Helena-West Helena Mayor Arnell Willis touched base with some of the new and veteran officials as they attended the annual Arkansas Municipal League winter conference in Little Rock Jan. 12 through  14. 

 

Helena-West Helena Mayor Arnell Willis touched base with some of the new and veteran officials as they attended the annual Arkansas Municipal League winter conference in Little Rock Jan. 12 through  14. 
The Municipal League presented to many of the newly elected officials the knowledge of how to manage and understand city government by allowing them to interact with state government officials.  The officials were able to receive in-depth explanations of the functions of the municipal departments as well as their roles as they worked with some of incumbent officials. 
According to Willis, the officials were able to meet with different state agencies and learn how their respective agencies might best help their community.  The new and veteran officials also were briefed on the current Arkansas Legislative session and what to expect by way of new bills.
A panel of senators and representatives spoke about their many visions, from finding additional money to further grocery sales tax exemptions, to finding new means of funding for health cares initiatives. 
Warren Stephens, chairman, president and CEO of Stephens Inc., gave his observation of the nation’s economic and political climate, stating that he believed that over the course of two years, the nation will look for better resources and funding throughout the country rather than reaching out overseas.  Stephens also discussed  investment activities.
 “It was a refreshing opportunity to meet with newly elected officials and hear some of their ideas as well as learn from veteran members,” said Willis. Meanwhile, Willis explained that, “when the city is functioning properly by providing critically needed services for citizens and the business community, it is playing the proper role in economic development.”