|Patterns and Resources:
Much like the human body, regions are made up of specialized
systems that work together to keep the body functioning and
healthy. A region also has parallel systems. Every system has
its own strengths and weaknesses and is affected by the
interplay of events occurring in each.
Within a region, each system
has its individual pattern, level of resources, plans,
leadership, investments and assets. The ability of the Memphis
region to effectively compete in the global network lies in
the strength and quality of its urban and environmental
Regional systems include the
following important components:
the contextual setting for all other systems.
valuable insight into the forces that have shaped today's
used for transport of water, electricity, and waste and for
the facilitation of communication.
Logistics: the internal and external linkages connecting
the metro to the outside world.
activities and functions occurring in the public and private
sectors within the region and between regional centers that
create jobs, generate income and support the economy.
Culture & Arts:
activities that contribute significantly to the quality of
life in the region.
Sports, Convention &
Tourism: resources that provide enhanced visibility of the
region to the outside world.
Education & Educational
Research: contribute to the growth of the region by
enhancing the knowledge, skills and abilities of its citizens.
Medical Facilities &
Research: support and enhance the health and well being of
the metro's residents while contributing to its economy.
Demographics: track the changing patterns of demographic
characteristics and urban growth, and the effects they have on
Governance & Public
Management: the legal and financial infrastructure and
policy necessary to provide the services, make the investments
and guide the future of the region.