March 26, 2014 Edition

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Bryant takes position
with EAPDD

L.J. Bryant, who has served as the director of economic development for the Lawrence County Chamber since 2011, has accepted a position as a community liaison for East Arkansas Planning & Development District.

Fran Cavenaugh, chair of the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce, expressed her congratulations to Bryant on the new position.

"LJ is a true friend to Lawrence County, and we appreciate his service to our Chamber," she said. "We're happy to know he will still be serving our area and look forward to working with him in his new position."

During Bryant's tenure at the Lawrence County Chamber, he has been involved in developing tourism in the county along with attracting jobs to the area including assisting the peanut industry and most recently Allegis Corporation, which will be locating at the Walnut Ridge Airport. Regionally, Bryant and other leaders have worked through the Intermodal Authority to recruit Peco Foods to the area.

Bryant will start with EAPDD on Monday. As a community liaison, Bryant will continue to work with Lawrence County and other counties on economic development.

"It was the greatest pleasure and honor to work for Lawrence County through the Chamber," he said. "I immediately felt as if I had lived in Lawrence County my whole life. My wife, Rebekah, is from Lawrence County and it will always have such a special place in our hearts. I look forward to continuing to work for Lawrence County and our entire region through EAPDD."

EAPDD was incorporated as a non-profit, regional planning and development agency in 1967 serving a 12-county area of Northeast Arkansas. The district's purpose is to promote and support the economic development of the region. It does this by providing technical assistance to the cities, counties, businesses and other development organizations in the area and by networking extensively with state and federal resource agencies.

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