April 29, 2021
Contact: Devin Howland
Director of Economic Vitality
Kick-Off Meeting Scheduled for Fayetteville’s Economic Recovery Planning
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — On March 16, 2021 the Fayetteville City Council adopted Resolution 92-21, expressing the Council’s support for development of a new five-year strategic economic vitality plan. At 5:30 p.m. Monday, May 3, 2021, the plan’s steering committee will host its kick-off meeting with Mayor Lioneld Jordan via Zoom. The public is invited to watch the meeting by registering at the link below:
Public registration link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_5-2o2MjgT1mRSVXN-YFWFw
Webinar ID: 994 4540 6887
Residents and businesses interested in the project can learn more by visiting the project’s home page at www.fayetteville-ar.gov/economicrecovery. Public input sessions, focus groups, surveys and other public engagement opportunities are currently being planned.
The Economic Recovery and Vitality Plan will focus on economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as four other strategic focus areas: workforce development, equity and inclusion for populations facing barriers to economic mobility, small business support and growth, and growth concept oriented economic development (workforce housing and the creation of jobs).
The steering committee, which was appointed by Mayor Lioneld Jordan, will be chaired by Meredith Lowry and Mervin Jebaraj. Other members include City Council Member Sonia Gutierrez, Nicole Calhoun, Mary McGetrick, Jeannette Balleza Collins, Elvis Moya, Bo Counts, Sarah Goforth, Molly Rawn, Sarah Lewis, Jordan Garner, Allison Quinlan, Lisa Hotsenpiller, Eileen Jennings, Sterling Hamilton, Steve Clark, Jeff Amerine, Dr. Pete Kohler, Kent Watson, Brian Crowne, Quintin Canada, Tim Conklin, Angela DeLille and Keaton Smith. The Department of Economic Vitality and its economic vitality consulting contractors will serve as support staff for the steering committee.
The current project timeline anticipates delivering the final Economic Recovery and Vitality Plan to the Fayetteville City Council for review in early fall, 2021.