Monday, September 26, 2011

Main Street Arkansas Update - September 26, 2011

Siloam Springs, the newest Main Street community

Main Street Arkansas Calendar September 26 - 30, 2011
TUESDAY Samantha – Wynne (ADN presentation)
WEDNESDAY Susan, Sam, Mark – Eureka Springs (site & board visits)
THURSDAY Susan, Sam, Mark – Eureka Springs (site & board visits)
FRIDAY all staff - Future of Historic Preservation Symposium – LR

Main Street Blytheville Press
Main Street Helena Receives Grant
LR Start-Up Offers Marketplace for Tax Credits
The Bias Against Tradition
MIT’s Free Urban Planning Software
Subtle Tactics Effecting Your Shopping Experience
Micro-Lending Summit Oct 4 in LR

Main Street Blytheville’s Third Thursdays

Main Street Helena Farmers’ Market Grant

LR Start-Up Offers Marketplace for Tax Credits

The Bias Against Tradition

MIT’s Free Urban Planning Software

Subtle Tactics Effecting Your Shopping Experience

by Gwen Green, Communication Coordinator, UALR Lead Center
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center will host the 2011 Arkansas Small Business Summit: Micro-Lending for Entrepreneurs on Tuesday, Oct. 4, from 3-7 p.m. at the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Building at 2301 S. University Ave. in Little Rock.

Intended to bring micro-business lenders and entrepreneurs together, the summit will include
. Group discussions on "Road Map for Small Businesses" and "How to be a Loan-Ready Entrepreneur"
. Networking reception
. Panel discussion on "Micro-Business Lending in Arkansas"
. Personal credit review (optional)

Micro-business lending is an often overlooked source of capital for small businesses. A micro-loan is $25,000 or less made to a company with five or fewer employees, according to the Association for Enterprise Opportunity, a trade association representing some 450 micro-enterprise organizations. The industry average micro-loan is $12,000.

Arkansas small business owners and lenders are invited to attend this free event. Pre-registration is required. To register or get more information, contact ASBTDC's Maradyth McKenzie at mgmckenzie at or (501) 683-7700.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Main Street Arkansas Update- September 19, 2011

Main Street Arkansas Calendar September 19-23, 2011
MONDAY Cary and Susan - out
TUESDAY Cary, Susan, and Samantha - Siloam Springs

WEDNESDAY Cary, Susan, and Samantha - Rogers




Arkansas Historic Preservation Program to Host One-Day Symposium

Historic Preservation: Past, Present and Future - Where do we go in the next 30 Years.

Friday, September 20, 2011, at 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Darragh Center- Central Arkansas Library System, 100 Rock Street, Little Rock, AR.

This one-day symposium will present panel discussions on historic preservation in the United States. We will discuss how the movement grew and gained momentum, what is happening currently in all areas of historic preservation, and what preservationists need to do to build the movement in the next 30 years.

This symposium is presented by the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program in honor of the 30

year anniversary of the Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas.

There is no charge for the symposium, but you must register to reserve your space. You can register by calling Travis Ratermann at 501-324-9874 or click here.

New data from the United States Conference of Mayors and The Council for the New American City

The annual U.S. Metro Economies Report provides an insight into the sheer scale of the U.S. economy, even when it is in crisis.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Rogers to Host Destination Downtown Sep 17-19, 2012


LITTLE ROCK—Rogers has been selected as the 2012 host city for Destination Downtown, the annual tri-state conference on downtown revitalization, Main Street Arkansas Director Cary Tyson announced today. Main Street Arkansas is a program of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program and a co-sponsor of the conference.
“We are excited that Rogers, the first Arkansas city to achieve the Great American Main Street Award by the National Trust for Historic Preservation recognizing the nation’s top downtown revitalization programs, has been selected to host the 2012 conference,” Tyson said. “The conference will be held September 17-19, 2012, and will attract downtown revitalization professionals from throughout the region.”
“The Main Street Rogers Board of Directors and staff are thrilled at the opportunity to welcome other Main Street cities to our revitalized downtown area for Destination Downtown 2012,” Main Street Rogers Executive Director Kerry Jensen said. “We are excited to showcase our thriving businesses, inviting parks and vibrant historic district nestled in the beautiful Ozark Mountains. We hope everyone will stay an extra day and enjoy all that Northwest Arkansas has to offer.”
In addition to Main Street Arkansas, Destination Downtown hosts include Louisiana Main Street and the Mississippi Main Street Association.
Main Street Arkansas provides technical assistance and design services to help create economic development in the state’s downtown areas. The Main Street approach to downtown revitalization focuses on four areas: design, economic restructuring, organization and promotion.
Cities currently involved in Main Street Arkansas are Batesville, Blytheville, Dumas, El Dorado, Hardy, Helena, Little Rock’s South Main Street (SoMa), Osceola, Ozark, Paragould, Rogers, Russellville, Searcy, Siloam Springs, Texarkana and West Memphis. Members of Main Street’s Arkansas Downtown Network are Pine Bluff, Heber Springs, Fort Smith, Eureka Springs, DeWitt, Morrilton, Walnut Ridge, Rector, Jonesboro, Crawfordsville and Monticello. Other sponsors of the Main Street Arkansas program are the Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas and the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. To learn more about Main Street Arkansas, visit
The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program is the agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage responsible for the identification, evaluation, registration and preservation of the state’s cultural resources. Other agencies in the department are the Arkansas Arts Council, the Delta Cultural Center in Helena, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, the Old State House Museum, the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission and the Historic Arkansas Museum.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Main Street Arkansas Update- September 6, 2011

Downtown Russellville

There’s still time to register for Destination Downtown, September 12-14 in Tupelo, Mississippi:

Main Street Arkansas Calendar September 6-9, 2011


TUESDAY Cary – vacation; Mark Miller – Siloam Springs

WEDNESDAY Cary – vacation; Mark Miller – Rogers; Susan - Russellville

THURSDAY Susan & Mark – Searcy; Greg and Cary - SoMa




Congratulations to Eureka Springs, one of America’s 10 Coolest Towns

Downtown Walnut Ridge Press

Opportunity for inclusion in the 2012 Sustainable Design Assessment Team (SDAT) Program

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Center for Communities by Design is pleased to release the 2012 Sustainable Design Assessment Team program Application Packet. The application solicits submissions for inclusion in the 2012 SDAT program.

The mission of the SDAT program is to provide technical assistance and process expertise to help communities develop a vision and framework for a sustainable future. By achieving balance between cultural, environmental, and economic systems, communities can sustain a place as a stage for human settlement.

Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas now accepting nominations

Each year the Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas recognizes and honors individuals and organizations for outstanding achievement in historic preservation in Arkansas with the Arkansas Preservation Awards. The Alliance invites you to participate by nominating an individual, organization or project. Submit your nomination online at or download a printable Nomination Form here. Nominations must be received by Friday, October 14, 2011.

Quapaw Quarter Branding Press

Grant Opportunity for Preservation Technology and Training

The National Center for Preservation Training and Technology seeks innovative projects that advance science and technology for historic preservation. The PTT Grants program funds projects that develop new technologise or adapt existing technologies to preserve cultural resources. For more information: