‘Better Communities’ conversation in Jonesboro set for May 18

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Talk Business & Politics, in partnership with First Security Bank, the Arkansas Department of Commerce and the Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce, will host a “Better Communities” town hall on Wednesday, May 18 in Jonesboro.

The lunchtime event, which will be held at Embassy Suites by Hilton Jonesboro Red Wolf Convention Center at 223 Red Wolf Blvd. in Jonesboro from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., will center on what Jonesboro and the region are doing to grow economically and what more can be done to advance the region.

The meeting will include a free lunch and two roundtable discussions with a Q&A with audience members. Registration is required.

“First Security Bank is proud to present the first Jonesboro Better Communities Conversation in partnership with the Arkansas Department of Commerce, Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce and Talk Business & Politics. It’s no secret there’s something special about this community. From advanced manufacturing and top-notch healthcare to expansive education, Jonesboro has something for everyone. We’re excited to see where this initial conversation will lead us,” said Brad Edwards, CEO & President, First Security Bank Jonesboro.

Panelists include:

  • Arkansas Secretary of Commerce Mike Preston
  • Chris Barber, St. Bernards Healthcare CEO
  • Christy Valentine, Hytrol Manager of Academic Partnerships
  • Dr. Len Frey, A-State Executive Vice Chancellor Finance,
    Administration & COO
  • Mark Young, Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce CEO

The panel discussions will center on initiatives in the business and political community to help grow the region and how the state can better partner with local efforts. Roby Brock with Talk Business & Politics will moderate the discussions.

“Jonesboro is always focused on creating momentum and moving forward. We are fortunate to have a legacy of leadership that has been able to live in the moment while planning for the next 5-10 years. The Chamber is excited to participate in Better Communities Conversations,” said Young.

The Jonesboro conversation is the second in a series planned around the state. Fort Smith held an event in late February.

The Jonesboro event is free, but participants must RSVP at this link by Monday, May 17.