Eureka Springs Downtown Network to hold organizational meeting

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

The Eureka Springs Downtown Network will hold an organizing meeting for 2009 at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, at the Rock House Plaza, 29 South Main St. (above Judge Roy Bean's). There will be a presentation on the goals of ESDN, an update on progress and opportunities to join in upcoming projects. Greg Phillips, Assistant Director of Main Street Arkansas will also be present.

Eureka Springs Downtown Network is part of Main Street Arkansas and the National Main Street Program of National Trust. The purpose of the organization is to foster a public and private partnership to enhance the economic and cultural vibrancy of historic downtown Eureka Springs. Since downtown is the symbol of community pride, history, and economic health, this vibrancy will, in turn, enhance the quality of life for all Eureka Springs' citizens and businesses, said Glenna Booth in announcing the meeting.

At the meeting a board of directors will be elected and committees and sub-committees will be forming and finalizing work plans. There are four committees based on the Four Points of the Main Street program: Organization; Economic Development, which hosts informal merchants meetings through Merchant's Alliance, works with Chamber of Commerce on the Customer Service Improvement Plan, explores best use of existing Web sites, and promotes the Arts District.

The Promotion Committee will be working on Christmas, adding more downtown events and activities, developing and promoting a new cultural heritage attraction and connecting more with group travel meetings.

The Design Committee will continue the hanging flower baskets project; host area clean-up projects; create new street landscape planting project; and work in area of public art. Additionally, there will be five neighborhood groups to offer networking within the areas of the central business district: North Main, South Main, Center Street, Spring Street and Upper Spring Street.

The public is invited to the meeting and to learn more about the work these committees will be doing, bolstered by the enthusiasm and energy of many volunteers, Booth said.

For more information, call Booth at (479) 253-9703.

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