PRESS RELEASE: Downtown Jonesboro Association Claims Six Statewide Awards
JONESBORO, AR | January 26, 2016 – In addition to the $3 million in properties sold, fifteen new businesses and 733 volunteer hours logged last year in downtown, the Downtown Jonesboro Association can now add six statewide accolades to their record.
2015 was a big year for the local main street program, a non-profit that works to promote downtown Jonesboro as the place to eat, shop and live. Main Street Arkansas recently awarded the Downtown Jonesboro Association six statewide awards for projects the local non-profit has completed since late 2014. The program, which recently turned over their two year mark in October, received awards for Best New Event, Alive After Five and Pack Pride Weekends; Best Campaign Promotion for #ImADowntowner; Best New Retail Business, Fringe (Jennifer Chitmon, owner); Outstanding Main Street Merchant, Ted Herget (Gearhead Outfitters); and finally, the Spirit of Main Street Award awarded to the Downtown Jonesboro Association for their outstanding dedication to the mission of Main Street.
Alive After Five was the first signature event the Downtown Jonesboro Association created in 2013, which brought a street market, live music, food trucks and a movie to Huntington Avenue on the third Thursday of every month. The Alive After Five committee members include Shanna Haworth, chair; Angela Lancaster, Christina Ballard and Brandi Hodges. Following closely behind Alive After Five was the unique event partnership between downtown and Arkansas State University, Pack Pride Weekends, in the fall of 2014. Pack Pride Weekends features downtown Friday night activities, Red Wolf Express partnership with JETS, and Brunch & Browse on all home game football weekends during the fall. Arkansas State University’s Bill Smith was instrumental in helping the program launch the collegiate game day experience, with JETS director Steve Ewart working with the program to incentivize the transportation from downtown to the stadium on home game weekends.
“We are incredibly honored to have received such prestigious recognition for our projects this year. Our volunteers work hard to address beautification needs, sustain vibrant events, and ensure our Main Street continues to thrive. In addition to our volunteers, our merchants and their employees have embraced everything that downtown is, and consistently work to promote the place they call home to their businesses and way of life. All of their hard work is definitely paying off.” – Hailey Knight, Executive Director.