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ARCO Seeking Feedback

LITTLE ROCK – Residents of Montgomery, Polk, and Scott counties are invited to take part in a survey designed to help shape the future of the three-county area.

The survey is presented by Partners for Creating a Vibrant, Sustainable Future, and may be taken online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ DNWVBPR, or in hardcopy, available on page 11 inside this issue of The Pulse.

The survey asks what the people of Montgomery, Polk, and Scott Counties want to preserve as well as what they want to improve. The survey results will be compiled, shared with the public, and used in developing a blueprint for the future of the region.  For more information about the Arkansas Coalition for the Ouachitas, go to www.arcostrong.org.

“The ideas and feedback from the survey will be invaluable for the region to move forward,” said Mark Peterson, professor – Community and Economic Development with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. “It is the people of the three counties who are most knowledgeable about the district, and what it needs.”

Peterson is working with ARCO on through Extension’s Breakthrough Solutions Program.

“In the last 10 years, the ARCO region has lost 2,224 jobs, and if this trend continues, it will lose 1,972 jobs in the next 10,” said Gar Eisele, chairman of the Arkansas Regional Coalition for the Ouachitas.  “We need to get serious about seeking new opportunities for our citizens, and this survey is a great way to start by finding out what people in the three county region want for our future.”

Partners for a Creating a Vibrant, Sustainable Future is a broad-based initiative to engage leaders and citizens in Montgomery, Polk, and Scott Counties to create economic opportunities, enhance our quality of life, and preserve our natural environment. It is sponsored by the Arkansas Regional Coalition for the Ouachitas, or ARCO, Rich Mountain Community College, and the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service.

For more information about Breakthough Solutions, visit www.vworks.org, to contact your county extension office.