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Governor praises Saline County's teamwork


Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson discussed various issues while addressing the Benton Area Chamber of Commerce last Tuesday, Feb. 4.


By Lewis Delavan
Hot Springs Village Voice

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson discussed various issues while addressing the Benton Area Chamber of Commerce last Tuesday, Feb. 4.

Citing Saline County’s low 2.1 percent unemployment rate, Hutchinson praised Saline County for working for the county’s betterment through leadership and teamwork.

“I think there’s something in the water here that you know how to work together,” he said.

Speaking at The River Center in Benton, Hutchinson said people in the room understood small business, taking risks and making investments.

The governor cited the importance of this year’s Census. “We don’t want to miss anyone; we want everyone to be counted,” he said. “That will ensure Arkansas receives all the federal representation and federal funding the state is entitled to,” he said.

Of central Arkansas’ 6 counties, Saline is the fastest growing. “That’s extraordinary growth anyone would be envious of,” he said.

Saline County’s 2.6% unemployment is below both the historically low U.S. rate and Arkansas’ low rate, he said.

Saline County’s diversified economy is one major factor. “Hats off to the Saline County leadership that I see in this room,” he said.

He congratulated the county for developing its Saline County career and technical campus. It will serve 500 students in the county’s school districts. With 10 categories, its 500 projected students will have many choices toward shaping their future.

Hutchinson praised the regional partnership, including local government, local school districts, business and industry and Arkansas State University Three Rivers, the 2-year college that will run the center. Read more.

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