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Governor to present Bend with ACE award

Friday, June 20, 2003

Gov. Mike Huckabee will present the Arkansas Community of Excellence (ACE) Award to the city of Horseshoe Bend June 26 at 8:30 a.m. at the Hillhigh Hotel and Spa, announced Community Development Committee member Kathryn Randall at the chamber meeting June 12.

Randall said the city and chamber members worked on the ACE project for three years. The Commun-ity Develop-ment Commit-tee worked up an assessment of Horseshoe Bend outlining its strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats and a 10-year vision.

Strengths included a good fire protection rating, low cost of living, amenities, strong volunteerism, seclusion and outdoor activities.

Weaknesses included no culture center, lack of assisted living, lack of facilities to attract young families and a lack of medical services and hospitals.

Opportunities listed further development for retirement and tourism, development of industry and retail, availability of land, charter plane service and reasonable housing.

Threats cited were empty buildings and houses, resistance to change, aging population and the condition of the mall.

The 10-year vision included completion of roads, development of the Strawberry River, youth programs, bike and walking trails, travel agency, permanent doctors and beautify the community.

Seven community meetings were held for the ACE project. Approxi-mately 160 citizens of Horse-shoe Bend provided input for the ACE pro-cess.

Marketing Chairman Ken Aplin said the city had to meet certain criteria to be eligible for the award. Retiree relocation, housing, health facilities, fire protection, police force, community beautification and established business and industries were part of the guidelines for the ACE award.

Chamber Office Manager Dian James said the chamber is working on the Horseshoe Review, an overall view of the city's accomplishments.

Chamber President Murlene Hagerty said the chamber is looking for someone to replace Carla Byers as the vice president as she is moving to Florida.

Plans are proceeding for the July 4th celebration.

The golf tournament is slated for Oct. 18 with a rain date of Oct. 25.

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