Arkansas Opens State Office in Washington

October 23, 2003 - Posted at 2:22 p.m. CDT

WASHINGTON, DC - Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee announced today at a news conference in Washington, D.C., that the state has opened an office in the nation's capital.

Huckabee said the office, in the Hall of the States on Capitol Hill, was opened at no extra cost to taxpayers by closing other out-of-state offices to promote Arkansas.

He said the Arkansas Department of Economic Development closed its offices in Brussels, Belgium, and in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Arkansas becomes the 36th state with a Washington presence.

The Arkansas offices on Capitol Hill will be staffed from existing in state government.

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