State and Local Leaders React To Big Economic News

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -- "We will fight everyone in the other 49 states to bring good jobs to Arkansas, we will fight every country on the globe," said Arkansas Governor, Mike Beebe.

Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe called Monday's announcement by Nice Pak another feather in the cap for the community. Nice-Pak will invest 40 million dollars, and bring with it 300 jobs.

"I think it's people, it's relationships, it's job training....workforce training. Sometimes it's incentives. I don't think you could spend tax payer dollars on anything any better than education and creating jobs, good jobs for our people to be able to have," said Beebe.

Owner and CEO of Nice Pak, Robert Julius says the people of Jonesboro are one of a kind.  He adds  that at the end of the day, it wasn't a hard decision to plant roots in Northeast Arkansas.

"The ability to partner with Arkansas State University, coupled with the support of the governor, and with the local community, when you put it all together, it was something that nobody else could match," said Julius.

".....Fabulous, everybody's excited. Anytime you can announce 300 new jobs in this economy....this is tremendous news not only for Jonesboro but for Northeast Arkansas," said Young.

Mark Young is the President and CEO of the Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce. He says when new businesses arrive, and existing ones expand, it makes the area that much more attractive to businesses that are looking for a place to call home.

"As a community that's what we're going to continue to strive to do is to make sure that our economic growth continues to keep pace with where it should be to serve our citizens," said Young.

"We've had a lot of success bringing people who didn't know anything about Arkansas, bringing them in, and having them be so enamored, I think, with what they see, with our people. I think a lot of times, that gives us a major edge," said Beebe.