Go Forward listening events kick off tonight – News – Pine Bluff Commercial – Arkansas News

Go Forward listening events kick off tonight – News – Pine Bluff Commercial – Arkansas News

Go Forward Pine Bluff is hosting a listening event from 5:30-7:30 p.m. tonight at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. Events will also be held on Wednesday and Thursday evenings as well — same time, same location. Organizers say the events are a way for residents to offer input into the Go Forward program and have their questions answered by Go Forward officials.

According to the Go Forward Pine Bluff’s Facebook page, “this will be your opportunity to provide thoughts on what your vision for downtown Pine Bluff and the surrounding neighborhoods is that will lend itself to revitalization.

“The sessions will be focused on five questions and you will have the opportunity to discuss these with representatives of the University of Arkansas Community Design Center, GFPB staff and volunteers, and members of the Arkansas Economic Development Institute.”

The five-eighths cent Go Forward Pine Bluff sales tax will begin collections on Oct. 1, with the money becoming available to spend on projects on Jan. 1, 2018. Ryan Watley, CEO of Go Forward, said in a news release that “Go Forward Pine Bluff, Inc. is excited citizens have remained engaged post the overwhelming passing of the five-eighths cent sales tax necessary to fund the proposed initiatives. Subsequently, we have begun transitioning to the execution phase. This involves a great deal of internal development; however, we remain committed to transparency and public relations.”

The news release continued:

“We estimate the first quarterly receipt will be $1.1 million with approximate monthly receipts of $365,000, totaling of 4.4 million annually. A new city fund and…

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