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The Fayetteville Forward program is an innovative, collaboration-based economic development initiative that engages the entire community in creating an action plan to build and foster economic development in the community. Fayetteville Forward includes three major components: City Administration initiatives for economic and community development, the Fayetteville Forward Economic Accountability Council (FFEAC), and the Fayetteville Forward Action Groups. Each component has a different level of responsibility and role to play but all work collaboratively, making full use of public/private partnerships and leveraging existing resources. The FFEAC is made up of the chair of each Action Group, the Mayor, the President of the Chamber of Commerce, and a University of Arkansas Representative.
PAST & PRESENT
Fayetteville Forward was initiated in a four-day summit in 2009 when the Fayetteville community came together and created a list of action items they felt would contribute to the economic development of Fayetteville. Eighteen items were determined to be City-led projects and were set as a priority by the Fayetteville City Council, FFEAC was approved and meet monthly at City Hall. The issues illuminated at the summit were developed into eleven Action Groups. Each Action Group was designed to meet particular goals, some groups that have met all their goals might not be currently active, but there is a process through the FFEAC to restart an Action Group.