MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – In Friday’s Ransom Note: job poaching. It’s a curse for any metro area located in more than one state. Cincinnati deals with Kentucky poaching jobs across the Ohio River. Kansas City, Kansas poaches from Kansas City, Missouri, and Mississippi poaches from Memphis.
The Magnolia State scored a big one this week. A company called Medline announced its distribution center on South Mendenhall will move to a new warehouse in Southaven near I-55. So, the metro area isn’t growing jobs, but we didn’t lose any either.
The experts say for metro areas like ours to grow overall they must compete regionally and not pit municipalities against each other. For decades, it’s been easier said than done, but that is changing.
It’s good to see the new Regional Economic Alliance taking shape. Memphis is taking the lead by uniting Shelby County suburbs to sell the region of Memphis.
Apparently, a number of big projects are in the works. So while job poaching will likely never go away, it’s good to see we’re not throwing up our hands.