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City of Bentonville Celebrates National Community Planning Month

Posted: October 13 2016

Press Release


Contact: Troy Galloway
Phone: (479) 271-3122
DATE: October 13, 2016

National Community Planning Month

Bentonville, AR, October 13, 2016….. The American Planning Association and its members participate in National Community Planning Month to raise the visibility of the important role of city planners and community planning across the United States. National Community Planning Month is held annually in October. This year’s theme is Civic Engagement. 

To celebrate National Community Planning Month, the City of Bentonville partnered with the Bentonville Public School District to hold a youth poster contest for students at Fulbright Junior High, Washington Junior High, Lincoln Junior High, Bentonville High School, and Bentonville West High School.

The goal is to provide students the opportunity to visually express their ideas and experiences of civic engagement in Bentonville and how civic engagement strengthens the Bentonville community. Students are asked to illustrate what activities make a positive difference in the civic life of Bentonville.

The winning artwork was created by Gabriela Salvador, an eighth grader who attends Fulbright Junior High School. Her art teacher is Jerris Palmer.

Gabriela was congratulated at the poster unveiling, held before City Council on October 11th. Her family, art teacher, Mayor McCaslin, members of City Council and Planning Commission, and city staff were in attendance. The poster will be displayed on the south side of the Community Development building for one year. 

At City Council that evening, Mayor McCaslin read a proclamation recognizing October as Community Planning Month in Bentonville. 

For more information, please contact Troy Galloway, Community & Economic Development Director at tgalloway@bentonvillear.com or (479) 271-3122