Pine Bluff Seeks to Repair Image

November 30, 2005 -- 11:40 a.m. CST

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) _ The Pine Bluff Convention and Visitors
Bureau has created a commitee to try to turn around the city's
negative image.

Officials say the city is known as a place with high crime and
high unemployment, and that's hurting efforts to improve the

The city of 55,000 grabbed headlines relatively recently
for two alderman convicted on corruption-related charges.

Greg Gustek of the visitors bureau says the city has to bring in
more conventions and attract more new businesses. Officials also
say that improving Pine Bluff's image will lead to greater tourism.

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