Moving Memphis Forward
Over $15 billion in new development is taking place today in Greater Memphis, and for the first time in decades, more of that is happening inside our city limits than outside of them.
More than 18,000 more Memphians are working since Jim Strickland took office and unemployment is at a near-record low.
Building on Memphis' continuing success as a tourist destination, the State of Tennessee gave us the go-ahead to build a youth sports complex at the Fairgrounds, and soon we'll have a new 27-story Loews Convention Center Hotel scraping our skyline and a remodeled, state-of-the-art Convention Center.
Implemented an aggressive public safety strategy to rebuild our police department and recruit more police officers. On Strickland’s watch, Memphis had its first net gain of police officers in 7 years.
Achieved the goal of Universal Pre-K by the year 2020 through a city and county partnership that included no new taxes.
Investing in Our Youth
Increased Summer Youth jobs by 50 percent, made summer and Spring Break camps free, increased youth attendance in library programs by 50 percent, and brought back staffed summer play in city parks.
Reduced the response rate on 911 calls from 60 seconds to fewer than 8 seconds today, improved trash collection to parts of the city serviced by a private contractor, and created a new city division to focus on improving collection citywide.
Creating Better Core Services
Increased programming at parks, libraries and community centers, doubled street paving, and is continuing to improve the condition of our streets for all users.
Reducing the Homeless Rate
Reduced our homeless population by 19 percent since 2015 and successfully replicated a program in Albuquerque that provides work for the homeless cleaning up the city.
Increased contracts with minority and female owned businesses by 46 percent and increased the amount of small-businesses participating from around 100 to over 500 today.
Running a Smart, Efficient Government
Passed 3 balanced city budgets with no tax increase.
Working with the State
Pushed for stricter sentencing and aggressive prosecution of violent felons.
Turning Around Animal Services
In 2018, Memphis Animal Services reached its goal of processing more than 7,000 adoptions and rescue transfers and ended the year with an all-time high save rate of 88 percent.
Implemented the first comprehensive plan for Memphis in more than four decades that will direct more investment into our core city and neighborhoods.