Pine Bluff Rising will hold its next summit meeting on February 23 (Thursday), 2017, 6:30 p.m., at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. Their announcement via twitter is below:
Next Neighborhood Summit Meeting: Thursday Feb 23rd, Pine Bluff Convention Center Auditorium, 6:30pm. Exciting agenda to be announced!
— Pine Bluff Rising (@PineBluffRising) February 4, 2017
Pine Bluff Rising is a new nonprofit that seeks to improve economic development, infrastructure, and quality of life in Pine Bluff. Examples of their work include encouraging or facilitating youth mentoring programs and neighborhood clean-up groups; resolving blighted property issues directly (through purchase of downtown building) and indirectly (by facilitating plans for resolving these issues); and negotiating downtown quiet times/zones with Union Pacific.
Pine Bluff Rising’s board members (affiliations in parentheses) are Ryan Watley (Assistant Director of Development for the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff); William Carpenter (Little Rock-based entrepreneur and management consultant); Caleb McMahon (Director for Economic Development for Jefferson County); and Tom Reilly (Businessman and Chairman of Highland Pellets).