Monday, February 22, 2010

Main Street Arkansas Update - February 22, 2010

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Subject: Main Street Arkansas Update - February 22, 2010

Main Street Arkansas Calendar February 22 - 26, 2010 


MONDAY                             Susan - Paragould
TUESDAY                           Quarterly Training – 1st Floor Conference Room 323 Center Street

WEDNESDAY                    all staff – Texarkana Rypkema's White Elephant Workshop

THURSDAY                        all staff – Texarkana Rypkema's White Elephant Workshop

FRIDAY                                Caroline – out




Main Street Matters

The Ruse of the Creative Class

Texarkana Workshop Press

Broadband USA & Connect Arkansas

Most Endangered Nominations Accepted

Smart Growth Award


Main Street Matters

- nice MSA mention. 


The Ruse of the Creative Class?


Texarkana Workshop Press


Broadband USA & Connect Arkansas


Connect Arkansas has been designated as the state lead for broadband stimulus proposals, and we are asking organizations submitting their own application to forward the final submitted PDF to Connect Arkansas to be included in the Governor's review and prioritization of proposals for the NTIA.


Please forward proposals to  by March 19th.

Connect Arkansas is writing the collaborative state-wide Sustainable Broadband Adoption application. If your organization is interested in participating in this application, please contact Connect Arkansas by Feb. 24th.


Alliance Solicits Nominations for 2010 'Arkansas's Most Endangered Historic Places'


           The Historic Preservation Alliance requests your help in identifying endangered historic places that reflect our Arkansas Heritage for the 2010 Most Endangered Places List.

            The Arkansas's Most Endangered Historic Places list highlights threats facing historically and architecturally significant properties throughout the state.  The Alliance is soliciting nominations from residents and organizations across Arkansas of endangered places to be considered for inclusion in the list.  The deadline for submitting nominations is Friday, April 16 2010.

      The Alliance launched Arkansas's Most Endangered Historic Places in 1999 to raise awareness of the importance of Arkansas's historic properties to the state's heritage.  The sites reflect threats such as deterioration, neglect, insufficient funds, insensitive public policy and inappropriate development. The Alliance will compile the 2010 list of Arkansas's Most Endangered Historic Places from nominations by the public and the list will be announced in May during Arkansas Heritage Month and National Preservation Month.

      Previous places listed include the Johnny Cash Family Home in Dyess, Ray Winder Field in Little Rock, Bluff Shelter Archaeological Sites in Northwest Arkansas, the Goddard Hotel in Hot Springs, the Faulkner County Courthouse, the Stephen H. Chism House in Booneville, and the 20th Century African-American Rosenwald Schools throughout the state.

      Criteria for inclusion in the list of Arkansas's Most Endangered Historic Places includes a property's eligibility for the National or Arkansas Register of Historic Places; the degree of a property's local, state, or national significance; and the imminence and degree of the threat to the property.

      For more information or a nomination form, visit , call Rhea Roberts at (501) 372.4757 or email

      The Historic Preservation Alliance is the leading statewide non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Arkansas's architectural and cultural heritage. For more information about the Alliance and becoming a member, contact Vanessa at (501) 372-4757, , or visit .


Smart Growth Award

Applications are now being accepted for the 2010 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement. This competition is open to public- and private-sector entities that have successfully used smart growth principles to improve communities environmentally, socially, and economically. The application period is open from February 8, 2010 to April 5, 2010. Up to five awards will be given in the following


·         Programs, Policies, and Regulations

·         Smart Growth and Green Building

·         Civic Places

·         Rural Smart Growth

·         Overall Excellence


More information at, or see attached announcement.




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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