Paint Memphis Mural. Artist: Jamond Bullock, Photo: Frank Chin
Today the City of Memphis announced the community of North Memphis has been selected to join the Strong, Prosperous, And Resilient Communities Challenge (SPARCC).
SPARCC is a three-year, $90 million initiative that will bolster communities in their efforts to ensure that, as major new investments are made, they improve equity, health, and environmental outcomes for all residents.
The Memphis Partners for Resilient Communities was awarded $1 million in direct grant and technical assistance funds over the next three years. Following a competitive application process in 2016, Memphis is one of six places chosen to receive initial funding and expert technical assistance from SPARCC. The initial six SPARCC sites include: Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Memphis, and San Francisco Bay Area. Collectively, the SPARCC sites will have access to an estimated pool of $70 million in financing capital, as well as $14 million of additional programmatic support.
The boundaries for this investment are outlined by the Wolf River on the west and north, North Parkway/Summer Avenue on the south, and N. Graham on the east. This award from SPARCC will enable North Memphis to harness the opportunity of these investments to ensure that development will benefit all residents.
“Some $7 billion in recent, current, or future development is transforming Memphis, with an emphasis on renewing the core city,” Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said. “As these developments take place in and around our neighborhoods, it’s important that everyone can benefit – not just a select few. Thanks to the SPARCC grant and the work of the Memphis Partners, we’ll take a major step toward equity as we envision the future of North Memphis.”
- Institutionalize policy and practices that incorporate diverse racial perspectives into community planning and development projects
- Promote investment patterns and strategies that result in equitable development outcomes for neighborhoods and their residents
- Improve health outcomes for residents by enhancing connectivity to healthy food, health services, access to green space and trails, and quality affordable housing
- Improve the climate resilience of neighborhoods and the region through targeted home weatherization, repair, and improvement efforts