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Author: Steve Bares

Reflecting on Global Entrepreneurship Week

November 15-20 was observed in communities around the world as Global Entrepreneurship Week.  Memphis had its share of events and news on the topic, which the local print media covered very nicely, thank you.  This seems like an...

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Joining Together To Get Our Share

There are very few concepts that are likely to draw virtually no opposition. I’d like to offer two: 1.  Memphis has too many blighted and abandoned buildings that need a champion to either refurbish or repurpose, or take down....

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Our City as a Green Leader

How “green” is Memphis? In today’s world of energy issues, from spills to national security, the question of a community’s level of greenness has never been more important.  To many people, the concept of green is defined by a...

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Angels in our Midst

No, I don’t mean Angels in the spiritual sense, although to a start-up business an Angel investor is so named because their investment is like a gift from above.  To the entrepreneur, an active and engaged Angel community can be...

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Latest Bill Day Cartoon

War in Ukraine, A Cartoon by Award-Winning Bill Day

by Bill Day. Memphian Bill Day is two-time winner of the RFK Journalism Award in Cartooning. His cartoons are syndicated internationally by Cagle Cartoons. Cartoons Archive →

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Since 2005, this has been Smart City Consulting’s blog with the aim of connecting the dots and providing perspective on issues and policies shaping Memphis.  Editor and primary author is Tom Jones, columnist, author of two books, and consultant on public policy.  Smart City Memphis was called one of the most intriguing blogs in the U.S. by the Pew Partnership for Civic Change; The (Memphis) Commercial Appeal wrote that “Smart City Memphis provides some of the most well-thought-out thinking about Memphis’ past, present, and future you’ll find anywhere,” and the Memphis Flyer said: “This incredibly well-written blog sets out to solves the city’s ills – from the mayor to MATA – with out-of-the-box thinking, fresh approaches to old problems, and new ideas. If you have questions, submissions, or ideas for posts, please email Tom Jones, at