Archive for the ‘Talent’ Category

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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          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) Economic Development, Livability, Talent | April 12th, 2016 12:49am CST | 35 Comments

                              Note: There are renewed conversations about the ways to spark more economic growth in Memphis, but often they turn into ideas that are merely extensions of the present or resurrected ideas from the past (think music studios).  In an effort […]

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                “We have to get more people to choose Memphis as home while also – at the same time – improve the circumstances for the people who live here.  This is important: It’s not enough to do one without the other.  We have to do both simultaneously.” This […]

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  On Monday, our post was about Archer>Malmo CEO Russ Williams’ idea to create a dense district of creative millennials in the downtown core.  That post led to an interesting conversation that we are posting here today: Jada says: For what it’s worth, I’m a millennial trying to make it in Memphis for 3 years. […]

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Russ Williams, CEO of Archer>Malmo, made a presentation to the Downtown Memphis Commission about 10 days ago that should be a call to arms about the forces that will define in large measure whether Memphis will be economically competitive in the future – downtown vibrancy, a focus on the downtown core, and creative millennials. It […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Leadership, Livability, Talent | January 28th, 2016 10:02am CST | 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) Arts and Culture, Talent | January 21st, 2016 12:10am CST | 1 Comment

                    We were recently reading two books by Memphis authors – well, they live on opposite sides of the country now but we still refuse to not consider them our own – that not only chronicle fascinating and important times in our national history, but they […]

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If Memphis was an actor, it would be looking to be cast against type. Memphis is like the actor who has only played light comedy roles and takes on a casting call as a serial killer just to shake up his image and how the public sees him. Memphis needs to do the same thing.  […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Talent | October 28th, 2015 12:41am CST | 7 Comments

Memphis is challenged and our issues have no margin for error, and maybe, just maybe, we should acknowledge these facts in making a pitch for the 25-34 year-old college-educated talent that we need to compete in today’s economy. It’s a compelling offer that Memphis has to make.  A sizable number of this demographic is not […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Poverty, Regionalism, Talent | September 22nd, 2015 12:28am CST | 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) Talent, Uncategorized | September 4th, 2015 2:00pm CST | 3 Comments

Memphis MSA gains 62,796 people between 2000-13 who have bachelor’s degrees or higher and 5,445 people with degrees between ages of 25-34. Respective percentage increases are 4.4% and 2.4% (which are among the lower growth rates), but at least the region is in the positive. “It appears, the Rustbelt’s tide may well be turning. A […]

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by (RSS) Poverty, Talent, Trends and Issues | June 17th, 2015 12:01am CST | Comments Off on The Talent Potential of Opportunity Youth

As we have written here previously, Memphis has one of the largest percentage of youths between the ages of 16 and 24 who are neither working nor in school.  It creates a sizable obstacle to our success as a cit,y but more to the point, it results in tens of thousands of young people who […]

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by (RSS) Education, Talent | June 10th, 2015 12:41am CST | Comments Off on Giving Every Child A Fair Start in Life Will Set Memphis’ Future

So much of the success – or the difficulties – of our students in the classroom is set in place by developmental experiences in the first years of their lives. And often, the factors that influence whether children succeed are things that many of us simply take for granted.  That is certainly the case when […]

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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 by land speculators John Overton, James Winchester, and Andrew Jackson. As it closes in on these milestones, the lack of conversations about what kind […]

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                              “The rules of economic development have fundamentally changed.  It’s all about place and talent.  Talent is the critical variable, and it is increasingly drawn to great urban places.”   – Joe Cortright, City Observatory “(Memphis) needs to recognize that the most […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Talent | March 9th, 2015 12:09am CST | 8 Comments

The presence of college graduates in a region is responsible for 58 percent  of a region’s economic success.  Here’s where the Memphis MSA stands: ·        Atlanta – 1,929,599 ·        St. Louis – 862,687 ·        Charlotte – 790,010 ·        Austin – 762,636 ·        Kansas City – 688,349 ·        Columbus, OH – 668,724 ·        Cincinnati – 632,672 […]

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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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