The Arkansas Community Development Society (ACDS) held its annual conference on Oct. 17 at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, and among those attending were Nevada County’s Tammie Rose, who served as the Southwest Arkansas representative and who works as Prescott’s Community Development Director with the Prescott-Nevada County Economic Development Office.
The 2018 theme was “Storyboarding Your Community’s Future” and explored how stories and storytelling generate vision and motivate community residents.
Those participating heard leaders from around the state share their accounts of the power and success stories bring to community development initiatives. The keynote speakers were David Leckey, executive director of the Orton Family Foundation, and Pat Hart, principal of Hart Consulting and city council member in Gardiner, Maine.
The two shared how “Heart and Soul”, a unique strategic planning process, has had success in communities across the country by having at its center a focus on listening to stories, collecting stories and helping communities learn to effectively tell the story of their community through planning efforts.
Back in August, Rose was among the 43 individuals who were awarded graduation certificates during the 32nd annual Community Development Institute (CDI), also at the University of Central Arkansas. UCA is the birthplace for the Community Development Institute, which started in 1987 in partnership with Entergy, Southwestern Bell, and ARKLA.