Bi-Annual Greenprint Summit Launches This November

Release date: 10/27/2015

Memphis, Tenn. — The first bi-annual Greenprint Summit will take place on November 16th from 3-6 pm at the Germantown Great Hall in Germantown, TN. The public summit will feature many local organizations whose current projects support the Greenprint’s objectives to accelerate the Mid-South’s transition into a more livable, sustainable and connected region. Greenprint 2015/2040 is a 25-year regional plan containing recommended actions for local governments, businesses, non-profits, and concerned citizens to improve the quality of life in the Mid-South.  To date, 18 of 22 local jurisdictions have formally adopted the Greenprint plan to use as a guide for creating better green spaces, improving the health and safety of local communities, protecting natural resources, and promoting economic development. 

“The Greenprint Summit is an opportunity for everyone to learn more about the Greenprint plan and how collectively, our region can work together to achieve the plan’s recommendations.  Many organizations and jurisdictions have already taken an early lead on implementing the plan, and the Summit is an excellent forum to share in their success,” says John Michels, Greenprint Coordinator, Greater Memphis Chamber. “If we can get more people to support this vision and the right organizations to implement the plan, then residents of the Mid-South will have better access to high-quality outdoor spaces and new reliable ways to get to important destinations around the region.  Neighborhoods will be cleaner and safer, and critical natural assets, like our parks and waterways, will be better protected as well.”
Attendees of the Summit will have a chance to meet with local organizations such as the Shelby Farms Park Conservancy, Overton Park Conservancy, Clean Memphis as well as many others.  Exhibitors will showcase new and exciting initiatives and projects such as the West Memphis EcoPark, the Harahan Bridge Project, the Explore Bike Share program, and the Wolf River Greenway.  A schedule of activities and the full list of exhibitors can be viewed at
The Summit will feature three presentations to better explain the benefits of the plan, to explore potential implementation strategies, and to learn about the exciting new developments related to the region’s growing greenway trail system.  A Mayor’s Panel at 3:30 pm, which includes Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell Jr., Germantown Mayor Mike Palazzolo, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton, Jr. and Arlington Mayor Mike Wissman, will be followed by a presentation from Greenprint Coordinator John Michels at 4:30 pm and a Greenways Panel at 5:00 pm featuring the Mid-South’s leading Greenway Groups and Conservancies.
The Greenprint Summit is made possible by the Greater Memphis Chamber’s Chairman’s Circle and Hyde Family Foundations.
The summit is free and open to the public. Register at
For more than 175 years, the Greater Memphis Chamber has been the lead economic development organization for Memphis/Shelby County, and is a private, non-profit, membership-driven organization comprised of 2,200 business enterprises, civic organizations, educational institutions and individuals.