West Tennessee Region’s Resources and Tools


Mid-South Regional Greenprint & Sustainability Plan


Implementing meaningful projects that will have long-term impact requires collaboration, funding, and the analysis of best practices. The Mid-South Regional Greenprint and Sustainability Plan seeks to unify parts of Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississppi in developing a regional vision for a network of green spaces connecting four counties in the three states. The plan aims to create a multi-jurisdictional approach to integrate housing, land use, economic and workforce development, transportation, and infrastructure investments in Shelby County, Tennessee; Fayette County, Tennessee; Crittenden County, Arkansas; and DeSoto County, Mississippi. (contact John Zeanah)


The following resources and tools have played a major role in bringing about many of the successful projects in the West Tennessee region:

Bus Transit to Workplace Study


What began as a study of improving bus connections to employment areas quickly grew into a larger effort looking at how accessible the Mid-South’s growing employment areas are to region’s population. Many employees (and potential employees) in the Mid-South Region do not always have access to a private vehicle. The Bus Transit to Work study includes an analysis of how employment is distributed regionally and how well employment areas are served by transportation infrastructure, including bus routes, bike lanes, and walking paths. For further detail, the study examines large employers at a site-specific level, collecting data on where employees live, how they travel to work and how easily their buildings are to reach by walking, biking and/or riding the bus.


Health Impact Assessment


Health impact assessment (HIA) is a tool used to inform decision-making around policies, plans, and projects that have the potential to impact community health, even though these decisions may not typically occur within a traditional public health context. The Mid-South Regional Greenprint and Sustainability Plan includes an HIA in order to equip the regional community with the knowledge and tools needed to apply a health lens to the decisions that stem from vision.


Fair Housing & Equity Assessment


The Fair Housing and Equity Assessment (FHEA) is a required study of the Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant. This activity allows the Mid-South Region the opportunity to assess existing research on fair housing in the region, engage community stakeholders to learn about fair housing and equity issues present in the region, consider fair housing and equity issues at the regional scale, and compare issues across jurisdictions to gain a shared understanding of fair housing, equity, access, and connectivity in the region.

The Fair Housing and Equity Assessment report will consider existing plans and data analysis, qualitative data analysis, and community engagement to address:

    • Areas of racial/ethnic segregation and integration
    • Racial/ethnic concentrated areas of poverty
    • Existing areas of high opportunity
    • Major Public Investments, including investment in pedestrian, bicycle, transit, and green infrastructure
    • Fair housing issues, services, and activities

The FHEA report will recommend how the Mid-South Regional Greenprint and Sustainability Plan can address these issues of fair housing and equity in order to create a more sustainable and livable region for all.


Web Mapping Tools


The Mid-South Regional Greenprint web-based mapping tools allow users to access regional data for travel patterns, employment, social equity, housing and transportation costs, and more. Data resources can be accessed conveniently and can be mapped easily at both the local and regional levels. Please explore these tools by clicking on the links below.

   Greenprint Interactive Map        Geoportal        Other Map Tools        Base Maps