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Businesses Join Together to Launch ‘Third Thursday Downtown’

BY LEANN DILBECK – The momentum from the resurgence of Mena’s downtown continues. The streetscape project is nearing completion, new businesses continue to add to the landscape and now they are all joining together in a collaborative effort by forming ‘Downtown Business Partners.’ Unlike many downtowns in rural areas that are vacant and crumbling, Mena’s downtown district continues to come ...

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ARCO Brands the Region

BY MELANIE BUCK – Around two-dozen ARCO members from Polk, Scott, and Montgomery counties met in the Ouachita Center at Rich Mountain Community College for a brainstorming session on the newly created logo and slogan for the region on Thursday, August 13. University of Arkansas Professor of Community and Economic Development, Dr. Mark Peterson, led the session that resulted in ...

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ARCO Gets to the Heart of the Brand

BY LEANN DILBECK – The Arkansas Regional Coalition of the Ouachitas’ (ARCO) has received the recommendations to establish a “brand” for the region to further the goal of ARCO of regional economic development. The group announced their new branding initiative called “One More Day” in August of 2014 with the hope of extending tourists’ stay while in the region. “The purpose ...

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Council Approves Projects – Including Downtown Streetscape

BY MELANIE BUCK – Rick Chrisman, local downtown business owner, addressed Mena’s City Council during their April meeting regarding continued delays on the completion of the streetscape project along Mena Street. Some years ago, the project began to replace the sidewalks of Mena Street with decorative pavers as part of the Downtown Streetscape Project. However, as Mayor George McKee put ...

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ARCO Launches “One More Day” Branding Initiative

[MENA] The Arkansas Coalition of the Ouachitas has just announced a new branding initiative called “One More Day”.  “The purpose of the branding initiative is to develop a brand – a common theme and graphic that can be used to market the many things to see and do in the ARCO region (Montgomery, Polk, and Scott Counties),” states Gar Eisele, ...

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Local Agencies Partner to Increase Awareness on Significance of Tourism to Economy

BY LEANN DILBECK – The 31st Annual National Travel & Tourism Week, sponsored by the U.S. Travel Association, is May 3 through May 11 and all across the country, travel workers and associated agencies will be reinforcing the significance that the tourism industry has on both the national and local economies. Locally, the Mena Advertising & Promotion Commission, the Mena/Polk ...

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ARCO Receives Grant to Assist Ouachita ATV Club at Wolf Pen Gap

BY LEANN DILBECK – ARCO Chair Gar Eisele accepts $50,000 from Representative Nate Bell and Senator Larry Teague, who facilitated securing the general improvement funds that will be given to the Ouachita ATV Club to further their trail maintenance at Wolf Pen Gap. Eisele stated his appreciation to the both Bell and Teague in recognizing the economic significance of the ...

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Mena’s Downtown Revitalization Efforts

BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – Mena Art Gallery’s monthly Art Awareness program for April will feature Gar Eisele, Chair of Arkansas Regional Coalition of the Ouachitas (ARCO). ARCO was founded to lead in creating prosperity and well being for the people of Montgomery, Polk, and Scott counties. Gar will be speaking about an ARCO initiative called “Putting ARCO on the ...

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ARCO & City of Mena Unveil New Banners for Downtown

BY LEANN DILBECK – One of the most stunning additions to Mena Street during the streetscape project was the addition of the lampposts. During last week’s ARCO meeting, the City unveiled the new dressings that will adorn the posts and add a splash of color while promoting attributes of the community. The new banners were designed by Sign FX and ...

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Another Step Forward to ARCO’s Downtown Revitalization Vision – Chameleon Arts to Open Soon

ARCO’s vision of a revitalized downtown continues to gain momentum as many Mena Street buildings are receiving facelifts.  The most recent being the Chameleon Arts located on the corner of Janssen Avenue and Mena Street owned by Joel and Shauna Bush. Muralist Lisa Jordan is using her creative talents to bring a very unique look befitting of the business it ...

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