Catching Up with Sue Kinsey
    Written by Kellie Danielson

    Those who know Sue know her energy is contagious, and her personality is vivacious. Sue is working fulltime as a realtor with Coldwell Banker, painting fine art for commercial and residential purposes, and painting event venues. In her spare time, she creates calligraphy pieces. And did I mention she continues to manage the Farmers’ Market? 
        Sue served for four years as the Chamber’s part-time downtown coordinator. To Sue it was not a part-time role; it was six days a week, nonstop. In December, the Chamber’s downtown coordinator position was eliminated. The downtown coordinator accomplished the missions: reviving the farmer’s market, music on the square, assisting with connecting businesses to the Arkansas Main Street program resources, and communicating the feedback from visitors, business and property owners, and residents to the local governments about the atmosphere imagined for downtown. 
        Sue has not stopped. One of her many volunteer projects is hanging doors of art in a downtown alleyway. Combine a willing property owner, Leadership Johnson County providing manpower, and Sue’s energy, residents and visitors now have something unique to marvel at.
    Sue’s favorite question is “who is they?” The context of this statement is people say to Sue, “they ought to do this, or that.” Sue’s assured reply is, “Who is they?” Well, they includes Sue. Sue is a doer. Thank you Sue. 


    Farmers' Market & Spring Greening

    The Johnson County Farmers’ Market returns for its fourth season April 22, alongside the Spring Greening Festival. Along with a newly instituted board of directors, the Farmers’ Market will sport a few other updates this year. The main addition will be an information tent that will also serve as an area for sponsors to display information about their business, and to interact with patrons. 
        The market will be open for business at the courthouse square Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to noon, and Wednesdays from 5:00 p.m. until sunset. The Spring Greening Festival will include the Arkansas Game & Fish Aquarium, a Climbing Wall, and a Bouncy House, free for all kids!


    Local Gift Shop Expands, Becomes Boutique

    After a location change, an increased inventory, and an updated company name, Paperwhite Clothing & Gifts opened this month, offering Clarksvillagers well-curated collections of handmade greeting cards, personalized merchandise, gifts for all occasions, and unique clothing lines that are otherwise unavailable in the area.


    Help Pave the Path to a Better Clarksville

    Lend your knowledge, opinions, and hopes for our town. Discuss goals, discover available resources, and help coordinate a strategy to transform Clarksville into a more desirable destination for tourism, a more effective hub for business, and a better home for our families. Attend the Chamber Membership Luncheon at 12 p.m. Wednesday, April 12th at the First Security Bank Community Room, and have a hand in Clarksville’s future. Contact the Chamber for more information.


    Cool & Connected is Coming to Clarksville

    Cool & Connected helps small towns use broadband service to revitalize main streets. Communities can combine broadband service with other local assets such as cultural and recreational amenities to attract investment and people, and diversify local economics. Clarksville Cool & Connected is seeking business and property owners located in the downtown to serve on a short-term task force beginning in April. Contact the Chamber for more information.


    Upcoming Procurement Workshop

    Interested in doing business with the government? Attend the Procurement Workshop Tuesday, April 4 at 9:00 a.m. at the Chamber, as Arkansas Procurement Technical Assistance Center Contract Specialist, Mary Love, helps to identify prospective suppliers, locate opportunities to sell to government agencies, and access procurement opportunities. Contact the Chamber to register.


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