Community Conversations

Raise your hand if you are experiencing Zoom fatigue!

To combat the lack of connection many of us are experiencing in a virtual world, we created an ongoing series called Community Conversations to explore relevant community and economic development topics while having open conversations with one another. During Community Conversations sessions, you’re encouraged to connect with your colleagues across the state and bring your favorite snacks and drinks to share with the group.

Small Business Highlights

November 17 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. via Zoom

“Small Business Highlights” showcased small businesses across Arkansas who have continued to thrive during the COVID-19 pandemic. Each representative shared an overview of their business, how they have adjusted during the pandemic, any innovative or creative ways they are engaging and marketing to customers, any additional safety protocols they have in place to make shopping safe, and plans they have to keep momentum during the holiday shopping season. Those participating in the meeting included: Dog Ear Books (Russellville), The Perfects (Camden, El Dorado, and Magnolia), Me and McGee Market (North Little Rock), Kiss the Cook (Paragould), and Downtown Fort Smith (Fort Smith).

View the agenda here.

View the video presentation here.

Census 2020

September 10 from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. via Zoom

The final day to complete the Census is September 30, 2020. Many of our communities still have severely undercounted areas. The overall Arkansas Census completion rate stands at 59.5% while the nation stands at 65.1%.

The second Community Conversations convening, “Census 2020,” will cover information, resources, and success stories related to the 2020 Census. Hear from Arkansas Counts and community leaders who are finding innovative ways to engage citizens in the Census.

You can view the presentation HERE.

You can visit Arkansas Counts to learn more about how you can increase your count HERE.

How to Host a Virtual Meeting

August 26 from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. via Zoom

“How to Host a Virtual Meeting” focused on tips and tricks for leading virtual meetings, how to create a positive virtual meeting experience, and informal small group discussions that will center on networking within the small groups, our experiences meeting virtually, biggest takeaways from the presentation, and other ways we can foster connectivity virtually.

You can view the video presentation (excluding the breakout sessions) HERE.

You can view Priya Parker’s free virtual meeting guide HERE.


Community Conversations is presented in partnership with: