A Plan for the Future of Conway

The Conway Area Chamber of Commerce is leading a strategic planning process to develop a long-range plan for the future of Conway. Communities that thrive are those that drive job creation, offer a robust quality of place for residents and visitors, and have a developed and working strategic plan.  

During August and September, the Chamber collected public input through a short, anonymous survey to identify priorities. We received 1,838 responses, a 31% increase over the 2010 effort that led to the creation of the Conway2025 strategic plan. Our steering committee has combed through the results and identified the following 14 priorities:

  • Arts, Entertainment and Culture 
  • Beautification 
  • Bicycle Paths and Trails
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 
  • Downtown Business District
  • Education (PreK-12) 
  • Job Creation
  • Land Use and Planning
  • Parks and Recreation 
  • Poverty and Homelessness 
  • Public Safety 
  • Public Transportation 
  • Small Business and Entrepreneurship 
  • Streets, Sidewalks and Drainage

We are encouraged that 662 of the survey respondents indicated that they would like to volunteer to help with the plan. This is nearly double the number of people who signed up to help in 2010.

The next step is to conduct a series of community meetings to aid in the development of the plan.

On Wednesday, October 28, 2020, we will host 14 community-wide virtual meetings beginning at 6 p.m. Each meeting will last for 45 minutes and will focus on a specific priority. We appreciate the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute for facilitating this part of the process. 

Conway Strategic Plan Priorities & Meeting Times (Oct. 28)

6:00 – 6:45

Arts, Entertainment and Culture
Parks and Recreation
Bicycle Paths and Trails
Job Creation

6:50 – 7:35

Streets, Sidewalks and Drainage
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Poverty and Homelessness
Education (PreK-12)
Downtown Business District

7:40 – 8:25

Small Business and Entrepreneurship
Public Safety
Public Transportation
Land Use and Planning

When you register, you will be able to sign up for the priority that interests you most. You will receive a Zoom link to the meeting upon registration. 

Sign up for a Virtual Community Meeting

Join our Facebook community for meeting details, updates, and group discussions.