Top Memphis business leaders catalyze government, civic and grassroots leaders to reclaim Memphis’ position as one of America’s cleanest cities.

The Chairman’s Circle was established by the Greater Memphis Chamber in 2012 as leadership body to engage Memphis business leaders on a variety of issues that affect Memphis and the Mid-South. Just three years later, the Chairman’s Circle has 102 members representing over 88,000+ employees in the Memphis Business Community. Blight and trash is one of the area’s biggest economic development challenges, creating a barrier to recruiting businesses and lowering quality of life for everyone. The Chairman’s Circle has taken aim at this critical issue with Memphis Clean by 2019, a “moon mission” to mobilize the entire community to create a clean, beautiful city.

Consilience Group (CG) has supported the Chairman’s Circle in community engagement since its launch. To help mobilize Memphis Clean by 2019, CG facilitated small and large stakeholder groups to develop a strategic roadmap with clear goals, objectives and partnership accountabilities. In 2015, over 60 organizations, including top business and government leaders as well as neighborhood and faith-based organizations, collaborated on a shared roadmap to tackle blight, reduce trash and return Memphis to its historical recognition as one of the cleanest cities in the country.

Impact

The Memphis Clean by 2019 planning process focused stakeholder efforts to form the Blight Authority of Memphis (BAM) as enabling infrastructure for accelerating strategic redevelopment and community revitalization. BAM, launched in late 2015, will operate as a land bank of blighted properties as a key tool for the plan’s bold strategies to reduce blight. The planning process also catalyzed broader business-community partnerships that leveraged corporate and community volunteers for large-scale clean up events in partnership with neighborhood organizations in key areas.