Monday, October 13, 2008

Main Street Arkansas Update - October 13, 2008

NEW – Arkansas Community Development Society Conference – October 30, UCA, Conway, 8:30 – 3:30. You can register here:
This day long conference will provide tools communities can use to develop economically viable and healthy communities capable of competing in the 21st Century global economy.
- this is one of those ‘pre-approved’ trainings that will meet the continuing education needs of programs that have yet to finalize that portion of the national certification requirements

NEW – for those of you in the LR area, The Central Arkansas Library System will host a “Meet the Grantmakers” forum Thursday, October 16 from 5:30-7:30.

Arkansas Art Links Conference October 20-21

Main Street Arkansas Calendar October 13 - 17

MONDAY Greg – Rogers (interviews); Susan – annual leave
TUESDAY Cary & Caroline – West Memphis (branding); Mark & Susan, Rector (TA visit)
WEDNESDAY Cary & Caroline – West Memphis (branding)
THURSDAY Cary & Caroline – West Memphis (branding); Greg & Susan – West Memphis (pm, branding unveiled)
FRIDAY Cary & Susan – out


Downtown Heber Flooding Remediation Proposed
Higher Speed Rail through AR?
NY Times Architecture Critic Suggest Buildings Worthy of Demolition in the Big Apple
AHPP Accepting Proposals for Documentary Media Grants
Economic Development Grant
$3.4 Million Awarded to Farmers Markets
Bin Donations Encourage Community Recycling

Downtown Heber Flooding Remediation Proposed

Higher Speed Rail through parts of AR proposed:

NY Times Architecture Critic Suggest Buildings Worthy of Demolition in the Big Apple
- Included in the list is Penn Station, subject of the nation’s landmark preservation law and a rebuke of NYC’s Landmark Preservation Commission on their indecisiveness regarding native Arkansan Edward Durell Stone’s 2 Columbus Circle.
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The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, will accept proposals for its Documentary Media Grant program through Jan. 5, 2009, AHPP Director Frances McSwain announced today.
The AHPP is targeting proposals for documentary projects centering on the Over-the-Jumps Carousel at the Little Rock Zoo. The formal application period for Documentary Media Grants will open in the spring of 2009.
Documentary Media Grants are available to individuals and public, private and non-profit organizations for film, broadcast or web-based documentary projects that:
Explore and interpret unique aspects of Arkansas’s cultural and architectural history
Bring Arkansas’s cultural and architectural histories to both traditional and new audiences using a combination of film, broadcast and web media.
Documentary Media Grants require a 1:2 match; for every $2 awarded by the AHPP, the applicant must provide at least $1 in cash or in-kind contributions.
Guidelines for the Documentary Media Grant program can be downloaded from the AHPP web site at or by writing AHPP Grants, 1500 Tower Building, 323 Center St., Little Rock, AR 72201. Requests also can be sent to the agency via fax at (501) 324-9184 or via e-mail at

Economic Development Assistance Programs Grant
EDA will provide Public Works investments to support the construction or rehabilitation of essential public infrastructure and facilities necessary to generate or retain private sector jobs and investments, attract private sector capital, and promote regional competitiveness, including investments that expand and upgrade infrastructure to attract new industry, support technology-led development, accelerate new business development, and enhance the ability of regions to capitalize on opportunities presented by free trade

USDA Awarded $3.4 Million to Farmers Markets
- 2 Arkansas markets received funding. I sent out this funding opportunity earlier this year.

Bin Donations Encourage Community Recycling
Coca-Cola/NRC Recycling Bin Grant Program
The Coca-Cola/NRC Recycling Bin Grant Program supports local community recycling programs by providing bins to selected organizations for the collection of beverage container recyclables in public settings. Grants will be provided to a limited number of applicants who can demonstrate how their proposals will lead to sustainable recycling opportunities. The program offers recycling bins designed for use at community events or functions, public facilities, and programs or events conducted by applicants. Government agencies, civic groups, schools, nonprofit organizations, and for-profit companies are all eligible to participate in this program. Online applicants must be submitted through the website listed above by October 17, 2008.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Main Street Arkansas Update - October 6, 2008

Arkansas Art Links Conference October 20-21

Main Street Arkansas Calendar October 6 - 10


MONDAY Destination Downtown
TUESDAY Destination Downtown
WEDNESDAY Destination Downtown



El Dorado Finalist for GAMSA!

Over $300k for AR Preserve America Towns This Round

Main Street Batesville Press

Downtown Heber Springs Press

AR Public Relations Society Contest for AR Non-Profits

Freeways Without Future

Slow Food Nation

Fighting 50’s Era Parking Standards

Small Town or Metro Nation

Revitalizing the Core City Article

Heritage Travel Initiative

Pull Quote re: Non-Profits

Grant Opportunity

El Dorado a Finalist for the Great American Main Street Award!

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Preserve America

I’ve been promoting Preserve America for over three years now. To date, we have nine (9) PA communities with three (3) more pending. Last week we learned about three more successful PA grant applications for Blytheville, Dumas and Helena. In total, these towns received $319,178. Add to that the $50,000 our office, the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program received this round (having received over $250,000 previously) Osceola receiving over $100,000 and Eureka Springs receiving $62,760 last year, Ft. Smith’s $46,000 and Little Rock’s $50,000 Arkansas is very close to having received $1 million in PA money. If that doesn’t motivate you to complete your PA application, I don’t know what will.

We have application templates we’ll provide you. Also, the Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas recently hired a Preserve America coordinator to promote the program and help with local applications. Her name is Rhea Roberts and she can be reached at 501.372.4757.

n Arkansas Delta Gospel Institute Master Plan Dumas, Arkansas; $60,590

n Blytheville Greyhound Bus Station Interpretative Project; Blytheville, Arkansas; $55,088

n Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Markets Project State Historic Preservation Office, Arkansas $50,000

n Promoting Historic Helena Helena-West Helena, Arkansas; $203,500

Good Main Street Batesville Press:

Heber Springs Executive Director Hired

Arkansas Public Relations Society Contest Winner to Offer Free Services to Non-Profits

On Nov. 21, the PRSA Arkansas Chapter will be dedicating our monthly meeting to brainstorming public relations and marketing strategy for two winning nonprofit organizations. The winning nonprofits will engage our members in an hour of FREE public relations and marketing consultation. We hope to make this first session a success and continue it on an annual basis.

We are opening the competition up to any 501(c)(3) organization based in Arkansas. Small and large organizations looking to further their public relations and marketing efforts are encouraged to apply. Organizations are asked to submit the application form by Wednesday, Oct. 15 (more information can be found in the document; please contact Natalie Ghidotti for the form).

If you have any questions about the application process or the Nov. 21 session, please contact Natalie Ghidotti, APR, at

We look forward to your participation on Nov. 21 and to helping some of our state's nonprofits take their communications to the next level!

Freeways Without Future

Slow Food Nation

“Urban planning, food policy, health and education initiatives – government policy at all levels can contribute to food systems that support the whole community. Learn from leaders in the field as they explore the first steps. . . “

Cities Fight 50’s Era Parking Standards

Small Town or Metro Nation?

The Brookings Institute continues to beat the drum of the value of urban areas vs. “small towns”. Their thesis is that our population & with it our economy is moving away from “small towns” – but nobody will admit it (admittedly, an oversimplification). I suspect we will see some of this after the next census when state house & senate seats are redistricted. Expect to see more seats in central & northwest Arkansas while other areas have fewer seats.

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National Trust Launches Heritage Travel Subsidiary

The National Trust for Historic Preservation has created a subsidiary – Heritage Travel –a comprehensive, online resource for heritage travelers and historic destinations. The site will launch in early 2009.

In case you didn’t read it, a highlight from last week’s article regarding the challenges non-profits in Arkansas face:

Of the $ 306.3 billion in charitable giving last year, the Giving USA Foundation reported $ 229. 8 billion came from individuals, not companies.

Religious groups (33 percent) and education organizations (14 percent) get the highest percentages of the $ 306 billion, the foundation’s survey shows.

Special events raise only a small percentage of annual donations, but they introduce people to a nonprofit organization and spur future gifts.

Up to $3,000 Grant Opportunity

Recognizing the demand for students to gain "real world" experience and for our institutional members to get qualified interns, AASLH offers its smaller institutional members the opportunity to apply for up to $3,000 for the Alderson Internship Program.


Must be an AASLH Institutional Member
Must have an annual operating budget under $500,000
Must agree to match funds on a 1:3 basis
Application must be received by the AASLH office no later than 5 p.m. on December 15
Learn More and Access the Application

Visit for more information or to download an application.