Business Perspectives

Quarterly magazine provides new and analysis of global, national and regional economies. It also covers topics of interest to business, education and government communities.

Articles from Vol. 21, No. 1, Winter

Arlington, Tennessee: Mayor Mike Wissman
What do you feel will be the biggest economic challenges for Arlington in 2012? Continuing residential and commercial growth and stabilizing existing industries to provide jobs and prevent layoffs or downsizing. What do you feel are Arlington's...
Bartlett, Tennessee: Mayor A. Keith McDonald
What do you feel will be the biggest economic challenges for Bartlett in 2012? Our biggest economic challenges in 2012 include the sustainability of our existing businesses and our ability to attract new business in a very competitive and shifting...
Building on the Community's Assets in 2012
It seems to me our region has five existing and compelling resources for our future. No need to create these assets they are ours today! A great deal of our energy should be focused primarily and purposefully on designing laser-focused strategies to...
Collierville, Tennessee: Mayor Stan Joyner
What do you feel will be the biggest economic challenges for Collierville in 2012? Our residents are accustomed to having "best in class" services; therefore, an economic challenge we will lace for the next several years will be that of providing...
Germantown, Tennessee: Mayor Sharon Goldsworthy
What do you feel will be the biggest economic challenges for Germantown in 2012? Continued recovery of the vibrancy of our retail community and restoration of steady development in both commercial and residential properties. Total retail sales have...
Getting Aerotropolis off the Runway
Aerotropolis needs more lift if it is to really take off. We have had our questions about it, but it's hard to have any questions about the facts: Memphis International Airport is our largest economic engine, FedEx is our largest employer, and logistics-related...
Job Growth: A Strategic Plan for Greater Memphis
A Visioning It isn't a stretch to say that the world is still in the midst of an unprecedented economic recession. While there are trends signaling the nexus of a post recession economy on the horizon, recessional realities need to be faced and...
Look for a Stronger Economy in 2012
National Outlook Since the great recession ended in June 2009, the U.S. economy has experienced weak but steady growth. But, unlike the pattern followed in most prior recessions, weaknesses in both the consumer and government sectors have kept these...
Memphis: Building Positive Momentum Heading into 2012
The city of Memphis and Shelby County have experienced a series of incredible economic developments during the last few years, despite the prolonged economic downturn across the country. Our economic development plan put in place five years ago kept...
Memphis Has the Edge
In 2011, the city of Memphis and Shelby County governments took a bold step to enhance the community's economic development infrastructure by forming the Economic Development Growth Engine (EDGE) Industrial Development Board for the city of Memphis...
National & Regional Economies
National Economic Indicators December October November 2010 2011 2011 Consumer Confidence (1) 53.3 40.9 55.2 ISM Manufacturing...
Our Region's Mission: To Create Jobs
How do we deliver new jobs, grow a professional workforce, secure and expand our current business investors, and raise the quality of life we so desperately aim to achieve for our city and county? As we look into our regional mirror as Memphians...
Real Estate Cycle Conditions & Their Main Economic Driver
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Commercial real estate in the Memphis area is weathering a recession, as are markets nearby and across the nation. Integra Realty Resources (IRR) provides an annual real estate market cycle analysis (free to download at http://www.irr.com)...
Stability and Change: The Presence and Absence of Women in Tennessee's Corporate Board Rooms
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Tennessee is changing. Once considered an agriculturally-based economy with low levels of education, few corporations, limited attraction to industry outside of tourism (with a limited market at that), and no top-tier research...
Tennessee in the United States[TM] Census 2010
The U.S. Census Bureau is beginning to release data collected as part of the 2010 Census. Summary File 1 was released in mid-2011. This first set of data contains demographic information such as age, race, and sex of the population, as well as calculations...
The Outlook for Memphis: Risk and Reward
Since I took office two years ago, our nation has reached a remarkable tipping point: more Americans are now living in cities than ever before. Our nation is urbanizing more and more rapidly, and by 2050, a full 75.0 percent of American people are...
The U.S. Outlook for 2012
When it comes to forecasting, can economists ever get it right? First, many failed to fully comprehend the consequences of the housing boom and bust. Then, most economists (and forecasters) were surprised by the depth and duration of the 2007-2009...
"We're Open for Business"
Perhaps our greatest task each day is to see through the eyes of those we serve, to understand their concerns, and to honor their ideas. These issues are especially true when it comes to business owners. As Shelby County Mayor, the economic stability...
What Is Memphis in May International Festival, Inc.[SM]?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Memphis in May International Festival is a month-long event that brings the world to Memphis and Memphis to the world! The largest annual event in the Mid-South region of the United States, Memphis in May is also North America's...