Archive for August, 2018

                  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 election of a new county mayor […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | August 16th, 2018 9:40am CDT | 2 Comments

In support of the 350 newspapers who today are editorializing about the importance of the First Amendment at a time that freedom of the press is under withering attack from the White House.

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by (RSS) Economic Development | August 15th, 2018 9:00am CDT | 8 Comments

                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 The data is conclusive: a locally focused tax incentive-heavy approach to economic development […]

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                It is Memphis’ catch-22. We are told that Memphis tax rates are too high so it has to give away taxes to attract new companies and stimulate growth, but if those companies paid their taxes, the tax rates in Memphis would be about 75 cents lower. The […]

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In our last post, we began our list of 10 decisions that made us into who we are today. In that post, we listed three factors (these 10 are in no particular order): * Shelby County Encourages Middle Income Families to Leave Memphis * No Commitment to Planning * Ignoring the Need for Equity Today, […]

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                We have repeated one of our favorite quotations often: every system is perfectly designed to produce the results that it does. So, what exactly were the decisions made here that produced the results that have come to define us? Our “system” is characterized by sprawl, declining densities, higher […]

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                It took about three county elections longer than expected, but when it came last Thursday, it was no blue wave. Rather, it was a tsunami. It swept over every Republican elected official in Shelby County Government, ushering in a new era for a government that for too […]

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              This post is written by David Ciscel, economist emeritus at University of Memphis Fogelman School of Business. By David Ciscel Let’s play a thought game. We spend a lot of time wishing Memphis were more vibrant, faster growing, and more cosmopolitan. But what if economic development is bunk? […]

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