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Kick Start Sheridan Action Plan Unveiled

by Mark Peterson - May 16, 2019

 Kick Start Sheridan Executive Team presents Governor Hutchinson with a plaque. Left to right: Sheridan Mayor Joe Wise, Carrie Smith, Governor Hutchinson, Grant County Judge Randy Pruitt, and Grant County Extension Agent Brad McGinley

After months of discussion and community surveys, the Kick Start Sheridan team unveiled its strategic action plan to the public that outlines the blueprint for growth and development in Sheridan and Grant County over the next five years.

“I congratulate you on this Kick Start Sheridan initiative, and hope you will build on this foundation, so a year from now you will be able to come back and see all the things you have accomplished,” said Gov. Asa Hutchinson at the May 7 public unveiling of the Kick Start Sheridan Action Plan.

A collaboration between University of Central Arkansas' Center for Community and Economic Development and the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service's Breakthrough Solutions Program, Kick Start Sheridan was formed after a team of Community Development Institute graduates interacted with Sheridan, Grant County, and the Sheridan School District representatives last summer.

With the theme “This is Our Time,” Kickstart Sheridan’s action plan addresses key issues and opportunities in downtown development, recreation and things to do, education and economic development, and infrastructure. These issues emerged from a community survey that surfaced high priorities within the community.

Kick Start Sheridan Co-Chairs Brad McGinley and Carrie Smith, and Communications Chairperson Lauren Goins, along with the UCA team led by Amy Whitehead, have been doing a terrific job of engaging the community and developing goals and strategies.

We are excited about the excellent work taking place in Sheridan /Grant County/Yellow Jacket Nation, and look forward to hearing progress reports moving forward.

To learn more about Kick Start Sheridan, visit

Kick Start Sheridan
Kick Start Sheridan is a citizen-led effort, the goal of which is to outline and implement community and economic development strategies for the future of Sheridan, Grant County and the Sheridan School District.

The citizens of Sheridan, Grant County and the Sheridan School District chose the following core values to guide the Kick Start Sheridan development process. They are:

  • Serving as a catalyst that brings people together to make things happen

  • Being proactive, with a can-do attitude

  • Tackling tough issues honestly, with respect for each other’s points of view