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Selling Arkansas to the world

Te governor delivered the following radio address before leaaving for Europe in June:

same — economic development for Arkansas. Jobs.


few weeks ago, I was in Silicon Valley in California. Last week, I was in Newport and Batesville. Saturday, I leave for Paris and Germany.

Te locations change but the business remains the

In 2015, we have to be a national and global competitor. And to compete on a national and global level, we have to market Arkansas at every opportunity. Tat means being there.

Our work doesn’t end at the state’s borders. So next week, a team from the Governor’s office, the Arkansas Economic Development Commission and other partners will attend the Paris Air Trade Show and the METEC trade fair that focuses on steel technology in Dusseldorf, Germany.

I’ll be the first Arkansas Governor to attend both of these major international trade shows. Tis is a reflection of the way we have to do business — and attract business — in the 21st Century.

prospective companies and with existing, foreign-owned companies in Arkansas to further develop relationships for potential expansions.

Our objective at both places is the same: to meet with

24 German-owned companies with 39 locations accounting for more than 1,700 jobs here in the Natural State. We are also home to 12 French-owned companies with 25 locations and some 3,700 employees.

Arkansas has strong business ties to both countries. Tere are

But did you realize that Arkansas is becoming a national leader in the steel industry? Mississippi County is one of the largest steel- producing counties in America, and job growth in the steel industry in Arkansas has increased by some 40 percent over just the last five years.

we’ll meet with steel-technology companies from all over the world. We’ll get the word out about Arkansas and steel.

At the trade fair in Germany,

other, we’re marketing Arkansas. We’re sowing seeds and competing for future business and jobs. Te connections we make next week could pay dividends down the road for years to come.

On this business trip, as on any Hon. ASA

HuTCHINSON Governor of Arkansas

From The Governor

Germany next week. At least five other governors are expected at the trade shows. But our presence puts us in the best possible position to compete.

I won’t be the only Governor of a state in France and

only Governor there from Arkansas. Which means I’ll be the only Governor who can tell Arkansas’s unique story. I’d say that puts us at an advantage before I even step on the plane.

And while I won’t be the only governor there, I will be the

Most folks know about Arkansas’s growing aerospace industry and connection to France through Dassault Falcon.

Asa Hutchinson Te Honorable Asa Hutchinson Governor of Arkansas


Only rudimentary landscaping surrounded the state Capitol when it was declared complete on January 1, 1915. Over the decades, state officials, groundskeepers and volunteers have added many trees and other plantings. Native species are promi- nent among the plantings, but there are some exotic ornamentals, as well. Today more than 30 species of trees are on site, including the Japanese Magnolia (left) and the Purpleleaf Plum. In the later days of win- ter, the Capitol’s front façade becomes framed with the goblet-shaped flower of the Japanese Magnolia. The trees are laden with showy white blooms edged with pink and purple hues. The rich dark hues of the Purpleleaf Plum give a striking contrast against the white limestone of the state Capitol. These pink and white blooms emerge in early spring; the tree ends its growing season with a bounty of small, reddish fruit in the late summer.


— Information from Arkansas Secretary of State 13

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