2018 Program

RegionSmart Summit Returns April 26, 2018 at Halloran Centre 

Third annual gathering of mayors and civic leaders from throughout the Mid-South to discuss future of workforce development, transportation and land use.


Speakers include:


Ed McMahon, ULI

Ed McMahon holds the Charles E. Fraser Chair on Sustainable Development and Environmental Policy at the Urban Land Institute (ULI) in Washington, D.C.

Ed McMahon, ULI Fellow, will share his observations and thoughts on what makes communities successful– a shared vision, planning around assets, cooperating with your neighbors and the economic trends that are impacting these successes across the country today.


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Lynn Ross, AICP
Founder & Principal
Spirit for Change Consulting, LLC

Lynn M. Ross, AICP is the founder and principal of Spirit for Change Consulting, LLC, a boutique consulting firm dedicated to developing creative solutions for evolving places and people working to serve the common good. She brings over 15 years of experience and passion for housing affordability, city and regional planning, community development, evidence-based policy making and organizational change.

Can public spaces and public life help foster the inclusion and rebuild the trust lacking in so many communities? Reimagining the Civic Commons is a national initiative working in five U.S. cities—including Memphis--that seeks to answer this question. Explore the power of the commons in advancing the goals of socioeconomic mixing, civic engagement, environmental sustainability and value creation through a discussion with urban planner and public policy expert Lynn M. Ross, AICP, founder of Spirit for Change Consulting, LLC.


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John Hope Bryant

American Banker magazine 2016 “Innovator of the Year”, Inc.’s “The World’s 10 Top CEOs” (honorable mention), and one of Time magazine’s “50 Leaders for the Future” named in 1994, John Hope Bryant is an American entrepreneur, author, philanthropist, and prominent thought leader on financial inclusion, economic empowerment and financial dignity.

Bryant is the founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Operation HOPE, Inc. the largest not- for-profit and best-in-class provider of financial literacy and capability empowerment for youth and adults; chairman and chief executive officer of Bryant Group Ventures and The Promise Homes Company, the largest for-profit minority-controlled owners of institutional-quality, single-family residential rental homes in the U.S., and co-founder of Global Dignity. The last five U.S. presidents have recognized his work, and he has served as an advisor to the last three sitting U.S. presidents. He is responsible for financial literacy becoming the policy of the U.S. federal government. In January 2016 Bryant became the only private American citizen to inspire the renaming of a building on the White House campus, when the U.S. Treasury Annex Building was renamed the Freedman’s Bank Building. The Freedman’s Banks’, founded by President Abraham Lincoln, legacy has become the narrative of the work of Operation HOPE—to help all people become fully integrated into our nation’s economy. In April 2017, a historical marker inspired by Bryant to honor the final flight of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to Memphis on April 3, 1968, was installed at the Memphis International Airport 49 years to the day that Eastern Flight 381 arrived from Atlanta.


8:00  Registration Opens

8:30  Program

12:00  Call to Action

1:00 Conclusion


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