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Main Street Arkansas Director to Speak on Downtown Revitalization

Rick Chrisman, Mena Downtown Partners president, has announced that Greg Phillips, Main Street Arkansas State Director, will be speaking at the Ouachita Center of the University of Arkansas Rich Mountain on Tuesday, May 23, 5:30 PM.  Judy Thompson, MDP Downtown Liaison Officer, notes that anyone interested in the revitalization and development of downtown Mena is invited and encouraged to attend.  Both Chrisman and Thompson advise that downtown business owners/managers; downtown property owners; municipal leadership; other business representatives and civic and community organizations’ leaders are especially urged to attend.  There will be a ‘meet and greet’ with light refreshments at 5:00 PM prior to the presentation.

Greg Phillips is a 20-year veteran of Main Street Arkansas and has served as director for five years.  Main Street Arkansas is a part of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program of the Department of Arkansas Heritage and works closely with Main Street America (National Main Street Center of the National Trust for Historic Preservation).

Phillips will speak on the Main Street approach to downtown revitalization and how it has helped renew the historic commercial areas of towns across Arkansas and throughout the nation.  Since 1984, Main Street Arkansas has been a leading advocate for downtown revitalization and has provided technical assistance and design services to help create economic development in the state’s downtown areas.  The Main Street approach focuses on four areas:  design, organization, promotion and economic restructuring.  The mission of Main Street Arkansas is to be the leading resource for communities seeking to revitalize their historic downtown commercial districts.

He will give information on both the Main Street program and Arkansas Downtown Network and will address the requirement and criteria for both of these downtown revitalization efforts.  Phillips will be available to answer pertinent questions immediately after the presentation.

The presentation is open to the public at no cost.  Reservations are not necessary.  The event will take place on May 23, 5:30 PM at the Ouachita Center.  For further information, contact Rick Chrisman (243-3043) or Judy Thompson (216-7644).

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