In 1977, the City of Memphis and Shelby County governments established the Downtown Memphis Commission (DMC), formerly the Center City Commission, to capitalize on Downtown’s importance in developing our region.
Today, the Downtown Memphis Commission drives Downtown’s role as the economic, cultural, and governmental core of our city and county.
The DMC is solely funded by an assessment on commercial property in the Central Business Improvement District (CBID), which is reinvested into incentives, programs, and activation designed to support growth of both population and appraised commercial property values in Downtown.
The DMC's charge is to reinvest those funds for the continued development of Downtown for the betterment of all of Memphis and Shelby County. Our City and County governments believe that a strong, vibrant Downtown serves as a vital economic engine that ultimately helps all communities throughout the county prosper and grow. As such, the City of Memphis and Shelby County governments established the Downtown Memphis Commission to capitalize on Downtown's role as the economic, cultural, and governmental heart of the city and county. The DMC is the official partnership between local government and the private business community in Downtown's development.
The DMC's two primary metrics for success are 1) an increase in the number of people living, working and engaging in Downtown and 2) an increase in Downtown commercial property values. To accomplish these goals, the DMC implements a variety of programs and tools to foster development and investment, and to make Downtown active, walkable, clean, safe, inclusive, and interesting. View our programs, and click here to see our boundary map.
To advance its mission, the Downtown Memphis Commission board works along with four other affiliate boards that share the same goals. Each of these organizations plays a different role in accomplishing the overall goal of advancing Memphis and Shelby County by making Downtown Memphis a better place to work, live, learn, invest and visit. Although each is a separate board, they operate in coordination and efficiently by sharing the same offices and staff.
Through our investment in Downtown development, infrastructure, vibrancy and activation, we are creating a stronger Downtown Memphis—a Downtown for everyone.