Thursday, August 18, 2011

New Memphis-Shelby County economic development agency open for business

The Economic Development and Growth Engine board raised a few edgy questions Wednesday but steered away from local politics as usual on the first agenda item of its fresh history.

The inaugural EDGE meeting seemed to raise the question: Will the pursuit of consensus and harmony for the sake of economic development sacrifice the healthy checks-and-balances of traditional politics?

The new board with broad oversight of economic development for Memphis and Shelby County unanimously approved its bylaws, but not before member Deidre Malone questioned how the EDGE president -- the top staffer -- will be selected and held accountable.

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