Citizens and leaders of Montgomery, Polk, and Scott Counties now have a unique opportunity to help shape the future of the three county area. An ARCO Partners Vision Survey is now available for citizens to complete – either on-line or in hard copy.
Partners for a Creating a Vibrant, Sustainable Future is a broad-based initiative to engage leaders and citizens in Montgomery, Polk, and Scott Counties to create economic opportunities, enhance our quality of life, and preserve our natural environment. It is sponsored by the Arkansas Regional Coalition for the Ouachitas (ARCO), Rich Mountain Community College, and the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service.
"In the last 10 years, the ARCO region has lost 2,224 jobs, and if this trend continues, it will lose 1,972 jobs in the next 10," states Gar Eisele, Chairman of the Arkansas Regional Coalition for the Ouachitas. "We need to get serious about seeking new opportunities for our citizens, and this survey is a great way to start by finding out what people in the three county region want for our future."
The survey asks what the people of Montgomery, Polk, and Scott Counties want to preserve as well as what they want to improve. "The ideas and feedback from the survey will be invaluable for the region to move forward," states Mark Peterson, Professor –Community and Economic Development with the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service. "It is the people of the three counties who are most knowledgeable about the district, and what it needs." Peterson is assisting the ARCO region through Extension's Breakthrough Solutions Program.
The survey results will be compiled, shared with the public, and used in developing a blueprint for the future of the region. For more information about the Arkansas Coalition for the Ouachitas, go to www.arcostrong.org.