Community Work Session

Over 60 citizens and leaders of Harrison and Boone County participated in helping shape the future of the Harrison C.O.R.E. district on May 25th.  A community-wide work session took place at the Durand Center, gaining input into the development of a master plan with implementation steps for the C.O.R.E.district.

“We see this as an important step toward developing the master plan,” states Layne Wheeler, Facilitator or Chairman of Harrison C.O.R.E.  “The ideas and dreams of the people who live here are absolutely critical to formulating a successful master plan for the C.O.R.E. district.  We wanted to make sure that everyone got an opportunity to participate.”

Participants gave input to the C.O.R.E. spoke groups as well as heard the results of C.O.R.E.’s vision survey and a brief report on the Great Places Road Trip.

C.O.R.E. Spoke Groups

Destination Harrison – encouraging product development to compliment the  brand, supporting theater, arts, and history events and tours
Entrepreneurship – supporting the development of new businesses
Funding – identify opportunities for public, private, and non-profit investors
Marketing publicity, development of image, brand, and marketing strategies
Quality of Life beautification, streetscape, trail system, enhanced amenities, roads, streets, parking, traffic, telecommunications, water, etc.
Retail – strengthen existing retailers and recruit businesses to fill retail gaps

“The theme of C.O.R.E. is ‘Revitalizing the Heart of Harrison and Boone County’, and this was a great opportunity for people to participate in this process,” states Mark Peterson, Professor of Community Development with the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service.

C.O.R.E., formed in August of 2009 has already seen many successes as well as garnering support from the city, county, CVB and chamber.  The past year has been spent collecting great ideas and strategies already vetted by the HUB committee, however the group continues to seek input on that one “Breakthrough Solution” that would benefit the entire community and our surrounding region.

Next steps announced at the meeting are a compliation of the evenings results as well as the written formation/organization of the master plan.  That work will follow with another community-wide session to  “add pictures” to the words whereas a community vision can be more closely solidified.  This package will then be evaluated and used for planning, grant applications and project implementation.

Creating Great Places Road Trip PPT