Metro Government resolution expected to be presented to Memphis City Council Tuesday

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Could a joint government help boost the Memphis economy? Several local leaders think so.

Talks continue on forming a charter commission that would essentially combine the Memphis and Shelby County government.

“We have to work together to find solutions and that’s why I’m here,” said Shelby County Commissioner Reginald Milton

What does the future with a combined Memphis and Shelby County government look like? There’s no real answer.

Shelby County Commissioner Reginald Milton says it’s a conversation worth having.

“We have to decide where our city is going to go where our county is going to go and the effort of us trying to make this happen,” said Milton.

During a press conference Monday to explain the purpose of Metro Government, former Memphis City Councilman Jack Sammons said that Memphis has been on the slow decline.

“Memphis has continually been on a list of the slowest growing cities, shrinking population, one of the leading cities in America for loss job growth,” Sammons said. He believes combining the two government entities could solve some problems.

“This community has the opportunity to come together, Black or white, democrat or republican, urban and suburban and talk about where we want to be as a community,” Sammons said.

It’s all talk right now, but Tuesday, a resolution is expected to be presented to the Memphis City Council about making a Metro Government a reality.