Archive for the ‘Leadership’ Category

                  What has Gannett wrought? The country’s largest newspaper chain has already accomplished the unfathomable in Memphis.  It’s made us look back to when E. W. Scripps Co. owned The Commercial Appeal as the newspaper’s glory days. It is impossible to think of another corporation that has […]

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by (RSS) Leadership | February 21st, 2017 12:07am CDT | No Comments

                It’s been a couple of years since we’ve checked in on Volunteer Odyssey so we were pleased to get a news release indicating that the important program is not only alive and well but it is prospering. In a recent meeting with Sarah Petschonek, the founder and […]

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by (RSS) Leadership, Parks and Greening | February 8th, 2017 12:12am CDT | 3 Comments

                    We were lucky enough to know Art Wolff and consider him a friend.  He dedicated his lifetime to fighting for causes he believed in, and Shelby Farms Park was at the head of that list.  He did it regardless of whose feathers he ruffled or […]

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by (RSS) Leadership, Poverty, Trends and Issues | January 20th, 2017 12:42am CDT | 3 Comments

                  President Donald Trump.* Like a major league baseball player who used steroids to win, Mr. Trump will forever have an asterisk next to his name. He benefited from the bulked-up help that came from the Russians who weaponized their hacking through Julian Assange’s WikiLeaks, and DC […]

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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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by (RSS) Leadership, Politics and Government | November 11th, 2016 12:46am CDT | 17 Comments

                  It is inconceivable that the president of the United States could be someone my granddaughters cannot respect. But that is precisely where we will be January 20. That is why all the platitudes about uniting to support the new president, about the American example of presidential […]

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by (RSS) Leadership, Politics and Government | July 27th, 2016 12:29am CDT | 4 Comments

                About the time that I entered high school, I met a Republican. Growing up in Collierville in the era of the solidly Democratic South, it created quite a stir when word rippled out that the new family in the town of 2,000 was Republican.  Most of us […]

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by (RSS) Criminal Justice, Leadership | June 10th, 2016 12:59am CDT | No Comments

                The funeral of Verdell Smith will be held today, and so many people who knew and worked with him on breaking down the barriers between police and people and neighborhoods who had traditionally had mistrust and tense relationships with police grieve with his family and friends today.  […]

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          It’s hard to believe that there was a time 35 years ago that there were some pundits and columnists who predicted that with the rise of technology, places would come to matter less and less. And yet, just the opposite has happened, and today, place is a major driver of […]

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This is the latest edition of our feature that takes a look back at blog posts 10 years ago, so this month we’re flashing back to April, 2006.  The topics that month includes posts about the study funded by Memphis and Shelby County Governments that urged reform of the PILOT program to make sure companies […]

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by (RSS) Leadership, Poverty | March 2nd, 2016 12:03am CDT | 2 Comments

                It’s easy to think in Memphis – with some of the lowest home prices in the nation – that we don’t have a housing problem. After all, among the 48 largest MSAs in the U.S., the Memphis region has the third lowest median sales price for single-family […]

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by (RSS) Leadership, Trends and Issues | February 24th, 2016 12:31am CDT | 2 Comments

              There are times when it feels like there’s a nonprofit on every corner in Memphis. There’s a reason for that.   The Memphis MSA, among the 50 largest metros, is #1 in the number of nonprofit organizations per 10,000 population. Here’s the top 10 and some peer cities rankings: […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Leadership, Regionalism | February 22nd, 2016 12:12am CDT | Comments Off on Holding A Regional Summit Worth Its Name: RegionSmart

              For the legendary all-star recording session in 1985 that produced the chart-topping charity single, “We Are The World,” record-setting producer Quincy Jones posted a sign: “Check your ego at the door.” When the region’s mayors get together in Memphis for their April 28 RegionSmart summit, the sign on […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Leadership, Livability, Talent | January 28th, 2016 10:02am CDT | Comments Off on Getting On The Ramp To Memphis’ 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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by (RSS) Criminal Justice, Leadership, Trends and Issues | December 17th, 2015 12:01am CDT | 2 Comments

              Matt Timberlake is a Memphis communications consultant and one of our favorite writers.  His contributions to the blog are always appreciated and are widely read, such as his last post, 98.4% Awesome: Stopping Racism, which went viral.  This post is a reminder about the impressive, inspirational work of […]

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by (RSS) Leadership | December 4th, 2015 2:20pm CDT | 1 Comment

City Observatory’s weekly wrapup – which is indispensable reading – included an edited version of a speech by our dear friend and Memphian, Carol Coletta, Vice-President of Community and National Initiatives at the Knight Foundation.  As usual, she’s an astute observer – and actor – on issues defining cities today, and because of it, this […]

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It seems like a good time – in the midst of all the overheated rhetoric and political grandstanding – for all of us in this community to be thankful for our debt to Arab Americans who formed in 1957 the American Lebanese Syrian Associated Charities (ALSAC). ALSAC’s only purpose is to act as the exclusive […]

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by (RSS) City of Memphis Government, Leadership | November 18th, 2015 12:06am CDT | Comments Off on Leadership Themes From Great Mayors

Updated from an October, 2009, post: We’ve been writing about great mayors because Memphis arguably has never had one. With Jim Strickland preparing to enter the city mayor’s office with a mandate for action, he has the same opportunity as his predecessors – to become a great mayor. That said, there is no job harder in any city […]

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