On behalf of the city of Little Rock and the Little Rock Regional Chamber, we want to be among the first to welcome you to our state’s capital city. Whether you’re visiting, relocating or just passing through, we hope you will take advantage of all Little Rock has to offer.
Mayor of Little Rock
In Little Rock, we seek to build a leading southern city where all families, individuals and businesses can thrive. From our amazing local food and beverage scene, to our dynamic performing arts, to our globally-renowned William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum, we know you will find Little Rock to be both welcoming and vibrant.
Dozens of new businesses and thousands of new neighbors have moved to the city over the past several years, and City Hall and the chamber have been there to assist along the way. If you are considering relocating to Little Rock, please reach out so that we can provide you with the same exceptional service that so many have come to expect from our great city.
As you read about all our community has to offer, please know that ours is a community on the move, uniting to create a better Little Rock for all our residents and businesses.
We hope you enjoy your visit!
LITTLE ROCK REGIONAL CHAMBER is an inclusive network of more than 2,000 member businesses and organizations, staffed by nationally recognized professionals with over 100 years combined chamber/economic development experience. The Chamber, a private, member-supported, 501(c)6 organization, includes one of the nation’s highest percentages of Certified Chamber Executives and Economic Development Institute graduates.
METRO LITTLE ROCK ALLIANCE is a coalition of 12 counties (Clark, Conway, Faulkner, Garland, Grant, Hot Spring, Jefferson, Lonoke, Perry, Pulaski, Saline and White) dedicated to central Arkansas becoming recognized as the premier location for new and expanding business within the Mid-South.
ARKANSAS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION is the governor’s cabinet agency of more than 100 employees leading statewide economic development, creating targeted strategies that produce better paying jobs, promoting communities and supporting the training and growth of a 21st-century-skilled workforce.
ENTERGY TEAMWORK ARKANSAS, led by Danny Games, is the economic development office of Entergy Arkansas and is one of the largest private sector economic development initiatives in the country, it offers professional, proactive and resourceful expertise to companies searching for a new business location, an abundant workforce, innovative incentives, natural resources and an unsurpassed quality of life.
LITTLE ROCK CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU and NORTH LITTLE ROCK CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU attract visitors, tourism and conventions to the region with international destinations, full-service convention facilities, more than 6,000 hotel rooms and more than 900 restaurants.
Key Chamber Personnel
Chairman, Little Rock Regional Chamber
Burgess is a co-founder of Mainstream Technologies and has served as president since its inception in 1996. During this time, Mainstream Technologies has grown from three employees to a staff of more than 70. A software developer by trade, he designed and implemented supply chain management solutions used throughout the world by leading retailers to manage inventories and enhance reporting capabilities.
Burgess participates in civic and professional organizations, having served on the board of directors for the Little Rock Regional Chamber and the North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce. He also serves on the board of advisors for the International Association of Cloud and Managed Services Providers (MSP Alliance).
Burgess believes in the value of STEM education and STEM-related careers as a vehicle for economic development and societal improvement and supports organizations which promote STEM, including Accelerate Arkansas, The Museum of Discovery and Arkansas Advanced Initiative for Math and Science.
President & CEO, Little Rock Regional Chamber
Under Chesshir’s leadership the Little Rock Regional Chamber has directly worked projects accounting for more than $2.1 billion in new and expanded capital investment for the region, more than 15,000 jobs and $489 million in new annual payroll.
Chesshir, entering his 13th year with the chamber, was elected in 2016 and 2017 as chairman of the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) Board of Directors, representing more than 7,500 chamber professionals from more than 1,300 chambers of commerce across the United States and Canada.
He serves on the UA Little Rock College of Business Advisory Board, UA Little Rock College of Engineering & Information Technology Leadership Council, Little Rock Technology Park Authority, The Venture Center Board and U.S. Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100. He is also a Ford Foundation Fellow of the ACCE Regionalism and Sustainable Development Program.
Executive Vice President, Little Rock Regional Chamber
Reddish is responsible for the chamber’s full suite of programs, events, communications, sales and member relations. He also provides strategic guidance to the chamber’s economic and workforce development team.
Reddish joined the chamber in 2018 from the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) in Chicago, where he worked in more than a dozen states with communities of every size on issues ranging from comprehensive supply/demand analysis to career pathway mapping. He helped multiple regions structure industry sector partnerships and collaborated with community leaders in their efforts to drive deeper alignment between educational offerings and economic growth.
Prior to joining CAEL, James served as Vice President of Economic and Workforce Development for Greater Louisville Inc., where he led the organization’s program of work within economic development as well as education and workforce development.