Main Street Arkansas Data Show Downtown Investment Topped $68 Million

Main Street Arkansas cities recorded $68.7 million in investments in downtown projects in 2017, according to a press release from the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program. Main Street Arkansas is a program area of the AHPP, a division of the Department of Arkansas Heritage.

There were 215 projects, including façade renovations, interior renovations and new construction, according to the program.

Participating cities showed a net gain of 54 new businesses downtown and 37 business that expanded or relocated to downtown neighborhoods, resulting in a net gain of 522 jobs.

Thirty-five public improvement projects cost a collective $1.5 million in those downtowns, and 20,856 volunteer hours were logged, according to AHPP.    MORE

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