transit

CONNECTING PEOPLE & TRANSIT USING TECHNOLOGY   Thursday, September 24, 2015 | 6:30 – 8:30 pm Lost Pizza Company, 2855 Poplar Avenue An informal evening with TransLoc transit appmakers, MATA, and the Mayor’s Institute for Excellence in Government Innovation Team. ***  TransLoc will introduce its Memphis real-time bus arrival app, then lead a lively panel discussion […]

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by (RSS) Downtown Revitalization, Economic Development, Trends and Issues | September 16th, 2015 12:46am CDT | Comments Off on Data Points: Jobs Sprawl

                    As policymakers and regional leaders work to grow jobs and connect residents to economic opportunity following the Great Recession, where jobs locate matters. The location of employment within a metro area intersects with a range of policy issues—from transportation to workforce development to regional innovation—that […]

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by (RSS) Education | September 14th, 2015 12:35am CDT | 1 Comment

              It’s hard to think of any public policy area that is more prone to magic answers than education, whether it is the focus today on community colleges or yesterday’s idea that the Achievement School District would cure all the ills of Memphis’ lowest-performing schools. That’s not to say […]

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by (RSS) Education, Shelby County government | September 10th, 2015 3:02pm CDT | Comments Off on County Plan Shortchanges Municipal Schools

This post was submitted by Jimmie Covington, veteran Memphis reporter with lengthy experience covering governmental, school and demographic issues. He is now a contributing writer with The Best Times, a monthly news magazine for active people 50 and older.    By Jimmie Covington Although taxpayers in suburban cities will pay almost 30 percent of the cost of more […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Poverty | September 8th, 2015 12:36am CDT | 10 Comments

              The purpose of a day-long conference last week was to pursue ways to reduce poverty, but in truth, it was most of all about developing a “superior growth model” for the Memphis economy. Speaker after speaker at the National Conversation on Prosperity for All emphasized the dramatic economic […]

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by (RSS) Talent, Uncategorized | September 4th, 2015 2:00pm CDT | 3 Comments

Memphis MSA gains 62,796 people between 2000-13 who have bachelor’s degrees or higher and 5,445 people with degrees between ages of 25-34. Respective percentage increases are 4.4% and 2.4% (which are among the lower growth rates), but at least the region is in the positive. “It appears, the Rustbelt’s tide may well be turning. A […]

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              It’s hard to think of a discussion that’s more important to the future of Memphis than the one taking place tomorrow: it’s about City of Memphis’ plan to reduce poverty by 10 points in 10 years. The “National Conversation on Prosperity,” being held from 8 a.m. until 3 […]

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            The relationship between the Greater Memphis Chamber and local government is akin to the reply from the elderly wife who was asked the secret to her long marriage:  “Can’t live with him.  Can’t live without him.” Over the past 30 years, the Chamber has often been a mere echo […]

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