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Planning process underway for Memphis 3.0

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- What better way to celebrate a birthday than with big plans for the future. That`s the vision the city is calling Memphis 3.0 and it should be ready to go in time for a major milestone.

"200th birthday in 2019 so what better time than now to start looking at our foundation?" asked Ashley Cash, the comprehensive planning administrator.

Right now she`s focused on phase 1 which is the planning process.

"We may pop up at transit centers, grocery stores, Facebook live try to be innovative in reaching people."

For two years the city plans to pound the pavement getting out into the communities to see what matters most to those who actually live in Memphis neighborhoods.

"If only two people show up and give their input, then how can we base the future of the city on that?"

They city is calling it the people`s plan because they`re hoping to get straight to work once 2019 hits.

But why now? Why the big push for a comprehensive plan?

"We had a plan that was resolved in 2008 during the recession and the positions were just eliminated one by one and their wasn`t an office to drive that plan."

Now that there`s a planning committee in place, things are moving forward thanks to looking at other successful plans across the US that won`t define Memphis 3.0 but will help guide the process.