Archive for October, 2015

If Memphis was an actor, it would be looking to be cast against type. Memphis is like the actor who has only played light comedy roles and takes on a casting call as a serial killer just to shake up his image and how the public sees him. Memphis needs to do the same thing.  […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Talent | October 28th, 2015 12:41am CDT | 7 Comments

Memphis is challenged and our issues have no margin for error, and maybe, just maybe, we should acknowledge these facts in making a pitch for the 25-34 year-old college-educated talent that we need to compete in today’s economy. It’s a compelling offer that Memphis has to make.  A sizable number of this demographic is not […]

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by (RSS) City of Memphis Government | October 26th, 2015 12:25am CDT | 8 Comments

In the recent campaign for mayor of Memphis, Mayor-elect Jim Strickland often said that city government should get back to basics, and there’s nothing more basic than getting city government’s organizational structure right. As a result, during the current transition, one item on its agenda should be to answer the question of what the optimal organizational […]

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The next time you hear anyone from the suburbs complaining about how much is spent on projects in downtown, Midtown, or other neighborhoods in Memphis, remind them that I-269’s 60-miile loop around Memphis will have a pricetag of well over $1.2 billion. The latest leg of this boondoggle opens tomorrow with the 4.5 mile segment […]

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by (RSS) Regionalism, Taxation, Uncategorized | October 20th, 2015 12:11am CDT | 24 Comments

Yet another study – this one by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities – concludes that differences in state taxes “have little to no effect on whether and where people move.” The primary conclusions from the research are that 1) relatively few Americans relocate from state to state and when they do, very few […]

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by (RSS) Downtown Revitalization | October 16th, 2015 12:45am CDT | 8 Comments

It may be that after more than a decade of hyperbole, downtown Memphis may be poised to deserve it. There are a number of initiatives and projects under way that will fundamentally reshape downtown.  While they are largely bi-coastal – on the south and north ends of downtown – they are significant and major investments […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | October 14th, 2015 12:31am CDT | Comments Off on Getting Real About Teen Sexuality Contributes to Low Pregnancy Rate

Teenage pregnancy has been moving in the right direction in recent years and continues to drop.  It now is down 45% from 2007, which is the lowest point in the modern history of Shelby County. About a decade ago in this blog, we suggested that if we were really serious about reducing teenage pregnancy, we’d […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | October 12th, 2015 12:57am CDT | 8 Comments

The Shelby County Board of Commissioners’ squabbles with Mayor Mark Luttrell are continuing and while recent proposals may look like political theater, they are much more. The changes in county policies and procedures now being pursued by the commissioners fly in the face of the founding principles embraced in the restructure of Shelby County Government […]

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by (RSS) Education | October 8th, 2015 3:48pm CDT | 1 Comment

Memphis’ own Amy Howell, CEO of Howell Marketing Strategies, has co-written a valuable book that’s required reading for high school seniors looking to go to college, parents wanting to guide the wisest decision, a graduate confronting the interview process, and or a professor wanting to teach employable skills: The Future Belongs to Students in High […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Trends and Issues | October 8th, 2015 12:18am CDT | Comments Off on Data Points: Gross Domestic Product

Although the Memphis MSA is lagging in its rate of growth (#246), it’s worth remembering that it still has the 47th largest Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of all MSAs at $69.9 million. Meanwhile, our GDP is larger than 11 states: New Hampshire, Delaware, Idaho, North Dakota, Alaska, Maine, Rhodes Island, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, and […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Leadership, Regionalism | October 5th, 2015 12:53am CDT | 2 Comments

The latest projection by the Brookings Institution continues to paint the picture of a region struggling to regain its balance and improve its present trajectory. The latest Gross Domestic Product (GDP) numbers underscore the Washington, D.C., think tank’s latest warnings about our lethargic economy. And, Paul Theroux’s latest book, Deep South: Four Seasons on Back […]

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by (RSS) Civil Rights, Poverty, Taxation | October 1st, 2015 12:42am CDT | Comments Off on “Free Stuff” Comments Free Of The Facts

                  It’s been obvious that some presidential candidates are tone deaf to the meaning of the Black Lives Matter movement, but recent comments by Jeb Bush that African Americans are motivated to support Democrats because of the lure of “free stuff” while he is offering them  the […]

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