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by Mark Peterson and Emily Smith - July 25, 2019
Rumblings of “action” and “momentum” echoed throughout the North Little Rock Chamber
of Commerce as groups collaboratively discussed ways to transform strategic planning
into immediate action during the 2019 Breakthrough Solutions Pre-Conference Workshop.
The pre-conference workshop, "Creating Connected Communities: A Hands-On Workshop
for ARCO in Action,” took place on June 25 and featured the three-county Arkansas Coalition for the Ouachitas. This region, known as ARCO for short, includes Montgomery, Polk, and Scott counties.
As the pilot community, local ARCO leaders, in collaboration with Breakthrough Solutions
Partners, worked to coordinate community conversations and working groups aimed at
creating action-oriented strategies that could be applied to the ARCO region.
“Most counties in Arkansas are losing population and so there is tremendous need for
community leaders to come together to engage citizens, plan for the future, and take
action," said Mark Peterson, Professor of Community and Economic Development. “In
this time of rapid change, it’s critical to take action, make things happen and build
momentum towards positive community and economic development."
Prior to the pre-conference, Breakthrough Solutions partners and staff toured each
community before facilitating a conversation with community leaders/stakeholders aimed
at identifying the assets, opportunities and potential areas for the region to grow.
These partners included, Roby Robertson from UA Little Rock, Phil Plyer from Arkansas
Economic Development Commission, and Tandee White from Entergy Arkansas.
At the pre-conference workshop, Breakthrough Solutions partners, ARCO leaders, community
members, and guests participated in small group discussions on the following topic
areas: Broadband, Tourism Marketing and Branding, Workforce Development, Quality of
Life and Place, Business Development and Entrepreneurship, Quilt Trail, and Funding
and Finance. Each working group, as a result, identified the low hanging fruit—opportunities
for immediate action.
In addition to the working session, pre-conference guests heard from a variety of
speakers including a panel of North Little Rock experts and Jim Dailey, Director of Tourism
and former Little Rock Mayor. Dailey spoke to this notion of moving forward in the
context of tourism and shared insights on six trends communities could tap into when
addressing community development.
“We have identified six trends that will impact our tourism industry moving forward,”
Here are those trends:
“Every community has a story to tell,” Dailey said. “We need to work together to tell
Breakthrough Solutions will continue to work with the ARCO region as they work to
implement their strategies in the communities. The next meeting will take place Aug.
9 in the ARCO region.