Welcome to the Cities of Distinction (From the Associate Publisher)

Dear Readers,

We’re pleased to share the stories of this year’s winners in the second City of Distinction supplement.

An independent panel of judges has recognized cities, large and small, for their commitment to improving the lives of their citizens and the health of their communities. Whether easing traffic flow or using technology to enhance the efforts of local schools, the communities have shown a commitment to improvement and a vision for the future.

We extend our thanks to presenting sponsor Crews & Associates and supporting sponsors The Arkansas Municipal League and the Arkansas State Chamber/Associate Industries of Arkansas. Awards will be presented at the Municipal League conference in Little Rock in January.

A special thank you goes to our judges — Kirkley Thomas, economic development manager for the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas; Nathan Rutledge, associate with Crews & Associates; Randy Zook, president and CEO of the State Chamber/AIA; and Centerpoint Energy executive Chauncey Taylor.

As always we appreciate your comments. Please email me at CTaulbee@ABPG.com.

Sincerely,

Chip Taulbee, Publisher