North Little Rock: Covid-19 recovery workshop set

On Thursday, July 29, a free Covid-19 Recovery and Resiliency Workshop has been scheduled at Ben E. Keith Foods Mid-South Distribution Center in North Little Rock.

The workshop is all day and starts at 8 a.m. and is scheduled to end at 5 p.m.

The Arkansas State University Delta Center for Economic Development, Arkansas Economic Development Institute at UA Little Rock, and the Central Arkansas Planning and Development District have partnered to offer this workshop. It is a day-long event and will feature key information, resources, and training for community leaders and small business owners on how to build resiliency for future economic disruptions.

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The workshop is free and lunch is being provided by Ben E Keith. 

RSVPs are a must, though, as we need a lunch count. The link to register for the workshop is Deadline to RSVP is close of business Monday, July 26.

The session topics will include the current state of the region’s economy, critical role of local leaders in community and economic development, overview of federal funding and initiatives, innovative business practices fueling recovery efforts, assessment and implementing communications strategies, developing a business continuity plan, services and training available through Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center, grant-writing resources, navigating ARPA, the broadband gap, and retail as a catalyst for economic development virtual training. 

A live question-and-answer session will be conducted by Retail Strategies/Downtown Strategies Consulting Group.

Presenters will include April Campbell, U.S. Department of Commerce; Dr. Michael Pakko, state economic forecaster; Steven Porch, executive broadband manager for the AEDC Arkansas Rural Connect Program; Randy Zook, president and CEO of the Arkansas Chamber of Commerce and Associated Industries of Arkansas; and retired Air Force Col. Rob Ator. Jeff Amerine, founder of Startup Junkie, and Jeff Standridge, managing director of Conductor in Conway, will provide the keynote address, “Building Sustainable Venture Ecosystems in Unexpected Places.”

Additional workshops are planned around the state.

  • Aug. 12, Russellville

  • Aug. 26, Pine Bluff

  • Sept. 9, Harrison

  • Sept. 14, Wynne

  • Sept. 28, Hot Springs

  • Sept. 30, Hope

  • Oct. 12, Fort Smith

  • Oct. 14, Batesville