Electricity transmission coordinator, Southwest Power Pool, will open its new $62 million headquarters in west Little Rock on Friday.
The utility nonprofit employs more than 600 workers with an average pay in excess of $80,000 annually.
Kelly Dudzik with our content partner, Fox 16 News, reports on the type of employees SPP is seeking.
Simply put, SPP takes electricity from nine states and distributes it to more than six-million households, and it's expanding by adding 50 high-paying positions over the next year.
“Certainly college degrees for probably 98-percent of all of the positions that we have. Engineering, IT, accounting, legal,” says SPP CEO Nick Brown.
Gov. Mike Beebe (D) hopes the expansion helps bring more companies offering similar salaries to Arkansas.
“It sends a message that high tech, highly educated, highly paid employees are welcomed and doing well in Arkansas. So, that tends to have a bleed over affect for other people making those kinds of decisions,” says Beebe.
Southwest Power Pool held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday. You can view the full story from Dudzik and Fox 16 at this link.