Policy & Advocacy

BLDG Memphis' public policy and advocacy platform is crafted in collaboration with our member and partner organizations and reflects the needs and issues they face in Memphis neighborhoods every day. The work in the several policy areas on which we focus would not be possible without this dedicated network of organizations and individuals.

Among the overarching goals of BLDG Memphis’ policy and advocacy work are to:

  • Increase resources available to support the revitalization of Memphis neighborhoods.
  • Promote land use and transportation policies that guide equitable infrastructure investments and increase the livability of low and moderate income neighborhoods.
  • Increase affordable housing and sustainable homeownership throughout Memphis.
  • Accelerate the redevelopment of vacant and abandoned properties to encourage greater density, grow the local tax base, and promote enlightened development.

How We Drive Change 

BLDG Memphis convenes a General Policy Committee comprised primarily of active members who represent community development corporations (CDCs), non-profit organizations, government/quasi government agencies, financial institutions and key strategic partners that work across Memphis neighborhoods.

That body sets the annual Policy Agenda which develops the priorities and directions for our five policy sub-working groups. These work groups review existing administrative and legislative policies, research best practices for reducing barriers to community development work, craft policy recommendations, and advocate on behalf of our network to elected and appointed government officials. 

2021 Policy Work Group Mission Statements 

Affordable Housing - Increase resources for the development of quality affordable housing units as well as for protections supporting renters and homeowners in Memphis neighborhoods.

Community Economic Development - Advocate for institutional economic development support, increased partnerships, and incentives for place-based economic development strategies in Memphis neighborhoods.

Neighborhoods & Local Government -Support policies and legislation that will improve and secure more public sector investment for neighborhoods, strengthen relations between neighborhood leaders and public agencies, address resource gaps, and empower residents to build the capacity of community-based organizations.

Clean & Green Beautification Address the issue of nuisance properties, solid waste management, and activation and care of vacant land and green spaces through the delivery of creative programming and advocacy for local policy changes and funding. 

Transportation & Mobility - Ensure safe and quality mobility options for public transit and pedestrian-related activities such as walking and biking.


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