A & P Commission
The Hardy Advertising and Promotions Commission met Monday, May 11 and discussed designs for signage, monthly finances and presenting a digital marketing workshop for local businesses. The commission also received requests from crowd members regarding signage and more advertising.
The Walking Tour Maps and Rack Cards that A and P have designed in the past will receive a face lift and some additions. The maps have been helpful to visitors of Hardy, by showing tourists where the unique shops, restaurants, lodging and recreational activities can be located. “I’ve talked with Vision Amp and they are working on design work for the parking direction signage and also on the Walking Tour Maps and Rack cards. They should have something for us to approve soon,” said Commissioner Dale Maddox.
The Hardy Advertising and Promotions Commission looked back on A and P work in 2014, and heard future plans for the Iberia Bank building from new owner Mike Haney, as it met on Monday, Feb. 9.
At its April 7 meeting, Hardy’s Advertising and Promotions Commission discussed a town hall meeting it planned to hold on April 14 at the Old Hardy Gym. The meeting was designed to discuss how A and P funds have been spent in the past and detail its plan to get more bang for the buck as it promotes the town as a tourist attraction. The Brooks Jeffrey Marketing firm was present to discuss the long term marketing strategy that it developed.
We are excited to finally see a beautiful new “official website” that has just been launched by the Hardy A&P Commission.
As stated by the A&P, “The new website, www.VisitHardyArkansas.com, provides the cornerstone for the integrated marketing strategy implemented by the Hardy Advertising & Promotion Commission to increase tourism. The focus is to promote four main interest areas: Spring River, Artisans, Cultural Heritage and Music.”
Be sure to bookmark that site and check it out today, and make Hardy, Arkansas your tourist stop!
We are excited to announce that the Main Street Of Hardy, Inc. that is part of the Arkansas Main Street program is now bringing BINGO to Hardy, AR.
Located at 108 E. Mai Street in downtown Hardy the spacious 3,000 feet Bingo floor offers plenty of room for those looking for some Friday night fun. It offers elevated caller stand, audio system and four TV’s with a easy to see flashboard.
You can purchase Bingo packs for only $15 as well as other options too. Early Bird and Early Mini $2 pays cash and prizes too.
With vacant positions filled at a June 24 Hardy City Council meeting, the city’s Advertising and Promotions Commission was able to have a quorum and conduct business at this meeting on Thursday, June 27. Several Hardy citizens and business owners were on hand as the six commissioners were sworn in.
The commission set several goals for the future, including writing a mission statement, bylaws, and better management of A and P funds.
Hardy Mayor Nina Thornton again challenged changes on the city’s Advertising and Promotions Commission at the June 3 Hardy City Council meeting. Thornton and two other commission members have been removed by the new city council, and Thornton continued to challenge the legality of the council’s actions. The A and P decides how special tax money should be used for events and advertisements to attract tourists to the city.
The Hardy Advertising and Promotion Commission met on Thursday, May 23 at the Main Street Of Hardy Inc., building on Main Street. With the commission only having three commissioners at this time, there was not a quorum so no motions were made. Dale Maddox, Vicki Rice and Nimmi Desai presented options for the four remaining commissioner positions.
Hardy’s Appropriation and Promotions Commission, the city organization which uses a special tax to develop and advertise events to bring in visitors, was again the main focus as the Hardy City Council met in regular session on Tuesday, May 21. A decision at the last meeting to remove two A and P members was on the agenda again, as Mayor Nina Thornton vetoed the decision. In a previous meeting, Thornton had also been removed from the commission, after a contentious discussion.
A new question over Hardy’s control of alcoholic beverage sales and more changes for the Advertising and Promotions Committee were among items discussed at a long meeting of the Hardy City Council on Tuesday, May 7.
After the approval of the previous meetings minutes, the council jumped into business. Before reading the Liquor Ordinance in its entirety for the second time, business owner, Bob Gilliland raised an issue after Mayor Nina Thornton mentioned the ordinance was one reading from going into effect. “If anybody here wants to say anything about the ordinance, you need to do it now,” Thornton said.