Posted 2/24/2014 12:00 am
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, 12 central Arkansas counties and their unique communities are united to compete as one common, globally recognized brand — Little Rock. $1.66 billion in new capital investment, $447 million in new annual payroll, and 12,240 jobs later, the results are indisputable and historically unprecedented. The Little Rock and northwest Arkansas regions also launched a historic collaboration in “super regionalism” to benefit the entire state and its contiguous regions.
Since the inception of our Stock in the Rock economic development program, investors have never had to wonder what they were getting for their money. Each year, there have been positive results with thousands of new jobs created and hundreds of millions of dollars invested in new facilities. These investments bring future workers, customers, partners, and leaders to our communities.
- Gary Smith, President, Glass Erectors
Little Rock Technology Park
An initiative of the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce, City of Little Rock, University of Arkansas at Little Rock and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, the Little Rock Technology Park Authority will create the region’s first technology park, anticipated to be a major economic driver for the next 30 years. LRTechPark.com
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. 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. Since its inception, AR Kids Read programs have reached 46 schools in all three local districts, with 400 tutors providing almost 5,000 hours of tutoring to 850 second and third-graders. The Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce, along with Fifty for the Future, are proud supporters of AR Kids Read and their more than 60 partner organizations.