Fayetteville Forward Economic Accountability Council - FFEAC

Fayetteville residents and businesses assembled in June of 2009 at a summit called Fayetteville Forward and identified areas of action to promote the economic development for Fayetteville. After the summit, 87% of participants stated their interest in continuing to work on the numerous action items. To capture and continue the momentum of citizen empowerment and community-building initiatives, Mayor Lioneld Jordan began the Fayetteville Forward Economic Accountability Council (FFEAC). The Council was established through a Charter from the City of Fayetteville in November 2009.

The make-up of the FFEAC was determined by the key action areas identified by summit participants and was designated as a Fayetteville Forward Action Group. The FFEAC membership positions include action group leaders and one seat for each of the following: the City Administration, the City Council, a local business organization, and the University of Arkansas. All have committed to the program and have met monthly as a volunteer-based Council since June 2009.  Starting in 2015, the FFEAC transitioned its meetings to quarterly meetings.

The City of Fayetteville supports the creation and continuation of the FFEAC as a city volunteer organization that organizes, sponsors, and manages projects, initiatives, and ideas that promote economic development for Fayetteville.

The Fayetteville Forward Economic Accountability Council meets in room 326 of City Hall (113 W. Mountain Street) the third Friday of each month. Meetings of the FFEAC are open, and the public is invited to attend. These meetings are also covered and televised by the City of Fayetteville Government Channel. The FFEAC is staffed by City Community Outreach Coordinator Dede Peters (479.575.8302 or dpeters@fayetteville-ar.gov).

FFEAC Charter - Adopted November 2009
The City of Fayetteville supports the creation and continuation of the Fayetteville Forward Economic Accountability Council (FFEAC) as a city volunteer organization that organizes, sponsors, and manages projects, initiatives, and ideas that promote economic development for Fayetteville.
 
To receive continuing support for FFEAC economic development projects, initiatives, and ideas, the City of Fayetteville has the following expectations of FFEAC members as FFEAC group leaders, which are base upon the city administration's philosophy of open government and citizen participation with accountability:
  • FFEAC group leaders must hold public meetings and post meeting details with the Community Outreach Coordinator at least a week prior to the meeting when possible.
  • FFEAC group leaders must make an effort to represent all stakeholders and be Inclusive of as many diverse groups of people and diverse interests across the community in the group meetings, projects, and activities.
  • FFEAC group leaders must insure that their action group defines projects, initiatives, activities and ideas through the benefits to the economic development for Fayetteville.
  • FFEAC group leaders must report their project and meeting activity to the Community Outreach Coordinator monthly in electronic format, preferably prior to the monthly FFEAC meeting.
  • FFEAC projects and initiatives that require policy decisions and financial partnership or assistance from the City of Fayetteville must find a City Council member to sponsor and bring the issue forward to be placed on a City Council Agenda. A City Council member is given an advisory seat on the FFEAC for the purpose of advising group leaders in this process.
  • On questions of economic development for the City of Fayetteville, FFEAC group leaders are to encourage their group to participate in Chamber of Commerce requests for input and assistance. Group leaders are to participate in Chamber of Commerce requests at FFEAC meetings when possible.
  • FFEAC group leaders are to provide feedback and assistance to the City of Fayetteville economic development initiatives when requested.
  • FFEAC consists of four advisory seats: one for the City of Fayetteville Administration, one for the City Council, one for the University of Arkansas, and one for a local business organization - in addition to one seat for each Fayetteville Forward action group leader.
  • The City of Fayetteville will provide administrative support as available, through the Community Outreach Coordinator, for the purpose of communicating with the public about FFEAC group meetings and efforts. The city will provide group facilitation assistance as needed but will not provide financial resources, staff or funding support for FFEAC group activities.
  • City staff will attend action group meetings upon request of the group leader or as needed for their assigned City-led initiative.
Philosophy Regarding FFEAC
  • The City of Fayetteville defines economic development as the improved quality of life for all through the creation of opportunities, wealth, and prosperity and through strategies that sustain long-term economic viability.
  • The City of Fayetteville Administration has a philosophy of open government through transparency where everyone in Fayetteville has a voice, everyone can be included and everyone participates in sustaining our community.
  • The City of Fayetteville believes that citizens should have an active role in economic development and take responsibility for the economic development of Fayetteville.
  • The City of Fayetteville believes the FFEAC should adopt the City of Fayetteville's philosophy of an open, inclusive and collaborative approach to economic development and consider community sustainability in its activities.