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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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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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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 Learns Importance of GIS in Recruiting Business & Industry

BY LEANN DILBECK – Recognizing the essential role that technology plays in today’s business place and economy, the Arkansas Regional Coalition of the Ouachitas (ARCO) June meeting brought in two experts to illustrate ways ARCO can embrace the newest technology in its mission for economic development for the three-county region. Shelby Johnson, the Arkansas Geographic Information State Officer, began his ...

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ARCO Continues Stimulating Economic Development

Gaining Statewide Attention BY LEANN DILBECK – A Community and Economic Development Resource Fair hosted by a group that has seamlessly united three counties and is quickly becoming the driving-force for economic development in the region, ARCO [Arkansas Regional Coalition of the Ouachitas], was hosted last Wednesday, March 27 in Mena’s Historic Armory, attracting almost 80 participants, including Arkansas own ...

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ARCO to Host Economic Development Fair

The Arkansas Regional Coalition of the Ouachitas, ARCO, is urging local businesses, local government officials, and interested citizens in Polk, Montgomery and Scott counties to attend a Community and Economic Development Resource Fair at 11:15 AM on Wednesday March 27th in the Historic Mena Armory on DeQueen Street. The Resource Fair is part of the Partners for Creating a Vibrant, ...

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Polk, Scott & Montgomery County ARCO Charettes Presented in Joint Session

BY LEANN DILBECK – The Arkansas Regional Coalition of the Ouachitas (ARCO) met last week with representatives from its three counties, Polk, Scott, and Montgomery. Charettes had been conducted in each of the three counties and presented to each county individually but last week’s meeting presented the results of all three jointly, revealing an enormous hidden/under-developed potential for tourism in ...

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Union Bank Becomes ‘Partner for the Future’

Union Bank of Mena donates to ARCO’s Partners for the Future in their goal to raise $30,000 over a 3-year period. Pictures developed by the architects first reported in The Pulse October 31 issue show dramatic before and after pictures of the Mena downtown, visualizing the untapped potential. Anyone interested in making a tax-exempt donation is encouraged to visit www.ARCOStrong.org ...

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ARCO Reveals Hidden Potential in Downtown through Visual Renderings

BY LEANN DILBECK – They say a picture is worth a 1,000 words and that definitely proved to be true during the closing meeting of the Arkansas Regional Coalition of the Ouachitas (ARCO) last week following a three-day charrette with Ed Levy and his team from Cromwell Architects. With just approximately 30 business leaders present, Levy presented amazing visual images ...

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ARCO Holds Charrette to Promote Community Involvement

Downtown Revitalization Project to Receive Rendering BY LEANN DILBECK – Dr. Mark Peterson returned to Mena recently to continue to unveil the possibilities available through the University of Arkansas Breakthrough Solutions program being facilitated through the Arkansas Regional Coalition of the Ouachitas (ARCO). To date, there has been much discussion, information, and data but the program is beginning to move ...

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