Historic Preservation has long been a driver of local economic activity, particularly in places that are attractive to heritage tourists. Greater Little Rock has several historic districts that house vibrant small businesses, including the Rivermarket District, the SoMa district, Hillcrest, and Argenta. For businesses hoping to locate or relocate in a historic district, you can learn more about the details of owning or renting property in a historic district by reviewing our Residents page. You can also find more information on our Realtors and Developers pages.
Why Historic Preservation is Good for Business
- The United States Chamber of Commerce encourages historic preservation. Click here to find out why.
- The Arkansas Main Street Program assists small businesses in some historic districts, offering grants and consultation services. You can find out more about it here.
- SoMa 501 is a Main Street Arkansas program centered in the South Main district of Little Rock. You can find out more about this program here.
- Argenta Arts District is a Main Street Arkansas program centered in the downtown area of North Little Rock. You can find out more about them here.
- The Downtown Little Rock Partnership is a a Main Street Arkansas program center on North Main in Little Rock. You can find out more about them here.
- Main Street America can give you more general information about locating a business in a historic building or neighborhood.
- The National Trust for Historic Preservation offers up tips on maintaining a legacy business.
- More on the economic impact of historic preservation in Arkansas.
- Six Practical Reasons to Save Old Buildings.