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ANALYSIS: Can Memphis’ Downtown development boom put a dent in record poverty?

A development boom projected to draw more business, tourists and residents is unfolding in Downtown Memphis. At the same time, Memphis and it’s 60 percent African American population still carries America’s second highest poverty rate at 27.8 percent. As an expected $5 billion is spent...

Methodist to purchase St. Francis Hospitals of Memphis

Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare (MLH) has entered into an agreement with Tenet Healthcare to purchase Saint Francis Hospitals, both the Bartlett and Memphis locations, along with physician practices associated with the hospitals and six MedPost urgent care centers. “Consistent with our mission, the addition of...

Downtown Memphis – What to expect in 2020

Downtown Memphis is undergoing $5 billion in redevelopment projects – a transformation that can make the city more competitive and spur widespread economic benefits. Local and non-local investors are lured by downtown’s land value (appraised at $1.1 million per acre), Fortune 500 companies, Mississippi River...

Hooks Policy Papers add detail ‘to why people can’t get ahead’

“Incredible and startling,” is how Daphne McFerren labels gaps in income, housing and healthcare faced by minorities through systemic exclusion. McFerren, executive director of the Benjamin Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis, opened an event on Monday revealing the 2019 Hooks...

As poverty rises in Shelby County, so does the need to do more

Amid a picture of more than $13 billion in ongoing development comes news of a 15 percent rise in poverty across Memphis and Shelby County for 2018 – including a 20 percent increase among African Americans. “We’re still attracting employers that don’t give us potential...

Economic summit projects ‘new start’ in Orange Mound

After earlier serving notice that property values in the Orange Mound Community had declined by up to 30 percent over the last 10 years, Shelby County Tax Assessor Melvin Burgess held his first Economic Empowerment Summit at the Teaching & Learning Center on Tuesday. Hundreds...

Union Row developer rolls out pledge for 28 percent MWBE participation

A massive $990 million development is taking shape in Downtown Memphis that promises opportunity and innovation for the entire city. On Thursday night during an event at 341 Union Avenue, developer Big River Partners, along with Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland, announced Phase I plans for...

Prospero Health to hire 250 staff as new HQ opens in Downtown Memphis

Boston-based Prospero Health has selected Downtown Memphis as the site for its new operations headquarters. A national provider of home-based healthcare services for seriously ill patients, Prospero Health will occupy 14,000 square feet on the 13th floor of 40 South Main Street – One Commerce...

Baptist laymen poised to host inaugural SHC Golf Tournament

The Inaugural Memphis District Golf Classic (MDGC) is now the official golf tournament of the Southern Heritage Classic, with tee-off slotted for Tunica National Golf & Tennis Resort on Sept. 14, beginning at 8 a.m. Hosted by the Tennessee Baptist Laymen Movement, Memphis District, MDGC...

Chamber outlines push to help 10,000 get jobs; spreads word in Orange Mound

Memphis Regional Chamber is planning a major career event that has the goal of helping 10,000 citizens secure job training and placement over the next 12 to 36 months.  More than 60 employers will be on hand to hire on the spot, or offer career...