Arkansas Regional Coalition of the Ouachitas Arkansas Regional Coalition of the Ouachitas serves Scott, Polk, and Montgomery counties or it may be best to say "west-central Arkansas" to drive economic develop and tourism.
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We're Making SORGHUM! Bring a Lawn Chair - Sit Relax and watch this Nostalgic Process

Saturday Nov 1st

10:00am until till

Admission is FREE


Heritage House Museum of Montgomery County



The RMCC Foundation Duke Frederick Lecture will be held on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. in the new Ouachita Center on the RMCC campus in Mena.

The Duke Frederick Lecture will be hosting the 2014 ARCO Summit and featuring guest speaker, Grant Tennille, Executive Director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. Mr. Tennille will be speaking on the topic, The Role of Community Colleges in Economic and Community Development.

Seating is limited, RSVP This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   by October 16th. Hope you will make plans to attend!

Please mark THURSDAY, Sept. 25th on your calendar for a Book Signing/Open House at the museum from 11:00 till 1:00!

Don Duren, who grew up in Hot Springs and whose mother was from Mt. Ida has written a book about baseball notable Lon Warneke. Lon grew up just south of Mt. Ida in the small community of Owley and pitched on both the Mt. Ida High School baseball team and the local men's team 'Mt. Ida Athletics' before heading off to work his way up to the Minor and then the Major Leagues. He pitched for the St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs during the 30s - 40s and earned the nickname "Arkansas Hummingbird" for his fast action. Later serving as an umpire, he had the distinction of being the only major league player to have both played AND umpired in an All-Star game AND a World Series. Quite a man!

Come by the museum and meet the author along with Lon's daughter Lonnie W. Luebben from Hot Springs.

We would certainly like to make them feel welcome here in the home county of Lon (Owley) and wife Charlyne Shannon (Norman)!



[MENA] The Arkansas Coalition of the Ouachitas has just announced a new branding initiative called “One More Day”.  “The purpose of the branding initiative is to develop a brand – a common theme and graphic that can be used to market the many things to see and do in the ARCO region (Montgomery, Polk, and Scott Counties),” states Gar Eisele, ARCO Chair.  “We want to encourage visitors to stay one more day in the region.”

This initiative is sponsored by the Partners for a Vibrant Sustainable Future, a collaboration between the Arkansas Coalition of the Ouachitas, Rich Mountain Community College, and the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service.

“Thousands of people visit the ARCO region each year, and they often are not aware of the many things to see and do in each of the three ARCO counties,” states Carla Vaught, ARCO Board Member and Polk County Extension Agent.  “Based on the 2013 Arkansas Tourism Annual Report, if we can entice them to stay one more day in the region, this would increase travel and tourism by 31%- an increase in travel and tourism, expenditures in the region by $16.5 million.  This would support our travel and tourism businesses, increase jobs, and increase local government tax revenues.”

The ARCO brand logo would be used in many ways, such as on websites, signage, advertising,  printed materials, e-mail, social media, press release and banners. In addition, organizations and businesses would be invited to add this brand logo with a hotlink to their websites and use it in their marketing efforts.

Because a great brand expresses who a community is and what it offers, the public is encouraged to go on-line to complete the branding survey here:

ARCO Survey

If you would like an ARCO board member to discuss this with your organization, contact Tammy Young, ARCO Board Member and Community Relations Director for Rich Mountain Community College at 479-394-7622.

Creating a brand for the region – a logo and slogan that expresses who we are and what have to offer, is the first step in this process.  If we are successful in encouraging our visitors to stay ”one more day”, we will all benefit, Eisele concluded.

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