Saturday, January 17, 2009

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Word of the Day for Saturday, January 17, 2009

magnanimous \mag-NAN-uh-muhs\, adjective:

1. noble in mind or soul; free from mean or petty feelings or acts
2. showing a generous spirit; generous in forgiving

But an even greater responsibility falls on Obama as the nominee. Losers have to be gracious, but winners have to be magnanimous.
-- Michael Tomasky, The Guardian, 2008-06-02
From the architect's point of view, the ideal project is not one with a magnanimous absent client. It is one with a magnanimous thoughtful client.
-- Witold Rybczynski, The Atlantic, 2002-09-01
Ever the confident, magnanimous Leo, this August-born collector found it impossible to resist the black marble mantel flanked by muscular plaster lions.
-- Elana Ashanti Jefferson, Denver Post, 2007-12-07

by 1547 from Latin magnanimus "having a great soul," from magnus "great" + animus "soul, spirit." Probably a loan-translation of Greek megalopsychos "high-souled, generous" (Aristotle) or megathymus "great-hearted."

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Friday, January 16, 2009

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laissez-faire \les-ey FAIR\, adjective:

1. the principle that business, industry, trade, etc. should operate with a minimum of regulation and interference by government
2. maintaining the principle of letting people do as they please

Some Ryder Cup captains take a laissez-faire approach. Jack Nicklaus told me jokingly last week, in an interview posted on WSJ.com, that his job as captain was to deliver a few speeches and make sure the players had "fresh towels, sunscreen and tees."
-- John Paul Newport, The Wall Street Journal, 2008-09-27
His laissez-faire ideas went from maverick to mainstream during his lifetime. He began graduate studies in economics during the Great Depression as the theories of British economist John Maynard Keynes were revolutionizing his profession.
-- Patricia Sullivan and Carlos Lozada, The Washington Post, 2006-11-17

by 1825, from French, literally "let (people) do (as they think best)," from laissez "let" + faire "to do" (from Latin facere).

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Thursday, January 15, 2009

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kinetic \ki-NET-ik\, adjective:

of or having to do with motion; caused by motion

The piece is one of nearly 25 works showcased in the garden's spring exhibit, "Sculpture in Motion," featuring kinetic art nestled among the growing landscape.
-- Katie Leslie, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 2008-05-01
A braking system that sends electronic signals to brakes on each wheel and uses their own kinetic energy to help bring them to a stop.
-- Roger Cheng, The Wall Street Journal, 2008-09-29

by 1864, from Greek kinetikos "moving, putting in motion," from kinetos "moved," verbal adjective of kinein "to move."

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

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jettison \JET-uh-suhn, JET-uh-zuhn\, verb:

1. to throw goods overboard to lighten a ship or aircraft in distress
2. the act of throwing goods overboard when a craft is in distress; also, the goods thrown overboard
3. (figurative) to throw away; discard

He guessed that Richardson decided to jettison the facial hair after his wife found it scratchy.
-- Liz Sidoti, Boston Globe, 2008-12-03
But with economic anxiety sweeping the public, some banks have decided to jettison traditional ads touting products and instead market traits like stability and security.
-- Paul Donski, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 2008-11-28

noun by 1425 from Anglo-Fr. getteson, from Old French getaison "act of throwing (goods overboard)," especially to lighten a ship in distress, from Late Latin jactionem, from jectare "toss about." The verb is first attested 1848.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

RESPONSE TO PROPOSED SPECIAL CALLED MEETING NOTICE

Dear Members of the Council, Local Press and Department Heads:

The City Clerk has received a notice attempting to call a special meeting of our city council. This notice reads:

Special Called Meeting 

We the undersigned Aldermen of the City of Helena-West Helena hereby call a special called meeting at 5:00 PM in the City Council Room today, January 13th.

The agenda items will be the overriding of the Mayor's 5 Vetoes plus setting the second council meeting of January to January 22nd.

/s/ Jay Hollowell  /s/ Tommy Hunt /s/ Bruce Hudson


Arkansas law on this matter is clear. Arkansas Code Annotated Section 14-53-502(b)(2)(B) (2007) states: "The mayor, or any three (3) aldermen, may call special meetings in such manner as may be provided by ordinance." Our ordinance states: "[w]hen any three (3) aldermen shall desire to call a special meeting of the City Council, they shall notify the Mayor in writing of such desire, stating the object or objects of such meeting and the Mayor shall thereupon issue the notice provided (by our ordinance)."

First, I will establish a meeting for the 22nd of January 2009 without the need for any special called meeting. This was the plan already. The council decided to meet Thursday, January 22, 2009 to pass the budget.

Second, veto overrides can be lawfully done in regular meetings only. I have attached the appropriate code section to this letter setting out what Arkansas law requires. I, as Mayor, am required to let the clerk know about my veto within the five (5) or six (6) days allowed by law. I am then required to draft my reasons for my veto and place them before the council at the next regular meeting. At that time, the council may override the veto by a sufficient number of votes.

Out of caution, I have spoken with our city attorney and Mr. Don Zimmerman, Executive Director of the Arkansas Municipal League. I attempted to reach Mr. Hayes. I left him a voice message. Our city attorney and Mr. Zimmerman concur (agree) that the veto override must occur in a regular council meeting.

Vetoes are geared toward giving the public an opportunity to participate in the deliberations of governing bodies. The public can hear about or read about the actions of the body and call or otherwise communicate with their representatives and express their concerns on those matters. The regular meeting requirement makes sense because otherwise a veto would be futile. The city council could literally meeting two (2) hours after a veto has been announced and override the veto before the general public has been made aware of the issue or the mayor's expressions regarding the veto.

I have not been asked to call a special called meeting. In addition, I will not present my vetoes other than at a regular council meeting.

Therefore, there can be no lawful special called meeting on the issue of vetoes and because I will set up the meeting on the 22nd, it would be a waste of time to meet and set that meeting date.

I would like to hear from the members of the council as to whether you intend to continue with the budget workshop session scheduled for 5:00 p.m. today.

Sincerely,


James F. Valley

A.C.A. § 14-43-504 

West's Arkansas Code Annotated Currentness
Title 14. Local Government
Subtitle 3. Municipal Government (Chapters 36 to 69)
View the full text of all sections at this level Chapter 43. Government of Cities of the First Class
View the full text of all sections at this level Subchapter 5. Powers and Duties Generally
Current Section§ 14-43-504. Mayor


(a) The mayor of the city shall be its chief executive officer and conservator of its peace. It shall be his special duty to cause the ordinances and regulations of the city to be faithfully and constantly obeyed.

(b) The mayor shall:

(1) Supervise the conduct of all the officers of the city, examine the grounds of all reasonable complaints made against them, and cause all their violations of duty or other neglect to be properly punished or reported to the proper tribunal for correction;

(2) Have and exercise the power conferred on sheriffs, within the city limits, to suppress disorder and keep the peace; and

(3) Perform such other duties compatible with the nature of his office as the city council may from time to time require.

(c) Repealed.

(d) The mayor shall, at the second regular meeting of the council in each year, and at such other times as he shall deem expedient, report to the council the municipal affairs of the city and recommend such measures to it as to him may seem advisable.

(e) The mayor of any city of the first class shall, in addition to the powers and duties already pertaining to that office, be clothed with, and exercise and perform, the following:

(1) A mayor shall have the power to veto, within five (5) days, Sundays excepted, after the action of the city council thereon, any ordinance, resolution, or order adopted or made by the council, or any part thereof, which in his judgment is contrary to the public interests.

(2)(A) In case of a veto, before the next regular meeting of the council, the mayor shall file in the office of the city clerk, to be laid before that meeting, a written statement of his reasons for so doing.

(B) No such ordinance, resolution, or order, or part thereof, vetoed by the mayor shall have any force or validity unless, after the written statement is laid before it, the council shall, by a vote of two-thirds (2/3) of all the aldermen elected thereto, pass it over the veto.


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iconoclast \ahy-KON-uh-klast\, noun:

a person who attacks cherished beliefs or institutions as foolish or wrong

In the end, Miles characterizes Zappa, for better or worse, as "an iconoclast in the male tradition of Neal Cassady, Hunter S. Thompson, William S. Burroughs, Ken Kesey, Allen Ginsberg, Lenny Bruce and the early Norman Mailer."
-- Carmela Ciuraru, LA Times, 2004-11-15
Al-Mutawa's decision to attend Tufts was also somewhat random - he followed the footsteps of a cousin - and, once there, he resumed his status as an iconoclast.
-- Jake Halpern, Boston Globe, 2007-10-14

by 1596, from French iconoclaste, from Middle Latin iconoclastes, from Late Greek eikonoklastes, from eikon "image" + klastes "breaker," from klan "to break." Originally the word referred those in the Eastern Church in 8th and 9th centuries whose mobs of followers destroyed icons and other religious objects on the grounds that they were idols. Extended sense of "one who attacks orthodox beliefs or institutions" is first attested 1842.

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Monday, January 12, 2009

Veto of Tommy Hunt's Motion to Cease Broadcasting and Funding of Helena-West Helena City Council Meetings Until Further Notice 1-06-2009

January 12, 2009


Mrs. Sandra Ramsey, Clerk
CITY OF HELENA-WEST HELENA, ARKANSAS
P O Box 248
Helena-West Helena, AR 72342

Re:       Veto

Dear Madam Clerk:

This is my veto of Mr. Tommy Hunt’s Motion to Cease Broadcasting and Funding of  the Helena-West Helena City Council Meetings Until Further Notice. This motion was made at the 21:21 minute mark of our meeting, according to the video of the meeting. This motion was not in the best interest of our community. The motion was a surprise to me and to the general public..

According to the Helena-West Helena Municipal Code, all matters to be brought before the City Council MUST be specifically set out and identified. These matters were not identified on the agenda before the meeting.

This veto is required because the public has a right to know how its business is being handled. The public must go through procedural hoops to get on the agenda. The public cannot merely “show up” at a meeting and “show-out” as our council seems bent on doing. This type of activity can breed distrust in our community. I have received many calls making references to the apparent “meeting before the meeting.”

I have no way of knowing whether there has been any such meeting. I am, however, concerned with what the perception may be. Therefore, I will continue to enforce our code as stated and adopted by our governing body.

This motion is inappropriate because the radio and television broadcast were recommended by the Transition Team as part of government transparency. These formats allow the general public to see the meeting for its face value and to evaluate the performance of its representatives. Moreover, not everyone who desires to know about city business can or even will attend our meetings. Many of our citizens work evenings or have other matters equally important to them which must be attended. Therefore, these delayed broadcasts must continue such that the public can get the facts as they actually are.

I am not unsympathetic to Mr. Hunt’s concern regarding “dirty laundry.” However, I do believe that such occurrences can be minimized by this council, administration, the employees and the community working together for the greatest good for the greatest number. Not all items in public discourse are pretty or inviting, however, they remain at all times public. Finally, we

Mrs. Sandra Ramsey, City Clerk
January 12, 2009
Page 2 of 2
____________________________

cannot forget how resilient our people are. They will deal with all things as they see fit their within best interest in due time; they do not need to be shielded from the truth even when it is ugly.

Wherefore, the action by Mr. Hunt was and is contrary to the best interest of our community and I hereby veto those actions for barring the public’s access to the actual content of city council meetings.

Respectfully submitted,


James F. Valley

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Veto of Larry Wilson's 1st Motion to Deviate From Agenda 1-6-2009

January 12, 2009

Mrs. Sandra Ramsey, Clerk
CITY OF HELENA-WEST HELENA, ARKANSAS
P O Box 248
Helena-West Helena, AR 72342

Re:       Veto

Dear Madam Clerk:

This is my veto of Mr. Larry Wilson’s motion to deviate from the printed agenda. This motion was not in the best interest of our community. The motion was a surprise to me and to the general public.

According to the Helena-West Helena Municipal Code, all matters to be brought before the City Council MUST be specifically set out and identified. These matters were not identified on the agenda before the meeting.

This veto is required because the public has a right to know how its business is being handled. The public must go through procedural hoops to get on the agenda. The public cannot merely “show up” at a meeting and “show-out” as our council seems bent on doing. This type activity can breed distrust in our community. I have received many calls making references to the apparent “meeting before the meeting.”

I have no way of knowing whether there has been any such meeting. I am, however, concerned with what the perception may be. Therefore, I will continue to enforce our code as stated and adopted by our governing body.

In conclusion, the action by Mr. Wilson was and is contrary to the best interest of our community and I hereby veto those actions.

Respectfully submitted,


James F. Valley

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Veto Larry Wilson's Second Motion to Deviate from print agenda 1-6-2009

January 12, 2009


Mrs. Sandra Ramsey, Clerk
CITY OF HELENA-WEST HELENA, ARKANSAS
P O Box 248
Helena-West Helena, AR 72342

Re:       Veto

Dear Madam Clerk:

This is my veto of Mr. Larry Wilson’s second motion to deviate from the printed agenda. This motion was not in the best interest of our community. The motion was a surprise to me and to the general public.

According to the Helena-West Helena Municipal Code, all matters to be brought before the City Council MUST be specifically set out and identified. These matters were not identified on the agenda before the meeting.

This veto is required because the public has a right to know how its business is being handled. The public must go through procedural hoops to get on the agenda. The public cannot merely “show up” at a meeting and “show-out” as our council seems bent on doing. This type activity can breed distrust in our community. I have received many calls making references to the apparent “meeting before the meeting.”

I have no way of knowing whether there has been any such meeting. I am, however, concerned with what the perception may be. Therefore, I will continue to enforce our code as stated and adopted by our governing body.

Wherefore, the action by Mr. Wilson was and is contrary to the best interest of our community and I hereby veto those actions.

Respectfully submitted,


James F. Valley

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Veto of Tommy Hunt's Motion to Cease Funding of Video Recording-Taping of Helena-West Helena City Council Meetings 1-6-2009

January 12, 2009


Mrs. Sandra Ramsey, Clerk
CITY OF HELENA-WEST HELENA, ARKANSAS
P O Box 248
Helena-West Helena, AR 72342

Re:       Veto

Dear Madam Clerk:

This is my veto of Mr. Tommy Hunt’s Motion to Cease Funding of Video Recording/Taping of Helena-West Helena City Council Meetings. This motion was made at or near the 27:46 minute mark of our meeting, according to the video of the meeting. This motion was not in the best interest of our community. The motion was a surprise to me and to the general public.

According to the Helena-West Helena Municipal Code, all matters to be brought before the City Council MUST be specifically set out and identified. These matters were not identified on the agenda before the meeting.

This veto is required because the public has a right to know how its business is being handled. The public must go through procedural hoops to get on the agenda. The public cannot merely “show up” at a meeting and “show-out” as our council seems bent on doing. This type activity can breed distrust in our community. I have received many calls making references to the apparent “meeting before the meeting.”

I have no way of knowing whether there has been any such meeting. I am, however, concerned with what the perception may be. Therefore, I will continue to enforce our code as stated and adopted by our governing body.

This motion is inappropriate because the radio and television broadcast were recommended by the Transition Team as part of government transparency. These formats allow the general public to see the meeting for its face value and to evaluate the performance of its representatives.

For example, the public would like to see, among other things, the actions of Mr. Hunt as he proclaimed that he would not speak on the radio “anymore.” The public would like to see what happened at the 29:23 to 29:34 minute mark on the video. At that point, Mr. Hunt can be seen whispering into Mr. Grubbs’ ear and Mr. Grubbs then turned his microphone off. This is salient in light of all actions taken at this meeting.

Moreover, not everyone who desires to know about city business can or even will attend our meetings. Many of our citizens work evenings or have other matters equally important to them

Mrs. Sandra Ramsey, City Clerk
January 12, 2009
Page 2 of 2
_______________________________

which must be attended. Therefore, these delayed broadcasts must continue such that the public can get the facts as they actually are.

I am not unsympathetic to Mr. Hunt’s concern regarding “dirty laundry.” However, I do believe that such occurrences can be minimized by this council, administration, the employees and the community working together for the greatest good for the greatest number. Not all items in public discourse are pretty or inviting, however, they remain at all times public. Finally, we cannot forget how resilient our people are. They will deal with all things as they see fit their within best interest in due time; they do not need to be shielded from the truth even when it is ugly.

Wherefore, the action by Mr. Hunt was and is contrary to the best interest of our community and I hereby veto those actions for barring the public’s access to the actual content of city council meetings.

Respectfully submitted,


James F. Valley

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Veto: Ordinance 1-2009 Meeting Schedule Change 1-6-2009

January 12, 2009

Mrs. Sandra Ramsey, Clerk
CITY OF HELENA-WEST HELENA, ARKANSAS
P O Box 248
Helena-West Helena, AR 72342

Re:       Veto – Ordinance Number 1-2009

Dear Madam Clerk:

This is my veto Ordinance 1-2009. We have a meeting schedule in place for the City of Helena-West Helena, Arkansas and any deviations from that schedule can be addressed by special called meetings.

Therefore, it is in the best interest of our community that we continue to meet as scheduled by our standing ordinances. Our regular council meetings shall remain on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month until changed by our governing body.

Respectfully submitted,


James F. Valley

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Fire Department Weekly DHR -1-12-2009

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Weekly Department Report

Department: Fire

Date:  1/9/09

Prepared by: Chief Reginald Wilson

Specific Weekly Activities:

East Side Runs:

No Runs on East Side

West Side Runs:

12/30/08-214 Nth 11th-Structure Fire

12/31/08-215 Jane St. (Trash Rubbish)

1/01/09-113 Navijo-Structure Fire

1/02/09-339 N. 3rd-Burned Electrical outlet

1/03/09-2426 Hwy 49-Alarm

1/03/09-124 N. 3rd-Grass Fire

1/04/09-137 Anderson-Public Service

1/06/09-617 Beechwood-Structure Fire

1/08/09-201 N. 1st-False Alarm

1/08/09-W. Russell & Sam-False Alarm

Future Activities

***Schedule Fire Inspections in Helena – West Helena

Follow Up Activities

***U.S.D.A. CF Grant Approved for the Fire Department

***U.S.D.A. CF Grant Submitted for Police Department

***USDA Inspections of Fire Dept. and Community Center Done  
 
 

Staff Concerns /Issues:

***2 Firefighters out on Military Leave

-Franklin Tyner

-Demarcus Foreman

***One Auxiliary Firefighter Being Added

-Demeon Starks

***3 Firefighters Attending the Arkansas Fire Academy Standard's Class January 4, 2009

-Tremain Lewis

-Marquis Johnson

-Demarcus Borum 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

HELENA –WEST HELENA

Fire Department Gas

UNIT#DATEGALLONS FILLED BYDATEGALLONSFILLED BY DATEGALLONSTOTAL
F-1 1/5/0915.6F-45      15.6
           
          
           
F-2 1/5/0922F2      22
          
          
           
F-31/7/09 11K. Clemons     11
          
           
           
#51/8/0913.5 F45     13.5
           
           
           
#81/2/0914.1 P. Watson1/7/096.2R. Smith 1/8/0912.833.1
           
           
          
          
           
           
GAS CANS1/8/094.1 B. Hartsfield     4.1
TOTAL   99.3

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Main Street Arkansas Update - January 12, 2009

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From: "Cary Tyson"
Date: Mon, 12 Jan 2009 10:28:44 -0600
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 - January 12, 2009

Just a reminder about next week’s training –

Be sure and contact both your State Representative and Senator for an appointment.  Also, we’re providing lunch both days & dinner Tuesday night.  Call or email if you have questions. 

 

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

 

DATES TO REMEMBER:

 

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 January 12 – 16, 2009 

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MONDAY            Susan, Caroline – Blytheville
TUESDAY           AHPP Grant Workshop

WEDNESDAY    Nancy, Mark, Susan – Searcy

THURSDAY      Cary – Dumas

FRIDAY              Susan – DeWitt

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IN THIS ISSUE:

Governor, AEDC Release Plan to Promote Long-Term Economic Growth

AHPP Accepting Grant Applications

Good Main Street Rogers Press

Compelling Architecture

Rypkema’s New Years List

3 Grant Announcements

Call for Best Promo Ideas

TrainingOpportunity

 

Governor, AEDC Release Plan to Promote Long-term Economic Growth

http://arkansasbusiness.com/printable.asp?aid=111138

 

The plan can be downloaded here:

http://arkansasbusiness.com/news/print_editions/ab_govbeebe_strategic_plan_09.pdf

 

The plan has five guiding principles intended to create more income growth opportunities for the state:

1. Increase the incomes of Arkansans at a growth pace greater than the national average.

2. Expand entrepreneurship, focusing on knowledge-based enterprises.

3. Compete more effectively in the global marketplace for new business and jobs, and create a business retention strategy to reduce closures.

4. Economic development will meet the special needs and take advantage of the extraordinary assets of various areas of the state. It will not be a one size fits all.

5. Increase the number of workers with post-secondary training so they are prepared when they enter the workforce and equipped for new jobs in the future.      

 

The plan also lays out a strategy for overcoming three obstacles that hinder Arkansas' economy:

 

1.Arkansas needs a transitional, systematic approach to an economy supported by knowledge-based jobs.

2. The economic development efforts throughout the state are diffused and inefficient.

3. Arkansas lacks a recurring and predictable funding formula for economic development.

 

It is surely worth your time to download & read this plan.  When reading, keep in mind the role your downtown revitalization program. 

 

AHPP ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION GRANTS

 

The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, will accept applications for its Historic Preservation Restoration Grant and County Courthouse Restoration Subgrant programs through March 13, AHPP Director Frances McSwain announced today.

Two Historic Preservation Restoration Grant options are available for rehabilitation of historic structures in Arkansas:

n      Option 1 grants of up to $10,000 are available to the owners of properties that are listed on the Arkansas Register of Historic Places or are non-contributing structures in National Register historic districts if the grant project will make the property eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places and the owner follows through with the National Register listing process

n      Option 2 grants of $10,000 or more are available to the owners of properties that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and owned by a not-for-profit organization or a local government.

County Courthouse Restoration Subgrants are available for preservation work at county courthouse buildings that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The program uses funds provided by the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council, which distributes money raised through the state Real Estate Transfer Tax.

Guidelines and applications for the Historic Preservation Restoration Grant and County Courthouse Restoration Subgrant programs can be downloaded from the AHPP web site at http://www.arkansaspreservation.org/preservation-services/grant-programs/

 

GoodMain Street Rogers Press:

http://www.recordtimes.com/rhtn/News/4691/

http://www.nwanews.com/bcdr/News/69565/

 

Compelling Architecture

http://www.governing.com/articles/0901assess.htm

 

Rypkema’s New Year’s List

http://www.placeeconomics.com/2009/01/new-years-resolution-and-list.html

 

USDA Grant Announcement

The primary objective of the Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant (REDLG) program is to promote rural economic development and job creation projects. Assistance provided to rural areas, as defined, under this program may include business startup costs, business expansion, business incubators, technical assistance feasibility studies, advanced telecommunications services and computer networks for medical, educational, and job training services and community facilities projects for economic development.

The Department of Agriculture's Rural Business-Cooperative Service has announced it is seeking applications for loans and grants for FY 2009 funding.

 

TheDecember 29 2008 FEDERAL REGISTER provides full background, application requirements and deadlines, and pertinent contact information

                                       

Community Safety Awards Program Recognizes Innovative Partnerships

MetLife Foundation: Community-Police Partnerships Awards Program
The Community-Police Partnership Awards, sponsored by the MetLife Foundation and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), identify innovative partnerships between community groups and police that promote neighborhood safety and revitalization. Six Neighborhood Revitalization Awards, ranging from $15,000 to $25,000, will recognize exemplary collaborations that address crime reduction as well as economic development. Five Special Strategy Awards of $15,000 each will recognize exemplary collaborations that yield significant public safety outcomes in seven specific categories. Public agencies (including police departments and public schools) must apply in conjunction with at least one nonprofit organization. The preliminary application deadline is February 27, 2009. The RFP and preliminary application form will be available on the LISC website on January 5, 2009

 

National Endowment for the Humanities Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&flag2006=false&oppId=44662

 

From Our Friend Kathy LaPlante – Call for Your Best Promotion Ideas

Hello Nationwide Main Street Programs and Main Street Coordinating Programs,

 

At the National Main Street Conference in Philly last year, I presented a session called, "Successful Retail Events", featuring case studies submitted by Main Street programs across the county, of about 30 different retail/business promotions (those that are intended to make your businesses cash registers ring -- verses special events). 

 

At the Chicago conference (March 1-4), I will be presenting a similar session called, Retail and Business Promotions that Work! So I would like to hear from downtown programs again, that have conducted great/successful promotions that could be highlighted during this session. If you've got one to brag about, please send me a few details about your promotion. It could be an event strictly for retailers or one that also had service and professional business participants.

 

Here's what I'd like to know: 

1. The name of the event and your community

2. A brief description of event, how did it work, how did you market it, etc.

3. How many businesses participated

4. Why you thought it was a success (merchant testimonials, coupons turned in, an annual even everyone looks forward to, etc.)

5. And some JPEG images of the people participating, shoppers on the street, PDFs of your posters or graphics, etc.

 

You can reply directly to me at Kathy_LaPlante@nthp.org, rather than replying to the entire list serve, which won't allow files to be attached.

 

If you are from a coordinating program and have an annual awards programs, please let me know if you honored a Best Retail or Business Promotion that you'd like featured and I will make contact with your local programs.

 

Anyone who submits an idea that is used in my presentation and attend the conference in Chicago will receive a sweet treat in thanks for your participation.

 

TrainingOpportunity

Training to help your Organization maximize its 2009 opportunities! 

Training designed for executive directors, staff, board members and volunteers!

Attendees may select one or both of these trainings.

 

Topics

 

Fundraising ’09 Style  9:15 to 12 Noon

 

Three “Rs” of Volunteerism: Recruit, Recognize, Reward 1:15 to 4 p.m.

 

Date                                                                         Location

Thursday, January 15, 2009                Hot Springs First Assembly of God

3540 Central Avenue, Hot Springs

 

To Register or for More Information e-mail: register@arfia.org                          

Deadline for registration January 13th          888-845-2985 (ext 2)

 

 

 

 

 

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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