RegionSmart is a movement of MidSouth leaders who convene to discuss issues of regional importance and identify ways to collaborate on solutions. Our goals are to:

  • Educate and advocate for best practices around issues of regional importance.

  • Empower Mid-Southeners with the information and tools they need to move our community forward.

  • Convene members of the tri-state area to develop relationships and move forward together.

In 2019 we will host two events to bring together leaders from Arkansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee. A national speaker will present best practices for a regional topic and attendees will discuss solutions in small groups facilitated by a local stakeholder.



In 2007, ULI Memphis was founded by Boyle, Belz Enterprises, Henry Turley Company, LRK, and Poag Lifestyle Centers. ULI Memphis educates and advocates best practices in land use planning and sustainability by bringing together smart people to build strong communities. In 2013, ULI Memphis convened a group of regional mayors from the tri-state area to collectively discuss topics of regional importance. The Mid-South Mayors’ Council meets around topics such as workforce development, education, transportation and regional planning. In 2015, the Mayors Council championed the idea of RegionSmart events to bring together citizen leaders to demonstrate the power of regional collaboration.


Dr Jim Johnson returns on March 29th from 10:00 – 1:00 to present demographic trends in the U.S. and specifically the MidSouth. Dr Johnson will share ideas on how to use this data to influence decisions around education and workforce development. Visit ULI Memphis for more information and to register.