Thursday, August 31, 2006


It appears to be a theme today, but I've been watching a lot of movie clips today. Here's another one to share with you. This is Ben Affleck at his best. When I first saw Boiler Room, it got me motivated!


Unlisted said...

Here is something that you can take up. I may post this question in a few other places as well...

You ever thought about or noticed that Memphis loses a lot of its best and brightest talent?

Many of the smartest kids in Memphis go to college in other places and most of them never return. This is particularly true in the African-American community and has been one of the major problems of Memphis...a "brain drain"

JSF said...

As someone who moved away to Florida, Georgia and California for college, it is something I have thought about frequently.

I initially left Memphis because I wanted to see other cities. I also felt that there were better opportunities in other areas. When I speak with other people who left Memphis for other cities, I hear many of the same thoughts. Whether it is NY, Chicago, LA, Dallas, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Atlanta, Houston, Charlotte or DC, some African-Americans believe these places offer better opportunities.

Jobs will always be the key. The cities that appear to have the best opportunities to make a living wage will attract the best and brightest.

The one thing that these cities above have in common is that in addition to keeping many of their home-grown people, these cities also attract the best and brightest from other regions. With great local and non-local minds working and building in the community, it offers different perspectives on the issues.

Memphis does not appear to attract as many people outside of the Mid-South area as the above-mentioned cities. However, there are many more transplants in Memphis now than in the early 1990s. Perhaps things are changing.

Unlisted said...

jsf wrote:
However, there are many more transplants in Memphis now than in the early 1990s.

Hmmm, I haven't really noticed that. Perhaps compared to the 90s yes, but Memphis still has a way to go to catch up to the other cities. And I still think that we are probably losing more talent than we are gaining. There are several factors to this:

1 - Memphians have a low self esteem about the city. This goes a long way. Those that CAN leave do. Those that come here are asked by those who live here: "Why did you come here?" You, yourself, have probably been asked "Why did you come back??". Even Anfernee Hardaway is not going to come back, but instead will be making his home in Phoenix from what I understand.

2 - Lack of large universities. Cities like New York, Chicago, L.A., Dallas, and Atlanta have multiple colleges and universities. Memphis only has U of M, and the smaller colleges like Rhodes, Lemoyne and CBU that people outside of Memphis generally have never heard of

3 - There is no Boeing, Microsoft or IBM in Memphis that would draw and/or keep talent in Memphis. Yes, we have Fed-Ex and it is important to Memphis, but a high-tech company would change the complexion of the city

Nothing we can do about the lack of universities and I don't see a Boeing or McDonnell.Douglas relocating to Memphis, so our best bet is for our leadership to work harder to make Memphis a spectacular state of the art tourist destination. (They'd better hurry because Mississippi is making some major moves

Continuing to develop downtown, and significantly upgrading the Whitehaven/Graceland/Airport area is a good direction to move in for now. This would draw more private development and more jobs