Memphis Government

On multiple occasions, Memphis Light Gas & Water has asked the Memphis City Council to increase utility rates to pay for long-overdue updates to MLGW’s infrastructure. And in the final meeting of the year, the Council said OK – mostly. Council members approved an increase on gas and water, but...
A development boom projected to draw more business, tourists and residents is unfolding in Downtown Memphis. At the same time, Memphis and it’s 60 percent African American population still carries America’s second highest poverty rate at 27.8 percent. As an expected $5 billion is spent for Downtown renewal, the biggest...
Brian Hampton acknowledged that it’s been a good year for his company, Network Construction. The owner of the small contracting company understands the plight most minority-owned business owners experience, including access to capital; but he said he’s been able to overcome many of the hurdles. One of those ways is...
Downtown Memphis is undergoing $5 billion in redevelopment projects – a transformation that can make the city more competitive and spur widespread economic benefits. Local and non-local investors are lured by downtown’s land value (appraised at $1.1 million per acre), Fortune 500 companies, Mississippi River views, riverfront parks, famous Beale...
After months of public debate and voting delays, the Memphis City Council on Tuesday approved Memphis 3.0 – the city’s first comprehensive land use and development plan in several decades. Final approval of Memphis 3.0 didn’t come without hesitation and was one of two key decisions the council made at...
The Division of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is soliciting proposals for the Strategic Community Investment Fund (SCIF) grant programs beginning December 3. Programs available for competitive grant application submissions for FY21 will include the following city and federally-funded programs: Emergency Solutions Grant Program (ESG) Housing Opportunities for Persons with...
The Memphis City Council on Tuesday decided to delay all votes on proposed MLGW rate hikes while the utility’s administrators figure out if changes in salaries and benefits will affect their proposed budget. In conjunction with that action, Council Chairman Kemp Conrad appointed a three-member impasse committee. With two council meetings...
The window for early voting in the Memphis City Council Runoff Election for District 7 had been open about five hours when candidate Michalyn Easter-Thomas and a bevy of supporters made a move crafted to thrust her toward a victory over incumbent Berlin Boyd. The move was a press conference...
Early voting for runoff elections for Memphis City Council District 1 and District 7 is now underway. Meanwhile, Shelby County Election Commission officials are scrambling to get more voters added to their roll while local advocacy groups are pushing to get more voters to the polls. Early voting extends through November...
Dozens of union representatives pledged their support for District 7 Memphis City Council candidate, Michalyn Easter-Thomas, during a reception in her honor Thursday evening. The city workers are hoping that their collaboration will help Easter-Thomas, a Shelby County educator, unseat her opponent, incumbent Councilman Berlin Boyd. The two will face...