Short brings over 15 years of economic development and chamber of commerce experience to Arkadelphia. Most recently she served over seven years as Vice President of Programs and Partnerships at the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce and Executive Director of the Arkansas Economic Developers and Chamber Executives (AEDCE) organizations.
Eric Hughes, vice-chair of the EDCCC, questioned the number of jobs agreed upon. The original number the board was given was 170 jobs. “I’m seeing this [150 jobs] for the first time,” Hughes said. “Is this a typo?”
An incentive application at least six months in the making will remain in its draft form for another month following much discussion Tuesday on whether to include the word “new” in the application.
Ward 3 Director Keith Crews said one business in particular “looks like a junkyard” because it had scrap in front and to the rear of the building.
The company joins 19 leading food, beverage and quick-serve restaurant companies participating in the program.
The complaint alleges that Family Dollar, under the parent company Dollar Tree Inc., knew about the rodent infestation for years but allowed unsafe products to be sold at hundreds of stores in Arkansas and five other states throughout the region.
“Each one of these have told me not to comment or make any kind of a statement about what the name of their company is,” J.L. Griffin said.