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May
2011
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Airport Relocation Reaches Milestone


After more than a decade of planning, studies and permitting a crowd of 50 Conway residents and community leaders gathered April 22nd to break ground on a new airport for Conway.

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May
2011
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Chamber Provides Opportunity to Explore China


The Conway Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a nine-day “Explore China” trip October 21-29, 2011. Chamber members, the general public and their families are invited to learn more about China, its history and beautiful sites, and its economic growth.

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May
2011
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Conway 2.0: CAT2


Vernon Smith grew up on a family-owned poultry farm in South Africa and has extensive experience in the poultry industry. He earned Bachelor of Commerce degrees in computer science and business economics as well as an Honors degree in computer science. Before co-founding CAT2, Vernon worked as a process control specialist in the food industry. He currently serves as CAT2’s CFO.

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May
2011
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Cyp to Network After Hours at Oak Street Bistro

Conway Young Professionals is hosting its inaugural “Off the Clocks!” event Tuesday, May 10, from 5-6:30 p.m. at Oak Street Bistro. CYP chairman Aaron Beard said that the event gives young professionals an opportunity to learn about CYP, meet fellow members and network.
“An ‘Off the Clocks!’ event is an opportunity to get plugged in and meet other young professionals while unwinding after a long day,” said Aaron Beard, CYP chairman. “Whether you are staying for dinner, or just swinging by, it’s a great transition from work to home.”

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May
2011
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Weather Has Restoration Firms Hopping

With record flooding, damaging winds and deadly tornados, the spring of 2011 will not be soon forgotten. Virgil Williamson, owner of Williamson Restoration in Conway, says this year stands out as a year of destructive weather events.

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May
2011
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Chamber Organizes Community 'Benchmarking' Trip to Franklin, Tenn.


In the mid 1980’s, Franklin was a sleepy Tennessee town with a half vacant downtown and more than 100 structures scheduled for condemnation due to neglect.
Today, Franklin is home to more than 30 North American corporate headquarters.
It is on countless “Best Places” lists on a number of business, community and social fronts.

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May
2011
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Business Growth No Accident at A & J Collision Repair

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Jody Gatchell is the owner of A & J Collision Repair, a full-service auto body repair facility specializing in collision repair and automobile restoration. Since it opened in Conway in 1997, A & J Collision Repair has worked with vehicle owners, insurance companies and vendors to restore damaged vehicles to their pre-accident conditions.

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May
2011
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Conway Unemployment Rate Drops To 5.8%: Second Lowest in Arkansas

Conway’s unemployment rate spiked in January to 6.8% and then dropped in March to last fall’s level of 5.8%. Of the 20 cities in Arkansas for which unemployment rates are published, Conway’s March rate was the second lowest with Sherwood being the lowest at 5.5%.
The highest rate was West Memphis with 13.5% and Pine Bluff and El Dorado tied at 12.3%. Faulkner County’s rate of 6.8% ranks 14th among counties in Arkansas with Washington County being the lowest at 5.9% and Arkansas County the highest at 18%.

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Apr
2011
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Chamber adds Director of Marketing

The Conway Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the newest member of their staff. Adena White joins the chamber as Director of Marketing.

White was previously Public Relations Coordinator for the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute. Prior to working at WRI, she was a summa cum laude graduate of Arkansas Tech University. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Applied Communications at UALR.

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Apr
2011
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festival to Award $74,500 in Scholarships

For 30 years, the Toad Suck Daze Committee of the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce has held a fun, family-oriented festival on the streets of downtown Conway. The food, entertainment and festivities are on display to more than 100,000 visitors over the three day festival. However, what’s less visible is the real mission of Toad Suck Daze, supporting education in Faulkner County.

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