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. 20, No. 1, Summer-Fall

Celebration! the Delta: Everything Southern!
If the Delta really begins in the lobby of the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee, then the University of Memphis is the perfect entity to host a truly Delta experience. Hence, the University plays host to the Delta: Everything Southern! symposium....
Economic Contributions of the Memphis Medical Community
Abstract Memphis' medical community makes a substantial contribution to the local economy. In 2006, the Shelby County's overall economic contribution was estimated to be $6.8 billion, while the contribution of the entire metro area was almost $9...
Environmental Justice and the Effect of Industrialization in the Delta Region of the Southern United States
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The southern U.S. is considered a diverse cluster of ecotypes made up of bogs, wetlands, marshes, hardwood and pine forests, massive river systems, agricultural lands, and the oldest mountain chain in North America. From the...
Hope in the Delta
To borrow a phrase from an old Creedence Clearwater Revival song, the Mississippi Delta "ain't no fortunate son." (1) In fact, on any given day in any given study, the Mississippi Delta more than likely ranks at or near the bottom nationally in terms...
Many Rivers to Cross: Center for Research on Women Studies Health and Related Barriers to Women's Wellbeing
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In 2007, the Center for Research on Women (CROW) at the of Memphis celebrated its 25th year of research on social inequality as it relates to gender, race, class, and sexual orientation. Although Center scholars have conducted...
Master of Public Health Program at the University of Memphis
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] We know the facts: the health status of the residents of the Mississippi Delta is among the worst in the nation. According to a 2009 report the Trust for America's Health, three of the four states with the hi obesity rates...
Maternal and Child Health
Maternal and child health status provides a snapshot of an urban community's social and economic vibrancy. Improvements in maternal and child health benefit society not only by increasing survival rates, but in improving the overall quality of life...
Memphis, the Delta, and a Progressive Sense of Place
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Memphis has long been thought of as the capital city of the Mississippi Delta Despite the Tennessee-Mississippi state boundary line dividing them, the social, economic, and symbolic ties connecting the city of Memphis and...
National & Regional Economies
National Economic Indicators August 2008 June 2009 July 2009 Consumer Confidences (1) 58.5 49.3 47.4 ISM Manufacturing Index (2) 49.3 44.8 48.9 Consumer Price Index ...
Still a Long Way to Go for the Lower Mississippi Delta
Abstract It is difficult to separate the demographic, social, and economic changes that have occurred in the Delta. The complex fabric that forms the Delta cannot be broken into parts for simple analysis. Healthcare issues cannot be separated from...
Survey Memphis: Funded by the Commercial Appeal and the Memphis Branch of St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank
About the Survey Given the importance of Memphis as a national distribution hub, local economic conditions are particularly sensitive to and a barometer of national business trends. For that reason, this survey of local business sentiment was developed...
The Critical Role of Health in the Economic Development of the Lower Mississippi River Delta
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The Mississippi River Delta presents significant challenges in virtually every area of social and economic development. Having some of the worst health and economic conditions in the nation, low educational attainment, and...
The History and Development of the Mississippi Delta Economy
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The Lower Mississippi River Valley has had an enormous impact on the economy of the Mid-South and the entire United States. The development of transportation, agriculture, engineering, and services in the Mississippi Delta...
The Perfect Healthcare Storm?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Will a chronically sick population, a fragile healthcare system, and the current economic decline combine in Memphis to create the perfect healthcare storm? Providing effective healthcare to the areas population is an ongoing...
Unemployment, Community Development, and Tourism in the Mississippi Delta
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Described by author David Cohen as "beginning in the lobby of the Peabody hotel in Memphis and ending on Catfish row in Vicksburg," the Mississippi Delta region is comprised of 18 different counties between the Mississippi...