Mayor Bart Castleberry talked about Conway’s growth, city streets, new programs and more during Art on the Green’s CityTalks on Thursday.

“The thing that makes Conway special is its people,” Castleberry said.

The mayor announced the city now has an open checkbook feature on its website, www.cityofconway.org, in an effort to be more transparent.

The feature is modeled after state law that requires agencies to publish its expenditures. The city’s open checkbook displays the date, amount, vendor name and source of funding.

Castleberry praised his team for this feature and more during the talk.

“I’ve got some great department heads, some good people that think outside the box and show up to work every day excited to do a great job,” he said. “They keep things running. They make my job easy.”

Moderator Darren Irby asked Castleberry about how people around the state and beyond view Conway.

“For a long time, we went to other cities to benchmark ourselves,” Castleberry said. “Now, other cities are coming to Conway to benchmark themselves against us.”

Castleberry noted the opening of the Conway Tennis Center and construction of the city’s first splash pad and said city officials are looking at adding public transportarion.

“We’re looking at public transportation. In order to have public transportation, you have to have walkability and rideability,” he said. “My main vision is to continue to be a city that folks want to stay in. I want my grandkids to stay here. I want their kids to stay here.”

Art on the Green’s next CItyTalks will be from 5:30-6:30 p.m. June 8 at the gallery. The event is free and open to the public and includes light hors d’oeuvres. For more information, visit www.artonthegreen.net.