The Heber Springs Area Chamber of Commerce was honored to welcome Kelli Listenbee, Regional Manager for the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, to Heber Springs. As Kelli is new in her role with the AEDC, the purpose of her visit was to become more familiar with the Chamber, the Heber Springs Area and local industries. Her visit began with an initial meeting with Julie Murray, Executive Director of the Heber Springs Area Chamber and Anthony Galloway of First Electric Cooperative, to discuss the economic challenges and opportunites for the Heber Springs community.
The group then met with Judge Jerry Holmes for introductions and further discussion of economic development. Plant tours followed beginning with Tigg LLC where Kelli met with Plant Manager Doug Murray and discussed possible incentives for the purchase of new equipment at the Tigg plant. Tigg develops a broad range of activated carbon filiters for environment remediation across North America.
The next tour was of Gar-Bro Manufacturing with President
Jim Adams. Gar-Bro designs and manufactures concrete buckets designed for mass
placement of concrete so CAD software skills are critical to the work they do.
"I was very interested in hearing from Kelli that AEDC offers incentives
for employee training, including CAD software training. This is an incentive we
will pursue as a company." stated Jim Adams.
After the plant visits, the group then toured the key assets of the Heber Springs area including Greers Ferry Lake, the Little Red River, the ASU-Heber Springs campus, and the Heber Springs Community Center.
Kelli's next visit to Heber Springs is scheduled for November 30th when she, Julie Murray and Anthony Galloway will tour other manufacturers and industries in the Heber Springs area to investigate their needs and see if AEDC may be of assistance.
As stated on their web site, "the mission of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission is to create economic opportunity by attracting higher paying jobs, expanding and diversifying our state and local economies, increasing incomes and investment, and generating positive growth throughout Arkansas."