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Breakthrough Solutions is an award-winning, next-generation strategic planning and development program of the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service with partners in the public, private and non-profit sectors.

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Adapting & Responding to COVID-19: A Conversation with Community Leaders

  1. How are communities successfully adapting and responding to COVID-19?
  2. What innovative strategies are leaders using to help their communities navigate each phase of the pandemic maze?
  3. What roadblocks have communities encountered along the way and how are they overcoming each obstacle?

In partnership with the Breakthrough Solutions Partners, "Adapting & Responding to COVID-19: A Conversation with Community Leaders” features leaders from five Arkansas communities as they collaboratively share successful ways they've been navigating the COVID-19 pandemic, reflect on obstacles they've encountered along the way, and explore ways to strengthen response processes for the future. Watch the full convening below. 

Featured Panelists 

  • Lauren Goines, Director of Communications for Sheridan School District, Sheridan, AR 
  • Mayor Julian Lott, Mayor of Camden, AR
  • Mayor Jerry Martin, Mayor Alma, AR
  • Brigitte McDonald, CEO of 1st Choice Healthcare, Corning, AR
  • Mayor Paul Wallenberger, Mayor of Fairfield Bay 

Viewers are encouraged to apply this reflective framework to their own experiences so they may examine and strengthen COVID-19 response strategies and continue to support their own communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Breakthrough Solutions Partners

We appreciate the involvement and support of the following organizations for making this virtual conversation possible: Arkansas Community Colleges, Arkansas Community Foundation, Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage, and Tourism, AEDC Arkansas Manufacturing Solutions, Arkansas Geographic Information Office, Arkansas Human Development Corporation, Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center, Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce/AIA, AT&T Arkansas, Center for Community and Economic Development, UCA, Cromwell Architects Engineers, Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas, Entergy, Ken Hubbell and Associates, Morrilton Area Chamber of Commerce / Conway County Economic Development Corp., Newport Economic Development Commission, Simmons Bank, UA Little Rock Arkansas Economic Development Institute, UA Little Rock School of Public Affairs.