Building Community Downtown


As Downtown continues to develop, innovative residents, business leaders, developers, and community advocates are working to shape a livable and lovable neighborhood for everyone. Downtown is our community’s living room, full of public spaces that draw people from every zip code. How do we continue to build a Downtown that is accessible, affordable, and inclusive that uniquely showcases Memphis’ culture and distinctive personality? We’ll share the latest investments across Downtown and discuss challenges and opportunities – from housing and tourism to public parks and building business – for our city’s front porch.


  • Paul Young, President/CEO at Downtown Memphis Commission (Keynote Speaker)
  • Penelope Huston, Vice President Marketing, Communications & Events at Downtown Memphis Commission (Moderator)
  • Carol Coletta, President and CEO at Memphis River Parks Partnership
  • Kevin Kane, President and CEO at Memphis Tourism
  • Rory Thomas, President at Memphis Medical District Collaborative
  • Floyd Tyler, President & Chief Investment Officer at Preserver Partners, LLC & Preserver Fund
Thu, November 10, 2022
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM 
Hilton Memphis 
939 Ridge Lake Boulevard Memphis, TN 38120
RSVP here.

Lunch will be served during the panel discussion. Masks are optional for this event. We will continue to monitor the state of COVID-19 cases in our community, and may adjust protocols based on community preference, CDC guidelines, or at the discretion of New Memphis or Hilton Memphis.

Thank you to our generous sponsors: BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, Bass, Berry & Sims, and Duncan Williams Asset Management.