New City Builders

New City Builders was started in 2015 as a BLDG Memphis program for emerging leaders in the Memphis community development industry. Since then two cohorts of rising stars in Memphis CDCs have completed the six-month course, with several already advancing to executive leadership in CDCs and other agencies.

The goal of New City Builders is to equip new leaders in the local community development industry with the knowledge and connections necessary to re-build Memphis, through:

  • Field Work: touring, site seeing, and pitching in to help your industry

  • Courses in Community Development: workshops in the industry

  • Making the Connection: supplemental social and professional events

Candidates in the New City Builders program agree to take part in a minimum of ten hours per month in planned activities and are encouraged to participate in optional networking opportunities. Over the course of six months, each Candidate engages in:

  • Field Work with CDC industry partners

  • Course Work with industry instructors

  • Making Connections with key partners

To learn more about New City Builders and how to get involved with CDCs in your neighborhood, contact

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