Archive for the ‘Regionalism’ Category

            Milken Institute’s 2016 Best-Performing Large Cities: In a ranking of the 200 largest MSAs, the Memphis metro ranks #149.   That was a significant move up the list from 2015 when the  region ranked #182, a change of 33 spots, which places Memphis in the top 20 cities with highest […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Regionalism | May 30th, 2017 12:20am CDT | 6 Comments

                            Brookings Institution’s Metro Monitor is a set of objective metrics aimed at guiding the efforts of leaders to advance regional economies.  It tracks the economic performance of the nation’s 100 largest metro areas on growth, prosperity, and inclusion. Brookings said: “These […]

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                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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                  In light of our regional theme this week, we are reposting this commentary from December 20, 2016.   Note: Ron Garrison is no longer CEO at MATA.  The Interim CEO is Gary Rosenfeld. In a region where incomes are too low, it’s self-destructive for the lack […]

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by (RSS) Poverty, Regionalism | April 26th, 2017 12:20am CDT | 9 Comments

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

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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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          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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by (RSS) Regionalism, Trends and Issues | April 26th, 2016 12:51am CDT | 18 Comments

            This post is written by Jimmie Covington, veteran Memphis reporter with lengthy experience covering governmental, school, and demographic issues. He is a contributing writer with The Best Times, a monthly news magazine for active people 50 and older.  This article was previously published there. By Jimmie Covington Recently released U.S. Census […]

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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) 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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The next time you hear anyone from the suburbs complaining about how much is spent on projects in downtown, Midtown, or other neighborhoods in Memphis, remind them that I-269’s 60-miile loop around Memphis will have a pricetag of well over $1.2 billion. The latest leg of this boondoggle opens tomorrow with the 4.5 mile segment […]

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by (RSS) Regionalism, Taxation, Uncategorized | October 20th, 2015 12:11am CDT | 24 Comments

Yet another study – this one by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities – concludes that differences in state taxes “have little to no effect on whether and where people move.” The primary conclusions from the research are that 1) relatively few Americans relocate from state to state and when they do, very few […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Leadership, Regionalism | October 5th, 2015 12:53am CDT | 2 Comments

The latest projection by the Brookings Institution continues to paint the picture of a region struggling to regain its balance and improve its present trajectory. The latest Gross Domestic Product (GDP) numbers underscore the Washington, D.C., think tank’s latest warnings about our lethargic economy. And, Paul Theroux’s latest book, Deep South: Four Seasons on Back […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Poverty, Regionalism, Talent | September 22nd, 2015 12:28am CDT | 9 Comments

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

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Regionalism | June 8th, 2015 12:22am CDT | 11 Comments

There’s a lack of pretension, conceit, and guile that lies at the heart of what Memphis is. Perhaps it comes from the fact that the character of the city was fundamentally shaped by the people from the edge: rivermen and African Americans, outsiders who gave us our proudest export — legendary music — and entrepreneurs […]

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                We reprise this post from April 2, 2012, in light of an email we received that quoted state legislators as saying that Memphis is the biggest drag on Tennessee and that their opinions are validated by what they hear from suburban legislators and politicians.  For that reason, […]

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              Earlier this week, we posted the most read blog post of 2014: Creating a Culture of Opportunity for Memphis.  You can read it here. The rest of the top 10 posts: #2 — It’s The Memphis Region, Not The City, That’s #1 in Poverty “Suburban conventional wisdom about […]

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by (RSS) Poverty, Regionalism, Uncategorized | November 28th, 2014 12:30pm CDT | 4 Comments

We’ve written before about how it’s suburban poverty that produces headlines like “Memphis is #1 in Poverty.” These are rankings for the MSA, and it is the anomalous high ranking of poverty outside of Memphis that puts the region in that top spot.  The area outside Memphis is #8 in poverty, and among large cities, […]

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