Broadband internet access takes center stage at Monday’s BCEDC meeting

Broadband internet access takes center stage at Monday’s BCEDC meeting

A discussion about Internet access in Bradley County came with the bold claim by County Judge Klay McKinney that with an additional grant, the county could become the first one in the state to be fully covered. Glen Howie, state broadband director of Arkansas Economic Development Commission, and Mark Golden, director of external and governmental…

Community and Economic Development Committee discusses deteriorating buildings, recruitment of industry, and more

Community and Economic Development Committee discusses deteriorating buildings, recruitment of industry, and more

The Warren Community and Economic Development Committee met for the first time in several months to consider some long-standing problems but didn’t come away with any immediate answers. Committee members included Chairwoman Angela Marshall and Alderwomen Memory Frazer and Dorothy Henderson. Top photo: Warren Community and Economic Development Committee members met Tuesday. Shown, from left,…

BCEDC reports total assets of $937,000

BCEDC reports total assets of $937,000

Bradley County Judge Klay McKinney told Bradley County Economic Development Corp. board members Monday night that negotiations were underway with a company that could save the city of Warren and Bradley County thousands of dollars in waste disposal. Green Energy Co. is planning to build a disposal facility near Lake Village that will handle up…

LaSalle payback, local tomato harvest, and Boys/Girls State discussed at BCEDC monthly meeting

LaSalle payback, local tomato harvest, and Boys/Girls State discussed at BCEDC monthly meeting

Bradley County Economic Development Corp. received its first check from LaSalle Corrections on Monday, along with a deed to 20 acres, it was revealed at the monthly BCEDC board meeting later in the day. The property had been intended for a regional jail housing Bradley and Drew County prisoners, along with some state prisoners. However,…

BCEDC hears report about forestry business in Arkansas from Dr. Matthew Pelkki

BCEDC hears report about forestry business in Arkansas from Dr. Matthew Pelkki

Details about the newly developed Arkansas Center For Forest Business were presented to Bradley County Economic Development Corp. board members Monday night. ACFB Director Dr. Matthew Pelkki was accompanied by research associate Ana Gutierrez and post-doctoral scientist Dr. Sagar Godar Chhetri. Pelkki said state funding for the program began last year. He noted Arkansas is…

AHF plant manager Steve Mahanes speaks to BCEDC

AHF plant manager Steve Mahanes speaks to BCEDC

Steve Mahanes, plant manager of AHF (formerly Armstrong Hardwood Flooring), addressed Bradley County Economic Development Corp. board of directors Monday. He said he began working at the Warren plant about four years ago as maintenance manager. He has spent the last 10 months as plant manager. The company builds 25 million square feet of flooring…

BCEDC approves agreement for LaSalle Corrections to pay $460,000 over 12 years, + broadband discussed

BCEDC approves agreement for LaSalle Corrections to pay $460,000 over 12 years, + broadband discussed

WARREN, Ark. – Bradley County Economic Development Corp. approved an agreement with LaSalle Corrections Monday night in regard to the former proposal for a Southeast Arkansas Regional Jail. State Rep. Jeff Wardlaw, who is a BCEDC board member, was involved in negotiations along with Mayor Denisa Pennington and the BCEDC Executive Committee. When the project…

BCEDC Board gets update on jail, Intermodal prospect, and more during regular meeting

BCEDC Board gets update on jail, Intermodal prospect, and more during regular meeting

WARREN, Ark. – Several crucial pieces of information about economic development were provided to Bradley County Development Corp. board of directors during its monthly meeting Monday night. First up, state Rep. Jeff Wardlaw, a board member, said he would give a full report on negotiations with LaSalle Corrections at the next meeting. The company had…

BCEDC holds annual meeting Monday evening

BCEDC holds annual meeting Monday evening

Warren, Arkansas – The annual meeting of Bradley County Economic Development Corp. was held Monday at Immanuel Baptist Church with Arkansas Commerce Secretary Mike Preston as guest speaker. Board Chairman Dr. Bob Smalling gave the welcome and the Rev. Matt Overall gave an opening prayer. “This has been a very active year for BCEDC,” Smalling…

Future funding topic of discussion for BCEDC board

Future funding topic of discussion for BCEDC board

Bradley County Economic Development Corp. board members had a lengthy discussion during their last meeting of the year Monday as to their prospects for future funding. BCEDC and Bradley County Chamber of Commerce each asked for $18,000 in next year’s city budget to fund their respective offices. Warren City Council has rejected the requests as…

Warren City Council discusses 2022 budget in detail-Full meeting video available

Warren City Council discusses 2022 budget in detail-Full meeting video available

Warren, Arkansas – A number of items of business were dealt with Monday, November 8 during the regular monthly Warren City Council meeting, with a large portion of the time spent going over the proposed City 2022 budget, as well as actions and deliberations of the Council’s Ways and Means Committee, and comments from Committee…

Jail/prison main topic of discussion at BCEDC meeting

Jail/prison main topic of discussion at BCEDC meeting

Most of the discussion at Monday’s Bradley County Economic Development Corp. board meeting concerned the disposition of the Southeast Arkansas Regional Jail. LaSalle Corrections recently informed Bradley County Quorum Court that it would be economically unfeasible for the company to build and maintain the jail. However, company officials left open the possibility that the county…

Prison main topic of discussion at Monday BCEDC meeting

Prison main topic of discussion at Monday BCEDC meeting

Bradley County Economic Development Corp. board members attempted to clarify some points about the Southeast Arkansas Regional Jail project but took no action regarding it at their monthly meeting Monday. At the last Quorum Court meeting, Billy McConnell, owner of LaSalle Corrections, said it was not economically feasible for his company to build the jail.…

LaSalle says new private prison will not work financially, BCEDC Representative urges Bradley County to take out 34 million dollar bond to open a public prison instead

LaSalle says new private prison will not work financially, BCEDC Representative urges Bradley County to take out 34 million dollar bond to open a public prison instead

The project underway for some five years to build a private prison in Southeast Arkansas to house 500 State of Arkansas inmates and to provide jail space for Bradley and Drew Counties is in jeopardy of being canceled. Billy McConnell, a high ranking officer of LaSalle Corrections, a private firm that operates prisons and jails…

SEA Human Development Center management speaks to BCEDC about employee shortages, new construction projects, and free training offered

SEA Human Development Center management speaks to BCEDC about employee shortages, new construction projects, and free training offered

The operations of one of Bradley County’s largest employers were explained to Bradley County Economic Development Corp. board members Monday night. Southeast Arkansas Human Development Center Superintendent Mark Wargo and Assistant Superintendent Dana Harvey appeared before the board. Wargo said the biggest challenge they faced was in getting enough employees who could pass a drug…