2018 White County Business EXPO Success
08/03/2018 08:18 AM

The Searcy Regional Chamber of Commerce hosted the annual White County Business EXPO on July 24th at Harding University’s Ganus Activities Center. This year’s theme was “Highway to Progress” which is symbolic of Searcy progressing forward and included highway themed signage throughout the venue. The Business EXPO consisted of 93 Businesses showcasing their products and services including businesses on Restaurant Row.


The White County Business EXPO included a By Invitation Only event for vendors and chamber guests. This year’s event featured guest speakers Matt Twyford from the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC) presenting the Arkansas Competitive Communities Initiative and Steve Jones discussing what is a Marketable Industrial Site.


According to Matt Twyford, the AEDC has created a program to help communities in Arkansas market themselves and their sites to prospective industries. In an effort to help communities become more attractive for jobs and investment, the AEDC and utility partners have developed the Competitive Communities Initiative. The initiative is an evaluation tool that assesses strengths and weaknesses and encourages community leaders to take the next steps in ensuring their economic success. The goal of the evaluation initiative is to ensure that all communities in the state are fully prepared to successfully compete for jobs and investment.  
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