Monday, August 30, 2010

Main Street Arkansas Update - August 30, 2010

Downtown Siloam Springs
Destination Downtown Conference – September 13-15

Main Street Arkansas Calendar August 30 – September 3, 2010
MONDAY Nancy – off
THURSDAY Cary – Blytheville Rotary; Susan – off
FRIDAY Susan – off

Brownfield Fund Opportunity
Grant Opportunity
Know a Do-Gooder?
Preservation Wiki
Advisory Boards: Should We Have One?
Grant Opportunity

Brownfields Fund Opportunity
This is to let you know that the proposal guidelines for the FY2011 Brownfields Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund, and Cleanup grant competition were released today.

Proposals are due October 15.

The guidelines are posted on the Brownfields website:

Obama Administration prioritizes early childhood education, community supports with $124 million in HOPE VI awards and $65 million in Choice Neighborhoods pilot grants

Know a Do-Gooder?
We bet you do, and now you can recognize their efforts by telling us about them!
We are pleased to announce Foundation for the Mid South Do-Gooders—an innovative online program to highlight good deeds in Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. The program was established with $300,000 to give Mid-Southerners the voice to decide what to fund within their communities and states.
Visit our brand new, interactive website and nominate organizations and individuals, contributing to or supporting great deeds within their communities. No good deed is too big or too small to be considered. Nominations will be accepted until September 17, and, beginning October 3, the public will be invited to visit our website and vote to determine which finalists will receive grant awards. To nominate a Do-Gooder or review the rules and eligibility, go to

Preservation Wiki Seeks Contributors

Preservapedia, is a wiki-style (think Wikipedia) encyclopedia for preservation professionals sponsored by the National Center for Preservation Training and Technology. Their staff and interns have contributed over 300 articles on topics from linoleum to landscapes and they are seeking editors to help add, edit or expand articles. For more information see or contact Ed FitzGerald at

Advisory Boards – What Is It? Should We Have One?

Grant Opportunity
Surface Transportation Environment and Planning Cooperative Research Program
The purpose of this e-mail is to make you aware of, and to ask you to share with your local partners, the most recent Federal Register Notice on the proposed FY2011 Surface Transportation Environment and Planning Cooperative Research Program (STEP). The notice announces revisions to the STEP implementation strategy for FY 2011 and to request suggested lines of research for the FY 2011 STEP via the STEP Web site at in anticipation of future surface transportation legislation.
The full Notice is available at:
• Text version:
• PDF version:
STEP is an FHWA-administered source of funding for research related to planning, environment and realty. The FHWA anticipates that the STEP or a similar program to provide resources for national research on issues related to planning, environment, and realty will be included in future surface transportation legislation.
Stakeholder input is required to identify the research topics that should receive priority consideration. Therefore, we are seeking input from all of our partners on the FY 2011 STEP.
FHWA will use STEP to fund research, field demonstrations, technology transfer, conferences, and workshops, as well as portions of various pooled fund research efforts. We anticipate that grants and cooperative agreements will continue to require a 50% match and that research contracts will not require a match.
The Office of Planning, Environment and Realty (HEP) has developed STEP research emphasis areas and has identified contacts for each (see below). The STEP contacts can answer questions that you may have regarding research planned or underway within a particular emphasis area.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Main Street Arkansas Update - August 23, 2010

Historic Downtown Eureka Springs

Destination Downtown Conference – September 13-15

Main Street Arkansas Calendar August 23 - 27, 2010
TUESDAY Cary & Mark – Arkansas Economic Developers Conference – Hot Springs; Greg & Susan – Siloam Springs (merchant & board visits)
WEDNESDAY Cary & Mark – Arkansas Economic Developers Conference – Hot Springs; Greg & Susan – Rogers (merchant & board visits)
THURSDAY Cary – Breakthrough Solutions – Federal Reserve Bank, Little Rock; Mark, Susan, Nancy – Osceola (museum site visit)
FRIDAY Cary, Greg, Mark – Arkansas City & Choctaw Island (market analysis visit)

Vote for Main Street Helena
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Park Sponsorships
Networking. Old School

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Monday, August 16, 2010

Main Street Arkansas Update - August 16, 2010

Historic Hotel Seville, Downtown Harrison

Caroline’s now on maternity leave. We expect her return in mid-October

Destination Downtown Conference – September 13-15
We were only able to get 17 people to commit to the bus. This kept the prices out of the range we decided was affordable. We will depart early September 13. See you there.

Main Street Arkansas Calendar August 16 - 20, 2010
MONDAY Mark – annual leave; Susan & Greg – Sheridan
TUESDAY Cary – Harrison (meet with merchants association); Susan, Mark, Nancy – Helena
WEDNESDAY Cary – return from Harrison (a.m.)
THURSDAY Mark, Greg, Nancy – Jonesboro (4-Point Training); Susan – Russellville
FRIDAY Susan – DeWitt

Arkansas Coalition for Excellence Sponsorship Contest
Facebook ‘Like’/Profile Changes Coming (again)
Berryville Hears from Greg
Volunteerism Month Offer

Win a Free Sponsorship Makeover
The Sponsorship Network is coming to Arkansas this September. Register to attend this special training, “New Rules for Engaging Corporate Sponsors,” by Friday, August 27th, and you could win a FREE Sponsorship Makeover (valued at $500)! For more details visit the ACE website at or click here.

Facebook ‘Like’ Profile and Page Roadmap Update & Changes announced plans last October to remove application boxes and application info sections as well as reduce the width of application tabs to optimize for the new profile and Facebook Pages format. They will be moving forward with these changes the week of August 23 and want to help you understand what to expect.
Based on feedback from developers, Facebook has committed to the following plans to ensure a smooth transition:
Boxes. We will notify users via messaging in profile boxes and in the Help Center that the "Boxes" tab, boxes on profiles and Pages, and application info sections will be going away.
Application Tabs. Next week, we will give Page admins the ability to preview their custom tabs in the new 520 pixel width so they can modify their layouts as needed. All profile and Page tabs will be resized automatically beginning the week of August 23.
These updates are designed to simplify navigation for users, reduce complexity for developers, and enable us to build the next generation of tools for growing your business with Facebook. Subscribe to the developer blog to learn about our new roadmap in the coming weeks.
Fran, a Platform product marketing manager, is busy updating the roadmap.

Berryville Hears from Greg

Volunteerism Month

Volunteers: Hear the cry, See the Need Lend a Hand!

Bookmarks have been created with this theme to help you show appreciation to your volunteers during September.

If you would like to order these bookmarks please email: beth.jacks at with the following information:
and the number of bookmarks you would like to request.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Main Street Arkansas Update - August 9, 2010

Destination Downtown Conference – September 13-15

Susan – annual leave – Monday - Thursday
Main Street Arkansas Calendar August 9 - 13, 2010
MONDAY Cary, Mark & Nancy - Batesville, merchant site visit & Hardy – 4 Point Training
TUESDAY Greg – Berryville: speaking with Chamber about Arkansas Downtown Network
FRIDAY Susan – Rogers & Siloam Springs; Nancy – Batesville

El Dorado Press
Eureka Springs Press
Next American City
Camouflaged Public Art
Grant Opportunity

Ride to El Dorado for a Weekend Jaunt

Eureka Springs snags preservation award

Next American City
Next American City has partnered with IBM's Smarter Cities blog and is looking for the Next American City, please tell us what your city and town is doing to move into the 21st century, how are they using technology, and open data to make your city more interactive? please post to the 3 most popular posts will win a free subscription. Please share this! Thanks

Camouflaged Public Art

Grant Opportunity
The Institute’s Conservation Assessment Program awards grants for an assessment of a museums' collections as well as its environmental conditions and policies and procedures relating to collections care. The Program, supported through a cooperative agreement between the Institute and Heritage Preservation, supports a two-day site visit by a conservation professional to perform the assessment. For museums located in historic structures, the program supports a preservation architect site visit. The Program also helps institutions with living animal collections, such as zoos and aquariums that do not have an assessment of the animals’ physical conditions and habitats. Institutions with fully surveyed living animal collections may assess the conservation needs of their material collections only. Botanic gardens and arboretums may assess the conservation needs of both their living and material collections. Additional information can be found on the Web site. | Grant Range: $3,000 To $7,000 | Contact Info: INSTITUTE OF MUSEUM AND LIBRARY SERVICES, Sara Gonzales, Coordinator, CAP, Heritage Preservation, 1012 14th St. NW , Suite 1200, Washington , DC, 20005, Ph: 202-233-0800, Send Email, Visit Website, Institute of Museum and Library Services: 1800 M St. NW, 9th Floor, Washington DC 20036; 202-653-4657; 202-653-4600;

Monday, August 2, 2010

Main Street Arkansas Update - August 2, 2010

Destination Downtown Conference – September 13-15
We’re still waiting on a response to our survey regarding bus rental to New Iberia from a few of you. Please let me know if you need me to resend the survey link.

Main Street Arkansas Calendar August 2 - 6, 2010
MONDAY Cary – Conway (Community Development Institute Board Meeting)
TUESDAY Mark, Susan, Nancy – Rogers (work with merchants)
THURSDAY Cary – Conway (CDI), Ft. Worth (meet with new National Trust President)

AR Community Development Society Accepting Awards Applications
In-Kind Advertising for Non-Profits from Google
Green Arkansas Travel
Grant Program to Support Green Technology in Arkansas
Urbanized – the Documentary

Arkansas Community Development Society Accepting Awards Applications
The purpose of this award of merit is to provide recognition of successful programs and projects taking place in Arkansas communities, and to promote best practices in community development across the state. Nominations are due September 27. You can find the nomination forms here and more information about the awards here

In-kind advertising for non-profit organizations
Google Grants is a unique in-kind donation program awarding free AdWords advertising to select charitable organizations. We support organizations sharing our philosophy of community service to help the world in areas such as science and technology, education, global public health, the environment, youth advocacy, and the arts.

New Arkansas Tourism Website

Grant Program to Support Green Tech in Arkansas
The Arkansas Energy Office, a division of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, announced Tuesday a $2.7 million grant program to support the improvement and continued growth of "green" technology companies in Arkansas.

Urbanized – the Documentary
Who is allowed to shape our cities, and how do they do it? Unlike many other fields of design, cities aren't created by any one specialist or expert. There are many contributors to urban change, including ordinary citizens who can have a great impact improving the cities in which they live. By exploring a diverse range of urban design projects around the world, Urbanized will frame a global discussion on the future of cities.