Main Street Arkansas representatives visit Manila

Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Representatives from Main Street Arkansas, Samantha Evans, assistant director, Department of Arkansas Heritage; J. Mason Toms, exterior design consultant; and Bradley S. Jordan, assistant director, talk with committee members about downtown renovations. Pictured is committee member Calvnita Halfacre. (Town Crier photo/Revis Blaylock)

Representatives from Main Street Arkansas met with Manila Mayor Wayne Wagner and citizens Calvnita Halfacre, Donna Jackson, Linda Donovan, Lisa Hitchcock and Iris Poteet to discuss possible ways to revitalize the downtown area.

The local committee is looking into all possibilities to help with projects for downtown, expanding the museum, and renovating downtown.

Bradley S. Jordan, assistant director for Main Street Arkansas, along with J. Mason Toms, exterior design consultant, and Samantha Evans, assistant director with the Department of Arkansas Heritage, offered information on becoming part of the Arkansas Downtown Network presenting a slide presentation on some of the work being done in other cities. They talked about the four point approach, organization, design, promotion and economic restructuring.

Applications made for grants were discussed and how partnerships are built through the Arkansas Downtown Network (ADN).

Evans suggested committee members talk with other communities in the ADN to see what the work and the partnership has done for different main streets.

They also discussed the annual budget required to show a commitment to the project.

The group discussed ways to make the museum educational.

The visitors said they would be happy to offer suggestions and answer questions.

After the meeting, the group toured the depot museum and the former Miranda's building where the museum will be expanded.

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