Five Cities Join Main Street Arkansas Network

Arkansas Historic Preservation Program - Friday, May 18, 2018

Pine Bluff and the Argenta Downtown Council have joined the Main Street Arkansas (MSA) network of cities actively revitalizing their historic commercial cores, while Hope, Mena and Prairie Grove have joined MSA’s Arkansas Downtown Network (ADN). Main Street Arkansas is a program area of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program.

Pine Bluff has been part of the Arkansas Downtown Network since 2005 and is advancing to full Main Street status, while North Little Rock, which was a Main Street city from 1994 to 2009, is rejoining the program.

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 vitality, organization and promotion.

Among the services and benefits ADN cities receive are access to Main Street Arkansas’s quarterly trainings, organizational assistance and limited technical assistance from Main Street staff members.

Other cities currently involved in Main Street Arkansas are Batesville, Blytheville, Conway, the Downtown Little Rock Partnership, Dumas, El Dorado, Eureka Springs, Helena-West Helena, Jonesboro, Little Rock’s South Main Street (SoMa), Osceola, Ozark, Paragould, Rogers, Russellville, Searcy, Siloam Springs, Texarkana and West Memphis. Other members of Main Street’s Arkansas Downtown Network are Heber Springs, Fort Smith, Hardy, Morrilton, Rector, Monticello, Arkadelphia, Clarksville, Warren, Wynne, Newport, Paris, Forrest City, Malvern and Pocahontas. Other sponsors of the Main Street Arkansas program are Preserve Arkansas and the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. To learn more about Main Street Arkansas, visit

The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program is the division of the Department of Arkansas Heritage responsible for the identification, evaluation, registration and preservation of the state’s cultural resources. Other divisions are the Arkansas Arts Council, the Delta Cultural Center in Helena, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, the Old State House Museum, the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, the Historic Arkansas Museum and the Arkansas State Archives.

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