Institute Receives $10K Grant to Compile Plan for Pine Bluff

Institute Receives $10K Grant to Compile Plan for Pine Bluff
Go Forward Pine Bluff

The Arkansas Economic Development Institute at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock on Tuesday announced that it has received $10,000 from the Simmons First Foundation to compile a community economic development profile for Pine Bluff.

The foundation is leading the Go Forward Pine Bluff initiative, which aims to implement a blueprint that will address the city's systemic problems and challenges and focus on economic development, education, government and infrastructure and quality of life.  

Pine Bluff voters also approved a tax last month to support the initiative. 

The AEDI will be working with the University of Arkansas Community Design Center to develop a master plan for downtown and bordering neighborhoods. The plan will include baseline drawings of existing conditions, master street and landscape plans, downtown development plans and a final report, along with visualizations.

The institute will also host town hall meetings to gain feedback from citizens.

According to the release, challenges facing Pine Bluff include a population drop, high unemployment rates and deterioration of residential and commercial buildings.

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