C.A. Vines Arkansas 4-H Center scores in 5 ‘Best of Biz’ categories
“One of the best things about this is that when people work with the Vines 4-H Center, they make opportunities possible for youth to learn and grow.” — JJ Pitman
By Mary Hightower
U of A System Division of Agriculture
Jan. 9, 2023
- Fifth straight year for five titles
- Vines Center has facilities for conferences, retreats, etc.
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LITTLE ROCK — Winning a title five times in a row is no easy feat, but the C.A. Vines Arkansas 4-H Center has managed to win five Best of Biz titles for five consecutive years.
The awards are given annually by Arkansas Business, and winners are selected based on votes from the public. The awards were announced in December.
The Vines Center has won these categories each year since 2018.
- Best Place for a Special Event
- Best Place for a Business Conference/Meeting
- Best Team Building Center
- Best Place for a Company Retreat
- Best Place for an Employee Outing
“We are honored to be voted the ‘Best of Biz’ in five categories by our clients for the fifth year in a row,” said J.J. Pitman, director of the center. “It is a great feeling to have more than 75 percent of our clients as return customers.
“One of the best things about this is that when people work with the Vines 4-H Center, they make opportunities possible for youth to learn and grow,” he said.
The center was opened in 1980 as a hub for statewide activities for Arkansas 4-H, a program for youth development managed by the Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, part of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. The center is owned and operated by the Arkansas 4-H Foundation and its program staff members are extension employees. The center is located in Ferndale in the Ouachita Mountains, just a few miles west of Little Rock.
Rural, not rustic
So how does a facility built with youth in mind score so highly all around?
“While our location is rural, our facilities aren’t rustic,” said Tony Baker, operations manager. “Our center has three motel-style units with private baths and state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment for on-site and hybrid meetings. We have a well-equipped auditorium for large meetings and classrooms for smaller sessions or breakouts. There is also an on-site kitchen that can serve up a variety of hot entrees, sandwiches, and of course, the guest-favorite cinnamon rolls.”
John Thomas, managing director of the Arkansas 4-H Foundation said the recognition is still as exciting now as it was the first time.
“It means so much to our team of professionals at the Vines Center who work very hard to deliver a great experience for every group,” he said. “Thank you to everyone who voted for us, and we can’t wait to see you in 2023!”
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About the Division of Agriculture
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work within the nation’s historic land grant education system.
The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.
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