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"Kick Start Lonoke" Launches

posted Aug 11, 2016, 8:08 AM by Ryan Biles   [ updated Sep 5, 2016, 6:56 PM ]

You have probably read the great news that Lonoke has been selected by University of Central Arkansas and UA Cooperative Extension Service to undertake a 9-month study and analysis of our community which will result in a comprehensive Strategic Action Plan for our community at the conclusion of the process next April.  UCA has issued a press release to announce Lonoke's selection  

A website has been set up to keep our town up to date on the latest progress and details of the "Kick Start Lonoke" work.  You may visit for details.


This independent initiative is called "Kick Start Lonoke" and is being led by a volunteer Executive Committee composed of our neighbors Walls McCrary, Valena Washington, Charles Hunter, Adam Starks, and Suzanne Dorsey.  Planning and Zoning Commissioners Michael Florence and Ryan Biles are involved with the volunteer Executive Committee as well.  Community leaders supporting the work include Mayor Wayne McGee, Lonoke Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Suzanne Bailey, and Rep. Camille Bennett.

The visiting team of CDI Advanced Year participants spent time in Lonoke during the first week of August, conducting focus group roundtables and touring the community's facilities and industry.  On Thursday, August 4, the Lonoke Chamber of Commerce regular montly meeting provided a forum for the CDI Advanced Year Team to present their initial impressions of the community and begin to receive feedback from the general public, as this process begins.  Beginning September 29 at 6:00 pm, a series of monthly public workshops will continue the work of the CDI & UA Cooperative Extension teams in conjunction with "Kick Start Lonoke's" local Steering Committee and Executive Committee.

The success of the "Kick Start Lonoke" initiative will be ensured with the participation and perspective of the entire community.  Currently, the Executive Committee is seeking to involve interested stakeholders and form a Steering Committee that will participate in the discussions and workshops that comprise the "Kick Start Lonoke" process.

Ryan Biles,
Aug 11, 2016, 8:08 AM