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Breakthrough Solutions Community Development Conference

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.

2018 Breakthrough Solutions Conference and Pre-Conference Workshop
Strengthening the Opportunity Pipeline in Your Community/Region
June 6-7, 2018
University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service Campus in Little Rock

Conference Description
Do you have a sense that in your community or region, you are not keeping up, and that what worked even 5 years ago is not working so well today? Do you want to learn how to revitalize your community? Join us June 6-7 in Little Rock and our partners and guest speakers can teach you about opportunities to improve the economic future of your community.

Consider these questions:
* Is your community growing or losing population?
* Do you have many vacant buildings and do they stay vacant long?
* In a time when more and more people can live anywhere, are they choosing to live in your community?
* Is your community known for its can-do, opportunity mindset?

Why are we presenting this conference?
To equip community and regional leaders with the insights, tools, and resources to harness the forces of change in your own community or region. The conference will address how you can strengthen the opportunity pipeline for your community or region.

What will be presented at the June 6 pre-conference workshop?
We will focus on turn-around communities – how did they do it and how can you do it. This will include:
> Learning from a community leader with an extraordinary turnaround story from Missouri
> Listening to a round robin of Arkansas leaders on this topic
> An action planning process to identify turn around strategies for Mountain Home, Arkansas.
> Becky Cleveland will present action planning process. 

Reception on June 6, 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m
Join us for an informal reception for our keynote speaker, Liesl Voges. Food: heavy hors d’oeuvres Where: Four Points by Sheraton Little Rock Midtown hotel (less than one mile from conference location)

What will be presented at the June 7 conference?
The Breakthrough Solutions Partners invite you to join us for a great learning experience as we learn how to create vibrant 21st century communities and regions.
> Keynote speaker Liesl Voges, Community Development Manager at the Iowa Arts Council and Director of the Iowa Great Places Program
> 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 and Drones Presentation - As a special treat, you will see how one Arkansas community is using virtual reality to enhance their tourism marketing, and talk with a certified drone pilot and see his drone.

Cost and registration:
* Act NOW! Register before the early bird registration deadline of May 24, 2018

* Hotel cost: Our conference hotel, the Four Points by Sheraton Little Rock Midtown Hotel, is holding a block of rooms until May 18 at the special rate of $94 plus tax.

* A limited number of scholarships are available. For more information, or if you have questions, contact Casey Hill at, 501-671-2072.

Collaborate and share!
* Bring a team! Take advantage of the concurrent sessions in the pre-conference workshop and conference.

Important Documents for the 2018 Breakthrough Solutions Conference

Pre-Conference Agenda

Conference Agenda

Lodging Information


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