About the West Tennessee Region



Stretching from the state’s western boundary at the Mississippi River to its great dividing line along the Tennessee River, the West Tennessee Region is a land of fertile soils, wide floodplains, and exceptional musical and artistic traditions.  Long a major center of cotton and tobacco production, this region also played an invaluable role in the development of the American musical tradition, giving rise to the blues as well as the roots of jazz, country, and rock and roll.  West Tennessee comprises productive rural landscapes and a wealth of historic towns, growing communities, and outstanding natural resources.

In the Memphis/West Tennessee/Mid-South Region, the ULI Mid-South Chapter has been a major catalyst in creating public and private sector leadership, support, and investments in downtown revitalization, Complete Streets Policies adoption, and dialogue on the region’s opportunitites around greenway connections that led to the HUD Regional Planning Grant-funded Mid-South Greenprint and Sustainability Plan.  Other Sustainable Communities Partnership funded-projects include the Aerotropolis HUD Challenge Grant and Harahan Bridge TIGER Grant-funded projects that support regional goals and implementation.