Arkansas Business

Arkansas Business Trendsetter City 2021



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The Trendsetter City program is designed to honor cities who are leaders in innovative programs and initiatives for improvement and growth. Being a Trendsetter City is an honor that speaks to the commitment by city leadership and its citizens, and creates a great economic development selling point.

Winners will be recognized in the following categories:

  • Public Safety (Recognize cities/towns being proactive and innovative to improve public safety. Can include cross training of departments, programs that lowered insurance rates, improving crime-prone districts, citizens police academy, school DARE, etc)

  • Infrastructure/Water (Recognize cities/towns who have found innovative ways to preserve existing infrastructure and minimize repair costs or time including underground utilities, streets,etc; protecting public waterways; wastewater treatment innovation; etc)

  • Education/Workforce Development (Recognize unique programs that are improving graduation rates; raising the education standards in K-12; programs that are developing a more qualified workforce for employers. Programs can be a public/private partnership and do not have to be a municipally led program. The quality of a city is determined by its citizens)

  • Wellness and Fitness (Recognize city lead programs to improve the wellness of city employees and/or its citizens. Can include (and not limited to) creation of walkable space, community gardens, development of parks, etc)

  • Tourism Development/Creative Culture (Recognize cities/towns who are building unique venues, attractions, museums, etc to not only attract tourism but also improve the quality of life of citizens)

  • Environmental/Green Management Practices (Recognize cities/towns for their efforts to preserve or improve their environment. It can include LEED; recycling; air quality; energy use, etc)

The competition is divided into three population categories to allow cities to compete with other cities of comparable size. The population categories are: cities less than 5,000 population, 5,000-20,000 population and more than 20,000.

Application Information:

  • Each city can submit one award application in each award category.
  • Entries must describe programs or projects brought to conclusion or showing significant results between July 2017 and July 2021.
  • An official entry application must be submitted for each project.
  • Entry Forms must be received in the Arkansas Business office by 5:00 p.m. August 31st, 2021 or be postmarked on or before that date. Entry forms should be submitted to:

    Kelli Roy
    Arkansas Business Publishing Group
    114 Scott Street
    Little Rock, AR 72201
    Emailed to:
    Faxed to: Kelli Roy at 501-375-7933

  • The entry must include all required information, such as completed entry form, a concise description of the project or program, and adhere to the space requirement of four pages double-spaced for the written description and no more than four pages of supporting material.
  • If a city submits entries in multiple categories the page limit applies to each category individually.
  • Winners will be notified in September 2021.

Click Here to Download Entry Form