This is part of the ongoing conversation happening right now at the Memphis Boot Camp. Follow us on twitter at #MEMbootcamp or at

If a city like Memphis fails to make wise investments, it doesn't go out of business. It simply stops doing the things it needs to do to support its people and it businesses. As a result, people suffer.

For cities, a public investment that builds wealth within the community can't be evaluated over the short term. We must consider the multi-generational impact of the assets AND the obligations with everything we do.