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Mayor A.C. Wharton

Governor Bill Haslam

County Commissioner James Harvey

A great city is driven by great leaders. In business, government and education, our community leaders are solving problems and driving innovation. By training and empowering Memphis leadership to make an impact, our city is guaranteeing a better future in all sectors. The effects of good leadership – making a difference in families, jobs, and neighborhoods – ripple.


Porter Leath Childrens’ Home on Manassas Street is the oldest structure in Klondike/Smokey City. It was an orphanage until 1969 when it became a multi-service agency to serve more children in need.

Prosperity and decline shape Klondike Smokey City's history

Klondike Smokey City’s history tells a story of prosperity but also one of decline with shuttered factories, white flight and racial segregation at its core. 

Darrell Cobbins

Op-ed: Economic justice means loving Memphis in the public eye

We have a plan for our parks and greenways, our Downtown, our workforce development, then why not a plan to address the biggest obstacle staring us in the face?  A locking of arms that says we will not be a community where this economic imbalance exists for future generations to toil over. 

The compact dining room of Lotus Vietnamese Restaurant

From refugees to restauranteurs: Vietnam War-era immigrants make Memphis home

More than 3,000 Vietnamese immigrants call Memphis home. Their contributions to the city wouldn't have been possible without local support from nonprofits and the Catholic community.

A view of Decatur Street in Smokey City.

SPARCC grant targets North Memphis for equitable development

North Memphis, which has suffered from chronic public and private disinvestment, is getting an injection of capital with a $1 million grant and access to a larger $90 million financing pool. 

Economic Justice

Join High Ground News for "Economic Justice in the City"

Join High Ground News on Feb. 28 at Clayborn Temple for “Economic Justice in the City,” a conversation with five Memphis business leaders on the strength of entrepreneurship as a strategy to grow the middle class and what barriers remain in the effort to spread Memphis’ wealth. 
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