May 2015

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Conway Economy At a Glance

Unemployment Rate

September

Seasonally Adjusted

US 5.9%

Arkansas 6.2%

Not Seasonally Adjusted

US 5.7%

Arkansas 5.7%

Faulkner County 5.1%

Conway 4.9%

Sales Tax Collections

Conway*

August

2014 $1,972,633

2013 $1,914,161

Percent Change 3.1%

Year to Date (August)

2014 $15,139,478

2013 $15,250,628

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Conway Economy At a Glance

Unemployment Rate

October

Seasonally Adjusted

US 5.8%

Arkansas 6.0%

Not Seasonally Adjusted

US 5.5%

Arkansas 5.1%

Faulkner County 4.7%

Conway 4.6%

Sales Tax Collections

Conway* September

2014 $2,033,168

2013 $1,883,448

Percent Change 7.9%

Year to Date (September)

2014 $17,172,646

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Chamber Resource Guide Available Online

The Conway Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2015 community profile and resource guide is now available at ConwayChamber.org. Conway+ is the theme of the 2015 quality-of-life and local reference publication. It will be available in print in the coming weeks.

The Chamber sends the guide by direct mail to prospective residents and companies that contact the Chamber about relocating to Conway, households of a qualifying income relocating within Conway’s traditional trade area, and high-income households in Conway and surrounding communities.

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Free women's self-defense class offered Dec. 20

With a goal to make the community safer one woman at a time, Grandmaster Han’s Martial Arts is offering free self-defense classes to women who work for or represent businesses and organizations that are members of the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce.

Master Tom Mullaney of Grandmaster Han’s Martial Arts will lead the self-defense class on Saturday, Dec. 20, from 10 a.m. until noon. The class will take place at Grandmaster Han’s Martial Arts Academy, located at 1216 Harkrider Street in Conway.

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Faulkner County businesses eligible for "digital economy" assessments

Connect Arkansas, a project of the Arkansas Capital Corporation Group, recently announced an exciting initiative to assist businesses in Vilonia and Mayflower – communities affected by the April tornadoes – with special assistance to help its businesses better compete.

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Therese Pollard named Chamber's director of events

The Conway Area Chamber of Commerce has hired Therese Pollard as director of events. Pollard is responsible for the planning and execution of select Chamber events, including Academic Signing Day, Bowling for Business, Teacher Breakfast & Education Fair, Minority Enterprise Development Awards Gala, Business After Hours, and CEO Luncheons.

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Chamber releases 2015 "Blueprint"

The Conway Area Chamber of Commerce recently released their 2015 “Blueprint.” The Blueprint is the schedule and program of work for all chamber sponsorships and advertising. “As area businesses make decisions about how to best identify consumers, recognize leaders and build new relationships we hope they will look toward the Blueprint for direction,” said Brad Lacy Conway Area Chamber of Commerce CEO. “The Blueprint also offers our members one stop for a calendar year’s worth of events.”

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Hendrix Village Adds New Commercial, Residential Space

CONWAY, Ark. (December 4, 2014) – The Village at Hendrix, LLC and Conway realty group J.C. Thornton & Co. are jointly developing the McKennon Building.

The new 15,000 square foot mixed-use space, along Harkrider in The Village at Hendrix, will include two two-story buildings with five commercial bays to accommodate small offices and 11 one-bedroom apartments on the upper floor.

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Hendrix to Meet All Financial Need for Arkansas Students

CONWAY, Ark. (December 8, 2014) – Arkansas high school students will now have 100 percent of their financial need covered to attend Hendrix College, thanks to the Hendrix Arkansas Advantage. The new program is now available for Arkansas high school seniors enrolling at Hendrix in the fall 2015 semester.

“Hendrix has always been a place for Arkansas students to have a world-class liberal arts experience in their home state, and we always should be,” said Hendrix President Bill Tsutsui. “We should never, ever, be out of reach for Arkansas students.”

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An overdue thank you

Last month, at the age of 97, longtime Conway businessman and philanthropist Felton O’Kelley died. Mr. O’Kelley built several successful businesses and served on a number of local civic and charitable boards. Any of those contributions are worthy of lengthy discussion. But we want to share a story about one single decision, made by Mr. O’Kelley alone, that permanently changed the course of Conway’s economic future.