Arkansas Business City of Distinction 2011

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An independent panel of judges recognized these cities, large and small, for their commitment to improving the lives of their citizens and the health of their communities. Whether by employing young people, expanding recycling centers, or attracting visitors to their downtown cores, these cities have shown a commitment to improvement and a vision for the future.

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Innovation, Inspiration Setting the Trend for Arkansas Cities

Our 2017 Trendsetter Cities remind us of that in their approach to public safety, infrastructure, education and workforce development, wellness, tourism and environmental practices. read more >

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

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

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

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

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

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. read more >

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

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

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

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. read more >

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. read more >

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

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. read more >

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

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

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

From water treatment to transportation, Batesville's recent city developments have displayed a commitment to environmentally friendly practices. read more >

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

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. read more >

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

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. read more >

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

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. read more >

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

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

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

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