Jobs from Japan

Bumper crop of manufacturing plants alters landscape of Arkansas economy.

Ten People Who Made a Difference

Kay Brockwell,

Director of Economic Development, City of Marion, Arkansas

Here are just a few items from the media regarding Kay Brockwell and her work for the folks of Arkansas.

By Michael Randle

Southern Business & Development Magazine

Winter 2007 Issue


Each year we try to include a local economic development practitioner from the South to this list. This year that recognition goes to Kay Brockwell. Kay is a piece of work. A former journalist, she has worked tirelessly (that's a journalist for you) on bringing an auto assembly plant to Marion, Ark. for years now.



Site Selection Magazine

July 2004 Issue


Japanese executives don't have to follow American politics to understand this truth: job migration is here to stay, and it's flowing in many directions.

      There's no better example than Arkansas, where automotive manufacturers from the Far East are changing the landscape of a region's economy.
      Led by Hino Motors' May 5, 2004, announcement that it will build a US$88-million manufacturing plant in Marion, Japanese automakers are bringing high-wage jobs to a state that welcomes them following three challenging years.

Experience Speaks Volumes.

GCEDC optimistic on 2011 economy


By: Jim Newsom - Sentinel-Record


Garland County Economic Development Corp. officials are optimistic that the county’s economy will grow this year.

The GCEDC actively participated in the recruitment of 49 business projects in 2010, and Kay Brockwell, GCEDC’s director of Business Retention and Recruitment, hopes that number will increase.

Chamber of Commerce reveals new workforce tool


By: Mark Gregory - Sentinel-Record


The Greater Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce unveiled its latest tool for use in business recruitment and development this week.

The Regional Workforce Analysis and Labor Market Assessment by Younger Associates of Memphis gives a comprehensive look at the available workforce in a 24-county area, its skills and characteristics, and projects what skills the labor force of the future will need.

The idea for the report came from Kay Brockwell, director of business retention and recruitment for The Greater Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce.


Counties partner to create new jobs


MALVERN — Agreeing that the economy doesn’t recognize the lines on a map, organizations in Hot Springs and Garland County and Malvern and Hot Spring County have joined forces to promote development and job growth as a regional effort.

Board members of the Hot Spring County Economic Development Corp. and the Garland County Economic Development Corp. have signed a memorandum of agreement to work together on some specific goals to create and retain jobs in their counties.


Kay Brockwell, economic development director for the Greater Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce, said both counties bring something to the table for a joint marketing effort.


Development group hopes to affect legislation with grassroots organization




LITTLE ROCK — More than just lawmakers will be scrutinizing each bill that snakes its way through the legislative process this session.


Interest groups representing everything from industries to geographical regions keep a watchful eye on what the lawmakers in Little Rock areup to. The Crossroads Coalition, an organization that promotes development in the Delta counties of eastern Arkansas (including Jackson and Woodruff counties), is no exception.


The Coalition has been around in some form since the early '90s, but it wasn't until the last session, two years ago, that they put forth an organized effort to keep track of and influence state legislation.


Kay Brockwell, chairwoman of the Crossroads Coalition Economic Development Pillar Group, said that effort was only marginally successful, so it was back to the drawing board. This year, they're back with another long list of issues to watch for, but they've added more people to their plan.


"It's a proven fact, with any legislator that you talk to, that when they get those phone calls from home, it makes them pay attention," Brockwell said.

Marion Learns Lessons, Sees Major Manufacturer in Future

by John Henry  on Monday, Feb. 24, 2003


Over the past six months, one of Arkansas' industrial parks made news across America.

That was the Railport Industrial Park at Marion, which came close to winning the $750 million Toyota Motor Corp. truck assembly plant that will instead be built in San Antonio.


Kay Brockwell, Marion's economic development director, said she learned some valuable lessons during the competition for the plant. And she expects those lessons to pay off — and soon.


"It certainly raised our profile," Brockwell said. "Marion had never been mentioned in the Wall Street Journal before or on CNN. It's advertising we could not have bought."