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By Rhonda Dishner | May 20, 2019

There was an added incentive for local plant managers and manufacturing executives to go to an early morning meeting last Wednesday.

The meeting: The regular May gathering of the Jefferson County Manufacturing Council (JCMC) held at the Economic Development Alliance, which sponsors the group.

The incentive: A discussion of available incentives--state incentives that is--for companies looking to expand their facilities in Jefferson County.

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By Rhonda Dishner | May 7, 2019

A coalition of Pine Bluff civic, government and business leaders announced in November 2015 the inception of a multiyear, grassroots effort known as Go Forward Pine Bluff designed to grow the city’s tax base.  After more than a year of work by over 100 participants of task forces and committees, Go Forward Pine Bluff (GFPB) rolled out in January 2017 its strategic plan to improve the city with more than 1,000 people in attendance.

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By Rhonda Dishner | Apr 4, 2019

A good crowd of members, along with several guests, attended the March 20 meeting of the Jefferson County Manufacturing Council (JCMC) held at the Economic Development Alliance.

Although it was spring break and a few members were out of town, the scheduled program may have contributed to attendance. Many were there to hear an update on the $3.5 billion gas-to-liquid (GTL) processing facility to be built in northern Jefferson County by Energy Security Partners (ESP).

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By Rhonda Dishner | May 22, 2018

This column was activated by a phone call.

The businessman on the other end of the call was an out-of-state executive whose company is thinking about buying a commercial property in Pine Bluff. He needed confirmation that it would be a good investment but his search on the Internet wasn’t encouraging. Pretty much all he could pull up had a negative tone, and he wondered where to find positive news about the community.

Fortunately, he called the Alliance. After just five minutes....

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By Ray King/Pine Bluff Commercial | Jul 27, 2017

A California-based company is looking to cash-in on American’s desire to eat healthier and has picked Pine Bluff as the place to do it. Western Foods announced Wednesday that they will take over a vacant building in the Jefferson Industrial Park and establish a gluten-free rice flour and “ancient grain milling business.”

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By Economic Development Alliance for Jefferson County | Jul 26, 2016

The Economic Development Alliance for Jefferson County welcomes Highland Pellets, a world-class wood pellet manufacturer, to the Pine Bluff. We are excited to have them here investing in our communities. Take a minute to watch the following video to see what they are all about and catch a glimpse of the construction process in action for their new facility.

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By Economic Development Alliance for Jefferson County | Feb 19, 2016

Jefferson County is on the list of consideration for a major GTL plant. Learn about the specifics from this fact sheet.

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By Economic Development Alliance for Jefferson County | Feb 16, 2016

Pine Bluff, Arkansas---The Economic Development Alliance for Jefferson County (Alliance) announces that Arkansas is being considered as the top location to build and operate a multibillion-dollar industrial processing facility that will convert natural gas into clean-burning diesel fuel. The project is being developed by Energy Security Partners LLC (ESP), headquartered in Little Rock.

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By Economic Development Alliance for Jefferson County | Oct 20, 2015

The Jefferson County Legislative Delegation will host the 4th, and final, of a series of public forums, this time with a session on jobs and economic development.

The event will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, October 25th, at the Arkansas River Education Service Cooperative (the old Sears building), 912 W. Sixth Ave. The public is invited to attend.

State legislators will lead a discussion about job growth, small & minority business, access to capital, youth entrepreneurship, and job training.

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