Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Main Street Arkansas Update - October 29

October 29 – November 2

Wednesday - Susan, Batesville – window display
Thursday - Susan, Batesville – window display
Friday –

From Parks & Tourism
Arkansas Festivals Grant
The Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism is now accepting applications for the Arkansas Festivals Grant. Applications for the grant must be the fiscal agent of the festival applicant and must be incorporated in the State of Arkansas. Festivals in existence for one year or more may make application for and qualify for funds under this program. Only capital improvement projects for a festival can be funded through this program. Applicants may apply for a minimum of $5,000 up to a maximum of $35,000. The deadline for receipt of applications is 5:00 p.m. on December 17, 2007.

If you have questions, please contact the Tourism Development Section at 501.682.5240 or email

NLR Times Pro Main Street Editorial
Argenta Street Beat Photos
Ballparks & Neighborhoods Article
Grant Opportunities
America Unchained!
Fundraising Training
Arkansas Grants Training – CDBG & Other state provided/issued funds
NLR Times Editorial: Breathing New Life Into Downtown

Pictures from the Argenta Street Beat

Home-Plate Home: Ballparks Attract Condos

- we certainly see this in NLR. It will be interesting to see if this occurs near the new ballpark in Springfield, AR.


National Endowment for the Humanities
America's Historical and Cultural Organizations Planning Grants Grant

National Endowment for the Humanities
America's Historical and Cultural Organizations Implementation Grants Grant

Institute of Museum and Library Services Museum Grants for African American History and Culture Grant

America Unchained!
Shop independent businesses on Saturday November 17, 2007
The American Independent Business Alliance invites your organization to participate in this growing national campaign that urges communities to unchain themselves (to shop only at locally owned independent businesses) for just one day.
America Unchained! puts the focus on community economics by helping citizens recognize the economic benefit of local, independent businesses and think about the impact of where they choose to spend their dollars, not only for the upcoming holiday season, but every day.

Begun in 2003 by the Austin Independent Business Alliance (AIBA), Austin Unchained was a huge success. AIBA calculated the amount of money the local economy would gain if every citizen shopped at only locally owned businesses for one day. The number was stunning and grabbed the attention of both Austinites and local government. AIBA generated substantial local media exposure to drum up community support and participation. Through their posters, flyers, and t-shirts, word spread and the community joined in to inject millions into Austin’s economy.

AMIBA conducted the campaign nationally for the first time in 2004 with great success. Unchained is a “media darling” for its edginess and proximity to the holiday shopping season.

AMIBA provides templates for posters, a logo, button designs, press releases, and more for your use. Participants register at . Registration gains them access to a library of campaign support materials and places them on a list that is provided to the media. Visit for more information.
Trends in Philanthropy: Key Factors for Success in the Next Decade

Have You Identified Your Million Dollar Donors? A panel presentation by experts in development sharing successful case studies

Wednesday, October 31, 2007, 11:00 am-1:30 pm
The Little Rock Chamber of Commerce 200 East Markham
$15 for members of ACE and Little Rock Chamber of Commerce; $20 for Nonmembers to register
Lunch provided with registration fee

Arkansas Grants Workshops

This is an application workshop on the procedures for applying for grants from the Community Resource Group, the Arkansas Department of Rural Services, Arkansas Economic Development Commission and the US Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Community Facilities Program

Tuesday, October 30 10:00 am Darragh Center, Little Rock

Thursday, November 8 1:00 pm North Arkansas Telephone Company 301 East Main, Flippin

Tuesday, November 13 10:00 am, Board of Directors Room, El Dorado Chamber of Commerce, 111 West Main, El Dorado

Monday, October 15, 2007

Main Street Arkanasas Update - October 15, 2007

Congratulations to Missy McSwain, longtime AHPP Federal Programs Manger on becoming the new Director of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program. She’ll take over upon Ken Grunewald’s retirement, November 1.

October 15-19

Susan: Tuesday – Friday, Traditional Buildings Conference, New Orleans

Monday - Cary, public hearing for Confinement Camps congressional grants program, UALR
Tuesday - Greg – Batesville
Wednesday -
Thursday -
Friday –

Sunday – Cary, Caroline & Susan – ArtLinks in Rogers.

YouTube Launches Nonprofit Program
Main Street in the Media
Milken Institute 2007 Best Performing Cities Index
Various Articles related to our work – couple of real good ones, please take a look
Grant Opportunities
America's Promise Alliance Launches 2008 100 Best Communities for Young People Competition
YouTube Launches Nonprofit Program

Check out the press release announcing the launch of the YouTube Nonprofit Program!
YouTube’s 2007/2008 Clinton Global Initiative commitment enables nonprofit organizations (in the U.S. those with 501c3 tax filing status) that register for the YouTube Nonprofit Program to receive a free nonprofit specific YouTube channel where they can upload footage of their work, public service announcements, calls to action and more.
YouTube Nonprofit Program participants will receive:
• A premium channel on YouTube that serves as a nonprofit’s hub for their uploaded videos. Through the channel, people can connect with a nonprofit via messages, subscriptions, comments and more. Nonprofits will also receive enhanced channel branding features and increased upload capacity.
• Designation as a "Nonprofit" on YouTube that clearly identifies organizations as a nonprofit for YouTube community.
• The ability to embed a Google Checkout donation button on their channel and video watch pages, allowing people to quickly and securely make a contribution directly from YouTube. Starting today, nonprofits who offer Google Checkout for Non-Profits as a donation option -- whether through YouTube or on their own sites -- will receive 100 percent of donated funds, as Google has committed to processing all donations for free through at least the end of 2008.
• In the coming months, nonprofit channels will have a centralized area on YouTube, making them and their videos more easily discoverable.

Nonprofits can apply for a nonprofit channel type by going to and filling out a short application which will be processed by their grants team.
Texarkana Press

also, you can see some photos from this weekend’s Blue & BBQ at

Pro Main Street Harrison Editorial:

Argenta Street Beat Press:

MSA & RHDI Press:

Forrest City & Main Street:

Milken Institute 2007 Best Performing Cities Index

#21 Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers (down from #8 last year)
#72 Little Rock-NLR- Conway (up from #94 last year)
#103 Fort Smith (up from #154 last year)
#141 Memphis (includes the West Memphis area, up from #159 last year)

The Best Performing Cities Index is outcomes-based. Its components measure job, wage and salary, and technology growth. The Index ranks U.S. metros based on their ability to create and sustain jobs. It includes both long-term (five years) and short-term (one year) measurements of employment and salary growth. There are also four measurements of technology output growth, which are included because of technology’s crucial role in regional economic growth.

Some would note this index is based upon “trailing” indicators, as opposed to market “leading” indicators. Important differences.

$5.4 million to be spent on marketing Arkansas in Spring & Summer 2008

Wal-Mart Era Wanes Amid Big Shifts in Retail
Rivals Find Strategies To Defeat Low Prices; World Has Changed

Sky's the new limit for urban living in Texas, and beyond

Small Farmers in AR Cultivating the Tourist Trade – AgriTourism in Arkansas

Looking for evidence that what we do is taking hold? Developers are about to tear down University Mall in LR & develop a shopping area with “a Main Street feel” “It’ll be a Main Street-type look, said Jim Strode, the center’s developer.

Remembering the Plantation Inn in West Memphis

Grant Opportunity:
250-500 word pre-proposal for the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training’s 2008 call for proposals can be submitted here:
NCPTT’s grants program supports innovative projects in architecture, historic landscapes, archeology and materials conservation. Projects are funded up to $50,000.

AT&T Foundation Announces Wireless Technology Grant Program

Deadline: October 19, 2007

The AT&T Foundation ( ), the corporate philanthropy organization of AT&T Inc. ( ), has announced a $1.5 million competitive grant program to help nonprofits integrate wireless communications technology into educational outreach projects. Open to 501(c)(3) public charities and government instrumentalities across the United States, the program will help nonprofits deliver educational content and enhance learning opportunities in the communities they serve.

The AT&T Foundation will award one-time, education-focused, wireless technology grants ranging from $2,500 to $25,000 each for wireless applications and hardware. Examples of eligible projects include the enrichment of museum visits through the development of audio and video content accessible from visitors' mobile phones; the creation of AT&T Wi-FiSM hot spots for students and community members; the development of educational curriculum designed to be accessed from wireless devices; delivering supple- mental educational content via mobile phone calls, text messages, and/or Multimedia Messaging Service; and the development of community education podcasts.

To qualify for a grant, organizations must utilize the funds for projects that enhance the delivery of education through wireless technology in settings that engage youth and adults in life-long learning. Additionally, 51 percent or more of the project must target underserved populations, including racial and ethnic groups, low-income populations, seniors, youth, and/or people with disabilities.

Interested organizations can apply by downloading a copy of the Request for Proposals at the AT&T Foundation Web site.

America's Promise Alliance Launches 2008 100 Best Communities for Young People Competition
Deadline: November 2, 2007

The America's Promise Alliance ( ) and Capital One ( ) have announced the launch of the 2008 100 Best Communities for Young People Competition with an official call for entries from communities across the United States that are the best places for young people to live and grow up. Winners will range from large urban cities to small rural towns.
The winning communities will be announced in late January 2008.

In addition to the possibility of becoming a 100 Best Community, all applicants will be eligible to apply for a total of $300,000 in grants from the alliance. (Applications for the 2008 grant program will be accepted in early February 2008.)

Winning communities will be featured prominently on the alliance’s website, in the alliance's weekly newsletter, and as part of national and local media materials. They will also be given the opportunity to participate in the Alliance's Regional Best Practice Forums, where their programs and policies will serve as a model for other cities and towns across the country. Furthermore, all winning communities are invited and provided a partial stipend to attend the Alliance's National Forum and Celebration held every fall in Washington, D.C.

From the Arkansas Coalition for Excellence:
The deadline for applications for the My Risk Management Plan online tool is Wednesday, Oct. 17. This program allows your organization to create a customized risk management plan according to your needs, priorities and culture. It takes you step-by-step thought the process of creating your plan, allowing the opportunity to either select from template language or insert your own language.
If your organization is interested, please complete the attached application by Oct. 17th and fax or mail back to us.
ACE Fax: (501) 324-2236
ACE Mailing Address: 200 South Commerce St., Suite 100
Little Rock, AR 72201

Monday, October 8, 2007

Main Street Arkansas Update - October 8, 2007

October 8-12

Monday- Greg & Mark –Harrison - Interviews
Tuesday- Cary out – funeral
Wednesday- Mark, Susan & Caroline- Batesville
Thursday- Mark- Blytheville


Pro Main Street Harrison Editorial: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED READ

Downtown Hardy featured in At Home in Arkansas’s October Issue

Paragould Mayor Mike Gaskill featured in the Municipal League’s October City & Town

Downtown Batesville editorialized in Batesville Daily Guard. Visit:

MS Rogers received $10,000 from Tyson to go towards pocket park planning

Congratulations to Arc of Arkansas for receiving an honor award at the National Trust for Historic Preservation conference last week.





DeltaMade extra entrepreneur-friendly:

RHDI’s newly launched DeltaMade brands and promotes Arkansas delta products through creative marketing and advertising efforts. The program will provide its members access to the technical and educational services that are so vital to successful small businesses. Visit and shop their week-old website, which features official DeltaMade products and merchants in the region who carry DeltaMade wares.

On a similar but more extensive note, check out the Arkansas Creative Economy Project, for a comprehensive look into Arkansas’s creative forefront. The link is:


Beauty and Blight

[Kane Webb questions Little Rock downtown development prospects, specifically properties owned by Stephens and the LR housing market.]


Community development is so much more.

Last week’s UCDS conference at UCA shed light on the intensive collaborative efforts behind healthy, viable communities. As conference speakers noted, healthy communities mean smart design, accessibility, and affordability. Of special note at the conference were the following groups and projects in Arkansas:

ACHANGE, which stands for Arkansas Coalition of Housing and Neighborhood Growth for Empowerment (the founders happily admit the acronym came first) is an effort to create safe, decent, and affordable housing for communities all over Arkansas. Visit their web site:

Related, visit UA’s School of Architecture web site to learn about the Universal Design Project, one of few such projects in the nation that incorporates handicap accessibility, affordability, and beauty in community housing. See; and UA architect Kory Smith’s web site to see his universal design concepts in 3-D:

The Arc Arkansas, an early advocate of UA’s universal design, has collaborated with UA’s architects on award-winning renovation projects. Visit them at:


The Botanical Garden of the Ozarks likely to benefit NW region

The opening of the Garden of the Ozarks last week in NW Arkansas attracted hundreds of visitors, some 90 percent of whom were new to the area. For the full story, visit:


Is Wal-Mart Saving the Earth?

Decide for yourself. The big box retailer credited with spreading strip malls like plagues may be simultaneously leading the corporate world in eco-conscious business practices. For recent local and national coverage see: and

Southside Main presents first Art & Antiques show this Saturday

Come support local Southside Main Street’s first public event this weekend. Hidden Treasures on South Main,” will feature locally produced fine art, crafts, and antiques and bike tours of the Quapaw neighborhood. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the historic original city near the Governor’s Mansion on South Main between 13th and 15th streets, which will be closed to traffic.