2nd Annual Memphis Blight Elimination Summit
THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT!! Please contact Karen Foster to be placed on the wait list. Thanks!
Vacant, abandoned, and nuisance properties threaten the public safety and quality of life in neighborhoods throughout Memphis — but together, we’re making progress in our fight against urban blight. The Second Annual Memphis Blight Elimination Summit will gather grassroots activists, policymakers, and business leaders to strategize about how our community can get rid of blight for good.
11:30 – 1:00 Lunch program at Clayborn Temple, we will honor individuals and properties in our community that are improving conditions in our neighborhoods.
1:30 – 3:30 Afternoon workshop sessions at the University of Memphis School of Law will offer useful skill-building opportunities and resources. Please note: Cecil C. Humphreys School of law address is 1 North Front Street.
Workshops will be filled on a first come first serve basis and are as follows:
- Code Enforcement: Come hear about how various code violations move from citation to compliance. Panel of Speakers will include key representatives of the City of Memphis Housing Code Enforcement, Memphis/Shelby County Office of Construction Code Enforcement, the Shelby County Health Department, and the Shelby County Environmental Court.
- Data and Information Systems: This workshop will include a presentation of Memphis data resources and their availability, including how community members might navigate these resources and use them in the fight against blight. Solutions will be outlined as to utilization of data resources to not only combat blight, but to rebuild and reuse blighted properties. Session will round out with discussion of data’s use to inform strategies and measure outcomes.
- Reclaim and Reuse Vacant Land & Buildings: Workshops leaders will discuss four specific strategies to encourage and incentive productive use of these vacant and abandoned properties, including: (1) a “Small Developer Boot Camp” to educate investors and developers about to redevelop in challenged areas; (2) improving the process of getting tax delinquent properties back into productive use; (3) use of Tennessee Housing Development Agency’s Blight Elimination Program to demolish single family houses that can’t be saved and are bringing down the value of the surround neighborhood; and (4) tackling large abandoned multifamily housing complexes by selective demolition.
- In addition to these three workshops, the Summit will offer a special “Do It Yourself” programming track to empower newer activists who are learning basic issues associated with blighted property and neighborhood reclamation. Topics will include: The Challenge of Blighted Properties in Memphis, Relevant Laws and Legal Processes, Community Collaboration to Tackle Blighted Properties in Memphis, Increasing Awareness in YOUR Neighborhood, Fostering Capacity and Creative Solutions at the Neighborhood Level, and Resources for Neighborhood Projects and Redevelopment.
Sponsors: Neighborhood Preservation, Inc., ULI Memphis, University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, Clean Memphis, Keep Tennessee Beautiful, Memphis City Beautiful, Greater Memphis Chamber, Shelby County Government, City of Memphis, and the Tennessee Housing Development Authority.
Please register by May 15, 2017. $5.00 late fee after this date. We have a limited number of complementary scholarships we can offer dues to our sponsors. If you are interested in receiving a scholarship please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 901-310 5833.