The Conway Story (Introduction From Brad Lacy)

by Brad Lacy  on Monday, Dec. 17, 2012 12:00 am  

Brad Lacy, President and CEO of Conway Area Chamber of Commerce

Even a brief look at the exciting developments detailed in this publication will tell you that Conway is a city in the midst of a great change. Over the last decade it has gotten younger, larger, more well planned and more economically vibrant. What's not shown in this issue is that these changes have been in the making for almost 100 years. The Conway story is one of ambition, independence and intentional growth.

Not long after incorporating, Conway’s citizens made the strategic decision to pursue institutions of higher education as their own unique form of economic development. Today, we have three colleges and universities that contribute daily to our economy and quality of life. More than 50 years ago, our economic development corporation began assembling the land for Arkansas’s first industrial park along Interstate 40. That park, and several developed with the same model, still help provide Faulkner County with more than 40,000 jobs and the 13th fastest job growth in America.

In Conway, the only thing that hasn’t changed over the last 100 years is the citizens’ love for their community, a can-do attitude and a spirit of partnership. Enjoy this snapshot of our community. The good news detailed here is a testament to the strength and sustainability of Faulkner County’s economy. But it is only the latest chapter of the Conway story and a preview of things to come.

Brad Lacy

President and CEO
Conway Area Chamber of Commerce



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