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                  The foundation on which Memphis 3.0, the first comprehensive plan for the city in more than 40 years, is built is data. The following are some data points from the plan that we found interesting: * Memphis’ population is projected to increase 10% by 2040, representing […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Poverty | April 29th, 2019 8:30am CDT | No Comments

                    The Memphis Bicentennial has one of those marketing hooks – A New Century of Soul – that is more suggestive than precise, more open to interpretation than setting a clear context for understanding the city, and more about a tagline than a specific aspiration for […]

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                  Finally, something good came out of Graceland’s ham-handed and inept approach to negotiating with City Hall – Memphis’ first Community Benefits Agreement. While it’s arguable that the $750,000 investment in Whitehaven by the tourist attraction is commensurate with the incentives that it’s already getting from city, […]

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                      It was good news last week when Governor Bill Lee’s proposed budget included funding to support the transformation of Tennessee’s western gateway but it was exciting for more than the potential of turning the Tom Lee Pasture into a spectacular Tom Lee Park. It […]

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by (RSS) Data Points, Economic Development | April 19th, 2019 8:30am CDT | 1 Comment

                    The Milken Institute’s Best-Performing Cities index is an objective look at the factors of successful economic growth using outcomes-based metrics such as job creation, wage gains, and technological developments to evaluate the relative growth of metro areas like ours. The Milken Institute explained: “The goal […]

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              This blog post from December, 2018, is published in this month’s Mark Fleischer’s excellent Storyboard Memphis newspaper To understand the ugly face of institutional racism, we need only look to core Memphis neighborhoods where African American wealth has been systematically obstructed, limiting the opportunities and options for thousands […]

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                      Cities participating in the three-year Reimagining the Civic Commons program funded by the nation’s most prominent national foundations recently met in Memphis. The city is one of the pilot demonstration cities in the program and representatives from the other cities – Detroit, Philadelphia, Chicago, and […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | April 12th, 2019 8:15am CDT | No Comments

Neighborhood Preservation Inc. and Pigeon Roost media will co-host a screening of Chapter One from their upcoming documentary about the housing foreclosure crisis in Memphis from 6 to 8 pm on Monday, April 15, at the CMPLX, 2234 Lamar Avenue. The event is free and open to the public with light refreshments being served. Directly following […]

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                In light of continuing concerns about gentrification in connection with Memphis 3.0, we are reposting this commentary from April 24, 2016: Memphis should be so lucky as to have a gentrification problem. If it did, it would indicate that people are moving back into Memphis core neighborhoods […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development | April 8th, 2019 8:30am CDT | 3 Comments

          By David Ciscel, Professor Emeritus in Economics, University of Memphis: Recently, Smart City Memphis published several lists of peer cities. I was particularly interested in the list in the Economic Innovation Group’s Distressed Communities Index. There were 8 cities listed – Cleveland, Newark, Buffalo, Detroit, Toledo, Milwaukee, Stockton, CA, and Philadelphia. […]

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by (RSS) Leadership | April 4th, 2019 8:30am CDT | No Comments

                    While most of the country celebrates the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., for those of us who were in Memphis when he was murdered, this is the day soaked with the kind of emotion that places us vividly once again into the events […]

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              So, now, we yet again have a new regional economic development plan. Last week, the latest plan was launched in a public meeting of the Memphis & Shelby County Regional Economic Alliance attended mostly by the usual suspects and was provoked by the outburst of tensions last year […]

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Austin Harrison with Neighborhood Preservation Inc. publishes a monthly policy brief, highlighting issues that are important to Memphis neighborhoods and his organization’s fight against blight.  We are proud to post them here.            

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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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