The Conway Area Chamber of Commerce recently added two new positions to its community and economic development team. Earlier this year, Corey Parks and Isaac Sims began their respective roles as director of economic development and director of community development and planning.
As director of economic development, Parks will coordinate the Business Retention and Expansion Program, assist with requests for information/proposals from prospective new businesses, assist with the government affairs agenda, and provide statistical analysis of the local and regional economy. Parks previously worked at the University of Central Arkansas Center for Community and Economic Development as a project coordinator.
“I enjoyed working in communities across the state while at the center,” said Parks. “But I am looking forward to now serving the community my wife, Callie, and I call home.”
As director of community development and planning, Sims will assist with the development of Conway Development Corporation-owned commercial, office, and industrial properties. He will also serve as the primary point of contact for four “Conway 125” projects: Roundabout Art, Startup Space, the Grand Theatre, and Interstate Beautification. Sims comes to the Chamber from Garver Engineering where he worked as an urban planner.
“The notion of working in a flexible, all-ideas-inclusive environment like the Chamber was exciting,” Sims said. “I became a Faulkner County resident in 2013, and since then, I’ve wanted to take part in the betterment of Conway. I’m honored to be on this team and excited to see the many amazing plans for this city unfold.”
Both Parks and Sims are graduates of the University of Central Arkansas. Conway Area Chamber president and CEO Brad Lacy said that their addition adds much needed capacity to the organization.
“Corey and Isaac immediately bring energy and valuable experience to our team. Their addition is already paying off as we work to achieve long-term goals for the community and provide economic insight to our business leaders.”