Intermodal Authority discusses various projects in the works

POCAHONTAS - The NEA Regional Intermodal Authority Board of Directors held their regular monthly meeting via Zoom video conference July 30 in which they discussed updates regarding the local economy and various projects happening throughout the Intermodal's footprint area.

Intermodal Executive Director Graycen Bigger said the four-county area, which consists of Randolph, Clay, Lawrence and Sharp counties, is doing well economically in comparison to other places throughout the country.

In June, unemployment in the United States was at 11 percent while Arkansas was at 8 percent. In the Intermodal's footprint, Clay County was the lowest with 8.3 percent unemployment and Sharp County the highest at 9.5 percent.

Bigger said this is no surprise due to the impact on the hospitality industry. She said that in some cities - especially Hardy in Sharp County - hospitality rates make up about 40 percent of the workforce.







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