Archive for March, 2018

by (RSS) Data Points, Economic Development | March 30th, 2018 8:33am CDT | 8 Comments

                The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently released their final 2017 metro area job numbers. It was a pretty good year for job growth in a lot of major metros. However, in the ranking of the 53 largest metros, Memphis ranked #48.  Here are the rankings.  Job totals […]

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by (RSS) Civil Rights, Uncategorized | March 28th, 2018 8:30am CDT | 2 Comments

              As we approach the commemoration ceremonies for the 50th anniversary of the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., there’s never been a better time to redouble our commitment to ending second class citizenship for any American, and that particularly applies to our LGBT friends, families, and fellow […]

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by (RSS) Downtown Revitalization | March 26th, 2018 8:30am CDT | 16 Comments

                        Update: General Sessions Court Judge Lonnie Anderson today sided with the Chicago hotel company and evicted Christopher Reyes and Sarah Fleming from their home of 25 years.  The boycott of all things Madison Hotel that has been simmering seems about to flare into […]

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                    It has been pointed out that although the United States has the most expensive health care in the world, our health outcomes significantly lag other countries.  For example, in the ranking of countries with the longest life expectancy, the United States ranks #31 while it […]

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                      There is no phrase better known in the contemporary history of Memphis politics than Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland’s “brilliant at the basics.” The four words have been extolled by his supporters as capturing the mood of the public in the 2015 mayoral election and […]

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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 Memphis City Council has created new terms and a practice that are not used […]

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by (RSS) Education, Shelby County government | March 14th, 2018 3:07pm CDT | 1 Comment

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 office in 1976 until A C […]

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              The recent letter by FedEx executive Richard Smith critiquing the work of the Economic Development Growth Engine (EDGE) will hopefully provoke a long overdue and fact-based conversation about why the city-county agency hasn’t fulfilled its highest priority of creating an actual economic development plan, why tax freezes are […]

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                      One of the most encouraging changes that has come with the renewed momentum of Memphis has been the emphasis on urban design. This has not always been Memphis’ strong suit. However, beginning with FedExForum and Autozone Park and continuing more recently with Shelby Farms […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Poverty | March 7th, 2018 8:30am CDT | 12 Comments

                This post is 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 Consultant for the Federal […]

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by (RSS) Poverty | March 5th, 2018 8:34am CDT | 7 Comments

                        It’s time for white America – and white Memphis and Shelby County – to finally take the unflinching look in the mirror that it has avoided for so long. It is time to admit that we have been lying to people of color […]

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by (RSS) Poverty | March 1st, 2018 8:00am CDT | No Comments

I had the pleasure Tuesday night of moderating a panel discussion about Professor Elena Delavega’s seminal and challenging report about Memphis poverty over the past 50 years.  The report and the panel discussion were sponsored by the National Civil Rights Museum, and the visit there sparked a memory from the late 1980s when I was […]

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