Welcome to The Memphis Economy.  

The Memphis Economy is a partnership between the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County, EDGE, and the Sparks Bureau of Business and Economic Research at the University of Memphis. 

The goal of this site is to provide curated data that describes the Memphis and Shelby County MSA’s economic condition and provide comparisons to peer metros throughout the country.  The information collected can be used as an economic barometer and measurement tool for local elected officials, community leaders, economic development professionals, community-based organizations, and the general public. 

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Memphis Retail:  Evolution Not Extinction — A Look at Disruption, Trends, and Innovation in Retail

By Shawn Massey, CCIM, CRX, CLS, ALC*

Much has been written about the “Retail Apocalypse” and the demise of bricks and mortar that is simply not justified by the actual numbers.  How this negative view of retail has evolved can be traced back to a few sources that have twisted the news and have focused on the retail of the past and not on the future of retail development and the evolution taking place within the industry.


Prospects for Improving Real Estate Cycle Conditions for Memphis Area Commercial Real Estate

By Richard D. Evans, PhD.

Emeritus Professor of Economics and Real Estate, University of Memphis Sparks Bureau of Business and Economic Research, Director of Real Estate Research and Director of Revenue Forecasting

Glenn Mueller’s Real Estate Cycle Monitor rates real estate cycle conditions for five Memphis commercial property types. Quarterly cycle reports, covering more than fifty major markets for five property types, are free‒with the latest issue emailed November 27, 2017. [Real Estate Cycle Monitor. Black Creek Group, https://blackcreekgroup.com/insights/market-cycle-reports/]