Eastern Arkansas officials cooperate on new industrial megasite

County wants to make a mark on economic future, says county judge.

By David Royer
WREG News Channel 3

WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. — Eastern Arkansas officials hope to lure new industries to Crittenden County with a new 1,800-acre industrial megasite on Interstate 40.

Crittenden County, in cooperation with state officials and the cities of West Memphis and Marion, made the announcement Thursday. The site is planned on land that is part of both West Memphis and Marion.

“We want to make our mark on the economic future of Eastern Arkansas,” said Woody Wheelis, Crittenden County judge.

There is no guarantee that the county will be able to land a large employer, but West Memphis Mayor Bill Johnson said it was worth making the investment.

“If we do nothing, we are guaranteed that nothing will happen,” Johnson said. READ MORE.

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