Monday, March 9, 2009

Fw: Main Street Arkansas Update - March 9, 2009


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From: "Cary Tyson"
Date: Mon, 9 Mar 2009 09:52:22 -0500
To: Caroline Millar<Caroline@arkansasheritage.org>; Cynthia Dorn<CynthiaD@arkansasheritage.org>; Greg Phillips<Greg@arkansasheritage.org>; Mark Miller<MarkM@arkansasheritage.org>; Nancy Lowe<Nancy@arkansasheritage.org>; Susan Shaddox<susans@arkansasheritage.org>
Subject: Main Street Arkansas Update - March 9, 2009

This is a good news/bad news issue.  Good news: El Dorado received one of five Great American Main Street Awards at the National Main Streets Conference last week.  These are the “Oscars” of Main Street.  Bad news: Argenta & Harrison have withdrawn from the program.  We wish them well in their continued community endeavors to revitalize their downtowns. 

 

 

National Volunteer Week is April 19-25.  Tips on celebrating your volunteers here: http://www.pointsoflight.org/programs/seasons/nvw/

 

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 March 9 - 13, 2009  

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MONDAY           
TUESDAY             Mark, Caroline – Texarkana – ER workshops

WEDNESDAY     Susan, Batesville

THURSDAY       Cary, annual leave; Susan, DeWitt

FRIDAY              Cary, annual leave; Susan, Batesville

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IN THIS ISSUE:

El Dorado Wins GAMSA

Excellent Paragould Press

Rock & Roll Highway in NE AR

Legislative Awareness

Governor’s Institute Endorses Main Street Programs as Policy

Purpose Prize

Downtown Revitalization on Smart City

AR’s Economy Profiled in USA Today

GrantOpportunity

 

 

El Dorado Win Great American Main Street Award

http://www.arkansasbusiness.com/printable.asp?aid=112628

 

ExcellentMain Street Paragould Press

http://www.kait8.com/Global/story.asp?S=9957405

 

Rock & Roll Highway in NE Arkansas

http://www.arkansasbusiness.com/printable.asp?aid=112657

 

$7 Million in CDBG Funding Coming to Arkansas

http://lincoln.senate.gov/newsroom/2009-2-27-3.cfm

 

Legislative Awareness

HB1953 Preservation Tax Credit

 

 

HB1939 Film Incentives

-         this is relative in that our historic downtowns often are ‘sets’ for films.  Louisiana is a good example of downtowns becoming filming locations

 

HB 1599-Sponsor: Representative Carter. To encourage additional charitable donations in Arkansas. The bill proposes that a taxpayer who makes a charitable donation to a nonprofit (501 c3) organization would be allowed a deduction of 125% of the actual amount of the charitable contribution to the nonprofit organization. 

 

Thanks to Thom Guzman of Iowa for this

Governor’s Institute on Community Design

http://www.govinstitute.org/policyguide/EconomicDevelopment/04.html

Governor’s Guide to Policy’s That Work, Policy # 4 Create or Support a State Main Street Program

- this endorsement can’t be overstated. 

 

The Purpose Prize

The Purpose Prize® is accepting nominations, including self-nominations, at www.encore.org/prize until March 5th.

The Purpose Prize® provides ten awards of up to $100,000 to social entrepreneurs, 60 years and older, who are solving some of our most pressing social issues – from health care to the environment, poverty to education.

 

Revitalizing Downtown on Smart City Radio

http://www.smartcityradio.com/smartcityradio/past_shows.cfm?showsmartcityID=449&PageNum_getsmartshows=1

This week on Smart City: Is it possible to design a downtown that boosts the economy and helps people get around without their cars?

Urban designers George Crandall and Don Arambula of the firm Crandall Arambula think so. They join us this week to talk about 21st century retail, re-concentrating a city's downtown and why parking is still important, even when you want people to drive less.

And we'll check in with Donique Nobles. Donique is an alumnus from Teach For America who now serves as the organization's recruitment director. She'll tell us about completing the program, and how she is now working to bring other bright young college graduates into the teaching profession.

Arkansas’s Economy Is Relatively Stable, All Things Considered 

http://www.usatoday.com/money/economy/2009-02-25-ark-economy_N.htm

 

GrantOpportunity

Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration EDA Recovery Act Funding

http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&flag2006=false&oppId=45786

 

 

 

 

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

 

Visit our website at: www.MainStreetArkansas.org Sign up for our free e-newsletter at: http://www.arkansaspreservation.com/enews/  and check out our blog at: http://mainstreetarkansas.blogspot.com/ or visit our myspace page at www.myspace.com/mainstreetarkansas  befriend us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Link to me at http://www.linkedin.com/in/carytyson

 

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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