A 10-minute Keep Van Buren Beautiful training video will be premiered at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28, in the city council room of the Municipal Complex.

John Pope, director of KVBB, said the training video was produced to document the strides taken in keeping Van Buren clean.

Two representatives from Keep America Beautiful were in Van Buren in September to document improvements in litter prevention, recycling and beautification in Van Buren since Keep Van Buren Beautiful, a KAB affiliate, began in 2006.

KVBB was the only affiliate to be asked to take part in such a video, Pope said.

He said the video was first shown at the recent KAB national conference to a small group, including KAB staff members.

“Everyone was very pleased with it,” Pope said. “Both our CEO and COO complimented me on it.”

Besides being a great training video, Pope said it is also an excellent reflection of Van Buren.

As part of a partnership between KAB and California State University-San Marcos, two university staff members interviewed local leaders on what KVBB had done to change the behavioral attitudes of the residents of Van Buren and how it was accomplished.

Pope pointed out KVBB scores the city each year section by section, on a scale of 1-4 with a score of 4 being the worst. In 2006, the city scored a 2.75, but now it maintains a score of 1.3-1.5, he said.

KVBB has won several awards for its efforts, including the President’s Circle Award and cigarette litter prevention award from KAB, and the Shine award from Keep Arkansas Beautiful.

Pope also has been awarded for his efforts in heading the Van Buren affiliate.

Included on the video are Van Buren Mayor Bob Freeman; Maryl Koeth, Van Buren A and P Commission director; Lisa Huckelbury-Fort, Hawkins-Weir Engineers business manager; former state representative Rick Green; Lt. Steven Staggs of the Van Buren Police Department; and Pope.