December 10, 2005--Posted at 10:20 p.m. CST
JONESBORO--Congressman Marion Berry says the counties containing the cities of Jonesboro and Paragould have been designated a Combined Statistical Area.
The designation announced yesterday was bestowed by the Office of Management and Budget. Berry said it will help the cities attract new businesses and secure more federal funding for economic development projects.
The Combined Statistical Area would have a population of 125,166,-- 86,191 in Craighead County and 38,975 in Greene County.