FEBRUARY 23, 2007 - Posted at 3:50 p.m. CST
MARION, AR - The Arkansas Economic Development Commission is scheduled to hold its regular monthly meeting in Marion next week. The public portion of the meeting is set for 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 1 at The Cedars of Marion.
The news comes as state and Crittenden County economic development officials and leaders await a final decision from Toyota about where the company will locate its next auto assembly plant. The company is expected to choose either Marion/Crittenden County, or Chattanooga, Tennessee. One business journal has predicted that the company has already chosen Marion, but has not yet made a public announcement.
Governor Mike Beebe is in Marion today. Part of his public agenda is to meet with community leaders and officials of Mid-South Community College to celebrate the recent announcment of a federal economic development grant for the region. MSCC recently launched several educational programs to train the local workforce for jobs in the automotive industry.
Hino Motors, a Toyota subsidiary, recently opened a plant in Marion that manufactures parts for Hino utility trucks.