Tagged: city of distinction

New Recreation Center Brings Prescott Together (Tourism | Honorable Mention)

by Lydia McAllister 12/11/2017 12:00 am

In July, 2017, the city of Prescott unveiled New Olympia Recreation Center, complete with volleyball courts, horseshoe and baggo games and sand boxes.

New Maumelle Center Lets Seniors Live and Age Well (Tourism | Honorable Mention)

by Lydia McAllister 12/11/2017 12:00 am

The Maumelle Senior Services Department has a brand new home, complete with nearby lake views and a new cafe.

Paris Embraces Love, Namesake With Downtown Attractions (Tourism | Winner, Class III)

by Todd Traub 12/11/2017 12:00 am

Paris’ ongoing efforts to beautify and to reclaim vacant lots, which included building its own Eiffel Tower, have sparked new interest in what the city has to offer.

El Dorado Rocks Competition With MAD Arts, Entertainment District (Tourism | Winner, Class II)

by Morgan Embry 12/11/2017 12:00 am

With a goal of making El Dorado a music, arts, entertainment and culinary destination, the city’s Murphy Arts District (MAD) has given much more to the city than just a fun Saturday night.

Expect The Unexpected at Fort Smith Art Installations (Tourism | Winner, Class I)

by Todd Traub 12/11/2017 12:00 am

Fort Smith has a storied past rooted in the wild west and is mentioned in Charles Portis’ classic “True Grit.” But like many other cities, the Sebastian County seat wanted to embrace the modern and establish something for its future.

Batesville Makes Environment Priority with New Facilities (Environmental | Winner, Class II)

by Morgan Embry 12/11/2017 12:00 am

From water treatment to transportation, Batesville’s recent city developments have displayed a commitment to environmentally friendly practices.

Fayetteville Incentive Programs Encourage Waste Management (Environmental | Winner, Class I)

by Morgan Embry 12/11/2017 12:00 am

Fayetteville’s environmental green management practices centers around its recycling and trash master plan — a plan to focus on waste reduction.

Magnolia Takes Direct Route to Quality of Life (Wellness | Honorable Mention)

by Todd Traub 12/11/2017 12:00 am

When it began to consider improving quality of life, Magnolia realized that quality should extend to a unique group of citizens — the students of Southern Arkansas University.

Fitness, Fun and Farmers Market Highlight Danville Wellness Efforts (Wellness | Winner, Class III)

by Todd Traub 12/11/2017 12:00 am

From fitness facilities to fresh food and city park facelifts, Danville has embarked on a multi-front effort to improve health and wellness opportunities for its citizens.

Batesville’s Community Center One Step Toward Everyday Fitness (Wellness | Class II)

by Morgan Embry 12/11/2017 12:00 am

The development of the Batesville Community Center and Aquatics Park in 2017 led the city down the path to citizen health.

Fayetteville Gets Moving on Path to Resident Health (Wellness | Winner, Class I)

by Morgan Embry 12/11/2017 12:00 am

From physical to mental health, Fayetteville is a leader in the state for city-wide wellness.

Three Programs Steering Crossett Toward the Future (Education/Workforce | Honorable Mention)

by Lydia McAllister 12/11/2017 12:00 am

Crossett, a small community in southeast Arkansas, is doing big things when it comes to workplace readiness.

Entrepreneurship Program Inspires Little Rock Youth to Dream Big (Education/Workforce | Honorable Mention)

by Lydia McAllister 12/11/2017 12:00 am

The city of Little Rock has developed a plan to prepare young minds to become business leaders within the community.

Berryville Offers Students, Workforce More with Connect 4 (Education/Workforce | Winner, Class II)

by Todd Traub 12/11/2017 12:00 am

In earning recognition as a Trendsetter City in education and workforce development, Berryville is doing both — educating and building a future workforce.

Fayetteville Aims for Economic Development, Diversity (Education/Workforce | Winner, Class I)

by Morgan Embry 12/11/2017 12:00 am

With the self-proclaimed title “The Startup City of the South,” Fayetteville focuses on job growth and workforce education through its term “economic gardening.”

Batesville Makes Waves with Innovative Water Treatment (Infrastructure | Winner, Class II)

by Morgan Embry 12/11/2017 12:00 am

In 2009, Batesville was faced with an environmental trial forcing the city to completely change its water system. However, the city didn’t shy from the challenge, and it wasn’t long before innovation was coming in waves.

Fayetteville Technology Wastes No Water in Waste Treatment Facilities (Infrastructure | Winner, Class I)

by Morgan Embry 12/11/2017 12:00 am

Fayetteville is celebrating the success of its environmentally sustainable water management system.

Maumelle Encourages Public Safety Education, Training with Citizen Police Academy (Public Safety | Honorable Mention)

by Morgan Embry 12/11/2017 12:00 am

Maumelle’s unique Citizen Police Academy has been bridging the gap between residents and police since 1991, which has only contributed to the city’s public safety.

Community Sets Batesville Police Department Apart (Public Safety | Winner, Class II)

by Morgan Embry 12/11/2017 12:00 am

Batesville may be one of Arkansas’ oldest cities, but its focus on community-based public safety is nothing less than innovative.

Bentonville Leads Way In Active Shooter Response (Winner | Public Safety, Class I)

by Todd Traub 12/11/2017 12:00 am

Bentonville implemented the state’s first active shooter program in 2013 and has continued to modify and upgrade its potential response to the unthinkable.