History of the CVB
The Advertising and Promotion Commission was created on March 1, 1977 with Ordinance No. 2310 pursuant to the provisions of A.C.A 26-75-605, by the City Board to administer the Advertising and Promotion Fund. An election by the citizens of Fayetteville ratified the ordinance and collections started later that year. All collected funds were allocated to pay off bonds for the Continuing Education Center and a portion for the Arts (Walton Arts Center). Extra funds were sparse in those early years and the first advertising funds on record indicate that the commission funded a Fly FYV campaign in 1986. By 1988, the budget for advertising had increased to $145,000 and a "Best of Both Worlds" brochure was produced.
In 1991, the Commission contracted with the Chamber to administer its business and the first Director of Convention and Visitor Development was hired - Michelle Galloway. Today the A & P Commission employs 10 full time and 7 part timer employees.
In the last 35 years, many interesting projects have been undertaken by the Commission including buying a locomotive to advertise and promote Fayetteville (which was later given to Ft. Smith) and buying and operating a "trolley." The assistance to tourist attractions, events and festivals is immeasurable.
The overall function of the A & P Commission is to be the broad policy setting body for convention and visitor development and to administer the hotel/motel/restaurant/ tax to generate more tax. The Fayetteville Advertising and Promotion Commission oversees the operations of the Fayetteville Town Center, the Fayetteville Visitors Bureau, and the Clinton House Museum. The Commission is a major factor in the economic development of Fayetteville.