January 18, 2016 Edition

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Intermodal names Derrick
Harris as executive director


The Northeast Arkansas Regional Intermodal Facilities Authority has named Piggott native Derrick Harris as its executive director.

Harris, who holds a baccalaureate degree in geography from Arkansas State University, was previously employed by the Jonesboro Metropolitan Planning Organization as a transportation planner. In this role, he worked alongside elected officials, area professionals and citizens to formulate strategic recommendations and develop plans to better serve the Jonesboro metropolitan area.

Harris plans to leverage his experience in business, community service and planning to serve the region on a larger scale in his role with the Northeast Arkansas Regional Intermodal Authority.

He and his wife, Amanda, are passionate about fostering/adoption and local community service. They are currently in the process of adopting their first son.

NEARIFA was created in September of 2009 through Act 690 of the Arkansas State Legislature. The Authority seeks to create and promote intermodal and multimodal assets in the region. NEARIFA serves Randolph and Lawrence counties and the cities of Corning, Pocahontas and Walnut Ridge.

The mission of the Northeast Arkansas Regional Intermodal Facilities Authority is to create more and better employment opportunities for its region through the recruitment, expansion and retention of industry and business in each of its partnering entities.

The Authority believes that to achieve such economic development success the region must present a unified front of community, business, government and civic leaders. Therefore, it is essential that the Authority be a leader among other organizations and entities in this region and Arkansas by designing, implementing and managing a program to foster cooperation and collaboration among these entities.

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