Community Builder PILOT Approved for Northside High Revitalization
Exciting plans are in the works for the building that once housed Northside High School. It will become a multi-use space for education, housing and other projects after nonprofit community development group The Works, Inc. was approved for a 20-year Community Builder PILOT to redevelop the former school. The project is subject to final approval from the Memphis City County and Shelby County Commission.

Northside High’s building is 270,000 square feet and sits on almost 11 acres. The building has been vacant since 2016 when it was closed by Shelby County Schools. The Works’ vision is to create a neighborhood hub, filled with non-profit, commercial, and residential uses, to be the focal point for other plans in the North Memphis area.
ICED Loan Approvals

The Economic Development Finance Committee approved two creative projects at its February meeting.

Plans are coming together for a new selfie gallery where Midtown meets South Memphis. Terran Gary of Subroy Movement Foundation, Inc., doing business as Tasche Social Gallery, will receive a $15,000 Inner City Economic Development (ICED) Loan to help renovate 1730 Lamar Avenue.
The second approved project will be located at the corner of Jackson and Dunlap Avenues. Ephraim Urevbu of E.U. Enterprises LLC was approved for a $25,000 ICED Loan to help restore 825 Jackson Avenue and make the space ready for an artist incubator.

Urevbu envisions a building with multiple bays and spaces for production-quality artists to establish Memphis as home for their art and manufacturing of related products. Total project costs are estimated to exceed $350,000 excluding the purchase price of the building.
Meet the EDGE Board
EDGE's vision is for all people in Memphis and Shelby County to have opportunities for economic prosperity. We are fortunate to have 10 leaders who dedicate their time and talents to make this mission a reality. Each board member brings various strengths to the organization, and we are excited to have them share their time and talents with EDGE.
Welcome Our New Port
Operations Manager

We'd like to welcome Larry Baker to the Port of Memphis team. He was hired in January as Operations Manager. Baker graduated from Mississippi State University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He joins us from Filter-Doc Corp., where he was a Field Engineer/Project Manager. He is engaged to be married in April.

Baker is excited to join the Port. "There are big plans brewing for the Port of Memphis. I am fortunate for the opportunity to contribute my talents to prepare for, manage and complete ongoing and future projects to continue the growth and success of one of the country's largest inland ports. Not only does the Port of Memphis produce an abundance of jobs in the City of Memphis and Shelby County, but it is a vital passageway for transporting goods from coast to coast," he said.

EDGE At A Glance 
Since 2011, EDGE has approved projects expected to create:
*Wage calculation includes PILOTs only
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