Pine Bluff Downtown Development has assisted in securing over 100 million dollars in investments since its founding. Partnering with many entities, Pine Bluff Downtown Development 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, that focuses on the revitalization and historical preservation of downtown Pine Bluff.
Pine Bluff Downtown Development, Inc., has been designated as an accredited 2019 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. Pine Bluff Downtown Development's performance is annually evaluated by Main Street Arkansas which works in partnership with the National Main Street Center. Pine Bluff Downtown Development had to meet ten national performance standards in the program's evaluation and passed the standards to become one of the 840 nationally accredited Main Street America programs in the United States that is dedicated to improving the quality of life in communities all over the nation.
PBDD's office is located in the historic Dexter Harding House and acts as the Tourist Information Center for Pine Bluff and Jefferson County.
Pine Bluff Downtown Development's mission is to develop and implement a strategic plan for the economic revitalization of downtown Pine Bluff and its major entrances.
PBDD has been working with McClelland Consulting Engineers, Incorporated, to plan and execute the Main Street Streetscape Project. The Pine Bluff City Council has approved the project with $500,000 awarded to the city of Pine Bluff from a Federal Highway and Transportation enhancement grant. Once the StreetScape is completed, Main Street will see significant changes. The first phase of the project will go from the Jefferson County Courthouse to Fourth Avenue; the street will be condensed to two lanes with a median separating them. The sidewalks will be widened and the Bradford pear trees will be removed and replaced with deciduous canopy trees that are adaptive to urban conditions. Phase One’s costs are projected to be around $2.3 million. The second phase will go from Fourth Avenue to Eighth Avenue and cost roughly the same.
Sutliff Construction Company began construction of the canopy's metal support beams in May 2019. East Harding Construction Company began hanging the panels. The project was completed in June 2019. Funding for this $30,000 project was received from an Arkansas Historic Preservation Grant through Main Street Arkansas, Fifty for the Future and the Pine Bluff Area Community Foundation.