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Newly launched startup accelerator expands innovation economy in Memphis

By Andy Meek, High Ground News Before launching the startup she brought to Memphis as part of 2018’s “Summer of Acceleration” startup accelerator programming, Stephanie Cummings was working in health care information technology. She was constantly busy, traveling across the country. She’d come home and see...

Treedom transforms vacant lot and grows community in Uptown-Pinch

By Cole Bradley, High Ground News On June 2nd, Memphis’ famous tree canopy got a new addition, but this isn’t your typical flora. Treedom is the 26-foot brainchild of Parisian architectural firm Atelier YokYok and was originally constructed in 2015 for a one-week engagement at Budapest’s...

County-wide pre-K initiative seeks to level the playing field for early childhood education

One thousand students in need do not have a place in pre-K in Shelby County, and the county is on track to lose an additional 1,000 spots when funding from a four-year pre-K development grant  from the Obama administration runs out at the end...

The kids are alright: Meet the Uptown organizations helping its youngest residents thrive

Facing serious concerns like drugs, gangs, and crime, communities often call for more youth programming to keep kids safe and productive. In Uptown, a handful of organizations are already working to build thriving kids and a thriving community, but they can’t do it alone....

Soundways earns $100k investment and leads Memphis in the ‘rise of the rest’

Facing a packed audience at Clayborn Temple, Memphis-based startup Soundways received the ultimate vote of confidence from Steve Case, co-founder of AOL and Chairman and CEO of Revolution, a D.C.-based venture capital fund.Related: "As part of a national entrepreneurship tour, Memphis leads the rise...

Uptown residents set priorities in $95 million TIF expansion

Development has been top-down for a very long time. Consider the Great Pyramids or even Memphis’ own Pyramid; it wasn’t the construction crews that made the decision to build. Traditionally, a person or company buys land and develops it how they choose. Even when...

Klondike-Smokey City foster care festival advocates for keeping children in their communities

 There’s a certain magic to choosing the right spring day to host your outdoor event, and the North Memphis neighborhoods of Klondike-Smokey City have the touch. The brilliant blue skies and steady breeze were a perfect setting for the neighborhoods’ third annual foster care...

One Whitehaven community. Two high schools. A few turnaround options.

Whitehaven is rich of history, culture, great food — and school turnaround reform.There’s Whitehaven High. The high performing school is known and respected for its sports program, lively band and majorettes, and the millions of dollars in scholarships awarded to college-bound seniors.Then, there’s Hillcrest...

South Memphis rugby and soccer teams promote community growth, youth opportunities and land reuse

The Bluff City is a basketball town located in the heart of college football country.  But in South Memphis, rugby and soccer – two internationally popular sports not traditionally played in the neighborhood – are creating community by bringing neighbors together, creating athletic opportunities...

LITE Memphis earns national award for fostering high school students into entrepreneurs

In an attempt to close Memphis’ gaping disparities in wealth and education attainment, LITE Memphis trains high school students in entrepreneurial skills. That unique approach to community revival recently garnered the nonprofit a national award for civic innovation.“Our mission is to equip African-American and...