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City of Bentonville aims to host workshop: Planning for Economically and Fiscally Sustainable Growth

Posted: March 23 2015


City of Bentonville aims to host workshop on planning for economically and fiscally sustainable growth

CONTACT: Alex Dodds, 202-207-3355 x112 adodds@smartgrowthamerica.org
                  Troy Galloway, 479-271-3126, tgalloway@bentonvillear.com
City of Bentonville officials will meet with representatives from Smart Growth America on April 1 and 2, 2015 as part of a free, grant-funded technical assistance program. This workshop seeks to provide city officials with the necessary strategies to help position Bentonville for long-term economic growth, especially given the development pressures being created by Bentonville’s rapid population growth. City officials also hope to use the workshop as an opportunity to inform the upcoming update of the city’s comprehensive plan.

“We are honored that Smart Growth America appreciates the efforts made in Bentonville over the last few years and recognizes its potential for future growth. This workshop will be a valuable asset as we begin the process of preparing a city comprehensive plan this summer,” said Mayor Bob McCaslin.

Bentonville area residents are invited to join the workshop’s first day for an introductory presentation that will share strategies on how to plan for smart growth. The event will be held April 1, 2015 at 6 p.m. at the Bentonville Public Library, Walmart Community Room, 405 S. Main Street, Bentonville, Arkansas.

“Smart Growth America is committed to providing training to help local community leaders keep cities and towns livable, vibrant places,” said Roger Millar, Smart Growth America Vice President. “Bentonville is ideally situated to attract new economic development and residents. We look forward to engaging community members in a discussion of how sustainable development patterns could provide the greatest benefit for the local economy and the city’s fiscal bottom line.”

In December 2014, Bentonville was one of 14 communities nationwide selected from a pool of over 120 applications by Smart Growth America to participate in the technical assistance program. Stretching from Florida to Washington State, these 14 communities represent major cities, suburban centers, and rural towns alike.

The program, made possible through a five-year Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Sustainable Communities, seeks to develop local planning solutions that help communities grow in ways that benefit families and businesses, while protecting the environment and preserving a sense of place. One other nonprofit organizations—Project for Public Spaces—currently has an active grant this year to help communities get the kinds of development they want.

As a national leader in the field, Smart Growth America has accumulated extensive experience working with communities to help them use land strategically, make the most of existing resources and invest strategically to catalyze private development.

Smart Growth America is the only national organization dedicated to researching, advocating for and leading coalitions to bring smart growth practices to more communities nationwide. From providing more sidewalks to ensuring more homes are built near public transportation or that productive farms remain a part of our communities, smart growth helps make sure people across the nation can live in great neighborhoods. For additional information visit www.smartgrowthamerica.org.

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