Tagged: city of distinction

City Leads the Way in Lake Village's Main Street Rebirth (Main Street Preservation | Winner, Fewer than 5,000)

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/9/2013 12:00 am

Lake Village's commitment to revitalizing downtown and the example it set with the renovation of the Tushek Building earned the city a 2013 Arkansas Business City of Distinction Award for Main Street Preservation in cities of fewer than 5,000 people.

Fayetteville Uses Brainstorming, Teamwork to Overhaul City Website (Technology Advancements | Honorable Mention, 20,000+)

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/9/2013 12:00 am

The city of Fayetteville has been recognized in recent years for its local government website. In 2013, Fayetteville was ranked No. 2 on the Center for Digital Government list of top city government websites for cities fewer than 75,000 people. That's up from No. 7 in 2011.

Hot Springs Measuring Meters in Innovative Ways (Technology Advancements | Winner, 20,000+)

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/9/2013 12:00 am

When the city of Hot Springs decided to retire its antiquated water meters, the goal was to get rid of equipment that was no longer efficient. City workers researched the alternatives and decided an automated metering infrastructure (AMI) was what was going to keep Spa City from getting all wet. While this primary objective was met in the initial process, Hot Springs discovered more benefits in the project than just keeping real-time tabs on customer water usage.

Community Connections in Bryant Convenient With Tech Plan (Technology Advancements | Winner, Between 5,000-20,000)

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/9/2013 12:00 am

In Bryant, city leaders took steps to make their government more accessible, connected and cost-effective. The desired result of a city-wide, fully integrated communication system more responsive to the community has been fulfilled.

Lakeview Upgrades Technology to Boost Police Force (Technology Advancements | Winner, Fewer than 5,000)

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/9/2013 12:00 am

Lakeview has taken steps to put itself on the cutting edge of technology and to support its police department. Those efforts have earned the city recognition as a 2013 Arkansas Business City of Distinction. Specifically, Lakeview is a winner in the Technology Advancements category for cities under 5,000.

History Hits Home on Hot Springs Baseball Trail (Tourism | Honorable Mention, 20,000+)

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/9/2013 12:00 am

Combining two qualities it knows best, sports and history, Hot Springs has added another attraction to its bullpen full of fun things to do. Linking together 26 historical markers with the latest digital technology, baseball fans can now dig deep into a rich and mostly unknown tale of their favorite sport on the Hot Springs Baseball Trail.

Russellville Fishes for Niche, Hits Jackpot (Tourism | Winner, 20,000+)

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/9/2013 12:00 am

The city's efforts to highlight Lake Dardanelle as a national fishing destination have earned it a 2013 Arkansas Business City of Distinction award. Specifically, Russellville is a winner in the Tourism Development category for cities of more than 20,000 people.

Harrison Bikers Enjoy New Kinds of 'Hog' Trails (Tourism | Honorable Mention, Between 5,000-20,000)

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/9/2013 12:00 am

Located in the Ozark Mountains, Harrison is a central hub for travelers heading to Eureka Springs, the Buffalo National River or Branson, Mo. The city has utilized its location and natural beauty to promote a number of motorcycle routes branching from its center, giving riders scenic memories of their time in the Natural State.

Marion Brings All Hands on Deck for Sultana Exhibit (Tourism | Winner, Between 5,000-20,000)

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/9/2013 12:00 am

A 19th century disaster becomes the focus of a historical exhibit bringing visitors in the 21st century to Marion. For that success, the eastern Arkansas city is the winner in the 2013 Arkansas Business City of Distinction Tourism Development category for cities between 5,000 and 20,000 people.

Fayetteville Takes Action to Clean Up Its Water (Green Initiatives | Honorable Mention, 20,000+)

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/9/2013 12:00 am

When a 2009 study of the Beaver Lake Watershed in Northwest Arkansas by the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality revealed potential sources of pollution originating from Fayetteville, the city took action.

Searcy Sees Conservation as Smart Business (Green Initiatives | Winner, 20,000+)

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/9/2013 12:00 am

Searcy is focused on reducing its overall carbon footprint. To jump-start its efforts, the Searcy Regional Chamber of Commerce developed a special initiative called “Searcy Energy Smart” with help from a committee made up of 38 community leaders, representatives from the state energy office and the University of Arkansas.

Hybrid Patrol Cars, Waste Reduction at Core of Arkadelphia Initiatives (Green Initiatives | Honorable Mention, Between 5,000-20,000)

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/9/2013 12:00 am

While many towns are shrinking their budgets and looking for ways to cut spending, the city of Arkadelphia -- a town of more than 10,000 -- has made heavy investments in its sustainability practices.

Bryant Neighborhoods Pull Together, Go Green (Green Initiatives | Winner, Between 5,000-20,000)

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/9/2013 12:00 am

Efforts in Bryant to make the city “Go Green” has paid off for everyone with lower waste costs, better communication and a cleaner environment. The success has paid off with Bryant winning the 2013 Arkansas Business City of Distinction Green Initiatives category for cities of its population size.

Eureka Springs Is Many Things, Including (and Especially) Green (Green Initiatives | Winner, Fewer than 5,000)

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/9/2013 12:00 am

Eureka Springs is enthusiastically green. It is the oldest continuous Tree City USA community in Arkansas, and its 2012 implementation of a storm water management system is the latest example of its focus on stewardship. The Cardinal Spring Wetland Demonstration Project for the city's Harmon Park is helping the city's watershed plus educating its residents on the benefits of conservation.

Jonesboro Grows with Healthy Population (Quality of Life | Honorable Mention, 20,000+)

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/9/2013 12:00 am

Jonesboro continues to be one of Arkansas' fast-growing cities. Arkansas State University, St. Bernards Medical Center and other job providers help attract people, but the amenities scattered across the city are what keeps the population of 67,000 (as of this writing) in one place.

New Children's Library Offers Much Potential for Little Rock (Quality of Life | Winner, 20,000+)

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/9/2013 12:00 am

The Hillary Clinton Children's Library and Learning Center, opened in the spring of 2013 just off the 12th Street corridor in central Little Rock, represents not just another notch in the Central Arkansas Library System belt.

Camden Crowds Stream to ‘Movies on the River' (Quality of Life | Honorable Mention, Between 5,000-20,000)

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/9/2013 12:00 am

Like any good film, there's more to Camden's “Movies on the River” project than what people see on the screen. Going behind the scenes of what's brought people in Camden together shows a city that has endured hardships and continues to provide its residents with a high quality of life for a town of its size.

Magnolia Blossoms to New Heights (Quality of Life | Honorable Mention, Between 5,000-20,000)

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/9/2013 12:00 am

Magnolia entices visitors to come with a bustling downtown not seen in many other small towns across the region. It successfully promotes itself with events like the Magnolia Blossom Festival and the nationally-recognized Championship Steak Cook-off and keeps people returning with recent additions such as the Magnolia Arts Building. Add in the city's numerous parks and walking trails, and you'll see why people are still coming to Magnolia.

Ridgeway's Renovation Gives Monticello Seniors Place To Check In (Winner | Quality of Life, Between 5,000-20,000)

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/9/2013 12:00 am

The Ridgeway Hotel Renovation Project brought new life to downtown Monticello. It improved the look of the area and one of its oldest properties. It provided a new centralized home for senior citizens to live independently with amenities within walking distance. It introduced a new customer base to businesses downtown. Finally, the project has inspired other dilapidated properties to be transformed.

Improved Roads in Carlisle Still Reach City's Heart (Quality of Life | Winner, Fewer than 5,000)

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/9/2013 12:00 am

A new highway provides benefits for both residents and visitors. Residents see less traffic on their city streets and their families are safer. Visitors enjoy getting from point A to point B a little faster. It's one example of why Carlisle was selected as the winner of the 2013 Arkansas Business City of Distinction Quality of Life category for cities with a population fewer than 5,000.