Liens, Looming Audit Put Texarkana Business Park Under More Scrutiny

by Luke Jones  on Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 12:00 am  

The water park was open only for a partial season, and the convention center hasn’t been operational for very long either.

“I’ve always been for the convention center and water park,” he said. “I’ve been for the incentive packages. It’s just a matter of the way it was managed.”

And despite the drama, Smith expressed optimism about the future of his town.

“Texarkana continues to grow regardless of the controversy surrounding it these past few months,” Smith said. “We continue to grow, and we anticipate that we’ll continue [to grow over] the next three to five years.”

Boldt, for his part, has in the past told Arkansas Business that his only goal was to grow the city.

“There wasn’t any development until the board asked me in 2007 to aggressively pursue economic development,” he said in July. “That’s exactly what I’ve been doing. There has been more development down there in maybe 30, 40, 50 years, and I’m very proud of that accomplishment.”



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