HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — Members of a congressional panel are getting ready to visit the recently revitalized city of Hot Springs.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the House Natural Resources Committee on Sept. 17 will travel to the city that for decades was a premier resort destination because of its thermal springs.
But the city lost its luster over the years, with properties deteriorated and historic bathhouses shuttered.
Cole McCaskill is vice president of economic development with the Hot Springs Metro Township. He says the area’s grim look started changing after the National Park Service began partnering with local businesses. Six of Bathhouse Row’s eight bathhouses have been leased.
Republican Rep. Bruce Westerman says he wants the House committee to witness a successful public-private partnership that helped rebirth Hot Springs and boost its economy.