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Early Bird Pricing Available for Breakthrough Solutions Conference

by Mark Peterson - April 20, 2018

Registration is now open for the 2018 Breakthrough Solutions Conference and Pre-Conference Workshop, set for June 6-7 at our Extension headquarters in Little Rock. The early bird-rates cease on May 24, so act now.

Conference Description

Do you have a sense that in your community or region, you are not keeping up, and that what worked even 5 years ago is not working so well today? Do you want to learn how to revitalize your community? Join us June 6-7 in Little Rock and our partners and guest speakers can teach you about opportunities to improve the economic future of your community.

Consider these questions:

  • Is your community growing or losing population?
  • Do you have many vacant buildings and do they stay vacant long?
  • In a time when more and more people can live anywhere, are they choosing to live in your community?
  • Is your community known for its can-do, opportunity mindset?

Why are the Breakthrough Solutions Partners presenting this conference?

To equip community and regional leaders with the insights, tools, and resources to harness the forces of change in your own community or region. The conference will address how you can strengthen the opportunity pipeline for your community or region.

What will be presented at the June 6 pre-conference workshop?

We will focus on Turn Around Communities in the 21st century economy. This will include:

  • Learning from a community leader with an extraordinary turnaround story from Missouri
  • Listening to a round robin of Arkansas leaders on this topic, and an action planning process to identify turn around strategies for Mountain Home, Arkansas.

Reception on June 6, 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m

Join us for an informal reception for our keynote speaker, Liesl Voges. Food: heavy hors d’oeuvres Where: Four Points by Sheraton Little Rock Midtown hotel (less than one mile from the conference location)

What will be presented at the June 7 conference?

The Breakthrough Solutions Partners invite you to join us for a great learning experience as we learn how to create vibrant 21st century communities and regions.

  • Keynote speaker Liesl Voges, Community Development Manager at the Iowa Arts Council and Director of the Iowa Great Places Program
  • Hear Ignite presentations on the most incredible community-focused projects in Arkansas
  • Participate in 8 concurrent sessions addressing the most promising opportunities for Arkansas communities and regions

Virtual Reality, Robot, and Drones Presentation - As a special treat, you will see how one Arkansas community is using virtual reality to enhance their tourism marketing, see a robot in action, and talk with a certified drone pilot and see his drone.

Cost and registration:

  • Act NOW! Register before the early bird registration deadline of May 24, 2018 * To register, go here.

Early bird registration is $75 for one day or $125 for both days. Regular registration rate is $100 per day or $160 for both days.

  • Hotel: Our conference hotel, the Four Points by Sheraton Little Rock Midtown Hotel, is holding a block of rooms until May 18 at the special rate of $94 plus tax. The hotel is less than a mile from the conference.
  • A limited number of scholarships are available. For more information, or if you have questions, contact Casey Hill at, 501-671-2072.

Collaborate and share!

  • Bring a team to take advantage of the concurrent sessions in the pre-conference workshop and conference.

We look forward to seeing you in June.

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