With a vaccine on the ground and a strategic plan underway, Conway is preparing to spring forward into 2021.
Crystal Kemp, chief marketing officer at Conway Corp, is the 2020 Diamond Achievement Award recipient. The 2020 Outstanding Women in Business are Vickie Crutchfield of Arkansas Property Brokers, Julie Goodnight of Julie’s Sweet Shoppe, Cate McConnell of Smith Ford, and Denise Perry of Sandstone Real Estate Group. Dr. Shaneil Ealy of the University of Central Arkansas is the 2020 Outstanding Woman in Nonprofit.
Erik and Tara Leamon are no strangers to Conway. They have owned The Ride—Conway’s only full-service bicycle shop—for more than 16 years and have been instrumental in building Conway’s cycling community.
The Conway Area Chamber of Commerce launched #ListenConway in response to the recent high-profile killings of Black men and women by police and the protests that ensued in Conway and around the world, reaffirming that Black lives matter and demanding justice and equality for all. These stories from friends, neighbors, and colleagues are no substitute for concrete action but are an attempt to spark productive dialogue within the community that will lead to positive change.
Pipeline, the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce's business referral network, connects professionals with each other and community leaders.
Ten individuals and businesses will be recognized at the 2020 Annual Meeting later this year. William C. “Bill” Adkisson, founder of Faulkner County Title Company and longtime law partner at Graddy & Adkisson LLP, together with Conductor founding director and former Acxiom executive Jeff Standridge, Ed.D., are the recipients of the Guy W. Murphy Distinguished Service Award.
Amid the current concerns around coronavirus COVID-19 transmission and per CDC recommendations to cancel or postpone mass gatherings or events of 10 or more people, the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce has postponed its Annual Meeting, which was previously scheduled for April 2, 2020. The new date will be announced at a later time.
Mayor Bart Castleberry has issued two executive orders that suspend certain zoning and ordinance restrictions on Conway’s eating establishments, hotels, and motels. By easing zoning restrictions, Conway citizens have alternative opportunities to purchase food, cleaning supplies, and other items from eating establishments and hotels during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Velda Lueders, Donna Seal, Jamisa Nuness-Hogan, Rebekah Fincher, Cinda Montgomery, Rita Birch, and Melissa Allen were recognized at the 2019 event.
This past April, Governor Asa Hutchinson signed into law the Transformation and Efficiencies Act of 2019, bringing about a historic transformation and reorganization of state government agencies, boards, and commissions – the first reorganization of state government in nearly 50 years. A cornerstone of this effort was the reduction in cabinet-level agencies from 42 to 15, resulting in a more modern and efficient way to operate state government without cutting any services. Fifteen cabinet secretaries were appointed to lead each agency, and seven of these 15 positions are held by women.