Archive for the ‘Economic Development’ Category

                Only a few metros in the U.S. are seeing real wages grow at a notable rate and the Memphis MSA is not one of them. That said, metros seem to be dividing into the “haves” and the “have-nots” and only a few dozen record the 2-3% wage […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Tourism | May 12th, 2017 12:24am CDT | 12 Comments

                    The news media have recently been reporting about the economic engine that is tourism, spotlighting a report by a national tourism organization that it produces $3.2 billion in direct visitor spending. It is good news for the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau which has weathered […]

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                It is curious how exorcised we can get when Mississippi picks off a Memphis business for its economic benefit but how mute we remain when a Shelby County town like Collierville or Germantown does it. The difference between the companies being picked off is stark: the companies […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Regionalism | April 25th, 2017 12:40am CDT | 6 Comments

                    This may surprise you but we’ve got to say it: we’re tired of hearing about the paramount importance of regions and how regionalism is the road to a successful future for Memphis. And we admit that we were some of the earliest people who talked […]

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                    Most people think of Memphis as beginning at the Mississippi River where the cobblestones are located and the first stirrings of a downtown taking place somewhere along Main Street between Jefferson Avenue and Beale Street. It’s sort of like those romantic images of Andrew Jackson, […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Education | March 28th, 2017 12:50am CDT | 11 Comments

                We’ve written for several years about “opportunity youth,” 16-24 year-olds who are neither in school nor working, and how this is one of the two key measurements for whether Memphis is making progress. The other indicator is whether Memphis can improve its position as the city with […]

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                EDGE pioneered in the transparency of corporate business incentives, and although it slipped very slightly in the latest ranking, it needs to give some pointers to the Downtown Memphis Commission. That’s the conclusion to be drawn from the latest report from Good Jobs First about economic development […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Livability | March 2nd, 2017 12:49am CDT | 3 Comments

            Few people in Memphis get as much advice, suggestions, and critiques as politicians, but one of them has to be Jim Holt at Memphis in May International Festival. That’s always the case in the wake of the announcement of each year’s Beale Street Music Festival lineup, but there’s also […]

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                  My grandmother often answered our latest whining request with the response: “if wishes were horses, beggars would ride.”  The updated version for our community:  If talk was money, MATA would have light rail to Somerville. Either way, the message is the same.  Talk is cheap. Unfortunately, […]

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                  The City of Memphis is in the throes of a budget process that will produce a proposed budget by the Strickland Administration in about 10 weeks, and just when officials thought it couldn’t get any harder, it now has the uncertainties connected to massive federal budget […]

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            Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland is part of a growing coalition of mayors calling for more State of Tennessee funding support for public transportation. It is a promising sign that modern public transit may finally get the attention it deserves on Capitol Hill, albeit it is never easy to predict […]

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              We wrote 153 blog posts in 2016, and we always look back to see which subjects you had the most interest in.  Clearly, last year, that was parks, particularly the campaign to protect the greensward at Overton Park. The following are the 15 most-read blog posts of the […]

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We’ve been revisiting the 15 most read blog posts of 2016.  We’ve previously posted #6-10 and #11-15.  Thanks again for your support for the past 13 years. The following are the top 5 blog posts.  It’s worth noting that three of the top five most read blog posts, an indication of the broad-based public interest […]

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In the next three days, we’re looking back to our 153 blog posts from last year to see which one you liked the most, based on readership.  To that end, we’re posting the 15 most read posts counting down from #15 to #1.  Based on the ranking, 2016 can be called the Year of the […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Poverty | January 6th, 2017 12:49am CDT | 9 Comments

                  Our media air waves and political squares are dominated by talk about all kinds of issues, but they are largely silent on the single issue that ultimately has the power to kill our region – the economic disparities that are also economic drags on our community. […]

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              It’s the time of year when we pause to remember people and groups that we tend to take for granted. The University of Memphis is at the top of our list this year. Apparently, it’s a message that we were not supposed to miss. First, we were reminded […]

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                      The fix was in from the beginning. At least that’s the conclusion that could be easily drawn from the way that the Tennessee Valley Authority’s use of 1.3 billion gallons of our drinking water every year as cooling water in the Allen Combined Cycle […]

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                      Here’s hoping Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell will insist on smart tax policy by turning down Germantown’s request for a county PILOT for a corporation moving about 2,100 feet eastward on Poplar Avenue from the eastern edge of Memphis to the suburban city. A […]

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