Despite many disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Downtown Springdale Alliance reported an "unprecedented" year for the city that "never slowed down."
On Tuesday, Executive Director Jill Dabbs presented the Alliance's annual report to the city council, reporting 28 new, developing and growing businesses in the Springdale's central district last year.
The city contracts with the group for $50,000 a year to provide efforts that support the revitalization growth of Springdale's downtown district. In addition, the Alliance works with a $3 million per year budget. Any additional funds come from sponsorships and ticket revenue from events.
The Alliance's largely-successful Outdoor Dining District was a huge hit, serving 10,000 to-go drinks in the first five months. Among the 28 new businesses, 13 are bars and restaurants, which also reported an increase in business.
Additionally, despite having to cancel all events last fall, the Alliance reported a total of 5,000 people attending the four events held in 2020. Onwards and upwards, Springdale! -NWA Democrat Gazette