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UCA and U of A partner to host Strong Towns Workshop

Posted: March 24, 2014 - 4:30pm

University of Central Arkansas’ Center for Community and Economic Development, in partnership with the University of Arkansas’ Applied Sustainability Center at the Sam M. Walton College of Business, will host a workshop on ways to improve city budgets, strengthen local tax bases and reduce the burden on taxpayers on April 3.

Chuck Marohn, co-founder and president of Strong Towns, will conduct the workshop to be held in Willard J. Walker Hall, room 302, on the U of A Fayetteville campus.

Strong Towns is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that helps America’s towns achieve financial strength and resiliency. Marohn is the author of Thoughts on Building Strong Towns (Volume 1) and the StrongTowns blog, and host of the Strong Towns Podcast and See it Differently TV.

“It is an opportunity to learn from one of the best in the field about ways to grow and strengthen your community in a way that is sustaining,” said Michele Halsell, Applied Sustainability Center Director. “This workshop is geared toward city planners, mayors, city financial directors, city council representatives, public works directors and economic development professionals.”

Josh Markham, Center for Community and Economic Development assistant director, added, “We are very excited about partnering with the Applied Sustainability Center to bring Chuck Marohn to Arkansas. Chuck is passionate about improving communities and people’s lives. He has some great ideas that could benefit Arkansans.”

Participants will learn how to create financially productive communities that require fewer city services and subsidies, how to build a strong tax base using an incremental public investment strategy and other strategies for obtaining a higher return on existing infrastructure, tax base and resources to cover long-term financial commitments. For more information, visit strongtowns.org. Admission is $25 per person, and those interested can register at asc.uark.edu.

The Center for Community and Economic Development is a part of the University of Central Arkansas’ Outreach and Community Engagement Division. The Center for Community and Economic Development helps to create stronger communities in Arkansas by managing the Community Development Institute Central and through its community engagement efforts.

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lachowsj 03/25/14 - 07:49 am
Sounds interesting

From the Strong Towns website:

"The current approach to growth emphasizes investments in new infrastructure to serve or induce new development. This approach uses public dollars inefficiently, destructively subsidizes one type of development over another and leaves massive maintenance liabilities to future generations."

"A Strong Town approach emphasizes obtaining a higher return on existing infrastructure investments. We can no longer simply disregard old investments in favor of new, but instead we need to focus on making better use of that which we are already committed to publicly maintain."

Good advice as Conway considers the implications of the airport site redevelopment.

Rhonda Overbey
Rhonda Overbey 03/25/14 - 07:57 am
I would but...

Would be really nice if it was in Conway.

MessiahAndrw 03/25/14 - 02:16 pm
We tried to get them into

We tried to get them into Conway (they had interest from UCA) but due to their tight schedule they could only make it to Fayetteville. I know a few people from the city that are going to attend, and I really encourage you to consider it if you can make it!

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