In 2016, Think Big Little Rock launched a strategic visioning process for Little Rock. Our group was compromised of more than 100 young professionals, under the age of 40, from all over central Arkansas, from various professions, and backgrounds. Our mission was to create a strategic plan to attract and retain young professionals in Little Rock. As a result, we spent more than a year studying and discussing how to improve the quality of life and sense of place for young professionals.
Ultimately, in December 2017, we offered several recommendations, including the revitalization of War Memorial Golf Course as a multipurpose area and central park. To us, this revitalization made the most economic and practical sense; the golf course had been underused for a number of years and was operating at a deficit of more than $200,000 annually since 2015. More importantly, due to the ideal location adjacent to Interstate 630 and in the heart of the city, this area was not being utilized to its fullest potential.
Think Big Little Rock is still working to make Little Rock an attractive destination for young professionals to live, work and thrive. We are supportive of the City of Little Rock’s bold and visionary leadership to revitalize and reimagine War Memorial Golf Course. We are also appreciative of the Board of Directors and Mayor Frank Scott, Jr. who have been willing to listen to recommendations that resulted from our nearly two-year study of War Memorial and the surrounding neighborhoods. We look forward to Little Rock’s central park being the “go to” destination for all residents and tourists of Little Rock.
The #ThinkBigLR Co-Chairs presented to the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting this past week. The presentation included the top big ideas from each task force and invited the audience and the community to read the full report online. A call to action was also made to encourage young professionals who have not joined this initiative to get involved in the next phase.
In addition, several local media outlets reported on Think Big Little Rock. You can read the stories below.
Arkansas Democrat Gazette: Preschool, arts, safety high on group's to-do list for Little Rock
THV 11: Little Rock business leaders converge to discuss city's future (VIDEO)
Arkansas Times: Think Big Little Rock makes its pitch to Little Rock Chamber
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - A new group is looking to make big changes in Arkansas in hopes of keeping millennials from moving away.
'Think Big' is a group of 25-year-olds to 40-year-olds working to address issues around the Capital City and around the state.
Through research, the group found that a few things younger people leave the state for are employment, safety, and fun attractions, so Think Big is hoping to create those opportunities in the Natural State.
They said it's important to keep this group because they want to make Arkansas the best state possible, and know the importance of keeping the younger generation here.
Watch the full story at arkansasmatters.com.