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Promoting Arkansas Across the Pond
Posted Thursday, July 21, at 1:03 PM
Recently, I boarded a flight to London with a team from the Arkansas Economic Development Commission to attend the Farnborough International Air Show. Over the last 10 years, Arkansas has had a significant presence at the Farnborough Air Show -- and this year was no exception. Attendees included 86 of the world's top 100 aerospace companies and over 100,000 trade visitors from 56 countries...

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Growing Economic Success
Posted Thursday, July 14, at 9:24 AM

Last week our state received some great financial news. The Arkansas Department of Finance submitted the year end revenue summary for 2016. I am pleased to report that Arkansas finished the year with a $177 million budget surplus. This is an excellent reflection of our growing economic success...

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Arkansas Economic Milestones
Posted Thursday, June 30, at 9:32 AM

In 2012, Fort Smith was dealt a staggering economic blow when Whirlpool permanently closed the doors of its manufacturing facility, eliminating more than 900 jobs in the area. Although some might have expected the people of Fort Smith to pack their bags and call it a day after such challenges, the Fort Smith community refused to let this setback define them. ...

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National Great Outdoors Month
Posted Thursday, June 23, at 8:53 AM

Last Friday, I spent the evening with eight Central Arkansas families to celebrate National Great Outdoors Month. The event was part of a nationwide "Governor's Capital Campout," and Arkansas was one of 17 states to participate this year. It was the perfect evening for a campfire, s'mores and stories. ...

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Schools Expand in Arkansas
Posted Thursday, June 16, at 8:58 AM

Twenty-three year-old Jackson Bagby from Van Buren grew up with a desire to become a physician. When he graduated from the University of Central Arkansas, he knew he wanted to go into osteopathic medicine. He began researching osteopathic programs outside of Arkansas, but, when Arkansas State University announced plans for a college of medicine on its campus, Jackson knew exactly where he was meant to be. He was accepted into the school's first class of students, beginning this fall...

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Honoring the Fallen
Posted Thursday, June 2, at 1:13 PM

On March 3, 1945, Arkansan Jack Williams was on the island of Iwo Jima with the 3rd Battalion, 28th Marine Regiment. Upon seeing a fellow marine wounded by a grenade on the frontlines of battle, Williams braved enemy fire and ran to assist the wounded marine, shielding the man with his body while dressing his wounds. ...

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Paving the Way
Posted Thursday, May 26, at 9:51 AM

We all learn from history and that includes Arkansas history. In 1911, the Arkansas Legislature met for the first time in the new State Capitol. The building was still unfinished, but it was "finished enough" for legislators to meet for a general session...

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Law Enforcement Heroes
Posted Thursday, May 19, at 10:32 AM

Last month in Hot Springs Village, Angela Andrews sent invitations to a birthday party for her son, Toxey. The Mom invited twenty-one of Toxey's friends to celebrate over a bonfire, hot dogs, cake and ice cream. This was a big day. Toxey was turning ten years old...

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Restoring Hope to Arkansas Foster Kids
Posted Wednesday, May 11, at 7:15 PM

Jarvis Hale, a Division of Children and Family Services Investigator who's been on the job for nearly two years, recently shared a heartbreaking story. One evening, not long ago, he was called to a home by law enforcement who had found a toddler walking alone down a street. When Jarvis arrived at the home of the toddler, he saw a gut-wrenching scene...

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Sun Paper's Natural Choice
Posted Thursday, May 5, at 10:38 AM

Last November, I went on a trade mission to Japan and China. During the trip, I met with top executives from a China-based company called Sun Paper that employs more than 10,000 people worldwide. After touring the company's headquarters in China's Shandong Province and explaining the benefits of Arkansas's timber industry, myself and Hongxin Li, Sun Paper chairman and founder, signed a letter of intent. In this letter, Sun Paper committed to investigating building a facility in South Arkansas...

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Working Together For Arkansas
Posted Thursday, April 28, at 10:10 AM

I love history, and this week I was reminded of a speech made in the British Parliament during the critical days before World War II, when Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain was taking England and our allies down the wrong path. Prime Minister Chamberlain had just made a speech in parliament and it was up to the opposition party leader, Arthur Greenwood, to give the response...

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Queen Wilhelmina State Park
Posted Thursday, April 21, at 8:37 AM

As governor, no day is typical. I work with the legislature, pursue economic development opportunities, listen to the concerns of citizens and meet people from every corner of the state. I love my job, but sometimes it's nice to get out of the office and enjoy the Natural State...

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An Arkansas Solution
Posted Thursday, April 14, at 9:58 AM

There was one key bill on the agenda of the three-day extraordinary session of the General Assembly: Arkansas Works. Arkansas Works provides greater emphasis on work opportunities, requires a personal investment in healthcare, increases usage of employer-based insurance and implements cost-saving measures...

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More Arkansas Jobs
Posted Thursday, April 7, at 9:49 AM

One of the great parts of being governor is getting invited to events all over the state celebrating community achievements, showcasing outstanding people and, my personal favorite, advancing job creation. That's exactly what I did last week in Rogers and Jonesboro...

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Town Hall Recap
Posted Thursday, March 31, at 9:11 AM

This week, I held my first town hall as governor since I was elected Governor. The town hall was at Central Baptist College in Conway. I was joined by several legislators, local leaders and fellow Arkansans to discuss the future of healthcare in our state and to listen. Town halls are a part of the history of our country, and I love the tradition...

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Touting Arkansas Tourism
Posted Thursday, March 24, at 9:16 AM

Earlier this week, I attended the Governor's Conference on Tourism in Springdale. I had the chance to talk about the growing strength and importance of our state's tourism industry. At the conference, Tom Walton, the grandson of Walmart founder Sam Walton, was named "Tourism Person of the Year," primarily for his work in making Arkansas a premier destination for mountain bikers. ...

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Being Responsible With Your Money
Posted Friday, March 18, at 10:23 AM

This has been a busy week. I detailed my balanced budget for next year to the Arkansas Legislature. Many areas of the budget will remain the same as last year. In fact, most budget items will be funded at the same level. Under my budget, Arkansas state government will be able to provide the same level of service without major cuts to programs. ...

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Arkansas School Breakfast Month
Posted Thursday, March 10, at 9:54 AM

As governor, I'm delighted to proclaim March 2016 as "Arkansas School Breakfast Month" to highlight the academic and health benefits of school breakfast programs. It's been proven that students who eat breakfast are more likely to exhibit better behavior and concentrate more on their classwork throughout the day...

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Zika Virus Update
Posted Monday, March 7, at 9:27 AM

There have been a lot of questions surrounding the recent outbreak of Zika virus. As governor, I value the health and safety of all Arkansans and want to do my part to provide people with information about how to help prevent the virus from spreading...

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Congressional App Challenge
Posted Thursday, February 25, at 9:52 AM

Last week, I enjoyed visiting with several students who competed in the Congressional App Challenge. The competition was designed to encourage high school students to use computer coding to create their own apps. The students I met were bright, energetic, capable and full of ideas. After meeting with them, I am even more excited about the future of our state and the future of our kids...

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