Monday, September 27, 2010

Main Street Arkansas Update - September 27, 2010

Destination Downtown 2010

Main Street Arkansas Calendar September 27 – October 2, 2010
MONDAY Nancy & Susan – Texarkana (site visit with new biz owner)
TUESDAY Susan & Mark: Heber Springs & Searcy (workshop & small biz visits); Marian’s Birthday (email her good wishes at marian at )
WEDNESDAY all staff – West Memphis: NEA Your Town Workshop
THURSDAY Cary – West Memphis: Your Town; Susan – Helena (merchant site visits)
FRIDAY Cary – West Memphis: Your Town

New web TV show focuses on non-profits
Creating Livable Communities
Study Links Obesity, Sprawl
Grant Opportunity
8 Free Website Tools for Small Biz
Top 20 Events Publication – Request for Submittals

New web TV show focuses on non-profits
10 minute reports every two weeks at: The NonProfit Times TV at:

Creating Livable Cities

Rutgers Study Links Walkable Communities, Lower Obesity Rates

Grant Opportunity

8 Free Website Builder Tools for Small Businesses

Top 20 Events Publication – Southeast Tourism Society
Since 1985, the Southeast Tourism Society has published the Top 20 Events publication. Through a nomination process, the society chooses the Top 20 events going on in the Southeast for each month of the year, and publishes this list of winners quarterly. This publication is sent to over 300 newspapers, magazines, radio stations, TV stations, and others, as well as 125 AAA publications. The combined circulation runs into the millions. Current Top 20 Events are listed online.

Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism is a member of the Southeast Tourism Society. As a result, festivals and events in Arkansas may be submitted for the Top 20 Events publication, if they meet the following requirements set forth by the Southeast Tourism Society:

• 1,000 in attendance
• 3rd year in existence
• Payment of $10 nomination fee per event

Top 20 Events strongly encourages you to strengthen your nomination by providing supporting material such as:

• Photos
• Posters
• Brochures
• Press Releases
• News Clippings
• Volunteer Programs
If you would like to nominate your event, contact the Tourism Development Section at (501) 682-5240 or e-mail kristine.puckett at

Deadlines for Applications:

Event Occurring In: Submit by:
April/May/June 2011 October 8, 2010
July/August/September 2011 January 7, 2011
October/November/December 2011 April 8, 2011
January/February/March 2012 July 8, 2011
April/May/June 2012 October 7, 2011
July/August/September 2012 January 6, 2012

Monday, September 20, 2010

Main Street Arkansas Update - September 20, 2010

August Millar

Main Street Arkansas Calendar September 20 – 24, 2010
MONDAY Mark – Dumas (business consult); Susan – out
WEDNESDAY Nita Fran orientation; Cary – Russellville
THURSDAY Susan - Helena
FRIDAY Susan - Helena

Searcy Press
Paragould Receives Grant
Curve for Sprawl Slopes Downward
The Arcade Fire Tackles Sprawl
Google CEO on What Makes A Smart City

Main Street Searcy Searcy Press

Profile: Amy Burton of Main Street Searcy

Main Street Paragould Receives $5,000 Grant

Curve for Sprawl Slopes Downward

The Arcade Fire’s New Album Tackles Sprawl
and continuing the Rock & Roll theme of this issue,
The Wilderness Downtown, Arcade Fire’s new single – only viewable in Chrome uses GPS technology to stretch this even further. Pretty cool when you put in places you know.

Google CEO on What Makes a Smart City

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Main Street Arkansas Update - September 7, 2010

NEXT WEEK - Destination Downtown Conference – September 13-15
We still have 2 seats available if anyone needs a ride.

Main Street Arkansas Calendar September 6 – 10, 2010
MONDAY closed – Labor Day
WEDNESDAY Mark & Susan – West Memphis (merchant visits)
THURSDAY Greg, Mark, Susan - Monticello – 4 Point Training

Ozark: City on the Verge
MSR – 2 Press Pieces & a New MSR blog
2 Grant Opportunities

Ozark: City on the Verge
nice article about the town which includes some coverage on the branding work we did

Main Street Rogers Picks Up Sponsorship
& MSR Frisco Fest Press

& a new MSR blog

Grant Opportunity

$10,000 Award Ceiling - Deadline October 1, 2010

The Southern SARE Program and the Southern Rural Development Center, the sponsors of this competitive SCIG program, are seeking to invest in projects/programs that promote a stronger alignment between sustainable agriculture and community development strategies in the South. This type of alignment cannot be realized without strong and balanced working partnerships among people and organizations representing both sustainable agriculture and community development perspectives. As such, applicants MUST demonstrate that their project team has a good mix of backgrounds and experiences relevant to these two key arenas (i.e., sustainable agriculture and community

The Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the financial services Company. It has a long tradition of philanthropy in the communities where its associates live and work. The Foundation provides grants to U.S.-based nonprofits that enhance community life through education, arts and culture, human services, and civic and community initiatives. Additional information can be found on the Web site. | Grant Range: $50 To $140,000 | Contact Info: T. ROWE PRICE ASSOCIATES FOUNDATION, 100 E. Pratt St., Baltimore, MD, 21202, Ph: 410-345-2000, Visit Website, Toll free number: 800-638-7890.