Archive for the ‘Economic Development’ Category

                  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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by (RSS) Economic Development, Poverty | September 15th, 2016 12:19am CDT | No Comments

              This is the mantra: there is no economic prosperity in Memphis without poverty reduction. That was the closing sentence in our last post, which was the first part of this two-part commentary. Poverty reduction, including income disparities, is also the Memphis region’s biggest economic opportunity.  If the racial […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Neighborhoods, Poverty | September 12th, 2016 12:53am CDT | 8 Comments

                    In recent years, we seem to have had a record number of really smart people making speeches and presentations and speaking to clusters of involved, dedicated Memphians concerned about the future of Memphis. We’ve heard lessons from other cities, we’ve heard about livability, we’ve heard […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development | September 7th, 2016 12:24am CDT | No Comments

The following is a post from September 20, 2006, about how to measure success in Memphis.  This is the latest in our regular feature flashing back to blog posts from 10 years ago.  Who knew we’d still be looking for an broad agenda for the music industry? Whether the president of the Memphis and Shelby […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Poverty | August 26th, 2016 12:17am CDT | No Comments

Large Metros Where the Poor Are Most Segregated: 1.  Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis MSA 2.  Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford MSA 3.  Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington MSA 4.  Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor MSA 5.  Detroit-Warren-Livonia MSA 6.  New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island MSA 7.  Buffalo-Niagara Falls MSA 8.  Denver-Aurora-Broomfield MSA 9.  Baltimore-Towson MSA 10.  Memphis MSA   Large Metros Where the Wealthy Are Most Segregated: […]

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            Memphis moved a step closer to marijuana enforcement sanity with the vote by Memphis City Council for an ordinance that would mean that Memphis Police Department would not arrest people with less than one-half of an ounce of a drug that is no more serious than alcohol and less […]

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              The following is a proposal we received from a concerned Memphian: Payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) is a program which reduces or eliminates property taxes for a period of time as an incentive for investment in a new development or expansion of an existing business within the […]

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              (University of Michigan chart.)   In the wake of recent events in Milwaukee, income and economic segregation there have garnered national headlines.  This is a deep structural issue in the Memphis MSA with serious implications to our economy, our quality of life, and our commitment to the American […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development | August 12th, 2016 12:30am CDT | Comments Off on The On Ramp To The Third Century

“People who are committed to the future and what they do in their cities cannot be underestimated.” —Joe Cortright             Memphis, incorporated as a city in 1826, is about 10 years away from beginning its third century. Even sooner, in May 2019, Memphis will observe the 200th anniversary of its founding […]

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              Published as the City Journal column in July’s Memphis magazine: Years ago, after listening to the latest idea for revitalizing downtown, former Beale Street developer John Elkington facetiously said Memphis is always chasing the latest trend, but “usually, it’s 10 years after everyone else.” Back then, his comment […]

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