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  • Paris Action Plan



  • Paris Area Community Kickstart (PACK) Stakeholders, all volunteers dedicated to the improvement of the Paris area, presented the “Paris Action Plan”, the 5-year Strategic Plan for Paris Area, to the leaders of our community at the Eiffel Tower Park Saturday May 30, 2015.   Mayor Daniel Rogers read a Resolution passed by the City Council dedicating the support of the City to the “Paris Action Plan”.  Mayor Rogers presented the Resolution to Lee Lane, Chair PACK.  Our State Senator Gary Stubblefield presented a Letter of Support for the “Paris Action Plan” and the Career Training Center to Logan County Judge Ray Gack,  the Logan Co. Quorum Court and Citizens of North Logan County. Our State Representative Jon Eubanks presented a Letter of Support for the “Paris Action Plan” and the Career Training Center to  Mayor Daniel Rogers, the Paris City Council and citizens of the Paris area.

      Mark Peterson, Professor of UofA Extension Breakthrough Solutions, and Amy Whitehead, Director of UCA, CDI, each  detailed the selection of Paris as the pilot community for economic and community development 8 months ago.  Mark and Amy and Amy’s team provided the guidelines for the establishment of the PACK Stakeholders and the Action Teams ---- Quality of Life, Tourism, Branding & Marketing and Economic & Community Growth. Mark projected the future of Paris based on the experience to date and the projects and plans in the “Paris Action Plan”.   Tonya Baumgartner, Executive Director of Paris Area Chamber of Commerce, encouraged the citizens of the Paris area to join the PACK Stakeholders, Farmers’ Market, Merchants Association and/or the Paris Area Economic Development to implement the “Paris Action Plan” projects to assure the growth of our community.

    Lee Lane, Chair, PACK, emphasized the importance of volunteers participating in the work of the Stakeholders and encouraged each and every citizen of the Paris area to consider giving some time and effort to advance the improvement of the future of the Paris area.  Copies of the “Paris Action Plan” were presented to the elected officials and citizens.  More “Paris Action Plans” can be secured at the Paris Area Chamber of Commerce or by suppling your email address for an electronic copy.

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    Newport, Paris Join Main Street's Arkansas Downtown Network

    Newport and Paris have joined Main Street Arkansas’s Arkansas Downtown Network (ADN) program, Main Street Arkansas Director Greg Phillips announced today. Main Street Arkansas is a program area of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage.

    “We are very excited that Newport and Paris have joined the Arkansas Downtown Network of cities working to bring new vitality into their historic commercial cores,” Department of Arkansas Heritage Director Stacy Hurst said. “As members of the ADN, the downtown revitalization programs in Newport and Paris will have access to Main Street Arkansas’s quarterly trainings, organizational assistance, limited technical assistance from Main Street staff members and access to the Main Street resource center.”

    Main Street Arkansas provides technical assistance and design services to help create economic development in the state’s downtown areas. The Main Street approach to downtown revitalization focuses on four areas: design, economic restructuring, organization and promotion.

    Cities currently involved in Main Street Arkansas are Batesville, Blytheville, Conway, Dumas, El Dorado, Eureka Springs, Helena-West Helena, Jonesboro, Downtown Little Rock Partnership, Little Rock’s South Main Street (SoMa), Osceola, Ozark, Paragould, Rogers, Russellville, Searcy, Siloam Springs, Texarkana and West Memphis. Members of Main Street’s Arkansas Downtown Network are Hardy, Pine Bluff, Heber Springs, Fort Smith, Morrilton, Rector, Monticello, Arkadelphia, Clarksville, Warren, Wynne, Forrest City, Malvern, Pocahontas, Newport and Paris. Other sponsors of the Main Street Arkansas program are Preserve Arkansas and the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. To learn more about Main Street Arkansas, visit http://www.arkansaspreservation.com/main-street/.

    The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program is the agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage responsible for the identification, evaluation, registration and preservation of the state’s cultural resources. Other agencies in the department are the Arkansas Arts Council, the Delta Cultural Center in Helena, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, the Old State House Museum, the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission and the Historic Arkansas Museum.