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Main Street Arkansas awards revitalization grants to 13 programs
Main Street Arkansas awards revitalization grants to 13 programs

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Main Street Arkansas has awarded $69,329 for Arkansas projects through its Main Street Arkansas Downtown Revitalization Grant program, Governor Mike Beebe announced today. Main Street Arkansas is a program area of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program.

Main Street programs in Batesville, Blytheville, Dumas, El Dorado, Helena, Osceola, Ozark, Paragould, Rogers, Russellville, Searcy, Texarkana, and West Memphis each received Main Street Arkansas Downtown Revitalization Grants for downtown enhancement projects.

Downtown Revitalization Grants are funded through the state Real Estate Transfer Tax and are available to certified Main Street programs for building rehabilitations, parks, streetscape improvements and other design-related projects that will have major long-term impacts in the local Main Street area.

Main Street Arkansas provides technical assistance and design services that help create economic development in the state’s downtown areas. Cities currently involved in Main Street Arkansas are Batesville, Blytheville, Dumas, El Dorado, Hardy, Helena, Little Rock’s South Main Street (SoMa), Osceola, Ozark, Paragould, Rogers, Russellville, Searcy, Texarkana, and West Memphis. Members of Main Street’s Arkansas Downtown Network are Pine Bluff, Heber Springs, Fort Smith, Eureka Springs, DeWitt, Sheridan, Morrilton, Walnut Ridge, Rector, Jonesboro, Siloam Springs, Crawfordsville, and Monticello. Other sponsors of the Main Street Arkansas program are the Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas and the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.

To learn more about Main Street Arkansas, visit http://www.arkansaspreservation.com/main-street/.

The AHPP is the agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage responsible for identifying, evaluating, registering and preserving the state’s cultural resources. Other agencies are the Arkansas Arts Council, the Delta Cultural Center in Helena, the Old State House Museum, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission and the Historic Arkansas Museum.