The recent explosion of growth in Conway has been the topic of many Conwegian table discussions, both good and bad. Conway now has another positive talking point concerning a new development due to $15,000 in funding from the Main Street Arkansas network.
The Main Street Arkansas network lends infrastructure and design assistance to historic parts of the state through the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program in order to develop downtown areas economically throughout the state.
According to their website, the group focuses on four main areas of development. Design, economic vitality, organization and promotion are the keys to their overall plans of boosting historic downtown areas.
Conway Mayor Tab Townsell feels that Conway’s choice to rejoin the The Main Street Arkansas network is an investment that is paying off now and further down the line.
“Investment in Downtown is an investment in the heart and soul of our city. It is one of the primary places where the city expresses itself and its personality. This grant is such an investment to help keep this area fresh and vital,” Townsell said.
It has been a few years since Conway was on the list but after the decision to rejoin in January 2016, the wheels have already begun to turn. Conway was a part of the Main Street Arkansas Program from 1988 to 1999. The Downtown Revitalization Grant of $15,000 will be used to create opportunities for downtown merchants and property owners. These opportunities will come in the form of building rehab, new signage and awnings for store fronts.
Samantha Evans, Assistant Director to the Main Street Arkansas Program, is excited to team up with Conway once again after the program’s near decade spent in other cities across the state.
“We’re very excited that Conway is rejoining our downtown revitalization team. There are a lot of exciting things going on in downtown Conway and we look forward to working with the Conway Downtown Partnership on its future endeavors,” Evans said.
Conway is just one of many cities in Arkansas that are seeing returns and new projects pop up in their downtowns via the Main Street Arkansas network. Fayetteville, Little Rock, Russellville and Pocahontas are, with Conway, just five out of nearly 40 other cities across the state.
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