Downtown networking event set Tuesday

Main Street Arkansas will host a training session for Arkansas Downtown Network towns, featuring Randy Wilson of Community Design Solutions, in Pine Bluff.

The training Tuesday will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Center, 211 W. Third Ave.

Main Street Arkansas Director Cary Tyson announced the event recently. Main Street Arkansas is a program area of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program.

The event will feature discussions on principles of good design, design as an agent for community change, mid-century alterations to historic buildings, and a “Walk and Learn” tour around downtown. For more information, call Samantha Evans at 324-9356 or email

Randy Wilson is president of Community Design Solutions Inc. and director of design services for the Mississippi Main Street Association. In 2005, he established Community Design Solutions (CDS) as a community-based planning firm devoted to delivering asset-based design services for community building.

Main Street Arkansas provides technical assistance and design services to help create economic development in the state’s downtown areas. The Main Street approach to downtown revitalization focuses on four areas: design, economic restructuring, organization and promotion.

Members of Main Street’s Arkansas Downtown Network are Pine Bluff, Heber Springs, Fort Smith, Eureka Springs, DeWitt, Morrilton, Walnut Ridge, Rector, Jonesboro and Monticello.