Tag: Memphis

How Memphis Helps Minority- and Women-Owned Small Businesses Thrive

This post is part of a series on NLC’s Equitable Economic Development (EED) Fellowship. In 2016 and 2017, as part of the Equitable Economic Development (EED) Fellowship’s inaugural class, I had the pleasure of working with Mayor Strickland and the city of Memphis. NLC has been fortunate enough to continue collaborating with the mayor ever since, and

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How Memphis Helps Employees Repay Student Loans

Today, Millennials and their younger ‘Centennial’ counterparts face a unique generational challenge: high levels of student loan debt. In fact, nearly 44 million Americans are carrying this burden, which collectively adds up to $1.5 trillion. Many of these individuals are facing financial hardships as a result. Today’s workers want and expect professional and career development

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Public Spaces and Local Democracy

On Tuesday, the Tennessee House of Representatives voted to exact revenge on the city of Memphis — approving a measure to withhold $250,000 in funding that had been appropriated for the city’s bicentennial anniversary celebration. A little backstory is required. In December, two statues of Confederate leaders were removed from Memphis parks — a long-awaited

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Cities Are Taking a Regional Approach to Closing the Skills Gap

This post is the fifth installment in a series focused on NLC’s Cities and Unequal Recovery report, which highlights the findings of our 2015 Local Economic Conditions survey. Apprentice working with engineer to inspect manufacturing machinery. (Getty Images) Economic development consistently ranks as a high priority for local officials across the country. Alongside this priority

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State of the Cities 2013: Expanding the Reach of Public Safety

This is the third post in a seven-part series on trends and themes in local leadership. Atlanta, Ga. Mayor Kasim Reed announced in his State of the City Address that the Atlanta Police Department recruited more than 700 new police officers last year, and now has a force more than 1,940 strong, making it the

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The Latest in Economic Development

This week’s blog explores creating an innovation culture, closing the talent gap, “ideation” and Bloomberg’s Mayor’s Challenge. Comment below or send to mcfarland@nlc.org. Get the last edition of “The Latest in Economic Development” here. Creating a culture of innovation can sometimes look a lot like “old” economic development. The city of Grove, OK is targeting

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