Archive for February, 2018

by (RSS) City of Memphis Government, Uncategorized | February 21st, 2018 7:30am CST | 4 Comments

  The Strickland Administration today launches a new City of Memphis website, which is, in truth, the first “real” website for city government. While the website has received a redesign, even more to the point, it has received a reimagination and a rethinking of what it can and should be. Now, for the first time, […]

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by (RSS) City of Memphis Government, Civil Rights | February 19th, 2018 7:30am CST | No Comments

                      Sometimes the cruelty in an action of the U.S. House of Representatives shocks even those of us who have low expectations for its enlightened leadership. On the same day that they could have stepped forward to advocate for responsible gun laws or to insist […]

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by (RSS) Education, Shelby County government | February 16th, 2018 7:30am CST | No 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 From the point the first Shelby County mayor took […]

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by (RSS) Leadership, Shelby County government | February 14th, 2018 7:32am CST | No Comments

                    Mark Luttrell last week delivered his last “State of the County” address which took on extra  importance because he has slightly less than seven months left in his term as Shelby County Mayor. The speech was also a reminder of the brand of leadership that […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | February 13th, 2018 8:54am CST | No Comments

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                  We have no question about the good intentions that lie behind the push to give EDGE yet more power – this time the power to waive taxes for developers of apartments and hotels – but we have concerns that it’s being done without EDGE providing any […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development | February 8th, 2018 7:30am CST | 5 Comments

                        This 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 University; and Senior […]

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                  Just when there was a glimmer of hope that Tennessee Senator Brian Kelsey was growing up, he pushes more anti-government legislation that indicates yet again the pandering that reflects his nagging lack of maturity as a legislator. The latest is his push to eliminate permanently the […]

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                    It is said that a city’s monuments reflect its core values, which was a primary reason that Memphis’ Confederate statues had to go.  In the coming 15 months, three statues will powerfully underscore this point by focusing on the values of equal rights, social activism, […]

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                The Strickland Administration takes firm and important steps today in moving Memphis up in the rankings of “data-smart cities” with the additions of a new data website featuring a performance dashboard – data.memphistn.gov – and a new City of Memphis open data policy. These milestones may not […]

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