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story.lead_photo.caption SUBMITTED Ashley Harris (left), Gravette Planning Commission chairwoman, Bill Mattler, Planning Commission vice-chairman, and Mike von Ree, Gravette city planner, smile during a break in the Planning 301 workshop they attended Wednesday, July 24, in Centerton. The workshop was hosted by the Arkansas Public Administration Consortium and the Arkansas Chapter of the American Planning Association. David Keck, Gravette building inspector and code enforcement officer (not pictured) also attended.

GRAVETTE -- Staff members and planning commissioners from the city of Gravette attended a planning workshop hosted by the Arkansas Public Administration Consortium and the Arkansas Chapter of the American Planning Association on Wednesday, July 24, in Centerton.

The workshop, titled Planning 301, is one in a three-part series designed to give participants advanced training on planning, zoning and application review, skilled meeting management, governance techniques and ethical obligations of a planning commission.

The city of Gravette was represented by building inspector David Keck, planner Mike von Ree, planning commission chairwoman Ashley Harris and planning commission vice-chairman Bill Mattler. The group previously attended Planning 201, and Keck has also attended Planning 101. Upon completion of all three planning training workshops plus some additional requirements like a written essay and assigned reading requirements, eligible individuals receive the designation of Certified Arkansas Planning Official.

"The city is at its best when we have qualified and trained individuals not only in staffed positions but appointed and elected positions too," said Gravette Mayor Kurt Maddox. "Seeking out learning opportunities is vital as Gravette continues forward with the goal of setting itself apart as a community of growth and progress while retaining our unique identity," he continued.

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