Archive for April, 2018

by (RSS) Economic Development | April 30th, 2018 8:30am CDT | 2 Comments

                This post is written by Joe Kent, a career pathways consultant with 20 years experience in states across the country in local education and workforce development initiatives.  He has a BBA in Finance, a Masters of Science in Curriculum, Instruction and Technology, and is a Certified Global Career Development […]

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                In our last blog post, Transforming The Medical District Into A “Real” Place and Lifestyle, we chronicled the momentum under way in transforming an area known largely for hundreds of acres of parking lots into a livable, active neighborhood.  To achieve this, the Memphis Medical District Collaborative’s […]

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                  There has not been a project in recent history that has produced more momentum in a shorter period of time than the Memphis Medical District Collaborative. For us, it is the fruition of everything that Tommy Pacello, its president, has been moving toward in the past […]

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                  Memphis City Councilman Philip Spinosa, raising questions about the accountability of Memphis and Shelby County Economic Development Growth Engine (EDGE), could not be more right. “I think we all agree that EDGE is a little bit broken, to put it gently,” he said.  “At the core, […]

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by (RSS) Data Points | April 20th, 2018 8:30am CDT | 3 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 Large numbers of people are continuing […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | April 18th, 2018 11:10am CDT | 10 Comments

                  The neo-Confederates in the Tennessee Legislature clinging to the myth of the Lost Cause have cut $250,000 in funding for the Memphis bicentennial as punishment for the city’s gall in deciding for itself who should be honored in its public square. The legislators who voted 56-31 […]

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                        In an exciting development for Memphis, several hundred of its riverfront cobblestones are going on a road trip. They will be the stars of an exhibition that will shine a matchless spotlight on Memphis at the world’s most celebrated exposition of art and […]

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                  There are suspicions that games may be afoot at Memphis City Council to thwart the obvious logic and fairness of approving the Cooper-Young neighborhood as a “historic overlay district.” At its meeting this week, the Council voted 7-3 – a bare majority – to approve the […]

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by (RSS) Civil Rights, Leadership | April 10th, 2018 8:30am CDT | 2 Comments

                So, now what? We’ve been waiting for years for this past week to come, and now it’s in the rear view mirror. So, the question before us is what we’re going to make of it: congratulate ourselves for some impressive ceremonies and events, proudly post the selfies […]

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                One of our favorite aphorisms is “every system is perfectly designed to produce the results that it gets.” Memphis is just such a system, and that’s why it’s surprising when the news media and others are stunned when a new study or ranking is released that shows […]

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                  Few phrases are more overused today than “defining event,” but it’s never as accurate as when Boomers look back at the life and death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He was as large an influence on many of us as our own families. His words […]

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by (RSS) Civil Rights | April 2nd, 2018 8:28am CDT | 2 Comments

The meeting between Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Memphis Invaders is a footnote in the history of the civil rights giant’s time in Memphis, but it says volumes about him. Dr. King sent word that he wanted the meeting following his Memphis Sanitation Strike march on March 28, 1968, that turned into a […]

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