Monday, August 20, 2012

Main Street Arkansas Update - August 20, 2012

One Month from Destination Downtown.  It’s time to register!  Don’t forget the Tuesday, $50 registration for those who can’t take three days off work.

Statewide 5-Year Preservation Plan Listening Sessions
August 21, West Memphis, Main Street Office, 5pm 

Main Street Arkansas Calendar –August 20 - 24, 2012 
THURSDAY                        Nancy – Fayetteville, Urban Forestry Training             


Stats from Google
New Main Street Blytheville Director
Cash Mob – Downtown El Dorado
Russellville Downtown Master Plan Unveiled August 28
Let’s Get Local in Eureka Springs
Preservation Alliance of AR Call for Awards Noms
USPS Every Door Direct
Cyclist Need Cities to Protect Them
Grant Opportunity

A few statistics I learned at last week’s Google seminar on small business:
·         In 2011, 68% of Arkansans have high-speed internet access in their home or workplace.
·         85% of the world has Internet access
·         80% of the world has electricity, as a comparison
·         50.4% of cell phone users use a smartphone
·         More than 6 out of 10 (61 percent) of smartphone owners who use their devices to shop have done so while shopping at the store, and more than half (52 percent) reach for their phones on the way to the store
·         Smartphones currently influence 5.1 percent of annual retail store sales, translating into $159 billion in forecasted sales for 2012.  This will grow to 19% by 2016.
·         50% of all websites are viewed on a mobile device (tablets & phones) [does your website have sniffer technology & a mobile version?]
·         These numbers are growing exponentially

New Main Street Blytheville Director

Cash Mob – Main Street El Dorado

Russellville Downtown Master Plan Presented August 28

Let’s Get Local in Eureka Springs
“Starting Thursday, August 16th visitors and locals can pick up stickers that are their ticket into the fun at the Farmers Market, Chamber of Commerce and participating lodging. The events all start at Basin Spring Park, in the heart of downtown Eureka Springs, for the next 6 weeks from 5-7PM. Each week a different aspect of shopping, playing and dining will be showcased in the park and the participating stores downtown. Local vendors will have booths and prizes in the park, live music, and maps of where the deals for real locals and “Local’s for a Day” are that night…..”

        Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas Call for Awards Nominations

USPS Every Door Direct Mail
With Every Door Direct Mail® service from the U.S. Postal Service, you can reach the market that matters most to your business: nearby neighborhoods. Postage is as low as 14.5¢ per piece – and you don't even need to know names or street addresses. You simply identify the neighborhoods you want to target, and your printed piece is delivered with the day's mail to every address.

Cyclists Need Cities to Protect Them – Livability  

Digital Humanities Projects Supported
National Endowment for the Humanities 
The Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants support the planning or initial stages of digital initiatives in any area of the humanities. Examples of eligible activities include planning and developing prototypes of new digital tools for preserving, analyzing, and making accessible digital resources, including libraries’ and museums’ digital assets; innovative uses of technology for public programming and education utilizing both traditional and new media; scholarship that focuses on the history, criticism, and philosophy of digital culture and its impact on society; scholarship or studies that examine the philosophical or practical implications and impact of the use of emerging technologies in specific fields or disciplines of the humanities; and new digital modes of publication that facilitate the dissemination of humanities scholarship in advanced academic as well as informal or formal educational settings at all academic levels. The application deadline is September 25, 2012.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Main Street Arkansas Update - August 13, 2012

Statewide 5-Year Preservation Plan Listening Sessions
August 14, Hot Springs, Board Chambers in City Hall, 5pm
August 21, West Memphis, Main Street Office, 5pm 

Main Street Arkansas Calendar –August 13-17, 2012 
MONDAY                             Nancy – Helena (property visit); Sam - out
TUESDAY                           Mark – Russellville (merchant visit); Susan – West Memphis, Osceola (property owner visit)
WEDNESDAY                    Susan – West Memphis, Osceola (property owner visit)
THURSDAY                        Susan & Mark – Ozark (property owner visits)             
FRIDAY                                Susan – Search (property owner visit) 

Arkadelphia Wins Mural Contest
Reminder – Grant Opportunity
AHPP Seeks Public Opinion
Brownfield Grant Workshop
AR Community Development Society Seeks Awards/Conference Nov 1
Downtown Programs Public Access TV Shows

Arkadelphia Wins Mural Contest

Reminder – AR Community Foundation Giving Tree Grants Due August 15


      The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, is seeking public opinion on future historic preservation issues through an online survey at, AHPP Director Frances McSwain announced today.
       “The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program staff is preparing to update the five-year statewide comprehensive preservation plan and we want to hear from the people of Arkansas,” McSwain said. “It is vitally important that our constituents’ opinions be fully and accurately reflected in the goals and objectives that will guide program decisions.”
       The survey will be available through September 15, after which the results will be consolidated and added to information gathered at a series of listening sessions that have been held around the state. The last sessions will be held August 14 in Hot Springs and August 21 in West Memphis.
       For more information, contact Patricia Blick at (501) 324-9665 or

Little Rock, Arkansas Workshop Thursday, August 30, 2012   9:00 AM—12:30 PM

Join us for our Brownfields Grant Writing Workshop on Thursday, August 2 from 9:00 am until 12:30 pm. Whether you represent a local, state, or tribal government or a non-profit organization, EPA Brownfields Grants may be your answer to cleaning up your community and redeveloping and revitalizing your area.

·         Learn about the different types of grants and assistance available through the Brownfields Program.
·         Review the guidelines for Assessment, Cleanup, and Revolving Loan Fund grant applications.
·         Get tips on writing a better Brownfields competitive grant proposal.

The workshop is provided free of charge. Arkansas Department of  Environmental Quality
5301 Northshore Drive North Little Rock, Arkansas

Register by sending an email to: 214-665-3172

ACDS Award Recipients to be Announced at Annual Conference
Awards presented annually by the Arkansas Community Development Society will be announced during the annual conference on November 1, 2012.
Is there an individual or an organization that needs to be recognized?  If so, please take a few minutes and submit a nomination.  It will only take a small amount of your time and will have a big impact on the recipient.  Nominations Due September 15, 2012
Nominations should be submitted by September 15, 2012.  That’s just over a month away so there is plenty of time to recognize the efforts of those who are truly moving communities forward.  If you have questions, please contact me at 501.650.1883.  Other members of the Awards Committee are Pam Ferguson, Sue McGowan and Sydney Ross.  You can download the nomination form at or request forms via email from

Annual Conference:  Leveraging Assets through Collaboration (or moving from strategic planning to strategic doing)
If you have ever lamented over the need to remove silos and create connections across the community, this is the conference that will provide solutions.  As community developers, we are very familiar with strategic planning but there is also a strategic approach to “doing.”  Ed Morrison, a nationally recognized consultant and trainer from the Center for Regional Development at Purdue University will discuss a new approach for partners to work together.  You don’t want to miss this. Questions or Need More Information? Questions about the awards:  Contact Monieca West at 501.650.1883 or  Questions about the conference program:  Terre McLendon at

Public Access TV Focuses on Downtown
-          Can you echo this in your community?