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From one -- capital to another in last week's Maier Monday we visited Kansas City and now we're headed to Memphis Tennessee now Memphis is not -- -- with Forbes's number three ranking on its list of most miserable cities but we're not gonna hold that against them at the the new mayor is fighting back he's working hard to remind folks.
Of the charm of a city that has led to Elvis Presley -- records and of course the best dry -- ribs in the whole world take my word for joining us now.
Memphis mayor a C yet -- good to see -- -- thanks very much for being here.
Thank -- -- thanks for having listened thanks for recognizing the good drive barbecue all that it is it -- -- it's the rendezvous right that's that's the name of the restaurant that's in that alleyway that has the dry -- Oh and by the way it's not the Jamaican man the founder of that restaurant Tolliver both passed away this week are sorry here today fought an -- -- driver I'll never hurt anybody that's right you can live a long -- -- -- drivers and you certainly can enjoy it.
How do you go about driving it does have this wonderful history -- personally I'm I'm not just wall of smoke here I do love Memphis and has that.
It has a gritty it is frankly that I like and I think as a selling point but not everybody does how would you sell.
On -- -- it hasn't agreed and it's but it's -- playing great in his -- will that is that is that have that but there than savory side to it and that.
We're we're -- we don't have that on favorites that we do have the greatest sad but it's.
If you don't do it in one fail -- -- I have adopted the slogan that we're gonna move -- -- move from month tolerate to appreciate we have talked to many people were taken in the business community.
Who seem to tolerate us but with that -- goal is moving the name from.
Tolerate to appreciate 11 step at a time.
Keeping your city is safe we've had -- the -- -- out crime rate.
We've produced almost 3009.
Jobs -- and a down economy -- last year have a favorable business.
Scheme here go on just one step at a -- there's no one full -- full step that you can take and I heard -- not from Philadelphia.
Improving your your your your workforce for example we have some a program here so it's.
-- the people to believe announced it is the other thing too.
-- I can imagine that there's a lot of work to be done but you know cities across country struggling -- just fired a bunch of firemen.
And in UC San Francisco Latin Los Angeles all kinds of bigger cities with even greater resource is having a lot of trouble however.
You have managed to hold the line on taxes how have you done that.
Well before consider malice -- -- -- we did the same thing there.
There's one good thing about being in the file if you will we don't do revolutionary -- it's evolutionary and for the most part.
So we don't have these -- rapid he'd -- growth birds that won't last we prefer a sustained of course.
And this is -- we're gonna make it through this downturn will come out relatively.
Strongly in the not too not too distant future simply because we don't take big -- We take out steps but they are sustained steps we know what we can keep up.
We've got a lot of strong employee here FedEx for example.
May try to get -- national -- headquartered here.
These are steady content is not been revolutionary enough an explodes.
And that's been the mentality about whole governing policy here.
We don't want to take these huge things.
-- the things that we know we're gonna be able to sustain.
We stick with the boys who promised to -- advanced -- and for example bill -- those things we no longer work here.
We don't try to mimic other citizen elsewhere we have met this we have back care -- and that's what we're going to stay -- -- Medtronic -- course a lot of medical equipment makers are freighter gonna get hit with a new tax because of because his health care bill.
What did the employers.
Tell you about what they need.
To make their life easier and to be -- hire new people.
But first the favorable tax structure which we certainly often -- -- of fact that we work.
Listed among the top CNN and -- the major site selection publications.
We have a good this destruction of that label climate here do not have an income.
Out taxes are relatively low.
One thing we're working on is a good.
Job force and that's something we've been a little -- -- But we're working on that 11 employee.
At a time we have -- -- program working on that so.
Favorable governmental regulation -- tax structure and a good work force.
O'Meara thank you for that.
Well you're -- It has so much -- -- time it is a great place that first of all not only are they great ribs but they're not expensive I could have a great time.
And not kill your wallet in Memphis and go to Graceland exactly and wait -- way they'll leave real way to -- -- -- -- and the years you won't recognize it AC Wharton mayor of the great city of Memphis thanks for being here mayor appreciate.
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