Archive for January, 2018

by (RSS) Data Points | January 29th, 2018 7:30am CST | 4 Comments

                  The following are data for the Memphis MSA TN-MS-AR.  It requires no commentary to see the lost economic power that results from income disparities and the disproportionate reliance on low-wage jobs: Median Household Income – African American: $46,600 – DeSoto County $32,926 – Shelby County $31,437 […]

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by (RSS) City of Memphis Government | January 26th, 2018 7:30am CST | 1 Comment

                      In observance of the Memphis Bicentennial in May, 2019, we will feature regular posts about Memphis as it moved toward its founding and the slow progress it made afterwards.  We begin today with a prologue for the years before the Fourth Chickasaw Bluff attracted […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development | January 24th, 2018 7:30am CST | 3 Comments

              In Monday’s blog post, Now What? Life After Amazon’s Rejection, we wrote: “But if you’re looking for a theme for the finalists, it is quality.  Where the Memphis metro decided many years ago to go for cheapness, these cities invested in quality – quality tech workforce, quality of […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development | January 22nd, 2018 7:38am CST | 14 Comments

                    So, can we now turn lemons into lemonade in the wake of the Amazon announcement that our community didn’t make the company’s Top 20 list? The odds were always astronomical that Memphis would ever make the list despite a good team try by economic development […]

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by (RSS) City of Memphis Government, Education | January 18th, 2018 7:46am CST | 2 Comments

                          It’s impossible to criticize Memphis City Council’s support for pre-K for every child, and the collaboration between Patrice Robinson and Kemp Conrad on this issue has been a positive sign for the amity and lack of rancor that seems to characterize legislative […]

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There are three proposals for zoo parking in Overton Park and we need a fourth, because all three of the officially submitted proposals are fatally flawed – they all unnecessarily devour three acres of parkland. There’s little wonder that a revolt to the parking options is bubbling beneath the surface, hoping for a signal that […]

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by (RSS) Trends and Issues | January 12th, 2018 7:43am CST | 4 Comments

                    Point2 Homes recently looked at the 50 most populous cities in North America to determine the affordability ratio for each. Based on the numbers, Memphis is the 7th most affordable housing market in the U.S. To show the affordability levels across North America, Point2 Homes compared the home price to income […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | January 10th, 2018 7:32am CST | 4 Comments

                            Memphis magazine managing editor Frank Murtaugh suggested a few days ago that while our attention is focused on statues, we should consider one for Larry Finch. Some people said that Mr. Murtaugh was being kind to remind us about the man […]

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by (RSS) Criminal Justice, Poverty | January 8th, 2018 7:30am CST | 2 Comments

            We take the proponents for a Juvenile Assessment Center at their word: nothing final has been decided and they are open to suggestions. Based on that, it seems a good time, with a new year laid out in front of them, to start over. It’s inarguable that the initiative […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | January 6th, 2018 1:12pm CST | No Comments

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by (RSS) Trends and Issues | January 5th, 2018 7:30am CST | 4 Comments

  This post is written by Jimmie Covington, veteran Memphis reporter with lengthy experience covering governmental, school, and demographic issues. He is a contributing writer with The Best Times, a monthly news magazine for active people 50 and older.   By Jimmie Covington The latest census estimates, for the states, do not look good for Mississippi. More […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development | January 4th, 2018 7:47am CST | 4 Comments

            Following up our Data Points post from last week – Memphis Metro’s GDP Lags – economist David Ciscel posted data in the post’s comment.  However, the data were garbled so we are posting it here. Compensation Per Job by Metro Area Wages, Salaries + Employer/Government Benefits 2008-16 2008 2016 […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development | January 2nd, 2018 7:22am CST | 15 Comments

                            The following post was written by a favorite Memphis economist of ours, David Ciscel, former Chair of the Economics Department, Associate Dean of Fogelman School of Business, Dean of the Graduate School; Dean of the School of Business at Christian Brothers […]

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