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Downtown Memphis Commission

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 region. 

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. 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.  

The DMC is funded by an assessment on commercial property in the Central Business Improvement District (CBID), which is reinvested to support growth of our two key metrics. View our programs, and click here to see our boundary map.

To further accomplish its mission, the DMC and its related entities:             

  • Act as public-interest developer for key Downtown projects
  • Actively encourage redevelopment through adaptive reuse and new construction
  • Offer financial incentives and assistance to encourage development
  • Recommend and coordinate needed public improvements
  • Manage the Main Street Mall
  • Monitor maintenance and safety of public and private spaces
  • Create marketing messaging and promotional materials
  • Manage and operate seven public parking garages in Downtown
  • Staff the Blue Suede Brigade, hospitality and safety ambassadors for Downtown

The Downtown Memphis Commission includes Five Affiliate Boards

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.

  • Downtown Memphis Commission
  • Center City Development Corporation
  • Center City Revenue Finance Corporation
  • Downtown Parking Authority
  • Design Review Board

Through our investment in Downtown development, infrastructure, vibrancy and activation, we are creating a stronger Downtown Memphis—a Downtown for everyone.