In cooperation with the Trumann Industrial Development Commission, the Chamber works on business retention and expansion, as well as recruiting new business and industry. We have numerous successes over the years resulting in 18 industries/manufacturing facilities in our community. Additionally, we have a respectable history of industrial development over the past century. Our retail business district is also vibrant and sustained as is demonstrated by our list of members.
We can help you acquire staff. Our executive director’s extensive experience in university career services involving corporate recruiting and chamber of commerce service uniquely positions us to help your organization acquire staffing and human resources capital. We have relationships with Arkansas State University’s main campus (Jonesboro), ASU Newport, ASU Newport – Marked Tree, ASU-West Memphis, Black River Technical College in Pocahontas, Arkansas Northeastern (Blytheville), and other member institutions of the Arkansas Association of Colleges and Employers – of which our executive director is a Life Member. Our experience includes many years of hosting job fairs for industry and business as well as job posting, resume referrals, interviewing, and marketing organizations and jobs to the community. Additionally, we work with the aforementioned institutions to train a qualified workforce for current and future employment demands.
We can help you find space. We have an industrial park with an industrial building and shovel-ready green space. Utilities include not only electricity, natural gas, water, and sewer but also fiber-optic access to the Internet and telecommunications. Our park has state highway access, adjoins rail, and is less than 3 miles to I-555. We have options on other nearby green space acreage. Under an agreement with and assistance from the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC), the Chamber lists and maintains information on commercial/industrial buildings and sites in and around Trumann on Arkansas Site Selection.
We can help you acquire incentives. AEDC also offers incentives for industry expansion or location into the state. Additionally, we have local industrial development incentives available through a Re-use Plan.
We can help your organization engage through networking. Our Manufacturers and Producers Advisory Council (MPAC) and Merchants Advisory Council (MAC) engages local industry and business leaders in chamber committees dedicated to focusing on their specific needs. We conduct research regularly to gauge the business climate and identify needs for those involved so training and resources can be implemented to address those needs.
In 2017, we drafted and received a $225,000 grant from the Delta Regional Authority to help a new industry, Rage Fabrications, expand and develop in our community. The Chamber championed the concept and was instrumental in advocating for a utility extension under I-555 (completed in December 2016) that serves the western region of our city’s developing commercial district.
Previous economic development initiatives included assistance to The Bilco Company, the Box Shop, McWell Manufacturing, Delta Wood Products, Arbor Products, Town & Country Industrial Supply, Parker Hannifin, and Ashley Lighting.
Following 5+ years of collaborative efforts led by the Chamber, $4,000,000 from Congress was appropriated to the Memphis District of the Corps of Engineers to make repairs (2016) to the St. Francis River southeast of Trumann. This initiative restored water control and subsequently provided access to the river for tourists, sportsmen and recreational enthusiasts while improving the region’s economic development.