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Breakthrough Solutions 

Arkansas Strategic Planning and Development 

Breakthrough Solutions is an award-winning, next-generation strategic planning and development program of the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service with partners in the public, private and non-profit sectors.

Contact Dr. Mark Peterson at (501) 671-2072 or to learn how you can improve your community or region's economic future.

2019 Breakthrough Solutions Conference:

Creating Connected Communities | June 25-26, North Little Rock & Little Rock

Connected communities have three dimensions: They need to be connected within their own communities, they need to be connected with their region/state, and they need to be connected to the world. With the right strategies, they can even be connected with their past, their present, and their future.The 2019 Breakthrough Solutions Conference will explore a strategic framework that communities can use to stay connected, grow jobs, develop their workforce, attract resources, and appeal to our younger generations. 


Breakthrough Conference


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Breakthrough Solutions Pre-Conference Workshop: ARCO in Action  

North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce, North Little Rock, AR

June 25, 2019 | 8:30 AM-5:00 PM

The Breakthrough Solutions team has selected the Arkansas Coalition for the Ouachitas (ARCO) region of Montgomery, Polk, and Scott Counties as the pilot region for the Pre-Conference Workshop. As the pilot region, these communities will work alongside Breakthrough Partners to identify assets and opportunities for action. The pre-conference work-shop will include: 

  • A tour and community conversation with community leaders to identify assets and possible opportunities before the conference. 
  • At the pre-conference workshop, Breakthrough Solutions partners will present their findings and lead small group discussions with workshop participants, using new tools to identify strategies and opportunities in more depth. 

Breakthrough Solutions Conference 

Four Points Sheraton, Little Rock, AR | June 26, 2019 | 9:00 AM-4:00 PM 

The Breakthrough Solutions Conference will include expert speakers and interactive activities, and invite you to be part of a learning experience as we learn how to create vibrant communities and regions by becoming connected in and to the 21st century economy. 

  • Keynote speaker Matt Dunne, “Stemming the Tide – Creating Digital Ecosystems in Rural Areas.” Founder & Executive Director of the Center for Rural Innovation, Hartland, VT.
  • Hear Ignite presentations on the most incredible community-focused projects in Arkansas
  • Participate in 8 concurrent sessions addressing the most promising opportunities for Arkansas communities and regions
  • Virtual Reality Presentation -As a special treat, you will see how one Arkansas community is using virtual reality to enhance its tourism marketing.

Dinner and a Show 

The Joint Comedy Club June 25. 2019 5:30 PM-7:30 PM  

THE PERFORMERS: Arkansas’ number one professional comedy team, The Main Thing, stars Steve and Vicki Farrell, veteran performers whose work has been featured on Saturday Night Live, Off-Broadway, on Dick Clark’s United Stations Radio Network, and in thousands of live stage performances all around the country.

THE SHOW: Their performance mixes original short sketches, bogus commercials, and improvisation in a non-stop, live comedy revue. It’s a fun, fast-paced show that features an insomniac who is desperately trying to get some sleep before a crucial early-morning meeting, a misdialed number that leads to confusion, intrigue and romance, and an impromptu press conference with an outspoken Arkansas politician that allows your group to join in the act by asking questions.

Hotel Information 

Two hotels are offering special rates to Breakthrough Solutions conference participants, for June 24 and 25. Ask for the Breakthrough Solutions Conference special rates. They will be holding a block of rooms:

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