Our friend and colleague surprised us today by posting today’s ongoing conversation about talent in Memphis on the influential blog of CEOs for Cities.

She writes: We’ve invited our readers to check out the Smart City Memphis blog, written by our colleague and member Tom Jones. But today’s post deserves to be reprinted here in full. Although it is aimed at Memphians, the advice here is worth consideration by urban leaders in many cities.

We appreciate the mention by Carol, but we especially appreciate the thoughtful comments by you that warranted this kind of national attention.