January 24, 2007 Edition

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Moskal resigns as Chamber director

Chamber of Commerce Board Chair Clay Sloan (left) talks with Chamber Director Ted Moskal following a special meeting of the board on Tuesday. Sloan called the meeting after receiving a letter of resignation from Moskal, who has served in the position for three years.
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Ted Moskal, executive director of the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce, has resigned from the position, effective Jan. 31.

In a letter to Clay Sloan, chair of the Chamber board, Moskal stated, "I greatly appreciated the opportunity to serve the Lawrence County community and have enjoyed working with you and all the members of the Board of Directors."

The board convened in a special meeting Tuesday and accepted Moskal's resignation. Sloan expressed his appreciation to Moskal for the work he has done during his three years with the Chamber.

"We wish you the very best in the upcoming future," Sloan said.

During Moskal's tenure, he developed a Parallel Paths program that united Williams Baptist College students and local industries in projects together. He said other highlights have been the Sports Car Club of America races that have been held at the Walnut Ridge Regional Airport, the expansion of the airport, the Rails to Trails project and participation in the Highway 67 Coalition.

"We've had some good things happen, and we've had some bad things," Moskal told board members. "We've managed to muddle though. That's what needs to continue. Endure the bad luck and make the good luck."

Moskal said a decline in industrial development has been part of the bad luck.

"You need deep pockets to recruit large companies," Moskal said. "Companies are looking for incentives. Jonesboro and Paragould have been able to do that. Our problem is we don't have the resources of Paragould and Jonesboro."

Moskal said he thinks Walnut Ridge and Hoxie can still benefit from developments in the larger municipalities, though.

"We need more focus on community development," he said. "Community support is necessary. You have to not only have good leaders, but a community working to the spirit of what you want to do. We have enjoyed some of that ~ but still more could be done."

Moskal said when he took the position he expressed that it would probably be a transitional position, but he wanted to try it for a few years and see what could be done.

Moskal had previously retired from Fed Ex in Memphis, where he worked in management. His plans are to return to corporate management with a different company.

He said he plans to continue to live in Jonesboro, where his wife is a professor at Arkansas State University.

"I've really enjoyed working with everybody," Moskal said. "It's been a tremendous experience."

Reception set

A reception for Moskal will be held Wednesday, Jan. 31, from 2-4 p.m. at the Chamber office. Everyone is invited.

The board is expected to address how to proceed in light of Moskal's resignation at its regular February meeting.

Sloan also gave a brief update to the board on the spec building, located in the industrial park. He said there are two possibilities in the works that could get the building off the Chamber's plate. One is a prospective buyer and the other is the possibility that the City of Walnut Ridge might take over the building by buying out the mortgages held by local banks.

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