Archive for March, 2019

by (RSS) Uncategorized | March 29th, 2019 8:30am CDT | No Comments

                  The following post is written by Pastor DeAndre Brown, who, with his wife Vinessa, founded and operates Lifeline to Success, a nonprofit organization that has helped ex-offenders since 2009 reconnect with the mainstream of society.  When many people join the program, they are considered “lost causes,” […]

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                      For many years, we have had the penchant in this community for chasing best practices, thinking that urban solutions are as simple as transplanting them from one city to Memphis. We don’t seem to hear it as much these days, because the thinking seems […]

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by (RSS) Data Points, Economic Development | March 25th, 2019 8:30am CDT | No Comments

                      It’s hard to think of a place that refers to “peer cities” more than Memphis. For twenty years, we’ve been talking about our peer cities, and often, it has felt at times as much like wishful thinking as candor about the cities that are […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Leadership | March 22nd, 2019 8:30am CDT | 1 Comment

                The following post was published in the February issue of Inside Memphis Business: By Tom Jones Ask people to name a great leader and it’s the rare person who names a business CEO. Most people default to leaders in politics or government where the public good is […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | March 21st, 2019 6:42pm CDT | No Comments

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                      For almost half of Memphis’ 200 years, the city has been looking for ways to create a great riverfront.  As legendary city planner Harland Bartholomew suggested in the city’s first comprehensive plan in 1924, there is so much potential for the riverfront to be […]

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                Kemp Conrad is Chairman of Memphis City Council and Councilman, Super District 9-1.  Earlier this year, as part of this blog’s Looking Ahead series featuring the resolutions, insights, and commentaries of Memphians, we contacted Mr. Conrad, who asked if he could write later because of the pressures […]

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                    In the parlance of my Arkansas relatives, it’s time for Memphis in May to fish or cut bait. After 18 months of meetings to make sure the design of Tom Lee Park suits the festival’s needs, the seminal question today is whether it is willing […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | March 13th, 2019 9:10am CDT | 1 Comment

                In the wake of the controversial comments by a member of Congress, Memphis’ Jewish Community Partners provided valuable context on its JCPConnect, the informative blog that is the source for news, events, and interesting stories about people in our city’s Jewish community.  It is on our regular […]

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                        The power of partnerships has become a threadbare talking point from political overuse but that makes it no less true. The evidence is seen in the rebooting of the cobblestone preservation project on the riverfront. City of Memphis, in partnership with the Memphis […]

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                by Jimmie Covington Within a few weeks, Shelby County officials and the Shelby County Board of Education will be submitting proposals on budgets for the new fiscal year that starts July 1. Let’s take a look back at what happened last year. The property tax rate proposal […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | March 6th, 2019 8:30am CDT | No Comments

                    In light of former Denver mayor and Colorado governor John Hickenlooper’s entry into the Democratic nomination for president, we were remembering his visit to Memphis in 2010 and his lessons as mayor.  Here’s the post from April 30, 2010, followed by one from September 21, […]

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                In light of Shelby County Mayor’s thoughtful and logical comments expressing his reservations about the way this community, with one of the highest poverty rates in the country, continues to participate in a massive transfer of wealth from local taxpayers to large corporations, we are reposting our […]

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