Imagine Central Arkansas and the Jump Start Initiative: Planning for Sustainable Growth

APA Arkansas Chapter


Thursday, March 12, 2015
3:45 p.m. - 5 p.m. CDT

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Sustainable environments, coupled with sustainable economies are what build resilient communities. From large cities to small mountain towns, this statement builds on the focus for Americans today. By focusing on local growth and building identity into our development patterns, our communities can grow to resist the ebb and flow of disparate markets. The key is focusing on sound placemaking strategies, which was embedded in the Imagine Central Arkansas and Jump Start Initiatives. Through this session attendees will learn how grassroots planning and implementation can build places that people desire. Strategies for implementing city-wide and site specific regulations related to green infrastructure, complete streets, mixed-use development, public outreach and public engagement. Key strategies used through the Jump Start Initiative are intended to be replicable to other communities throughout Central Arkansas and throughout most of the United States. An overview of Imagine Central Arkansas and the Jump Start Initiative will be shown from inception to date, including some lessons learned through the current process. Discussion will be centered around lessons learned and current integration of Disaster Resiliency with current Jump Start project areas.