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.


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.


Pine Bluff Downtown Development, Inc., has been designated as an accredited 2021 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


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.


John Wall – President

Relyance Bank

– Secretary

United Way of Southeastern Arkansas

Brian Thomas – Vice President

Jefferson Regional

Leigh Cockrum – Treasurer

Go Forward Pine Bluff

Jennifer Kline

Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce

George Cotton, Sr.

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

Roy Ferrell

Arkansas Mill Supply

Nyeshia Aldridge

Emergency Ambulance Service, Inc.

Fred Reed

Simmons Bank

Jack Talbot


David Brown

Arkansas Mill Supply

Angela Adams

Simmons Bank

Jamie McCombs

Jefferson Regional

Tongia Gaston


Lynda Pickler

Century 21 United

Larry Matthews

Pine Bluff Community

and Economic Development

Honorable Gerald Robinson

Judge, Jefferson County

Honorable Shirley Washington

Mayor, City of Pine Bluff

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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