The whirlwind week of #lovelittlerock started when Millie Ward got a call from Little Rock Regional Chamber's Jay Chesshir, who thought that while 238 cities were pitching to land Amazon, Little Rock could make some noise by saying no.
Northwest Arkansas is aggressively campaigning site selectors for companies outside the region to promote itself as a place for investing and not just a "blank slate." The project comes after a survey of site selectors showed half knew little about the region beyond Wal-Mart and Bentonville.
Boyette was executive director of the Arkansas Industrial Development Commission (now the Arkansas Economic Development Commission) from 1993 to 1997. He went on to become the deputy commissioner for economic development for the Georgia Department of Industry, Trade & Tourism, eventually forming his own economic development consulting company, Boyette Strategic Advisors, and returning to Arkansas.