Mark Young on Evaluating, Expanding Local Economies

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Aug. 26, 2013 12:00 am  

Mark Young

Our status as a dry county has not had an impact on our recruitment efforts. What has benefited our recruitment efforts is our quality of life, which includes good schools. We are the proud home of Arkansas State University.

What’s the best advice you ever received about your work?

My dad always encouraged me to find a career that you love, work hard and be yourself.

What game-changing moments occurred on your career path that led to your current position?

Early in my career, a former board member in Oklahoma asked me where I wanted to be in 10 years. I responded by saying I wanted to be the economic developer in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Eleven years later, I had the privilege of joining the Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce. Along the way, I have been blessed to work with and learn from many people. That collective experience ultimately led to the opportunity to come home.



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