Wide Open Work Group to host final presentation
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.