WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO
The Mid South Greenways Steering Committee is a voluntary ad hoc group of parks, greenways, and open space stakeholders from throughout the region. We are the only neutral convener in the region for green infrastructure planning and development and boasts a strong history of collaboration and communication across jurisdictional boundaries.
At the 2009 Urban Land Institute-Memphis forum “Exploring the Transformative Roles of Greenways,” Mid South regional greenways, parks, and open space stakeholders acknowledged that greenways are more than just recreational trails. They are engines of change that boast an array of enticing economic benefits, support environmental revitalization, promote healthy behaviors, and can connect our multi-state communities. This consensus provided the spark needed to bring the Steering Committee together that same year, and it prompted a commitment to meet regularly in pursuit of a common mission: to unite stakeholder voices and strengthen their efforts to advance an integrated network of greenways in the Mid South.
Our member organizations are allied under a vision of a regionally interconnected system of greenways, blueways, bike lanes, parks, trails, wilderness areas, working lands, and open space to sustain our natural life support system for future generations.
To bring about our vision of a regional system of green infrastructure, the Steering Committee provides outreach and marketing tools, mapping services, public education campaigns, reports on upcoming funding opportunities, venues for partnership building, and other visioning work needed.
The Mid South Greenways Steering Committee meets quarterly and is guided by its Executive Committee:
- Chooch Pickard (formerly of the Memphis Regional Design Center)
- Frank Ricks, LRK, Inc.
- Lauren Taylor, Hyde Family Foundations
- Andrew Trippel, LRK, Inc. (formerly of the Urban Land Institute-Memphis)
You can download out meeting minutes below for a better understanding of how meetings are conducted.