GTEDC Member Newsletter
March 2017
District 7 2016-2020 STIP Map

Click the map to access the AHTD Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) document.  

Golden Triangle Highway Developments
The February 27, 2017 issue of Arkansas Business reports that AHTD Director, Scott Bennett has submitted a 23 mile section of I-69 that includes the Great River Bridge as one of two "Wish List" items for consideration by Governor Asa Hutchinson. The Trump administration requested "Wish List" items from governors as an opportunity to get projects up for consideration as part of a planned $1 trillion in infrastructure improvements over the next 10 years.

Additionally, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) has released a draft Long Range Intermodal Transportation Plan and is requesting comment on the plan through Friday, March 31. Visit for information. The GTEDC board has submitted a comment in support of regional routes shown in Figure 6-2 (below).
  Click on the map to access the AHTD Long Range Intermodal Transportation Plan.
McNeil - 2016 Volunteer Community of the Year
McNeil was selected as one of 12 Arkansas Volunteer Communities of the Year for 2016. Over 2000 hours of service were given by 39+ volunteers. Volunteer projects include:
  • Festival on the Rails
  • Southside School restoration project
  • Fall Party in the Park
  • City Park cleanup
  • City-wide beautification

On April 8th, McNeil will host its 10th Annual Festival on the Rails event. This event has grown out of the volunteer efforts and dedication of the McNeil community. Congratulations to the City of McNeil for being chosen a 2016 Volunteer Community of the Year!

The Volunteer Community of the Year award is co-sponsored by the DHS Division of Community Service and Nonprofit Support, the Arkansas Municipal League and the Office of the Governor. Nominations are solicited throughout the summer on the Arkansas Department of Human Services website.

2017 - Membership Drive   
The 2017 GTEDC Membership Drive has been underway during the first quarter.  Thank you to our new members for joining us in working to grow the Golden Triangle Region of South Arkansas.  If you are interested in joining this endeavor or have not yet renewed your membership, it is not to late! Contact Janell Morton at (870) 235-4924 or for membership options.
Source: Institutional Research Dept SAU, SAUT, SouthArk

April GTEDC Board Meeting

Wed, April 19th 

Smackover City Hall

Conference Room

807 Broadway 

Smackover, AR

2017 Purple Hull Pea Festival and World Championship Tiller Race

June 24, 2017

Emerson, AR
  2016 ALFiE Silver Award Winner!