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NEWPORT, PARIS JOIN MAIN STREET’S ARKANSAS DOWNTOWN NETWORK

Main Street Arkansas - Wednesday, June 08, 2016

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Main Street Programs Participate in ArkansasGives

Main Street Arkansas - Monday, April 04, 2016

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First Placemakers Summit, Bootcamp Bring Downtown Experts to Northwest Arkansas

Main Street Arkansas - Friday, April 01, 2016

First Placemakers Summit, Bootcamp Bring Downtown Experts to Northwest Arkansas

 

 

Main Street Arkansas will be among the sponsors, as northwest Arkansas hosts the first Placemaker Summit and Small Developer Bootcamp, gathering urban planners, developers, civic organizations and municipal leaders from across Arkansas, Kansas. Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas. This three-day event will explore place-based strategies that strengthen a community, the economy and a unique sense of place vital to staying competitive in the 21st Century.

Taking place in downtown Bentonville April 22-24, dynamic speakers, interactive panel discussions, immersive tours, small discussion groups, informative workshops and one-on-one opportunities with national leaders in the field are fueled by locally sourced food, live music and engaging social events.

“Cities across Middle America recognize the importance of their downtowns and urban cores,” said Daniel Hintz, Chief Experience Architect of the Velocity Group and one of the event’s producers. “The summit and bootcamp bring together a powerful network of local, regional and national experts to identify the challenges to cultivating a unique sense of place by exploring neighborhood based solutions that create value for both citizens and visitors.”

Northwest Arkansas provides an excellent backdrop for the summit, as five major cities have now adopted downtown master plans. In addition to learning from the urban planning consultants who helped develop these plans, the event opens the opportunity to learn from municipal colleagues about their successes and challenges in developing and implementing these master plans through several interactive panels and plenary sessions.

“While our downtowns in the region are in various stages of revitalization,” said Mike Harvey, chief operating officer of the Northwest Arkansas Council, “this event highlights the power of coordinated, regional placemaking work and provides an opportunity to share our experiences while learning from other communities across the state and mid-South.”

While the Placemaker Summit will focus on creating and implementing the big plans, the Small Developer Bootcamp will provide hands-on experience for incremental private sector development necessary to fuel those plans. The bootcamp is a project of the Incremental Development Alliance (IDA), a national non-profit organization focused on training, coaching and connecting people to create neighborhood scale, small development projects in their communities.

"The work completed by the municipalities in Northwest Arkansas signaling their welcome to human scaled, walkable neighborhoods is fantastic. However, the hard work of implementation now begins," says IDA Executive Director Jim Kumon. "We hope the boot camp will engage small business owners, design and real estate professionals, builders, contractors and neighborhood advocates to augment their existing skills to develop the lots and buildings they care about. No one is coming from the outside to do this work for you, it has to be locally grown."

The Placemaker Summit will be held at the Meteor Theatre (128 W. Central Ave.) and the Small Development Bootcamp will take place at Tavola Trattoria (108 SE A St). Both locations in downtown Bentonville are examples of incremental downtown revitalization projects and offer a great context to the weekend. The Meteor Theater was a historic movie theater currently being updated as an event and live music venue and the Tavola building was an urban infill project built by a local developer.

The summit’s impressive list of national and regional placemaking experts includes Mike Lydon, a principal of The Street Plans Collaborative of New York; Victor Dover, co-founder of Dover, Kohl & Partners Town Planning in Coral Gables, Fla.; John Anderson, principal at Anderson|Kim Architecture + Urban Design in Albuquerque; urban developer Monte Anderson, president of Options Real Estate in Dallas; Timothy Breihan, principal of H3 Studio Inc. in St. Louis; John Hoal, founding principal of H3 Studio Inc.; urban designer and neighborhood advocate Jim Kumon; Tommy Pacello, president of the Medical District Collaborative in Memphis; and Scott Polikov, president of Gateway Planning in Dallas.

“While many of the speakers helped develop the downtown master plans found throughout Northwest Arkansas, this gathering of experts have been collectively involved in a vast portfolio of national and international projects,” said Hintz. “The summit and bootcamp will provide exceptional access to this significant level of experience and know-how.”

The event is supported by the Walton Family Foundation, with additional partners including the Arkansas Municipal League, Main Street Arkansas, Northwest Arkansas Council, the Arkansas Times, and Block, Street, and Building Magazine. The event is produced by the Velocity Group and the Incremental Development Alliance.

Summit and bootcamp registration may be made at www.blockstreetbuilding.com. Early-bird registration ends April 5.

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Growing Healthy Main Streets

Main Street Arkansas - Tuesday, January 26, 2016

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Main Street Inspires

Main Street Arkansas - Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Listen in and click on the video as Main Street executive directors describe how Main Street Arkansas inspire people to identify and champion the places that are important to them.
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2016 Training and Events Calendar

Main Street Arkansas - Tuesday, January 26, 2016

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Volunteer Onboarding

Main Street Arkansas - Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Volunteers are the life blood of Main Street programs. They do more than make up the difference when money is tight – they help your program connect to the community and increase its visibility. The number of volunteers you have depends on your recruitment efforts and the size of your community. In 2013, Arkansas Main Street programs reported more than 23,224 volunteer hours. If we were to quantify this amount, that would be approximately $439,630. On average, our Main Street programs have 40 to 60 active volunteers working on revitalization planning and implementation.  Read More

Five Tech Tools for Main Street Executive Directors

Main Street Arkansas - Wednesday, July 23, 2014

 Running a Main Street program is no easy task. Whether its scheduling a board meeting, organizing volunteers or alerting the public of road closures in downtown, executive directors are expected to do it all while juggling several other tasks. However, the use of technology can level the playing field when it comes to getting your message out and mobilizing constituents around a pressing issue. Here are five useful technology tools that Main Street executive directors can use to stay organized, funded, and in the public eye.  Read More

Main Street Arkansas Update July 21, 2014

Main Street Arkansas - Monday, July 21, 2014

Staff Schedule This Week

MONDAY: Brad – Rogers; Susan – Batesville
TUESDAY: Mark & Mason – Siloam Springs; Brad – Wynne
WEDNESDAY:
THURSDAY:
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