Wide Open Work Group to host final presentation

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

By Samantha Jones


All community members are invited to participate in the Wide Open Work Group’s final presentation next week.

In the presentation scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday, July 9, the group will recap components of a plan to bolster the local economy. The plan includes open streets on the weekend, fireworks and more.

Jacqueline Wolven, executive director of Main Street Eureka Springs, said the plan has evolved from a brainstorm session held on April 21. Wolven said 85 members of the Eureka Springs business community attended that first meeting, saying their ideas were reviewed by a focus group and organized into an implementation plan that will be presented during the Zoom meeting on July 9.

“We want people to know that the plan is flexible based on timing,” Wolven said. “It’s an evergreen plan that could be launched at any time, which is great because that means when we’re ready, we’ll be able to launch it.”

Wolven emphasized that the plan was created from the community’s ideas.

“This isn’t a small group of people’s ideas. These ideas came from the business community,” Wolven said.

Wolven said the group isn’t done yet. The next step, Wolven said, is to break parts of the plan into smaller groups.

“We want more people to step up into leadership positions and positions of participation,” Wolven said. “We’re trying to get people to say, ‘Hey, I can be involved. I can make something happen.’ It’s a long process.”

Wolven added, “This is much different from how other people have done things. We’re trying to be more collaborative, more open and listen more.”

If you’d like to join the Zoom meeting, use the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86325450501.

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  • If you really want to begin bringing back events that are good for the city, you're going to have to remove the mayor's (or whoever makes the decisions) metaphorical lips from the backside of the small fragment of the population who contributes the least, demands the most and whines, complains and threatens incessantly when they don't get their way.  Rather than providing them contrived venting sessions at special city council presentations, he would do himself and the city a much greater service by sitting these people down and explaining to them what will happen to their expenses and lifestyle if the tourist money spigot is turned off.

    -- Posted by ksrt1950 on Thu, Jul 9, 2020, at 1:46 PM
  • Having a live meeting is such a novel idea. I mean, I know this is the city newspaper and is generally the only place to get a truly unbiased picture of what goes on in the city council and commission meetings, but who in the world came up with the idiotic idea of moving all the meetings to the Aud? I'd much rather watch and judge for myself when convenient rather than, hopefully, read about it later.

    Unfortunately, they're not broadcast live anymore (remove about half the population) AND they're not taped for later broadcasting (remove the other half). If you thought you were going to get an audience, it isn't happening. People are often busy with work or traveling home from work. When you're having to deal with work and general life activities, you don't have the time to go attend every meeting in person. This was just another moronic move that negatively impacted the entire town. Besides being ashamed, you should admit it was an incredibly bad idea and reverse it.

    -- Posted by clptravel on Fri, Jul 10, 2020, at 12:32 PM
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