This is part of a series of updates from Mayor Mark Stodola addressing various topics of interest to the citizens of Little Rock.


Message from the Mayor


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year


As the Holiday Season is now upon us, it’s a good time to reflect on the past year. The City of Little Rock will have many wonderful memories of 2011 and none is more pleasant than the results of the successful sales tax election approved by a strong majority of our voters. It was truly a landmark in our city’s history. The revenue that results from that election will begin accruing in the city’s coffers in March, however its effects are already being felt.


The City Board of Directors recently passed its budget for 2012. Thanks to the increased revenue, the City will be able to fill dozens of vacancies in our police and firefighters ranks and pursue long-awaited capital projects like fire stations in West and Southwest Little Rock, a community center in Ward 6, a critical police communications tower and many other important projects for both public safety and quality of life. Each Ward of the City will see the benefit of this increase and we’ll be having many meetings in the community in the upcoming year to discuss our progress and to reassure the public that we are making good on our promises. All of this information will be on our City website as well at Transparency and accountability are so very important. Please let us know your thoughts.


In 2011, we also continued to see our local economy move forward despite the doldrums of the nation’s economy. I’m glad to see new employers in our city as well as existing ones who have expanded their businesses and added new employees. As a result, the Milken Institute recently named our metro area as one of the “biggest gainers” in terms of job growth this year. According to the Institute, we skyrocketed an astounding 74 positions to #19 in the country, making us one of the “biggest gainers” in terms of job and wage growth. I’m proud of the work we have done to create an environment that brings jobs and people to our community.


As our military troops head home, let us give thanks for the sacrifice they and their families have made. Also, we should give thanks to the many men and women in uniform who will be protecting us on Christmas Day, as they do everyday, our police officers and firefighters. I hope you will spend time with your family and friends. They are the most important gift we can receive.


I’m looking forward to another great year in 2012. Until then, I wish you a most Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


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Mark Stodola



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