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Conference to focus on building vibrant, sustainable communities

Arkansas

Helping communities gain economic traction or keeping momentum going is the focus of the Jan. 25, 2012, Breakthrough Solutions winter conference to be held at the Airport Holiday Inn at Little Rock.

The conference, "Creating Vibrant, Sustainable, Resilient Communities--Reassess and Refocus," will also include two new opportunities for communities wishing to move ahead. The first is an IGNITE session, in which new community and economic development projects will be spotlighted. The second opportunity is in the focus communities segment. These three communities or counties would become the communities of focus for the conference.

"Communities survive and sustain their vibrancy over time in rapidly changing environments by reassessing their strategies and refocusing their assets in adapting to the current and emerging environment," said Mark Peterson, director of the Breakthrough Solutions program. Peterson is a professor of community and economic development for the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture. The Breakthrough Solutions program is delivered through the Cooperative Extension Service.

"At this conference, the assets and situations of three communities will be presented, and after some coaching on breakthrough thinking, you will be invited to develop breakthrough solutions for those three communities," Peterson said.

Additional details, including a full agenda and registration information, are yet to be announced.

For more information on Breakthrough Solutions, visit vworks.org or contact your county Extension office about Community and Economic Development opportunities.



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