GTEDC Member Newsletter
June 2017
Westerman Addresses GTEDC Members and Guests at Annual Dinner
United States Congressman, Bruce Westerman
Infrastructure, Timber and Area Accomplishments Highlighted
Congressman Bruce Westerman addressed a well attended GTEDC Annual Dinner during the month of May. He praised accomplishments in the area such as the Highland Industrial Park, Camden, the Engineering program at SAU, Magnolia and the growing Entertainment District, El Dorado.
Infrastructure needs, including I-69, and the associated legislative challenges were discussed. Westerman also spoke about the forestry bill that he is trying to get passed in Congress that will benefit the region.
Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin speaks about government transformation needed in the State of Arkansas.
Amy Fecher, Executive Vice President of Operations of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.
Students Participate in
Meet and Greet with Congressman Westerman
The GTEDC provided a special networking opportunity for students in the region at the 2017 Annual Dinner. Students from area colleges and high schools took advantage of the GTEDC's discount student ticket offer to the Annual Dinner and were treated to a Meet and Greet with U. S. Congressman Bruce Westerman.
Dan Flowers, I-69 Coalition
Lori Tudor COO, AHTD
Right: Congressman Westerman
I-69 Coalition Meeting Held

A meeting of the I-69 Coalition was held May 9th in Monticello, Arkansas. Former AHTD Director Dan Flowers welcomed the group. Highway Commissioner Robert Moore addressed the group about the importance of the Great River Bridge. AHTD Deputy Director and COO Lori Tudor reiterated that "significant Federal assistance will be required to advance development of the I-69 corridor." I-69 projects that have been submitted to the federal government are:
  • Great River Bridge
  • Monticello Bypass to McGehee
  • Connector - Monticello Bypass to Pine Bluff

The meeting concluded with Congressman Westerman addressing the group and acknowledging the funding challenges of the project. The AHTD slide presentation may be viewed at the link below.

I-69 Presentation - Tudor

Ross Korkmas - Selected to the 2017 Arkansas Business 40 Under 40 Class
The Golden Triangle would like to congratulate Ross Korkmas, Chief Operation Officer of Medical Center of South Arkansas in El Dorado on his selection to the 24th class of 40 Under 40 honorees as selected by  Arkansas Business. Select the link below to read Mr. Korkmas' biography.

Korkmas Biography
Ross Korkmas, COO, MCSA
2017 Arkansas Rural Development Conference Grants Awarded in the Golden Triangle

Rural Community Grant

City of McNeil

County Fair Building Grant

Calhoun County Fair Association
Columbia County Fair Association
Union County Fair Association

GTEDC Regional Statistic

   July GTEDC Board

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Location: TBD

2017 Purple Hull Pea Festival and World Championship Tiller Race

June 24, 2017

Emerson, AR
  2016 ALFiE Silver Award Winner!
September 11 - 16, 2017
September 19 - 23, 2017
September 20 - 23, 2017
Grand Opening September 27

Tickets for the grand opening weekend available in July.

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