his production process, which allowed the company to build vehicles faster and keep costs lower. He was innovative, efficient and consistently worked to meet the needs of consumers. By the late 1920s, Ford Motor Company had become the largest manufacturer in the world, having produced more than 15 mil- lion Model Ts. Now, I’ve never built a Model T, but I have worked to improve


the performance and efficiency of state government. Just as Henry Ford focused on producing his autos efficiently, today we turn our focus on creating leaner government services in Arkansas. In 2015, the Arkansas legislature voted to consolidate four state agencies at my request. Already, these moves have helped our agencies streamline services and better utilize taxpayer dol- lars. Over the next five years, we’re expected to save around $10 million. Tese changes are yielding big savings — and con- tributing to a new generation of ideas and efficiencies in state government. Tis year, I proposed three additional reforms: First, transferring the Energy Office from the Arkansas

Department of Economic Development to the Department of Environmental Quality in order to more effectively implement our energy programs. Secondly, moving the Office of Health Information Technology

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Efficiencies and Model Ts

everal years after Ford Motor Company was founded, the Model T hit the market in 1908. It captured what Henry Ford wanted for the everyday American — an affordable, reliable and efficient automobile.

To keep up with the high demand, Ford revolutionized

from being a stand-alone agency to the Department of Health. And finally, transferring the War

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Memorial Stadium Commission to the Department of Parks and Tour- ism, giving the stadium access to more resources and new marketing opportunities for revitalization. Tanks to the work of the Gen- eral Assembly, these three efficiency measures have passed and will soon become law. I’m pleased to see our state’s lawmakers and leaders com- ing together and working smarter for the people we serve. Reducing the costs of government and being more efficient is something we work on every day. In the words of Henry Ford, “Coming together is a begin- ning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” When we work together, there’s nothing our state can’t accom- plish. It’s not a Model T, but it’s a model that’s reliable, efficient and makes state government work well for everyone.

Hon. ASA

HuTCHINSON Governor of Arkansas

Asa Hutchinson Te Honorable Asa Hutchinson Governor of Arkansas

Longtime Johnson County Justice of the Peace Gene Raible retires Johnson County honored now-retired Jus-

tice of the Peace Gene Raible on Dec. 8. Raible, who held position 8 on the Johnson County quo- rum court, retired after 17 years of service. Raible served as county assessor for 18 years and as assessor-collector for four years prior to his tenure on the quorum court.

As a justice of the peace, Raible represented Johnson County on the West Central Arkansas Planning and Development District Board and the Area Agency on Aging Board. He also served as Johnson County’s representative to the Arkansas Association of Quorum Courts (AAQC). He served three terms as AAQC president. He also previous- ly served on the Association of Arkansas Counties (AAC) board of directors and on the AAC’s Legis- lative Committee.

Pictured at the retirement reception are (from left to right) Hardie Reynolds of Total Assessment Solutions Corp., Justice of the Peace Gene Raible and Johnson County Judge Herman Houston.

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