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BRINGING LIFE TO DOWNTOWN FORT SMITH

 

OUR PROJECTS

INVEST. BEAUTIFY. REVITALIZE.

 

INVEST FORT SMITH

Monday, November 8, 2021

University of Arkansas Fort Smith Reynolds Room of the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center 

Invest Fort Smith is an annual, one day conference designed to build awareness of downtown economic development opportunities. Invest Fort Smith is a partnership with UAFS, Peak Innovation Center, AR Small Business and Technology Development Center, and is held during Global Entrepreneurship Week. Sessions will held in person at UAFS and via Zoom. Online participants must register for this free event to receive a Zoom link. 

2021 Session topics are centered around education, ecosystems and inclusion:

  • Technology Shifts: Lessons Learned from a Global Pandemic 

    • 1 pm to 2 pm

  • Facing the Future in a Family Business: Succession or Sell? 

    • 2 pm to 3pm

  • Simple Steps to Starting a Small Business in the River Valley 

    • 3 pm to 4 pm​​

  • River Valley Student Entrepreneur Pitch Competition

    • 4 pm to 5 pm

Presentation

PROPELLING DOWNTOWN FORWARD

Doing What’s Needed

The Propelling Downtown Forward initiative is directed by 64.6 Downtown to foster downtown economic development.  The masterplan includes sustainable growth in retail, attainable residential, increased bikeability, walkability and cultural spaces downtown. 

The Propelling Downtown Forward initiative encompasses an in-depth analysis of previous downtown and city plans. In recent years, the emphasis has been placed in the Downtown corridor at the request of Fort Smith citizens. Propelling Downtown Forward complements the Future Fort Comprehensive Plan with a planning design that is executable while incorporating neighborhood stabilization and economic development. 

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GARRISON COMMONS

Tackling the Issue

From a burned out and empty lot, to Fort Smith's only pocket park. Established in 2015, Garrison Commons offers a unique, outdoor entertainment and event experience.

913 Garrison Avenue

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THE UNEXPECTED

Tackling the Issue

Bringing urban and contemporary art, music and speakers to Arkansas and Fort Smith.

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16B

Making a Difference

Our young professionals group, 16B brings the next generation of business and thought leaders together. Here, our 16B's bring their ideas for business development, fundraising and event planning and production under the experienced eye of 64.6 Downtown. Are you interested in joining us?

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GATEWAY PARK

Making a Difference

Gateway Park is a beautifully landscaped park that incorporates three statues of figures with historical significance to Fort Smith.

Isaac C. Parker, Frontier Judge & Community Leader, represents law and order in the late 1800’s and was an advocate for education of all and women’s rights.  Judge Isaac Parker will be joined by John Carnall, who represents public education, and Sister of Mercy Mother Superior Mary Teresa Farrell, who represents the establishment of health care during that time in our history.

Gateway Park is a gathering place for residents and visitors to learn about the contributions of all three leaders to our community. The park deed was transferred from 64.6 Downtown to the City of Fort Smith in October 2019. 

The three sculptures were designed by figurative bronze sculptor Spencer Schubert of Schubert Design. www.esschubert.com

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MALCOLM LONDON X ESCAPE TONES

Doing What’s Needed

Chicago activist, artist and rapper Malcom London joined Fort Smith's favorite fusion funk band, Escape Tones for a one night only engagement set in the historic New Theatre.

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I AM WE

Tackling the Issue

Local artist Ryan Starkey is featured in this documentary produced by 64.6 Downtown and filmmaker Phillip Person.  Starkey lives with a disc-kenetic movement disorder. 


I Am We aims to dispel stereotypes about persons living with disabilities and serve as a testament to anyone who has felt misunderstood or feared for their differences. The film captures Starkey in some of his most vulnerable moments while demonstrating the power of his artwork that comes as a result of his vulnerabilities.

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