Rector Downtown Central Plans Evening Meeting
Rector Downtown Central (RDC) is giving all of those in the Rector community who have not been able to get involved with the restoration and revitalization of the historic downtown district the perfect opportunity to see what the organization is about with an evening meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 31, at the Northeast Arkansas Innovative Center at the corner of Main and Fourth.
"Come out and see what's going on in your community," RDC executive director Christina Boyd said. "Community involvement is much needed to make the dreams and goals of RDC come to life."
Refreshments will be available and attendees will enter for a chance to win one of four gift cards, two for Harps and two from Wal-Mart.
The goal of RDC is to get people in the community excited about bringing the one-time bustling area of downtown back to life. It wasn't that long ago there were shops open and busy along Main Street.
"It's disheartening to see a once vibrant area need such a facelift," Boyd said. All of these buildings are available to rent or purchase and with some TLC would make the perfect boutique, bakery, "anything you can imagine."
"If you have the desire to be a business owner, but don't know where to start, come in and talk to us," Boyd said. "There are tons of resources to help you get started as well as tax credits."
Also as grant writer for the city, Boyd said "there are tons of grants for start-up businesses to help renovate and open new businesses in the area, and I can help you write these grants at no fee."
RDC became a member of the Arkansas Downtown Network, which is an affiliation of Main Street Arkansas in 2008. Main Street Arkansas is non-profit with teams of professionals in small business start-ups and design assistance. The small business assistance helps business owners with store operations, merchandising, market and sales analysis, management and offers small business workshops. The design aspect refers to the image the store owner wants to convey to potential customers.
Main Street Arkansas offers interior and exterior designers to help with making the space appealing. Areas of design assistance include rehabilitation advice for building facades, reviewing of streetscapes, signs and planning, written recommendations and resources and drawings of facades with material colors. Consultants are no fee assistance as both Main Street Arkansas and RDC are non-profit organizations.