Frayser

Frayser is one of the largest neighborhoods in Memphis, stretching north from the city’s urban core to the rural Shelby Forest across more than 20 square miles. It is one of the city’s most disinvested neighborhoods but is rich with community activism. The resident-led Frayser 2020 community revitalization plan is focused on growing youth, reducing crime, and investing in infrastructure and amenities while the annual Frayser Festival celebrates the community’s bright spots. Frayser is home to many small businesses as well as Nike’s $301 million distribution center.

Development NewsFundamentals 1st Learning Academy

Entrepreneur opens child care centers in underserved communities


Feature StorySaveFirst aims to reduce the amount of people that fall prey to predatory tax services, which often overcharge low-income families upwards of $400 for simple returns.

SaveFirst aims to reduce predatory tax preparation in Memphis


Development NewsCherokee Frayser clinic
Development NewsLula's Frozen Treats entrepreneur Gwendolyn House Smith

Kid-friendly Lula’s Frozen Treats brings fun to Frayser


Feature StoryStudents at Frayser Elementary learn exercises that promote understanding and emotional stability. (Courtesy Playback Memphis)
Innovation & Job NewsThe new segment of the Wolf River Greenway has a 1.2-mile paved trail, wide concrete and asphalt paths and a boardwalk.

Opening of Confluence Park marks newest segment of Wolf River Greenway


Development NewsPeachTree Apartments

Frayser apartment community undergoing major transformation


Feature StoryStephanie Love stands in front at Whitney Elementary in Frayser, which residents say is negatively affected by a nearby landfill.

Community activists affect change in Frayser and North Memphis


Feature StoryThe exterior of Stylist Salon, a locally-owned business in Frayser.

Locally-owned business brings jobs back to Frayser


Feature StoryAccelerator programs hosted by organizations such as EPICenter Memphis, Memphis Bioworks and Start Co., help entrepreneurs launch businesses and   connect them with pathways to capital. To date, EPICenter has raised more than $16 million in capital.
Development NewsNational Manufacturing Day
Innovation & Job NewsHug Neighborhood Park Friends encourages engagement with city parks with activities like bicycle clubs and rodeos.

Adopt-A-Park program ramping up the call for volunteers


Innovation & Job NewsResidents of Memphis Teacher Residency spend a school year in the classroom with a mentor-teacher getting hand-on training.

Memphis Teacher Residency prepares students for success


Feature StoryListen To America Small

HuffPost, High Ground News & MLK50 to discuss economic inequality in Memphis


Development NewsJeff Tumlin

New public speaker series to address importance of urban planning


Feature StoryLiz Gutierrez, founder and CEO of Enterprising Latinas.

How to create jobs and help neighborhoods prosper? Support local entrepreneurs


Feature StoryGhost Signs

Ghost signs show Memphis commerce of days long gone


Feature StoryDr. Steven Euler, right, sets up an appointment with a caller's primary care doctor for further care.

New 9-1-1 initiatives seek to alleviate demands of nonemergency calls


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