October 24, 2003 -- Posted at 7:52 AM CDT
LITTLE ROCK, AR --The Arkansas Department of Economic Development has opened an office in Washington, D-C. Governor Huckabee says having the office will help the state in seeking grants from the federal government and other organizations.
The state closed economic development offices in Brussels, Belgium, and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, so it could afford the Washington office.
Huckabee says state funds would be put to better use in the nation's capital. Arkansas becomes the 36th state with a Washington presence.
The governor says the office will be staffed with existing employees and will not result in extra cost to taxpayers.