Archive for June, 2018

by (RSS) Economic Development | June 30th, 2018 4:25pm CDT | 6 Comments

            This post is wrtten by Joe Kent, local researcher, who has a BBA with a Major in Finance from the University of Memphis and Masters of Science in Instructional Technology. By Joe Kent According to economists Steven Sheffrin and Authur O’Sullivan, from their book Economics: Principles in Action, economic development […]

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by (RSS) Trends and Issues | June 27th, 2018 9:00am CDT | 15 Comments

                  There have been so many defections from The Commercial Appeal in recent weeks that the resignation of longtime award-winning investigative reporter Marc Perrusquia last week seemed barely noticed. Of all the departures so far – and several more are expected – the loss of sports columnist […]

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              Maybe, just maybe, rather than taking sides in the debate about economic development in Memphis and Shelby County, we should take out a blank sheet of paper and design what a high-performing system would look like. After all, with about 15 years of an economy being outpaced by […]

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                                    There’s a lot of interest in the new digital media outlet being put together here – likely to be called dailymemphian.com and with photographer Jim Weber and reporter Clay Bailey now joining Geoff Calkins, Jennifer Biggs, and […]

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                  If we had any skepticism about the entry of the Bird motorized scooters into Memphis, it was destroyed in our walk down Main Street yesterday to lunch.  There, scooters were being ridden by people from prominent business leader Billy Orgel to office workers in jackets and […]

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by (RSS) Education | June 18th, 2018 8:49am CDT | 4 Comments

                    Another Shelby County Board of Commissioners’ budget vote, another shortchanging of public schools in Shelby County. It all began just over a decade ago with a change in the Shelby County budget resolution that radically changed decades of tradition and fair play in school funding. […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development | June 15th, 2018 9:30am CDT | 15 Comments

            This post is written by Joe Kent, local researcher, who has a BBA with a Major in Finance from the University of Memphis and Masters of Science in Instructional Technology. By Joe Kent  Based on data from The Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) […]

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              Years ago, we blogged about the deteriorating condition of Lamar Avenue, the negative impact it had on our economy, and the risks that Memphis was about to lose existing businesses on the “logistics corridor.”  We were struck at the time by a “heat map” that showed where property […]

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by (RSS) Trends and Issues | June 11th, 2018 11:25am CDT | 6 Comments

            By the time I was a college sophomore, with six years growing up in Northeast Arkansas and 14 years in small town Collierville, I had never known anyone who had committed suicide. Then, my father killed himself. He was 45 years old and the manager of a business office […]

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by (RSS) Data Points, Uncategorized | June 8th, 2018 8:30am CDT | 12 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 Nashville moved ahead of Memphis in city population […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | June 6th, 2018 8:30am CDT | 7 Comments

              Leadership of The Commercial Appeal last week assured staff members that parent company Gannett had pledged resources sufficient to fend off the challenge of an upstart non-profit media outlet that spirited away three of its most popular staffers before anyone caught wind of its existence. That’s a hopeful […]

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                        The latest prestigious architectural award for Crosstown Concourse was a powerful statement that the age of derivative architecture in Memphis is over. At least that’s our optimistic reading of it. For us, it began with AutoZone Park and FedExForum, ending an era when […]

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