Every five years, the staff at the AHPP reviews their work over the previous five-year period, develops and examines information to assess current trends related to Arkansas’s historic and cultural properties, and works to develop goals and objectives to guide its efforts for preservation of Arkansas’s precious cultural resources as it moves into the next five-year period. It is based on the experience of the AHPP’s staff in the field, research-based metrics developed through studies and data collection, and constituent contributions. In developing the plan, the AHPP sought public participation through community “listening sessions” in six cities and through an online survey, in addition to relying on internal data and expertise. It includes analysis of the current context for preservation of historic resources in the state—the economic and social pressures and opportunities for practicing preservation in Arkansas—and an exploration of the AHPP’s existing programs and potential new initiatives to enhance the quality of life of all Arkansans by preserving our heritage resources.
This plan will guide the AHPP’s undertakings of the next five years, but also is intended to guide and inform the efforts of others in the state’s preservation community. While we plan for the AHPP’s work for the preservation of Arkansas’s heritage places in the next five years, we know AHPP will be most effective working in partnership with individuals and entities on the local, state, and federal levels to encourage and facilitate preservation activities. Working smart to make the most of existing resources will be a priority. It is the intent of the staff of the AHPP to continue to provide the highest level of service to ensure that Arkansas’s unique historic fabric and authentic character remains intact for future generations.