Archive for July, 2018

by (RSS) Economic Development | July 30th, 2018 9:00am CDT | 6 Comments

                        With all the high fives on the South Lawn of the White House following the announcement of quarterly economic growth at more than four percent, it was once again a challenge to separate fact from President Trump’s self-hypnosis that this latest incarnation of […]

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by (RSS) Data Points | July 27th, 2018 9:00am CDT | 4 Comments

                      In the wake of the City of Germantown turning down a large-scale apartment complex, there were comments that it was motivated by the city’s lack of value in density and diversity.  It led us to compare data points that are telling for us.  It […]

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by (RSS) Shelby County government | July 25th, 2018 9:00am CDT | No Comments

The Shelby County Board of Commissioners is on the verge of political malpractice. That’s because with only 37 days to go in their term, commissioners are thinking about changing one of the fundamental principles of county government since it was restructured in 1976. The commissioners added an amendment proposed by Board of Commissioner Chair Heidi […]

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                        After decades of politicians and development officials engaging in hyperbole in their claims that downtown was in the midst of renaissance, it is on the verge of deserving that description. That’s because if all goes well, in the next four years, we will […]

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by (RSS) City of Memphis Government | July 19th, 2018 9:00am CDT | No Comments

                        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.  Our first chapter was “Native Americans and Fort After Fort” and covered the period […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development | July 17th, 2018 9:00am CDT | 11 Comments

                Here’s hoping that in the closing weeks of the county mayor’s campaign, our struggling economy – when compared to peer cities – would take center stage with a discussion about what to do to create a better performing and more equitable economy, to jumpstart better results, and […]

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by (RSS) Trends and Issues | July 13th, 2018 9:30am CDT | 28 Comments

            Print journalism in Memphis these days resembles the free agent chaos that follows the NBA season, but in this case, every journalist is a free agent. At the eye of the storm – and the cause of it – is the new digital newspaper – likely to be called […]

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by (RSS) Shelby County government | July 11th, 2018 9:00am CDT | 1 Comment

                  The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funds the definitive data site, County Health Rankings and Roadmaps, which allows us to compare counties and determine how our county rates with its “peer counties.” The following, however, is not about peer counties, but just comparing Shelby County to the […]

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                This post is wrtten by Joe B. 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 B. Kent Residential payment-in-lieu of taxes (PILOTs) are not economic development. Support for this conclusion […]

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                Year after year, some of the most important data released annually get no news media attention: the assessed value of property for tax purposes. The values influence the property tax rate – one of the two primary tax sources (sales tax is the other) for every government […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | July 2nd, 2018 1:50pm CDT | 1 Comment

            The filing for Memphis Fourth Estate Inc. was made April 24 with the Tennessee Secretary of State by Memphis attorney Charles Newman. If the corporation’s charter tells us anything, it is that the new digital media outlet, likely to be called dailymemphis.com, is being created in the image of […]

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