We All Need A Little More Grace – Social Justice

We All Need A Little More Grace – Social Justice

We all need a little more grace

Social justice

By Matthew Brewer – Guest Blogger

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SOCIAL JUSTICE is a topic that God’s Church can not be silent about.

Yesterday, I had the privilege of sitting down with a local Lutheran Pastor and we spoke about the divisions in Memphis over race and the divisions in the church over various issues. After I left, I really began thinking about these topics. I was raised in a Conservative family, and I have conservative values. However, I was taught to LOVE and RESPECT all of God’s creation! I know there are many divisions within our country, our city, and our churches. So many of these divisions have not risen from salvation issues but personal opinions and convictions. I too have personal opinions and convictions, but I see that it is important to be in dialogue with people who I don’t agree with. This is how I have learned to work together with others to advance God’s Kingdom.

I have had the privilege of being in Memphis 15 years, and in that time I have made friends of all races, religions, and sexual preferences. As an adult in Memphis, I have been able to see from a distance the discriminatory practices of people – not just one race of people, but bigotry and discrimination among the races. I have also seen LOVE between the races. I have seen SACRIFICE between the races. I have seen at times a UNITED FRONT among the races.

The Church has a mission to reach the lost, but it also has a duty to serve the poor, the hurting, and the rejected. We must uphold the Word of God, and we must LOVE. Don’t try to tell someone you love them if you discriminate against them. Don’t tell someone you care about them if they are hungry for food, yet you don’t give them any. Don’t use the phrase “Hate the sin, but love the sinner”- it’s been over used. The ones we are called to reach out to need love and a place to belong. They need to hear about the forgiveness and unconditional love of our Savior. We are not the judge of others. We are all sinners in need of God’s mercy. Grace is a gift. God showed us grace when we were still in our sins. The Church, the people who call themselves Christians must offer this same grace to a hurting world. Let us truly become the hands and feet of Christ, holding true to our doctrine and our beliefs that are grounded in the Word of God, and let us see each other as a neighbor and a child of God! It is my prayer that we will see more and more Christians coming together and offering love and grace! It is my prayer that the spirit of multi-cultural worship will permeate and rain down in the churches in which we serve. It is my prayer that through our differences and differing opinions and beliefs, that we can find a place of grace for one another. Red, yellow, black, white, gay, straight, rich, poor, young, and old- WE ALL NEED A LITTLE MORE GRACE!

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Strong Oversight is Pro Business

Strong Oversight is Pro Business

Strong Oversight
is pro business
By Joe B. Kent – Guest Blogger
BALANCE, OVERSIGHT AND FISCAL CONSERVATISM IS GOOD FOR BUSINESS

Strong legislative oversight and true fiscal conservatism is good for local business. Fiscal conservatism can be defined as governmental restraint of expenditures against optimized revenue policy and debt minimization. Historically, after paying the ultimate political price in the loss of the 1992 presidential election, President George H.W. Bush’s fiscal conservative leadership that considered spending restraint, revenue optimization and debt minimization led to the last Federal Balanced Budget.

Unfortunately, unbalanced fiscal conservatism today, is often viewed through the prism of low taxes, governmental spending restraint and excessive tax incentive expenditures for corporate and real estate interests to increase growth to “improve the lives for all”. In effect, such tax incentives assume private business as a preferred allocator of capital to evolve the community ecosystem.

In Memphis, the former has proven to be a failed experiment under Memphis Tomorrow a local CEO organization that promised improved community outcomes, while using taxpayer money, for improved public safety, workforce and economic development. But the good news is local business leaders know there is a problem. Richard Smith, Greater Memphis Chamber Board Chairman has spoken out for reforming the tax incentive granting Economic Development Growth Engine (EDGE) which Memphis Tomorrow birthed.

Reforming EDGE should demand a new EDGE Board to drive balanced economic development policy. This need exists after most of the corporate EDGE Board members have served 7 years and have systematically overstated total new tax revenue generated by an estimated $800-900M through incomplete accounting that in effect claimed existing revenue as new revenue per the EDGE Scorecard. This practice resulted in an estimated  direct taxpayer loss of $250M+.

The incomplete accounting justified excessive corporate and real estate tax incentives for the benefit of the few to “retain” company operations in Shelby County. Further, current EDGE Board members have gutted public comment from the public record and per a Greater Memphis Chamber report have overseen poor customer centric process design.

A new professionally diverse EDGE Board would ideally support balanced economic development which can be referenced by the Amazon Road Map economic development policy pronouncement of the University of Memphis. Board seats would represent 1) K-14 Career Ready 2) Public Transit 3) University – Economist 4) Quality of Life 5) Airport 6) Small Business 7) Small Business 8) Real Estate and 9) Corporations. To insure balanced economic development policy was implemented, strong legislative oversight with trained legislators would need to occur on a quarterly basis.  

Strong Oversight Needed to Support Business Growth

Legislative and press oversight have been missing in action regarding the Memphis Corporate Community Leadership (Memphis Tomorrow, EDGE and Chamber) initiatives to support local economic development. This appears to come from the “business friendly” view of unbalanced fiscal conservatism that in the end hurts the overall business community.

In this way, legislators do not practice informed oversight and the press doesn’t ask questions. In fact, on WREG Informed Sources on 8/18/18, Commissioner Heidi Shafer praised the friendly local media. This makes sense because the local Memphis press doesn’t question the establishment or the lack of legislative oversight. Instead the local press provides what appears to be fake investigative news. The lack of press and legislative oversight contributes to a lack of vitality that is needed to spur local growth while providing needed checks and balances.

Examples of fake investigative news include the recent $1,000 Local Memphis 24 expenditure for a City Councilman’s portrait story – the Commercial Appeal’s story on the $9,000 City Council New Orleans expenditure and the recent Memphis Business Journal EDGE editorial that nitpicked at a Greater Memphis Chamber request for company anonymity in relocation efforts regarding EDGE. This reporting occurs as opposed to wrestling with the excessive tax incentives and deficient processes of EDGE and while the Daily Memphian sets to launch with the support of an anonymous donor base.

None of the former questions real power or the lack of legislative oversight that has occurred with Memphis Corporate Community Leadership. A lack of legislative oversight and non-investigative press results in a rigged system without needed checks and balances and a economic ecosystem out of balance.

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Let History Be Your Guide

Local business leaders often leverage historical knowledge to explain system imbalances or to support their positions on for example issues like tariffs. To that extent, recent and long-term history shows that trickle down economics as supported by policy implementations that support excessive tax incentives don’t work for the overall business community, total wage growth or addressing income inequality.

This historical graph shows the impact of excessive retention PILOTs in Memphis under a closed rigged Crump like system that benefit only a few while undermining support for small business. This historical graph shows the impact of a closed rigged economic system on overall Shelby County total wage growth. And this New York Times graph shows the impact of trickle-down economics over time and the acceleration of income inequality nationally. Trickle down doesn’t work and the Memphis system is out of balance.

The local historical cultural roots of the closed rigged imbalanced system can be traced back to the  Memphis Crump Machine of the 1940’s. A machine that insured dissidents had little or no voice with support by social elites and developers which can be shown in the current day to result in significant known local imbalances which don’t work to evolve a competitive ecosystem in a global economy.

Out of Balance

A lack of balance and culture for real oversight can be seen in public testimony and board makeups. In a recent City Council hearing involving the Poplar Corridor TIF, Councilman Martavius Jones can be seen in the video at 13:00 reassuring colleagues that he is not anti-growth due to his legitimate concerns over restricting future tax revenues to one of the most affluent areas of the City of Memphis. In a 2015 Good Jobs First study small business survey, respondents echo Councilman Jones concerns stating that incentive programs are not helping small business grow which results in further system imbalances.

In the discussion that starts at 2:49 in the video, Councilman Jones is just doing his job by advocating for fiscally conservative economic development policy that serves the entire business community. After all, Councilman Jones is a professional financial advisor that understands business and finance.

In his closing remarks at 13:00, Jones goes on to point out the myth of high property taxes while conceding that the Memphis and Shelby County property tax rate is high but the total amount paid by taxpayers due to lower property values make current revenue generating tax rates competitive. In this way, Councilman Jones is supporting true fiscal conservatism by making the case for needed revenue to support the evolution of the ecosystem for the purpose of competitive economic growth while dispelling hype that property tax rates are excessively high when considering all variables.

To the right, a table displays average property taxes paid and annual housing costs with a 30-year mortgage for Shelby County, Memphis, Nashville and the Nation as a whole. The table proves Councilman Jones argument that the overall amount paid for housing costs in Memphis and Shelby County are below that of Nashville and the national average making high property tax rates in effect a minimal issue.

As far as board makeups, just review the makeup of the current EDGE Board for imbalances. On the current corporate like EDGE Board, there are 2 bankers, 2 attorneys, 2 hospital executives, 1 non-profit ministry administrator, 1 commercial real estate broker and 1 accountant. This board makeup is a prescription for further economic imbalances without adequate representation for workforce, university economics, public transit and small business. Based on the data, small business vitality is the chief area of local economic development deficiency that would surely get more attention from a more professionally diverse board.

Conclusion

Greater Memphis Chamber recommendations for EDGE reform backed by customer centric process improvement and responsible targeted industry tax incentives focused on recruiting new businesses to Shelby County are a welcome step in the right direction. At the same time, needed economic growth will only occur with a new EDGE Board that includes new professionally diverse players, fresh ideas and strong informed oversight that supports true fiscal conservatism while driving balanced economic development for all.

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT RESET

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT RESET

The reset

for economic development

By Joe B. Kent – Guest Blogger

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Richard Smith, Greater Memphis Chamber Board Chairman, continued his activist economic development reform efforts by calling for, once again, the overdue restructuring of the Economic Development Growth Engine (EDGE). Overdue because current EDGE Board members have been serving for more than seven years enabled by a poorly written Joint City – County ordinance which did not term out Mayor appointed board members.

EDGE Board approved efforts have contributed to below municipal peer-average total wage growth and excessive tax incentives for the benefit of local interests. These excessive local company tax incentives to retain company operations (retention PILOTs) in Shelby County were unfortunately justified with incomplete accounting and overstated EDGE Scorecard “Total New Tax Revenue Generated” amounts.

EDGE has overstated

Through incomplete bogus accounting, EDGE has overstated “Total New Tax Revenue Generated” by an estimated $800-900M at an estimated direct taxpayer loss of $250M+. This tax revenue loss undermines true economic development efforts and support for small business in safer/paved streets, better workforce and public transit.

Simply stated, its past time for the current EDGE Board to go based on the above results. It’s just not healthy to have tax abating board members with unlimited terms.

Restructured EDGE Board

What might a restructured EDGE Board look like? That is an EDGE Board that will serve the entire community and not just a small few. Such a board would need to operate under a more comprehensive definition of economic development to serve the entire community as opposed to serving largely corporate and real estate interests.

Recently, in an effort to ascertain authentic public feedback on local economic development efforts, an unscientific survey was conducted by the social media group Memphis Raise Your Expectations. A majority of survey respondents defined economic development as “A community policy intervention endeavor with aims of improving the economic and social well-being of people”.

Respondents further ranked the  percentage importance of the Amazon Road Map categories contained in the economic development policy pronouncement of the University of Memphis. The percentage importance survey results were as follows: Career Ready Workforce-21%, Public Transit – 19%, Quality University-17%, Quality of Life – 17%, Efficient Air Travel – 14% and Tax Incentives-12%.

Given the above adopted definition of economic development and Amazon Road Map categories, a diverse nine-member EDGE Board would consist of the following representated seats: 1) K-14 Career Ready, 2) Public Transit, 3) University, 4) Quality of Life, 5) Airport, 6) Small Business, 7) Small Business, 8) Real Estate and 9) Corporation.

This restructuring would insure advocacy for a balanced and comprehensive approach to local economic development that would serve the entire community using a “Just Follow the Amazon Road Map” mentality.

 

Chamber Report and Conclusion

Based on extensive research, press accounts and the most recent County Commission economic development committee public hearing featuring a Greater Memphis Chamber of Commerce report, it’s conclusive that excessive time and resources have been spent targeting local taxpayer funded wealth transfers in the form of tax incentives to existing corporations and real estate interests.

The former activity has been prioritized over more growth-oriented economic development activities like shovel ready site preparedness and customer friendly process design backed with targeted incentives. To that extent and based on research, preliminary Chamber report and public testimony the following is recommended:

  • Appoint new EDGE board members with representation that would adopt a balanced “Just Follow the Amazon Road Map” approach to economic development with management authority over the EDGE Chief Executive Officer
  • Streamline processes to accommodate one-stop shop for Shelby County economic development services while protecting client anonymity and eliminating application fees
  • Adjust and target incentive amounts for desired industries that have been shown to decrease income inequality like advanced manufacturing for external recruitment while lowering incentives for warehouse distribution. In a recent Economic Institute study, warehouse distribution has been shown not to have the economic impact as reflected in local economic modeling.
  • Economic modeling training for all local legislators to support effective quarterly oversight practice while establishing legislative subject matter experts
  • Properly and completely account for “Total New Tax Revenue Generated” in EDGE economic modeling
  • End retention and residential PILOTs while preserving PILOTs for large local expansions and external recruitment

The implementation of the above recommendations while leveraging Shelby County assets should reset efforts to result in a true economic development growth engine.

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A food affair

Fuel Café, OVerton Square

By Celeste Riley – Guest Blogger

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Memphis has an array of food options that are scrumptious and soothing to your palate such as Fuel Café. This quaint little restaurant has been open in Memphis for seven years now and recently had a renovation that includes a wood oven as well as new menu options. It used to be a gas station which was converted into an eclectic restaurant that is a relaxing stop for students meeting up with friends. I selected this restaurant in Overton Square since it featured vegetarian selections that are part of a healthier eating trend. The ambiance is pumping with soft rock and roll, many small tables are easily accessible and they also offer a sizeable covered patio for larger groups. The menu features Herbed Lentil Salad, Walnut loaf over smashed potatoes and an array of build your own pizza options.

For my appetizer I selected the Black eyed pea Falafel that’s fried and served with dill tahini sauce along with a dill pickle cucumber salad. I truly enjoyed the flavorful falafel and the sauce made a good pairing while the salad would be considered mini size. For my main course I opted for the polenta with chucky veggie stew that consisted of garbanzo beans and carrots topped with fire roasted polenta and goat cheese. The portion was on the medium side and the balance of flavors from the warm polenta and goat cheese just melted in my mouth and was delightful. The staff was friendly and the waitress told me that the menu had undergone many revolutions like the vegan burgers that were back by popular demand. What’s interesting is that they also have several food trucks that go out to places like the Levitt Shell during concerts to offer participants a healthier option. Apparently the tacos are very popular with one taco featuring bison yet they also maintain veggie versions as well.

For dessert I selected a custard pudding with chia seeds, topped with chopped grilled mango pieces and a mint leaf. The dessert was an interesting combination of sweetness like tapioca pudding and filling because of the chia seeds. For those who are adventurous this is a dessert worth trying even if it’s just a topic to reflect on later with friends.

The build your own pizza features a creative carrot Hawaiian, shrimp scampi and Janson’s temptation with anchovies, potatoes and caramelized onions. This is for sure a fun stop on a Saturday night out with friends or even on a weekday. The prices are a little more than some students would like but you get what you pay for and that’s quality here. However my meal with sweet tea cost $30.00 and that’s not including a tip. Most students would balk at these prices but if you’re in Overton Square prices are higher since you’re also getting a young hip atmosphere.  With that said food can be a lifelong affair and trying new places is part of the adventure and as George Bernard Shaw stated “There is no sincere love than the love of food”. On the scale of Yummy or Crummy I would give them a four out of a five star and that’s more reflecting on the prices than the quality of the food.

There is no sincere love than the love of food.

George Bernard Shaw

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6 tips for small businesses
the wild gem
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Introduce Yourself!
My name is Audrey and I am the owner of The Wild Gem. The Wild Gem is a vintage clothing boutique for the modern woman.
I have grown up collecting vintage pieces and never wanted to wear anything I might possibly see a stranger wearing. I have loved fashion since the day I was born. My family could tell you, I changed clothes at least 5 times a day, just to create something new and feel a different way.
What pushed me to make a business out of my love for fashion and vintage in particular, was a friend I met in San Francisco. She couldn’t believe I wasn’t sharing the things I would find and the outfits I would put together. I honestly never thought about it. I would just get so caught up mixing and creating my own outfits. She encouraged me to just go full force and start a business! She actually created my logo too! A couple years later and I am doing flea markets around the Dallas area and selling my finds out of my loft in Deep Ellum.
Have you always loved fashion?
Oh, growing up I was a day-dreaming, fashionista cowgirl. I was literally always changing clothes like it was my job and asked my daddy every day to video me while I danced around in each outfit. Then, I would make him play the tape so I could watch (yes, there were still VHS). My most popular attire was a one-piece bathing suit with a tiger face on it, big clip-on earrings, red lipstick from mom’s bathroom and cowgirl boots – always cowgirl boots.
How Did You Choose Your Business Name?
At the time I started this business, I was living wild and free in California. I was unsure of where life would take me next, but I knew I had something to offer. A family friend would always tell me that I am more precious than rubies. That has stuck with me through the phases of my life and I wanted my business name to reflect something that meant rare, wild and one of a kind. One day it just literally hit me. I remember I was in a coffee shop making a mood board and I was like “ok, the wild gem. done.”

I go out and hand-pick vintage pieces from Levis to lace dresses, to mod jewelry and more. I try not to limit myself to one style when I’m hunting. I think what sets Wild Gem apart from other vintage boutiques is that you will never find 2 of the same piece and I don’t limit to one color scheme or era of vintage, yet everything is made to mix and match.

6 Tips for Small Businesses

1. Follow your passion, even when it gets hard!

This has been SO fun to create and rarely feels like work. Some obstacles I faced in the beginning though, was how much I was moving around California while trying to create my brand, survive in LA and buy out of pocket for all my inventory. Learning how to file sales tax was not super fun either. (Shout out to my finance advisor aka Dad). There were also a lot of vintage sellers in California, so I had to determine how my brand would stand out from the rest. Being a business owner is not easy, but don’t ever stop learning or give up on your dream!

2. Don’t be afraid to stand out

You’ve been given a beautiful gift and a unique soul. Boldly share that with the world and those around you! No one else can do what you do, quite like you can.

I feel like The Wild Gem takes a rare approach to vintage fashion. It’s vintage with a modern twist. I have not seen many other vintage stores with quite the same vibe.

3. find a way to relieve stress

For me it’s exercise. Dancing. Sitting on my porch with a glass of wine. Scrolling through Interior Design/Fashion magazines.

4. Ask for help when you need it

Oh, I have absolutely asked for help in this process and continue to ask questions. It was hard to do at first, but you just have to humble yourself and take in all you can. I think of it as hearing from others who have crossed bridges you haven’t crossed yet. I also think it’s important to hear what has worked for other people and what hasn’t; then taking that info and applying it to your own business plan. Having a support network is everything. I am often in communication with other small business owners and have certain people on speed dial when I need a pick-me-up or need advice. It’s imperative for women to support other women. I’m a firm believer in that.

5. Specify your goals

Short-term and long term. Speak them into existence! Give yourself deadlines and write them on a calendar devoted solely for business.

6. Organize your money

I have spreadsheets for everything! I also have many folders where I keep receipts for expenses, cost of goods, monthly sales, etc. It’s super important to stay organized with the financial aspects of your business and to stay on top of this throughout the year and not just when taxes are due. If you can afford to hire a financial assistant though, by all means do so. Thankfully, I have a Dad who helps me out with this 🙂
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How I positively Grieved

After the death of my mom
By Ashley Moss – Guest Blogger

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Seven months ago, my mom died from pancreatic cancer at the age of 57. Her cancer diagnosis and death were hard for me to deal with and grasp because I had a close bond with my mom. She was one of my best friends, and a single mom to me and both of my siblings. Thus, letting her go and coming to terms with her death was tough for me. 

The day she died, I felt like both my parents had been ripped away from me in a moment’s notice because I had never had a father growing up. She was my biggest supporter in life, and we often depended on each other for strength and guidance throughout the last years of her life. When she died, I didn’t immediately start to grieve. Though I wanted to, it took me several weeks to get over the shock and denial of realizing that my hero had died. Besides, I couldn’t grieve after my mom’s passing because I had to write out her obituary, contact my mom’s church and her pastor for the funeral and burial services, contact her boss about having the repast at her place of work, and pack up my mom’s things. It was a month after my mom’s death that her absence started to affect me, and I started to grieve.

After the funeral and burial services were over and I had packed up my mom’s things and donated them to charity, I went home. I went home, locked my bedroom door, laid down in my bed, and cried for 3-4 hours straight. I cried because I missed her. I cried because I needed her then, and I couldn’t have her comfort me in that moment like she had done so many times before. I cried because I knew the credits had rolled on the memories and bond that I had made with her, and I couldn’t start them over again with her by my side. I grieved long and hard for about three and a half months before I began to feel at peace with my mom’s death and let her go. 
I had cried enough. It was time to try to begin to piece the pieces of my life back together again.

One morning in April, I woke up and decided to put away the bereavement cards that people had given me and family members out of my sight. Then, another day I found myself crying less about her death, beginning to move forward with my life, and finding my way of the sadness that I had been in since her death. Lastly, I woke up one day in the first week of July before noon and felt that it was time to stop grieving so heavily for my mom and time to start living my life again. I had cried enough. It was time to try to begin to piece the pieces of my life back together again. It was six months after my mom’s passing that I came to this decision, but it was mine and I had come to the resolution on my own.
The peace that I feel now after positively going through the stages of grief and not trying to rush or obliterate the process from my experience was worth it. I still have sad days and find myself crying sometimes when I think of her and her memory, but for the most part I’m choosing to deal with grief over the loss of my mom in a positive way. I refuse to let depression, sadness, and grief cripple me.
 The following is a list of how I try to positively grieve my mom’s death daily.

1. I embrace my Christian faith. I find comfort in it and reading the bible day to day as I remember the things my mom taught me about God and her favorite bible verses.

2. I stay in touch with family members, friends, and people who meant a lot to my mom. On sad days, I tell family members and friends to check on me as well as to pray for me. To add to, talking to mom’s old friends on the phone and hearing them tell me stories about her and her love for me helps on sad days.

3. I try to still celebrate special dates that meant a lot to mom and me even in her absence from my life. Her birthday was a big deal to us both, so this year I went out to eat on her birthday as if I were still treating her. I also plan to donate money to a cancer foundation on her death anniversary this year and carry out holiday traditions that my mom started with my siblings and me.

4. I give myself space and time to grieve. If there’s a day where I feel sad and want to wallow in my sadness over my mom’s death, I let myself do so for however long I need to that day. Afterwards, I resume my plans for the day or week. I don’t force myself to feel better right away or to be done grieving her death by a certain time. I’ll always miss her and will never be fully done grieving her death.

5. I try to express my feelings daily in some form or way. I don’t hold my feelings in or try to hide my feelings about my mom’s death. Sometimes, I will talk them over with family and friends. Other times, I’ll journal my feelings or write a poem about them.

There is no right or wrong way to grieve a loved one that has passed on. Nor is there a time limit that was put on how long a person should grieve for their deceased loved one. My advice to everyone out there who is grieving the death of a loved one is to go with the flow and find what works for you as you grieve. I did.
ashley Moss
Guest Blogger // AshleyMossAuthor.weebly.com
Ashley Moss was born and raised in Memphis, Tn. She is the middle child of three children born to her mother, and she dearly loves her family. She is an aspiring journalist and writer who is finishing up her third degree at Southern New Hampshire University online. She also loves reading, writing, anything inspirational, and pizza.

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