For release: March 19, 2008
For press information, contact Kathy Krueger
The Southeast Memphis Community Development Corporation and the University of Memphis
Southeast Memphis Initiative will host a Neighborhood and Community Summit March 27
at 6 p.m. at the Hickory Hill Community Center, 3910 Ridgeway Road. The subject will
be the new SAFEWAYS project.
Supported by a $2.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to Shelby County,
the project will bring enhanced law enforcement efforts to Southeast Memphis. The
meeting is open to the public.
Guests will include Memphis Police Director Larry Godwin, U.S. Attorney David Kustoffand
representatives from other agencies involved with SAFEWAYS.The summit will describe
the SAFEWAYS initiative to lower crime rates by focusing on the disproportionately
high crime rates in apartment communities. SAFEWAYS combines Blue CRUSH-style law
enforcement, statistical analysis and community outreach. It also provides an opportunity
for the precincts and the Southeast Memphis CDC to develop a support structure for
apartment managers and the business community in their efforts to improve safety.
The Southeast Memphis CDC will be partnering with community stakeholders to reach
out to youth and families in these high-risk environments.
The summit will also feature new information on post-tornado commercial revitalization
issues with guest Pat Jacobs, general manager of Hickory Ridge Mall; the Southeast
Memphis CDC anti-foreclosure program; Environmental Court coming to the Ridgeway Precinct;
and Community Enhancement grants awarded by the Shelby County legislative delegation.
Following the general meeting, participants are invited to participate in one of three
topical discussions: SAFEWAYS, commercial revitalization or housing and foreclosure
This briefing is the eleventh in a series of ongoing community meetings with residents,
public agencies, non-profit organizations, faith communities and the U of M. For more
information, call Kathy Krueger at 901-273-2870 or 901-233-6296.