2019 Conference Location

 View of the Statehouse Convention Center, with the Marriott Hotel behind it.

View of the Statehouse Convention Center, with the Marriott Hotel behind it.

Our 28th annual Practical Tools and Solutions for Sustaining Family Farms Conference will be held January 23-26, 2019, at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock, Arkansas. A beautiful, spacious facility physically attached to the Little Rock Marriott, the Statehouse Convention Center offers large exhibition halls and versatile meeting rooms — perfect for conferences and trade shows like ours.

The Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau and Statehouse Convention Center, over the past several years, have worked with the United States Green Building Council on several environmentally friendly and conservation initiatives.

Complimentary wireless internet is available throughout the center.

Statehouse Convention Center, 101 East Markham Street, Little Rock, AR, 72201

Come to Little Rock, the center of excitement in Arkansas

Our 2019 location is situated between the fertile Delta and the beautiful Ozarks and provides plenty of opportunities to experience the city and nature.

Little Rock has numerous LEED-certified facilities, thriving farmers’ markets, sustainable tourism attractions, beautiful gardens, natural wildlife habitats and multiple conservation efforts. You’re going to feel right at home in Little Rock.

The downtown River Market district, where the Marriott is located, is a vibrant dining and entertainment area along the Arkansas River. Just a short streetcar ride from the Marriott is the Clinton Presidential Library and the Heifer Village and International.

Take the streetcar across the river to North Little Rock for even more dining and entertainment. A walking and biking trail along the banks of the river, accented with interesting sculptures, is just outside the Marriott door. Numerous state parks, the Heifer Global Village and Ranch, and historic sites such as Little Rock Central High School and the Toltec Mounds are a short drive from the Marriott.

The Little Rock area is a hotspot for the local foods movement, with growers, consumers, and city leaders working together to build a sustainable and viable local food system, farmers markets bustling during the growing season, school and community gardens sprouting up all around and restaurants proudly promoting their locally-grown menu items and microbrews. Check out our Local Rocks Little Rock food scavenger hunt and grab a taste while you’re in town.

Getting There

Drive: Interstate 30 and Interstate 40 intersect in Little Rock, making the downtown area easily accessible. 

Fly: The Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport is located approximately seven miles from the downtown area. Most major carriers fly into Little Rock. Shuttle to the conference hotel, Little Rock Marriott, is free with reservation. For shuttle reservations, call 501-906-4000 and ask for guest services.

Bus or Train: Amtrak, Greyhound and Trailways also provide services to Little Rock.


Getting Around

Once in downtown Little Rock, you can use the electric streetcar to get around. It’s just $2 for a day pass, or $5 for a three-day pass. The streetcar stops right in front of the Marriott and goes through the heart of the food and entertainment district of downtown Little Rock and even across the river to the happenin’ North Little Rock. The route includes the River Market, restaurants, shops, galleries, nightspots, Clinton Presidential Library, and the Heifer Village and International Headquarters.


Things to Do

Little Rock’s attractions offer a wide variety of things to do. History, arts and culture, sustainability, sports, urban outdoor adventure, a presidential library—and everything in between. 

If you are looking for ways to maximize your trip, check out https://www.littlerock.com/experience-little-rock for even more ideas.

Little Rock is a natural for Southern SAWG!