Archive for February, 2019

              Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris’ first State of the County speech February 15, 2019, was one to remember. For the first time, a mayor of county government, which is the largest loser under the local PILOT program with $51 million in county taxes waived each year, called out […]

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              And then there were four. We’re talking about the latest study showing yet again that divorcing the Tennessee Valley Authority would save Memphis and Shelby County consumers hundreds of millions of dollars – a year. This report was issued by the highly respected Brattle Group and commissioned by […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | February 22nd, 2019 8:30am CDT | 2 Comments

              We received an email from David Ciscel, professor emeritus of economics at University of Memphis about our community’s economic performance, and with his permission, we are sharing it here: We tend to talk about the additions a lot but not as much about the subtractions — Electrolux being […]

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                    It seems like an appropriate time to reprise a post from October 16, 2015 in light of recent announcements by FedEx, Indigo Ag, and others and the acceleration of progress that has accompanied the leadership of Jennifer Oswalt at the Downtown Memphis Commission: It may […]

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                                        In our last blog post, we wrote: “Dynamic downtowns have high-functioning public spaces and attention to detail and design.” Because that is true, it should come as no surprise that we believe the Studio Gang/Scape […]

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                We have blogged – most recently in 2017 – about the national trend of companies moving from suburban locations to downtowns.  The announcement by Indigo Ag and FedEx Logistics suggests that Memphis is now part of this movement.  We’ve also written about the way that Memphis may […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | February 14th, 2019 9:37am CDT | 1 Comment

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              Sometimes when Memphis Light, Gas & Water Division officials talk about the Tennessee Valley Authority, they seem to have Stockholm Syndrome. Faced with three separate studies, including one it paid for, MLGW seems unpersuaded by the shared conclusion that Memphis and Shelby County customers of the utility company […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | February 12th, 2019 8:30am CDT | No Comments

            We have wrapped up our “Looking Ahead” series of posts, and we are grateful to the more than 40 Memphians who took time to write their thoughtful resolutions, predictions, and insights as the new year unfolded.  We once again were struck by the wisdom and the smart and inspirational […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | February 11th, 2019 8:30am CDT | No Comments

            We have been posting resolutions, outlooks, and perspectives from Memphians since the new year unfolded.  This is the last post, and we are grateful to more than 40 people for their contributions. Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris: I entered the race for Shelby County Mayor because I wanted to […]

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                To borrow Shakespeare’s words, the recent conflict and controversy about EDGE tax freezes now seem more than anything to have been sound and fury signifying nothing – or at least little to nothing. In the end, despite committees – labeled as blue ribbon – involving city and […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Taxation | February 4th, 2019 8:30am CDT | 10 Comments

                    So what do you get when a city becomes needy, lacks self-esteem, and has no economic development plan to define its priorities? You get Electrolux’s one-sided deal. You get corporations and developers who don’t pay $800 million in taxes over 10 years. You get the […]

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