Around a dozen community leaders came together at the Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce to discuss connectivity and commerce between Arkansas State and Downtown Jonesboro.
The city held its first ever downtown corridor meeting, which included ASU Chancellor Kelly Damphousse, representatives of the Downtown Jonesboro Association, and Advertising and Promotions Commission.
The group focused on ways to maximize the city’s use of the old Wolverine property along Aggie Road.
They also exchanged ideas and solutions to tackle traffic, improve entertainment, and increase engagement between downtown business owners and students.
Among the discussions included extending Church Street to the Main Street bridge, as well as securing additional revenue streams to fund Jonesboro’s bike and pedestrian path.
The committee also proposed that the city create a permanent redevelopment committee to man all new projects.
“I think it’s so important…so the students have…you know, it’s more of a destination getting to downtown, not just going there…and being there,” said Lindsey Wingo, Executive Director of Downtown Jonesboro Association.
“So obviously, there are families in this…there are properties there. Not everybody owns all those properties, so we’ve have thing we’ve gotta discuss to figure out the best way to do that,” added Jamar Andrews, lead pastor at Word Baptist Church.
The committee is expected to forward all recommendations to Jonesboro’s city council.