Actually, a local firm partnered with the Boulder firm on this project, so there will be local representation with international experience.
Jeff, I hear you, supporting the local economy with the money you bring home is a great thing. The people listed in the article are also employees who bring home their paycheck and spend even more money because they have it to spend.
My point is, why are these people being criticized? For having good jobs? For being qualified? For volunteering?
It must have been a slow news day, since no local politician was indicted that day. There are real issues that need to be covered in Memphis, I urge the reporters to go out in the heat, like everyone else, and cover important issues.
Here are just a few for inspiration:
1. North Shelby County is the largest dumping site in the US for low level radioactive waste. We import radioactive waste to Shelby County from other countries and bury it here together with household waste. Why? Because the state makes money for each pound they import.
2. Five young professionals AND five middle class families move out of Memphis every day according to the CA. What are we doing as a community to stop the brain drain?
3. Even with all the tax breaks for new businesses, we can't attract any because they need high school graduates as a work force. We don't have enough high school graduates. Why? Because under-performing schools get additional money, so school administrators have an incentive for their students to fail or drop out. Teachers are very upset over this, but administrators and principals are fine with it.
There, that should be enough to keep reporters busy for a while. PLEASE stop wasting paper and go out there and write about something that makes a difference in our community!
Jeff, would you care to explain how employees create jobs?
If you want to talk about expensive, Ramen noodles were 10 for a dollar at one time, now you're lucky if you can find them 3 for $1.
In some parts of the world, people who live on $2 a day would have to save for 16 days before they could eat a $32 lunch.
I agree, foodies are exhausting! :-)
Let me begin by saying that I am not a big fan of any of the people mentioned in the article. However, John, please get real and report on something worthwhile instead of just stirring up stuff.
Memphis Tomorrow does not pay the salaries of these people, and according to the article: "Together they generate over $50 billion in annual revenues and employ more than 80,000 local people."
If we're going to compare them to regular employees, how much does a regular employees generate and how many jobs does a regular employee create?
These people qualified for their jobs just like you qualified for yours. If you're qualified, why shouldn't you apply for a high paying job?
You don't pay a state income tax on your income, just like everyone else who lives in the state.
What is the point you were trying to make in this article? Is there a specific recommendation that came out of Memphis Tomorrow that we should know about? Or are you just complaining about smart people who have good jobs and volunteer their time?
This story is very misleading, especially when people don't read what it says.
55 days includes sick days and holidays. Employees working 5 years get 10 vacation days. One additional vacation day is added for each additional year of service.
Here is the link http://www.cityofmemphis.org/framework.asp…
By Joe Boone
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