Archive for February, 2016

For as long as we can remember, the Memphis City Council has had the lowest approval rating in polling about local elected officials and governmental bodies. Those ratings have been aggravated in recent years by declining public confidence in government generally, and we had hoped that the infusion of new faces and energy on the […]

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by (RSS) City of Memphis Government | February 26th, 2016 12:02am CST | Comments Off on Flashback from 10 Year Ago: Pittsburgh Financial Crisis Cautionary Tale for Memphis

            The following post from February 26, 2006, is the latest flash back in our series of blog posts from 10 years ago.  Since this post, Pittsburgh has been reborn and just as we should have drawn lessons from the Steel City back then, we should draw new lessons about […]

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by (RSS) Leadership, Trends and Issues | February 24th, 2016 12:31am CST | 2 Comments

              There are times when it feels like there’s a nonprofit on every corner in Memphis. There’s a reason for that.   The Memphis MSA, among the 50 largest metros, is #1 in the number of nonprofit organizations per 10,000 population. Here’s the top 10 and some peer cities rankings: […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Leadership, Regionalism | February 22nd, 2016 12:12am CST | Comments Off on Holding A Regional Summit Worth Its Name: RegionSmart

              For the legendary all-star recording session in 1985 that produced the chart-topping charity single, “We Are The World,” record-setting producer Quincy Jones posted a sign: “Check your ego at the door.” When the region’s mayors get together in Memphis for their April 28 RegionSmart summit, the sign on […]

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                  If you are looking to talk to the smartest person about city parks in the U.S., that person is Peter Harnik. He is director of The Trust for Public Land’s Center for City Park Excellence, his books and reports are must-read, his research is considered the […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | February 15th, 2016 1:41pm CST | 2 Comments

In celebration of today’s federal holiday, we post our friend Jimmie Covington’s yearly rant to set the record straight: By Jimmie Covington It’s just wrong, wrong, wrong. Despite what advertisers, marketers, banks and a lot of public officials, calendar-makers and many news people say, the federal holiday observed on the third Monday in February is […]

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              If rhetoric could be converted into cash, minority business in Memphis would be booming. For 25 years, talk has far outstripped action on arguably this community’s great economic development opportunity. The lack of progress has produced a current of concern in the majority of our community for years, […]

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  On Monday, our post was about Archer>Malmo CEO Russ Williams’ idea to create a dense district of creative millennials in the downtown core.  That post led to an interesting conversation that we are posting here today: Jada says: For what it’s worth, I’m a millennial trying to make it in Memphis for 3 years. […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Transportation | February 10th, 2016 12:47am CST | 14 Comments

              The recent approval of a 20-year waiver of property taxes by Collierville and 15 years by Shelby County for the FedEx World Technology Center is a case study of the disconnects that exist between public policies concerning corporate incentives and job opportunities. The PILOT approved for the $47.4 […]

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Russ Williams, CEO of Archer>Malmo, made a presentation to the Downtown Memphis Commission about 10 days ago that should be a call to arms about the forces that will define in large measure whether Memphis will be economically competitive in the future – downtown vibrancy, a focus on the downtown core, and creative millennials. It […]

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The highest honor of the American Institute of Architects bestows – the AIA Gold Medal – was presented in December to Denise Scott Brown and Robert Venturi, who have been partners in life since 1967 and partners in their profession since 1969. Working together at Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates, they have been the most […]

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by (RSS) Education, Tennessee Legislature | February 3rd, 2016 12:14am CST | 1 Comment

                We’re simply unable to join the growing push for school vouchers, chiefly because it’s simply impossible for us to imagine that the Tennessee Legislature is really motivated by an ultimate urge to support schools. After all, Sen. Brian Kelsey, the legislator who introduced the first voucher bill […]

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              In politics, as in homicide investigations, it’s reasonable to be wary of things that are supposed to be coincidences. That’s why it was strange to some that in the space of a few days and in the wake of Bass Pro Shops indicating an interest in a reimagined […]

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