Tagged: arkansas business cities of distinction

Marianna: Down But Not Out Thanks to Main Street Redevelopment (Main Street Preservation | Winner Under 5,000)

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/10/2012 12:00 am

So far, through grants and more than $700,000 in local, private donations, the trust has renovated seven buildings and infused life into a downtown that was on life support. Because of the efforts led by the trust, Marianna is being recognized as a 2012 Arkansas Business City of Distinction for Main Street preservation.

El Dorado: Forward Thinking Through Festivals Attracts Tourism (Tourism | Winner 5,000-20,000)

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/10/2012 12:00 am

El Dorado began looking forward, rebranded itself, and became arguably the festival destination of the region. Its effort to bolster tourism with the development of a downtown entertainment district has earned it a 2012 Arkansas Business City of Distinction award.

Little Rock: From Urban Blight to Urban Bling: River Market Draws Crowds (Tourism | Winner 20,000+)

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/10/2012 12:00 am

The River Market District has transformed from urban blight to urban bling, thanks to the combined efforts of the city of Little Rock, the Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau, private developers, business owners and volunteers. In 2010, the LRCVB took over management of the district's Ottenheimer Market Hall, River Market Pavilions and Riverfest Amphitheater and enhanced several existing programs while adding options for residents and tourists.

Bentonville: Museum's Influence A Work Of Art, Design (Tourism | Winner 20,000+)

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/10/2012 12:00 am

The Bentonville Convention & Visitor's Bureau responded to the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art opening by beefing up its advertising domestically and internationally to make it as easy as possible for visitors to come to Bentonville.

Eurkea Springs: Limited Size, Unlimited Opportunities For Visitors (Tourism | Winner Under 5,000)

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/10/2012 12:00 am

The city of just under 2,200 sees about 800,000 travelers annually. Its efforts to attract visitors earned Eureka Springs an Arkansas Business City of Distinction award for Tourism Development in 2012.

Fayetteville: Research Park Showcases Innovation (Technology Advancements | Winner 20,000+)

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/10/2012 12:00 am

If Arkansas is ever to become something like a heartland Silicon Valley or Research Triangle, and there are education and business leaders in the state who think it reasonable to strive for such a designation, the Arkansas Research & Technology Park in Fayetteville will be the epicenter of that emergence.

Clarksville: Initiative Taking the Lead With School Laptops (Technology Advancements | Honorable Mention 5,000-20,000)

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/10/2012 12:00 am

A program called "Tomorrow's Classroom Today" in which every student in grades 7-12 receives a netbook, a type of laptop computer, which he or she can take home, may possibly be the first school district in Arkansas that assigns students a computer they return at the end of the school year, just as they would a textbook.

Lowell: Upgrades Streamline City Systems, Cut Costs (Technology Advancements | Winner 5,000-20,000)

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/10/2012 12:00 am

Lowell, a northwest Arkansas community of around 7,300, had to scrap its computer system and start over. Overhauling the city's computer network earned Lowell Arkansas Business' City of Distinction honors in the technology advancements category.

Russellville: Committee Makes It A Little Easier Being Green (Green Initiatives | Honorable Mention 20,000+)

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/10/2012 12:00 am

Russellville Mayor Bill Eaton took office in January 2011, and formed the Clean & Green Committee in February 2011, and its environmental efforts have blossomed. Those initiatives have earned Russellville honorable-mention recognition as a 2012 Arkansas Business City of Distinction for Green/Energy Conservation.

Fayetteville: Reducing Waste, Space, Means Profit (Green Initiatives | Winner 20,000+)

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/10/2012 12:00 am

Flushing the toilet was literally money down the drain for the city of Fayetteville, so the city developed a program to turn that wastewater into cash while improving the environment at the same time.

Conway: In A Roundabout Way, City Goes Green … Again (Green Initiatives | Winner 20,000+)

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/10/2012 12:00 am

For its development of traffic roundabouts to address traffic problems resulting from its burgeoning population, Conway is a 2012 Arkansas Business City of Distinction winner for green initiatives.

Harrison: Action Follows Need To Recycle (Green Initiatives | Winner 5,000-20,000)

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/10/2012 12:00 am

A new contract with Inland Services for garbage collection and residential curbside recycling, in addition to a green retrofitting of City Hall, represent Harrison's commitment to green and energy conservation initiatives.

Eureka Springs: Trees At Root Of City's Conservation Initiatives (Green Initiatives | Winner Under 5,000)

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/10/2012 12:00 am

From its parks to recycling efforts, Eureka Springs prides itself on its green and conservation initiatives. Its efforts have earned Eureka Springs a 2012 Arkansas Business City of Distinction Award for Green/Conservation Initiatives.

Little Rock and North Little Rock: River Trail Represents Commitment To Residents (Quality of Life | Winner 20,000+)

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/10/2012 12:00 am

The Arkansas River Trail, a 14-mile system of hiking, walking and riding trails, spans two cities and connects opposite sides of the river both physically and symbolically.

Centerton: Quality Of Life Keeps Up With Growing Population (Quality of Life | Honorable Mention 5,000-20,000)

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/10/2012 12:00 am

Centerton has done some things on its own to improve the quality of life of its residents. Those efforts have earned it recognition as a 2012 Arkansas Business City of Distinction honorable mention for quality of life.

Bryant: Center, Clubs, Put Community Wellness First (Quality of Life | Winner 5,000-20,000)

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/10/2012 12:00 am

It was The Center at Bishop Park, a 70,000-SF community center, and neighboring Aquatic Center featuring activities for people of all ages, that earned Bryant an Arkansas Business 2012 City of Distinction Quality of Life honor.

McCrory: Not Missing Out Despite Small Size (Quality of Life | Winner Under 5,000)

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/10/2012 12:00 am

While automated agriculture and a more tech-based economy impacted many small farming towns including McCrory, local residents made sure their Woodruff County town didn't miss out on anything. Over the past year, they have proved that little towns (McCrory's population is just under 1,800) can do big things.

Conway: Downtown Facelift Lifts Community Pride (Main Street Preservation | Winner 20,000+)

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/10/2012 12:00 am

In the last decade, Conway's downtown has received a facelift. The Conway Downtown Partnership transformed the downtown into a hub that offers everything from arts to specialty retail shops. The city's efforts earned it a 2012 Arkansas Business City of Distinction award for Main Street Preservation.

Jonesboro: Getting Serious About Going Downtown (Main Street Preservation | Winner 20,000+)

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/10/2012 12:00 am

Jonesboro's efforts to bring its downtown back to life and make sure it stays healthy have earned the city a 2012 Arkansas Business City of Distinction award for Main Street preservation.

Harrison: Renovation Becomes A CORE Issue (Main Street Preservation | Honorable Mention 5,000-20,000)

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/10/2012 12:00 am

Central Organization for Revitalization & Enhancement's efforts have earned Harrison, with a population just under 13,000, honorable mention recognition as a 2012 Arkansas Business City of Distinction for Main Street preservation.