Hope Arkansas

Hope Arkansas

Hope, AR

Historic Downtown Hope, AR became a Main Street Community in 2018 as a result of the efforts of business owners, property owners and volunteers in the community who stepped up to make a difference in downtown business revitalization & historic preservation. Prior to downtown revitalization, Hope was already a tourist destination in the fact that Hope, AR is the birthplace of President Bill Clinton, worldwide headquarters of Klipsch Speakers, known for record-setting, super-sized watermelons, and the birthplace of former AR Governor Mike Huckabee. Since we became a Main Street program, downtown Hope (Hope Downtown Network) has welcomed numerous businesses (some new, some relocating), added a downtown pavilion for the Farmers Market and community-wide events, added a welcome sign along one of the main entrances to downtown, placed statues that share the story of Hope and how the name came to be, placed trash receptacles, benches and "pull up bars" for ease of access from curbside to stores, increased the number of downtown outdoor events, one of which is Train Day since Hope is a train community, offered two rounds of mini grants made available for interior and exterior building renovations, welcomed the fact that our courthouse will soon be housed downtown, saw the increase in arts projects taking place throughout downtown, and will soon be able to offer upper level living opportunities in historic downtown Hope. If Historic Downtown Hope wins the America's Main Streets Contest, we would be able to create one (possibly two) pocket parks. We have property waiting to be transformed. We would also be able to create much-needed murals to give an exciting boost to our revitalization efforts. We would partner with Southwest AR Arts Council (housed in downtown Hope) to host a Mural Contest, so we could involve as many people as possible.