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Mission

To develop and implement a strategic plan for economic revitalization of downtown Pine Bluff and its major entrances.​ We are committed to creating high-quality places and to building a stronger community through preservation-based economic development.


Method

Pine Bluff Downtown Development has assisted in securing over $100 million in investments since our founding. Partnering with such entities as the City of Pine Bluff, Go Forward Pine Bluff, Jefferson County, Simmons Bank, Relyance Bank and others, PBDD has worked toward revitalization efforts for the heart of the city as well as assisting with efforts in improving economic development in Pine Bluff and Jefferson County.


Pine Bluff Downtown Development, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.


Credentials

Pine Bluff Downtown Development, Inc., has been designated as an accredited 2020 Main Street America program for meeting rigorous performance standards set by the National Main Street Center. Each year, the National Main Street Center and its partners announce the list of accredited Main Street America programs to recognize their exemplary commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization through the Main Street Approach.


PBDD had to meet ten national performance standards in the program’s evaluation as administered by Main Street Arkansas, which works in partnership with the National Main Street Center. PBDD passed the evaluation to become one of 840 nationally accredited Main Street America programs in the United States, each dedicated to improving the quality of life in communities all over the nation.


As a Main Street America™ Accredited program, Pine Bluff Downtown Development, Inc.  is a recognized leading program among the national

Location

Our offices are housed in the Dexter Harding House on the shore of Lake Saracen. This oldest house in the city was originally built ca. 1850 on a location several blocks southeast at 1109 Texas Street. After the death of Harding’s last heir in the late 1960s, the house was carefully dismantled and stored. In 1974, it was rebuilt at its present location and doubles as the Tourist Information Center for Pine Bluff and Jefferson County.


OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

David Brown – President

Arkansas Mill Supply


John Wall – Secretary

Relyance Bank


Brian Thomas – Vice President

Jefferson Regional


Erin Foster – Treasurer

Liberty Utilities


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Lynette Bloomberg

Pine Bluff

Regional Chamber of Commerce


George Cotton, Sr.

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff


Roy Ferrell

Arkansas Mill Supply


Larry Matthews

Pine Bluff Community

and Economic Development


Fred Reed

Reed Architectural Firm, LTD


Jack Talbot

Bridges Law Firm

Roy Boyd

Hudson Cisne & Company, LLP


Leslie Dorn

United Way of Southeastern Arkansas


Tongia Gaston

Entergy


Lynda Pickler

Century 21 United


Daniel Robinson

Simmons Bank


Honorable Gerald Robinson

Judge, Jefferson County


Honorable Shirley Washington

Mayor, City of Pine Bluff

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network of more than 1,200 neighborhoods and communities who share both a commitment to creating high-quality places and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. All Main Street America™ Accredited programs meet a set of National Accreditation Standards of Performance as outlined by the National Main Street Center.


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