The Heber Springs Kick Start program received a $1000 gift from local Sonic owner Ricky Davis

The Heber Springs Kick Start program received a $1000 gift from local Sonic owner Ricky Davis on Monday. The money will be used to help a city beautification effort, which was one of the recommendations of the Kick Start advisors after months of research and analysis with the goal of improving Heber Springs' image, economy, and brand. 

According to Mayor Jimmy Clark, the ultimate goal of the beautification efforts is to make Heber Springs 'the most beautiful small town in America'. 

"We are looking at constructing landscaped areas using rock planters, hanging baskets of flowers, and other things that will enhance the beautification of our town," said Clark. "We are seeking out business owners and private individuals who want to help us accomplish our goals by making a tax-deductible contribution to the new Heber Springs Area Chamber Foundation." 

After choosing Heber Springs as the 2015 host city for the University of Central Arkansas’ Community Development Institute (CDI) Advanced Year program, the group made its first recommendations late last year with a presentation of information it gathered on its ‘First Impressions Tour’ of the city.

A team of CDI graduates spent time studying the community, speaking with citizens, taking bus tours, and meeting with community leaders. They spent several months studying and evaluating Heber Springs before releasing a final recommendation on how the city can move forward.

The group made suggestions for future growth in economic development, community development, branding and marketing of the city, workforce education and training for citizens, quality of life improvements, and many other areas for potential development.

"This is a community-wide effort and your contributions will be greatly appreciated," said Clark. 

For more information on the program or to find out how you can contribute, call Mayor Jimmy Clark at 5010-362-3635 or Rodney Watson at 501-250-3570.