Jackson County seeing a growth in businesses

Newport Business Boom
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

NEWPORT, AR (KAIT) - Newport is booming with construction projects as they continue to see an increase in economic development.

According to Jon Chadwell, the executive director of the Newport Economic Development Commission, nearly $20 million have gone into the city to create several more businesses.

A new Sonic, Pizza Hut, and McDonalds are under construction right now.

Also, the White River Medical Plaza is currently under construction in the old Kroger building.

These are just a few of the construction projects in the city.

Chadwell said bringing these businesses to Newport means more jobs, sales tax revenue for infrastructure and a better quality of life for residents.

"This has been the best two years that Newport and Jackson County has had in a long, long time and we think it's just a start," said Chadwell. "We think there's a lot more to come."

Chadwell said last year, Jackson County was ranked as the fifth fastest growing business climate in Arkansas as a county.

He said that is one of the main reasons why many businesses have been attracted to Newport, and he hopes that it continues.

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