GFPB Inc

aka Go Forward Pine Bluff   |   Pine Bluff, AR   |  http://www.goforwardpinebluff.org

Mission

Mission: The mission of Go Forward Pine Bluff is to increase the revenues of the city government, enabling it to provide the level of services expected by our citizens. Values: Go Forward Pine Bluff is guided by three main values: 1. Retain population 2. Relocate population, and 3. Attract tourism and consumers throughout the region Goal: The goal of Go Forward Pine Bluff is to serve as a bridge between the public and private sector that establishes the necessary working relationships to move Pine Bluff forward.

Ruling year info

2017

CEO

Ryan L Watley

Main address

GFPB, Inc. P. O. Box 6316

Pine Bluff, AR 71611 USA

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EIN

82-1412910

NTEE code info

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

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The GFPB Plan

In an effort to address the systemic problems confronting the city, four focus areas or Pillars were formed assigned:
Government/Infrastructure
Education
Economic Development
Quality of Life

A timeline for planning and implementation was created and the criteria for volunteers interested in working on GFPB was established. To ensure broad representation from the community, applications for volunteers were made available through the Simmons First Foundation. A press conference was held to announce the GFPB project and encourage public participation.

The Institute for Economic Advancement (IEA) at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock was contracted to facilitate the process and an orientation session was held in January of 2016. All participants were assigned to a Pillar and each group met monthly, from January through July, to gather information relating to their focus areas including hosting guest speakers and taking field trips to understand best practices and successful rebuilding efforts in other towns and cities. The Pillar participants also worked in sub-committees that met outside of the monthly, general Go Forward Pine Bluff meeting.

Beginning in July and continuing through October, the Pillar groups worked diligently to develop realistic recommendations/strategies that could really make a difference. During October and November, the Pillar Chairs and their IEA/UALR facilitators worked with the Executive Committee to draft a plan to make the city "grow and go."

In order to put the plan in place, a seven year 5/8th cent sales tax was presented to the citizens who approved with a 70% approval.

Through the public private partnership with the city of Pine Bluff, we are able to fund and act on the 26 initiatives outlined in the plan.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

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Financials

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GFPB Inc

Board of directors
as of 04/10/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

J Thomas May

Simmons First Foundation

Term: 2017 -


Board co-chair

Mary Pringos