Monday, October 13, 2008

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From: "Cary Tyson" <>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2008 08:13:16 -0500
To: Caroline Millar<>; Cynthia Dorn<>; Greg Phillips<>; Mark Miller<>; Nancy Lowe<>; Susan Shaddox<>
Subject: 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:

n      Explore and interpret unique aspects of Arkansas’s cultural and architectural history

n      BringArkansas’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 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.





Cary Tyson


Main Street Arkansas

Arkansas Historic Preservation Program

1500 Tower Building

323 Center Street

Little Rock, AR 72201


501.324.9186 voice

501.324.9184 fax


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The mission of Main Street Arkansas is to be the leading resource for communities seeking to revitalize their historic downtown commercial districts and to provide technical assistance and expertise to designated Main Street Arkansas communities through the implementation of the National Trust’s Main Street Center’s comprehensive Four-Point Approach™.   Main Street Arkansas is a preservation-based economic development program housed in the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage. 


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