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Kick Start Alma Update

Posted on: November 9, 2017


Kick Start Alma Update:

The five action groups are now meeting to refine goals and STRATEGIES.


If you have not joined a group yet, feel free to come out and get involved with the ones that interest you the most. The meetings are held at various times and locations. Please contact the listed team chair for meeting schedules.


Job Creation - Sherry Siler,
Downtown Revitalization - Emily Rucker,
Beautification and Recreation - Becky Newton,
Arts and Culture - Debbie Fort, Debbie Fort,
Branding and Marketing - Tommy McClain,


Please consider serving on one of these teams. You can keep up with the process by following the Kickstart Alma Facebook page. Also, please share this page with your FB friends. This is a huge opportunity for our community, and we need to let everyone know that it is going on.


The KickStart Alma Community Development Report report is available here.

Kick Start Alma

Posted on: August 16, 2017


The Center for Community and Economic Development worked with U of A Cooperative Extension and Dr. Mark Peterson in Alma during the CDI 2017 Advanced Year class.

Alma was selected through a competitive process as the Kick Start Community for the 2017 Institute.


During CDI 2017, a group of professional community and economic professionals/CDI graduates assessed the city. Through their work, the city was provided with a report that will be used as the foundation of their community wide strategic action planning effort. UCA’s Center for Community and Economic Development and U of A’s Cooperative Extension Service will assist Alma in holding community forums and constructing a core leadership group. Priority areas will be determined for the community based on input gathered through a public survey.


You can view summary and detailed reports at:


Follow Alma’s progress here: Kick Start Alma