Foundation president to graduate from Leadership Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ar (AGFC) - Steve Smith of Little Rock will soon graduate as a member of Leadership Arkansas Class III, which is sponsored by the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce and Associated Industries of Arkansas. Smith is the president of the Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation. Leadership Class III graduation will be held on June 26.

A total of 77 individuals from throughout the state were recently selected for this prestigious honor. More than 130 applications were received for the coveted spots in the class.

Leadership Arkansas is a program designed to take a statewide view of the economic and political challenges that face Arkansas. The Program offers leadership opportunities that expand the impact of community leaders across the state. Created by the State Chamber/AIA, Leadership Arkansas builds a sense of statewide community by identifying and training individuals with the passion and commitment to become personally engaged in issues, programs and activities aimed at building a better Arkansas.

Participants are required to attend at least 80 percent of seven program sessions including the mandatory opening Class III Retreat, which was held on September 14 at Mountain Harbor Resort along Lake Ouachita. Other sessions included:

Session I Arkansas State Chamber/AIA Annual Meeting - October 15 in Little Rock;
Session II Tourism - December 4-5 in Eureka Springs;
Session III South Arkansas Economy - January 29-30 in Magnolia;
Session IV Governmental Affairs - February 23 in Little Rock;
Session V Economic Development - March 26-27 in Ft. Smith;
Session VI Northeast Arkansas Economy - May 21-22 in Jonesboro and Paragould;
Session VII Northwest Arkansas Economy - June 25-26 in Fayetteville

All sessions are in conjunction with State Chamber/AIA regional board and membership meetings.

The Chairman for this year's Leadership Arkansas class is program founder Paul H. Harvel. Curriculum chairman is Michele Bond of CJRW - Northwest.

Leadership Arkansas Class III is sponsored by Southern Bancorp of Arkadelphia.

The Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce and Associated Industries of Arkansas is a non-profit trade association representing businesses and entities throughout the state. The mission of the business organization is to continually enhance the economic climate