Employing a Superior Workforce in Little Rock

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 12:00 am  

Caterpillar Facility (Photo by Michael Pirnique)

North Little Rock, along with its creative and vibrant Argenta downtown redevelopment, boasts The Old Mill at T. R. Pugh Memorial Park, believed to be the last surviving structure seen in “Gone With the Wind,” and the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum’s USS Razorback SS 394, the longest serving and one of the most decorated submarines in the world.

Maumelle

 In today’s global economy, communities are stronger when supported by regional partnerships. Communities like Maumelle have added strength and additional benefits that come from being a member of the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Metro Little Rock Alliance – everyone working together to make the region a better place to live and work.
- Judy Keller, City of Maumelle

COUNTY

Pulaski County is the largest county in the state by population, with 382,748 at the time of the 2010 U.S. Census, with Little Rock serving as both the county seat and state capital.

STATE

Arkansas, is among a small number of states that has maintained a balanced budget and it views economic development and education as inseparable.

REGIONAL

METROPLAN has responsibility for the area’s transportation planning process under federal law.

FEDERAL

Richard Sheppard Arnold United States Courthouse is the courthouse for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas. Completed in 1932, it was renamed in 2003 for Court of Appeals Judge Richard S. Arnold.

INTERNATIONAL

Mexican Consulate – Consulado de Carrera de México, serving Arkansas, Western Tennessee and Eastern Oklahoma, is the only one of its kind between Dallas and Atlanta.

HOSPITALS

DEFENSE

With an annual economic impact of more than $830 million, the region boasts the world’s premier C-130 Air Force base and an Arkansas National Guard facility providing facilities and weapons ranges for all branches of the U.S. armed forces and civil law enforcement agencies.

  • Little Rock Air Force Base, winner of the Abilene Trophy for Outstanding Community Support for an Air Mobility Command Base, consists of more than 6,000 acres and more than 5,000 active-duty military and civilian members, with 5,500 family members living and working on and around the base.
  • Camp Joseph T. Robinson, on 32,800 acres, is the home of the country’s premier professional development training center and the 189th, the highest decorated Air National Guard Airlift Wing in the nation’s history.

NONPROFITS

With the world’s only master’s degree in public service, strong foreign direct capital investment, and institutions like Arkansas Children’s Hospital and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences bringing in world-class talent, Little Rock has become a hub for the location of global nonprofit headquarters.

  • William J. Clinton Foundation, building on President Clinton’s lifetime of public service, established separate initiatives to alleviate poverty, improve global health, strengthen economies and protect the environment.
  • Heifer International, from its LEED Platinum world headquarters and restored wetlands, has as its strategy to “pass on the gift” so people will share their animals’ offspring with others — along with their knowledge, resources and skills — in an expanding network of hope, dignity and self-reliance that reaches around the globe.
  • World Services For The Blind educates adults from all 50 states and 58 foreign countries who are blind or visually impaired for careers and independent lives.
  • Oxford American, which according to the New York Times “may be the liveliest literary magazine in America,” has won three National Magazine Awards — the highest recognition in the industry.
  • Winrock International, from its LEED Gold headquarters, links individuals and communities with new ideas and technology to increase long-term productivity, equity and responsible resource management to benefit the poor and disadvantaged of the world.

 

 

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