Fourth Neighborhood Preservation Summit set for May 1

Award nominations are now open

NEIGHBORHOOD PRESERVATION, INC.

Memphis is a neighborhood city. Neighborhoods define the fabric of this city and the core tapestry of one of the most unique urban environments in America. For those interested in revitalizing and empowering Memphis neighborhoods, there is a seat for you at this year’s Neighborhood Preservation Summit on May 1 from 9 am to 2 pm at Northside High, 1212 Vollintine Avenue. 

Northside High School, site of this year’s Neighborhood Preservation Summit
(photo courtesy the Commercial Appeal)

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The Neighborhood Preservation Summit is a semi-annual event (every 18 months) hosted by the Blight Elimination Steering Team (BEST) to bring community members together to explore progress and the future of Memphis neighborhoods. This event features workshops surrounding the work done by each committee of BEST and how this work is applicable to the greater Memphis community. This event offers an opportunity to hear from city and county officials about their aspirations for the Memphis community, as well as a keynote speaker with an interesting perspective on the issue of neglected property. 

Morning workshop sessions will offer attendees a range of resources, skills, and knowledge related to preserving and maintaining the value in your neighborhood. The afternoon will feature a catered lunch, a keynote speaker yet to be named, and awards honoring individuals, properties, and groups doing the hard work to make improvements throughout our city. 

Neighborhood Preservation Awards nominations are now open link below.

Summit Award Descriptions

  1. The Key to the City of Memphis is given to an individual in honor of their outstanding dedication and service to the City.
  2. The Leadership Impact Award is given to an individual who has consistently performed exceptional work over a number of years to successfully and sustainably reduce blight in our community.
  3. The Grassroots Leader of the Year award is awarded to an individual working at the neighborhood level whose efforts are reducing blight in our community.
  4. The Residential Property of the year is a single-family home, duplex, apartment building, or other residential dwelling that is being maintained at a very high level and whose aesthetics are improving the quality of life throughout the rest of the neighborhood
  5. The Commercial Property of the year is a commercial building, such as a retail storefront, or office building, that is making a clear and positive difference to the aesthetics, livability, and safety in its area.
  6. The Law Student of the Year is awarded to the student whose work and dedication as a student in the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law is above reproach.  
  7. The President’s Award is awarded to an individual who the Chairman of the Board of Director for Neighborhood Preservation, Inc. believes has contributed substantially to the improvement and advancement of Memphis neighborhoods
  8. The Chairman’s Award is presented to an individual who the Chairman of the Board of Director for Neighborhood Preservation, Inc. believes has contributed substantially to the improvement and advancement of Memphis neighborhoods
  9. The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to the individual who over the course of their career exhibits exceptional skill, outstanding leadership, visionary guidance, and dedication to preserving neighborhoods and eradicating property blight in the City of Memphis.

Individuals and organizations are encouraged to visit the Blight Elimination Steering Team site, and nominate neighborhood leaders, here at memphisfightsblight.com.

Last year’s award winners were: 

  • Leadership Impact: Steve Lockwood
  • Grassroots leader of the year: Britney Thornton
  • Residential property of the year: Eddie Williams 261 N Merton
  • Commercial property of the year: Loeb Properties, Highland Strip
  • Lifetime achievement award: Judge Potter
  • Key to the city: Kermit Lind
  • Law students of the year: Corey Davis and Benjamin Law
  • Presidents award: Patrice Robinson
  • Chairman’s award: Rep Mark White

Registration costs $10, with scholarships available, and ends April 25, so visit memphisfightsblight.com to register and learn more! For more information, contact Imani Jasper at imani@npimemphis.org. 

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