Archive for October, 2017

by (RSS) Uncategorized | October 30th, 2017 7:41am CST | 2 Comments

                    It is said that death comes in threes. First, there was widely admired news executive Eric Janssen, and his death was followed by deeply respected news executive Bernal Smith II. Those two deaths created a palpable sense of grief in our community and left a […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development | October 26th, 2017 6:30am CST | 4 Comments

                “Our advantage is the Negro…and there is no race problem at all.” That comment was made in 1900 when The Commercial Appeal was assessing the state of a new century’s economy in Memphis, and the Business Men’s Club — an all-white group that would become the Chamber of Commerce — boasted how low […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Education | October 24th, 2017 6:29am CST | No Comments

                    It may not have made headlines, but it was big news nonetheless: Seeding Success and PeopleFirst Partnership merged. This new organization – now just called Seeding Success – is an exciting development because so much of the new thinking about education has come from the […]

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                    Memphis takes a strong step Saturday away from its grit and grind image and toward its growing green and grand reputation. That’s when the grand opening will take place for the 1.2 mile looping downtown section of the Wolf River Greenway at the northern end […]

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by (RSS) City of Memphis Government | October 17th, 2017 10:30am CST | 9 Comments

                The Government Affairs Committee of Memphis City Council begins discussions today at 10:45 a.m. in the wake of ProPublica’s article labeling Memphis “the bankruptcy capital of the U.S.”  Government Affairs Committee Chairman Kemp Conrad and MLGW Committee Councilwoman Patrice Robinson are calling for solutions to the problem […]

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                  The Tennessee Historical Commission last Friday denied City of Memphis’ request to remove Confederate memorials honoring a racist past from its parks (while allowing it to seek a legal order that could bypass the commission).  As a result, it seems an appropriate time to revisit the words […]

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by (RSS) Livability | October 13th, 2017 10:17am CST | 2 Comments

This blog post about Indie Memphis is part of our occasional posts from 10 years ago.  This one was published October 14, 2007: We’re as guilty as everyone else in taking for granted some special Memphis experiences that deserve more support and attention. This week ushers in one of them for its 10th anniversary – Indie […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | October 11th, 2017 7:27am CST | No Comments

Our friends at Jewish Community Partners are publishing a fascinating series of posts as part of its citywide commemoration – and celebration – of the 70th anniversary of the founding of Israel.  Jewish Community Partners is the parent to Memphis Jewish Federation and Jewish Foundation of Memphis, and the Memphis Celebrates Israel at 70 articles […]

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by (RSS) Education, Shelby County government | October 9th, 2017 7:30am CST | 10 Comments

              We’re talking to someone who works in several dozen U.S. cities every year, and the comments are a cold dose of reality: “This is an exciting time in Memphis, but when you go to other cities, you realize how far behind we really are.” The comment is still […]

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            Milken Institute’s 2016 Best-Performing Large Cities: In a ranking of the 200 largest MSAs, the Memphis metro ranks #149.   That was a significant move up the list from 2015 when the  region ranked #182, a change of 33 spots, which places Memphis in the top 20 cities with highest […]

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                  Around 35 years ago, I was involved in creating the first matrix for the Memphis and Shelby County Industrial Development Board – the forerunner to the Economic Development Growth Engine (EDGE) – in an effort to bring more rationality and discipline to the awarding of Payment-In-Lieu-Of-Taxes […]

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