EDGE BOARD GOALS
Memphis and Shelby County consolidated several economic development entities in 2011 to create the Economic Development Growth Engine (EDGE) Board. The president of the EDGE Board recently spoke to the Rotary Club in Memphis detailing the board's areas of focus for the remainder of this year. One of the four main themes discussed was brownfield redevelopment. The EDGE Board will encourage development of vacant sites that were formerly used for industrial and commercial purposes. Developers are often concerned by the potential for contamination and liability. Dulberger suggested that the EDGE Board could acquire, test, remediate and develop brownfield sites with money made available through federal funding. The redevelopment of these vacant properties increases the city and county tax revenue, job growth and encourages safer neighborhoods.