JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Finally! Jonesboro is getting a convention center.
This week, city and Arkansas State University leaders broke ground on a massive hotel and convention center project that will sit right in front of First National Bank Arena.
It's been years in the making and will provide much-needed hotel rooms, convention space, and jobs.
Maybe - just maybe - we'll get groups not from this area to meet there. Hopefully, they'll be in industries that offer high paying jobs and maybe - just maybe - they're looking to expand right here in Region 8.
Now that we can put a check in the "we have a convention center" box we can focus on going after higher paying jobs that are hard to come by and ever so needed as we compete in our global marketplace.
Jonesboro is experiencing tremendous growth, but we need to make sure we have a diverse industry base IF we are going to see this continued growth.
There are lots of great things going on - let's make sure it continues. It'll make this A Better Region 8 - for ALL of Region 8.