Mid-South Mayors’ Council

ULI provides a non-political forum for these discussions and brings national experts and facilitators to the table to guide and give feedback as the mayors of our region convene together to work for the betterment of our region.

Mid-South Mayors’ Council


In 2011, ULI Memphis received a grant from the national ULI Foundation to convene a regional dialogue among the mayors of the towns and cities in eastern Arkansas, northern Mississippi, and southwestern Tennessee to work together for the betterment of our region.

On May 9, 2013 ULI Memphis convened at the new KROC Center with former Pittsburgh mayor Tom Murphy and Mayor Jim Hovland of Edina, MN.  Both communicated the progress made within their regional areas to engage the surrounding constituencies, establishing a common platform.  Eleven mayors from the Mid-South attended and voted to continue meeting as a group.

In Fall 2015, the Mid-South Mayors’ Council decided to build on their regional dialogue and engage other mid-southerners in a day-long conference. From that meeting, RegionSmart was born.


The first RegionSmart conference was held Thursday, April 28, 2016 at the Halloran Centre in downtown Memphis. Excitement about regional collaboration spread quickly, and the conference far surpassed its original goal of 200 registrants. For more information about RegionSmart, including speaker videos and presentations, please visit regionsmart.org.