Land of Opportunity Still Exists Around Cities of Distinction (From the Publisher)

Dear Readers,

We’re pleased to share the stories of this year’s winners in the third City of Distinction special report.

An independent panel of judges has recognized cities, large and small, for their commitment to improving the lives of their citizens and the health of their communities. Whether by building sidewalks, renovating town squares or using technology to bring history alive to tourists, the communities have shown a commitment to improvement and a vision for the future.

We extend our thanks to presenting sponsor Crews & Associates and supporting sponsors The Arkansas Municipal League and the Arkansas State Chamber/Associate Industries of Arkansas. Awards will be presented at the Municipal League conference in Rogers in January.

A special thank you goes to our judges — Randy Zook, president and CEO of the State Chamber/AIA; Mike Maulden, director of external affairs at Entergy Arkansas; and Nathan Rutledge, director at Crews & Associates.

As always we appreciate your comments. Please email me at


Mitch Bettis

Publisher, Arkansas Business