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Pine Bluff Profile

With a population of 49,083 (2010), Pine Bluff is the county seat of Jefferson County. The second oldest settlement on the Arkansas River, Pine Bluff today is the trade, entertainment, recreation and health-care center for Southeast Arkansas.

Located in the heart of the rich Arkansas River Basin farming area, the community is a leading producer of cotton, soybeans, rice, poultry, timber and catfish. However, a diverse industrial base also exists.

The community affords varied cultural and recreational activities. One focal point is the Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, which provides a broad spectrum of exhibits and events. In 2001 the center received accreditation by the American Association of Museums, placing it among the nation's best. The Pine Bluff Convention Center hosts a variety of events, including the December 2018 reintroduction of the nationally recognized King Cotton Holiday Classic basketball tournament. And sportsmen and outdoor enthusiasts are drawn to a variety of parks, ball fields, championship golf courses and premier fishing waters.

Central to the community's role as a regional health-care center is the 471-bed Jefferson Regional Medical Center. Jefferson Regional has a progressive emergency department designated a Level III trauma center. Other hospital components include the Arkansas Cancer Institute, Jefferson Professional Centers I and II, and the Heart Center. A $6 million remodeling project just wrapped up on Professional Building II, which will be the new home for the UAMS Family Medical Center and its clinics. Educational facilities in Pine Bluff are provided by four public school districts; numerous parochial schools; the two-year Southeast Arkansas College and the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

Pine Bluff is also known for its people and is widely recognized as a caring community. Residents annually contribute thousands of volunteer hours to charitable, social service, and civic improvement organizations, as well as supporting these organizations financially. And the United Way has consistently met or exceeded its annual goal of at least $1 million since 1987.

Plenty of exciting things are happening in Pine Bluff and Jefferson County. New industries are locating in the community, investing millions of dollars in capital investments and creating hundreds of jobs. The grassroots Go Forward Pine Bluff initiative is spearheading revitalization of downtown Pine Bluff, where new businesses have already opened, millions of dollars in streetscape improvements will begin soon, and construction is underway on a new multi-million-dollar Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Public Library. And a summer opening is planned for the nearly completed $11 million Pine Bluff Aquatics Center near City Hall. We invite you to visit our community for yourself and experience the exciting things happening here.

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