Monday, December 29, 2008

Main Street Arkansas Update - December 29, 2008

If you're looking for a roommate for the upcoming National Main Streets Conference, please let one of us know. 

 

DATES TO REMEMBER:

 

DECEMBER 31, 2008: LETTER OF AGREEMENT DUE (Main Street Towns)

JANUARY 20-21: QUARTERLY TRAINING, LITTLE ROCK

MARCH 1-4 : NATIONAL MAIN STREETS CONFERENCE, CHICAGO, IL

MARCH 15-17:  GOVERNOR'S CONFERENCE ON TOURISM, FORT SMITH

MAY 14-16 : ARKANSAS PRESERVATION CONFERENCE, EUREKA SPRINGS

SEPTEMBER 14-16: DESTINATION DOWNTOWN, EL DORADO

 

 

Main Street Arkansas Calendar December 29- January 2

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MONDAY            Caroline – out
TUESDAY          Susan – Sheridan

WEDNESDAY   

THURSDAY       closed, New Year's Day   

FRIDAY              Greg, Cary, Susan - out

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IN THIS ISSUE:

Fire in Downtown Osceola

Farmers Market Conference in Fayetteville

Pro Bono Design Marathon

5 Grant Opportunities

Good Blytheville Press

LR A&P Approves Arts & Tourism Spending

2 More Grant Opportunities

 

There was another tragic fire in downtown Osceola week before last. 

 

Conference to focus on farmers markets
    Developing financially sustainable farmers markets in Arkansas communities will be the focus of a conference, Feb. 6-7, in Fayetteville.
    The Farmers' Markets as a Community Collaboration conference will be held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Arkansas Farmers Market Association at the Cosmopolitan Hotel.
    The early registration fee is $20 for both days, increasing to $30 after Jan. 16.
    The University of Arkansas System's Division of Agriculture and the National Center for Appropriate Technology-ATTRA are coordinating the conference.
    More information and a complete schedule can be obtained from Heather Friedrich of the university at (479) 575-2798 or heatherf@uark.edu; Janet Bachmann of ATTRA at (479) 283-3076 or janetb@ncat.org; or from the Arkansas Farmers Market Association Web site.
    Shelly Walters of the Fayetteville Visitors Bureau can be contacted for registration at (479) 521-5776 or swalters@experiencefayetteville.com.

 

Pro Bono Design Marathon

http://www.dailyprogress.com/cdp/news/local/article/design_event_seeks_pro_bono_talent/27777/

http://designmarathon.wordpress.com/

 

Grant Opportunities

Digitizing Historical Records Grant

http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&flag2006=false&oppId=44338

 

Electronic Records Projects Grant

http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&flag2006=false&oppId=44339

 

Professional Development Grants for Archives and Historical Publishing Grant

http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&flag2006=false&oppId=44340

 

Strategies and Tools for Archives and Historical Publishing Projects Grant

http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&flag2006=false&oppId=44341

 

Business and Cooperative Programs

Heir Property Grant

http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&flag2006=false&oppId=44342

Develop pilot programs addressing the "heir property" issue, which has contributed to an ongoing multi-generational trend of land loss by African-American farmers.

 

Good Blytheville Press

http://www.todaysthv.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=77111&catid=2

 

http://www.todaysthv.com/news/news.aspx?storyid=77127

 

http://www.todaysthv.com/news/news.aspx?storyid=77109

 

LR A&P OKs Arts & Tourism Spending

http://arkansasbusiness.com/printable.asp?aid=110575

 - funding is going for marketing, advertising, operations, etc. 

I often get asked what A&Ps can pay for.  This article may serve as an information piece for your local A&P commissions

 

ICMA Offers Public Library Innovation Grants

 

 Deadline: January 9, 2009

 

 ICMA (http://www.icma.org/ ), the professional and educational organization for chief appointed managers, administrators, and assistants in cities, towns, counties, and regional entities, invites local governments to apply for an ICMA Public Library Innovation Grant.

 

The grants will focus on using the public library as a vital tool in addressing community priorities and issues, and will be anchored by a partnership between the office of the chief administrative officer (city, county, or town manager) and the public library.

The grant program will provide a series of leadership workshops and project coaching to ensure the short-term success of the project and secure support for the long-term use of libraries in addressing community goals.

 

Grant applications must be submitted by the local government manager's office or the highest appointed local government official with broad oversight of the local government. ICMA membership is not a requirement for the grant.

 

ICMA will provide eight to twelve grants ranging from $20,000 to $60,000 each. Grants are for a period of eighteen months.

 

 Guidelines and application instructions are available at the ICMA Web site.

 

JustDoOne.org Invites Sustainable Living Ideas

 

Deadline: March 1, 2009

 

JustDoOne.org ( http://www.justdoone.org/ ), an online community  for sustainable living, has issued a global call for personal  green solutions. The Just Do One organization invites ideas for more sustainable living summarized in short YouTube-style videos.

The organization will share the entries online, and the best video entry, as judged by an expert panel, will win $5,000.

 

Video entries may be up to three minutes in length. Entries will be accepted from January 1 to March 1, 2009. Winners will be announced April 1, 2009, in time for media coverage leading up to Earth Day.

 

 

 

Cary Tyson

Director

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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