The Face Of Economic Development
Hot Springs Village POA
Hot Springs Village (HSV) is the largest gated, master-planned community in the United States, spanning 26,000 acres at the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains. The village is home to more than 14,000 residents, nine golf courses, 12 lakes, 14 pickleball courts, 30 miles of trails, a 650-seat performing arts center and a multitude of other community events year-round. The community has more than 500 employees as well as its own police and fire departments. Hot Springs Village was founded in 1970 when John Cooper had a vision for a self-contained community. Cooper acquired 20,000 acres from a subsidiary of Weyerhaeuser Company.
As the property has grown, so has its staff, and Heffer was hired in 2000 as the director of golf. He loves helping others with their golf game, running tournaments and providing an exceptional experience for golfers across all the HSV courses.
Interestingly, while the Village is a private gated community with all the systems and responsibilities of a city, it is not technically a municipality and thus is not funded by a tax base. As such, the Hot Springs Village POA is funded completely by property owner assessments and fees for amenities usage.
“I think people, including myself, are always amazed at the size of Hot Springs Village,” says Tom Heffer, director of golf at the Village. “We span 26,000 acres and 40.93 square miles. To put that into context, Manhattan, NY, is 22.82 square miles, Disney World in Florida is 40.0, and the city of San Francisco is 46.87.”