June 6, 2007 Edition

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Main Street Arkansas official
to make presentation in WR

Greg Phillips, Main Street Arkansas assistant director, will make a presentation at 2 p.m. on Tuesday at the Gateway Theatre at 121 West Main Street in Walnut Ridge. Main Street Arkansas is a program area of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program.

Phillips will explain the Main Street Arkansas approach to downtown revitalization and how it has helped renew the historic commercial areas of towns across the state.

The presentation is open to the public. For more information, call Phillips at 501-324-9880, send him an e-mail at greg@arkansasheritage.org or call Lorra Whitmire at First National Bank, 870-886-5959.

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, Clinton, Dumas, El Dorado, Hardy, Harrison, Helena, North Little Rock, Osceola, Ozark, Paragould, Rogers, Russellville, Searcy, Texarkana and West Memphis.

Members of Main Street's Arkansas Downtown Network are Pine Bluff, Little Rock's South Main Street, Heber Springs, Eureka Springs and Fort Smith. Other sponsors of the Main Street Arkansas program are the Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas and the Arkansas Department of Economic Development.

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