Chamber Focus: Stock in the Rock

To more effectively compete with the economic development efforts of other major metros, the chamber is increasing its private Stock in The Rock economic development investment by as much as 100 percent, empowering the organization to better:

  1. develop our economy
  2. develop our community
  3. advocate on behalf of business
  4. keep, attract and grow talent
  5. market and communicate our opportunities and successes.

Where miles equal minutes, 1 million people live within 50 minutes of downtown Little Rock. So, twelve central Arkansas counties and their unique communities are united to compete as one common, globally recognized brand — Little Rock. $1.55 billion new capital investment, $459 million new annual payroll, and 12,000 jobs later, the results are indisputable and historically unprecedented. Also, the Little Rock and northwest Arkansas regions continued a historic collaboration in “super regionalism” to benefit the entire state.


Little Rock Technology Park
To commercialize the wealth of intellectual property being created among the campuses of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, University of Arkansas at Little Rock and Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the chamber led creation of the Little Rock Technology Park Authority to attract high-wage, knowledge-based jobs for generations.

AR Kids Read
The purpose of AR Kids Read is to have all public school students reading at grade level by the completion of third grade. National studies have shown the most effective teaching method is relationship-based one-to-one (or one-to-small group). The specific goal of AR Kids Read is to provide tutors for children reading below grade level for a minimum of 30 minutes a week to assist students to read at grade level.