April 28, 2017 – President and CEO Dan Hendrix and Sam Cushman, Strategic Communications and Public Information Specialist of the World Trade Center Arkansas traveled to McGehee, Arkansas and Arkansas City, Arkansas on Wednesday, April 26.
Hendrix and Cushman met with community leaders to discuss the nature of trade and exports from the Arkansas Delta region, chief among them rice, oil seeds and other grains. In addition to being the program speakers at the McGehee Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, Hendrix and Cushman were able to engage in public outreach, relationship building, and discuss the development of agri-tourism in Desha County.
“All dollars spent by foreign tourists in the United States are considered export dollars,” Hendrix told the McGehee Chamber of Commerce. “In addition to opportunities of foreign direct investment, which would be facilitated by our partners the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, agri-tourism to Desha County can be seen as a viable option for boosting economic activity in the region.”
With the company of Arkansas State Highway Commissioner Robert Moore, Jr. who is a native of Arkansas City, Arkansas in Desha County and member of the World Trade Center Board of Advisors, Hendrix and Cushman were able to tour the area and visit Yellow Bend Port on the banks of the Mississippi River. Yellow Bend Port is the first port in Arkansas where ships travelling north on the Mississippi can dock and unload.
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