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Intermodal focuses on 2020 Highway funding

POCAHONTAS – The Northeast Arkansas Regional Intermodal Facilities Authority held their monthly meeting Thursday, October 31, at Black River Technical College where they discussed workforce development programs, upcoming marketing initiatives for the region and the 2020 highway funding package.

Intermodal Executive Director Graycen Bigger kicked off the meeting with a discussion of the Southeastern Regional Opportunity Zone Summit in Jackson, Mississippi, which took place on September 29 and 30. Bigger provided the board with strategies to attract industries to rural opportunity zones, stating the first step to success in other rural states like Alabama has been to complete a community needs assessment. She also said it was recommended for rural communities to focus on attracting local investors as opposed to those in large metropolitan areas.

Bigger plans to create a regional prospectus for investment in the Intermodal’s two opportunity zones, which include census tracts in the Walnut Ridge Industrial Park, Williams Baptist University and the City of Portia. At this time there are no regional prospectuses for opportunity zones in the State of Arkansas.

 

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