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Little Rock Mayor to speak at Breakthrough Solutions Conference in June

By Ryan McGeeney
U of A System Division of Agriculture
May 24, 2019

Fast Facts:

  • Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott Jr. to speak about ways to cultivate unity through community-led action teams
  • Breakthrough Solutions Conference scheduled for June 26; pre-conference workshop scheduled June 25
  • Conference and pre-conference workshops will present new tools communities need to succeed 

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LITTLE ROCK – Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott Jr. will speak at the 2019 Breakthrough Solutions Conference, scheduled for June 26 at the Four Points by Sheraton Little Rock Midtown in Little Rock.

Frank Scott Jr., Little Rock Mayor, 2019

With the theme “Creating Connected Communities in the Emerging 21st Century Economy,”

the conference will focus on new opportunities and strategies that communities and regions can use to become vibrant and sustainable through connecting within — and with each other.

Scott will speak about ways to cultivate unity through community-led action teams.

“In Community and Economic Development, community buy-in is integral to long-term sustainability and support,” said Mark Peterson, Professor of Community and Economic Development with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. “Mayor Scott will talk about his own experience creating community led subcommittees to address major issues facing Little Rock and demonstrate how rural communities can do the same.”

“Long term development and sustainability cannot occur without a unified community leading from within,” he said.

“When community members are involved in the development process, they are more likely to take ownership and see projects to completion,” Peterson said. “We are delighted to host Mayor Frank Scott and learn new ways to empower and connect communities through teams formed to address particular issues.”  

The conference is scheduled for June 26 at the Four Points by Sheraton Little Rock Midtown, at 925 S. University Ave. in Little Rock, with a pre-conference workshop scheduled for June 25.  The pre-conference workshop will be a hands-on workshop to assist a pilot community – the Arkansas Regional Coalition of the Ouachitas — to become fully connected in the emerging 21st century economy.  More information on these events will soon be available at https://uaex.edu/2019BTSConference.

To learn about community development in Arkansas, contact your local Cooperative Extension Service agent or visit www.uaex.edu. Follow us on Twitter at @UAEX_edu

 

About the Division of Agriculture

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work within the nation’s historic land grant education system.  

The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.   

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs to all eligible persons without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Media Contact: Ryan McGeeney
Communication Services
U of A System Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
(501) 671-2120
rmcgeeney@uaex.edu