Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on May 31, 1974 · Page 21
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May 31, 1974

Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 21

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4ft · Mwlfcwwt AriumM TUMI, M*»y, May »1, 1974 ' City's Industrial Growth Promotes Better Quality Of Life BY DORRIS HENDWCKSON TIMES SUff Writer To some people progress, especially in an industrial sense, means more and bigger, but for Fayetteville industrial progress Is creating a balance between education and industry to promote a better quality of life. "Our goal,' 1 said Dale Chris- ty, executive director o( the Chamber of Commerce, "is to supplement the University (of Arkansas) and balance it with economic growth which provides jobs for the people and improves economic stability." "We have had tremendous growth in the industrial payroll in the past 10 to 15 years," Extensive Summer Recreation Program Underway In City .: An e x t e n s i v e summer recreation program is underway with several new ad- H it ions, according to Dale Clark, city parks and recreation director. ' One program offered for the first time will be a hot lunch handled by the Youth Center working with the Office of Economic Opportunity. I Through the program hot lunches will be offered to school aged children at Jefferson School and at Lake Fayetteville during day camp sessions. According to Clark, the day camp program, which is in its second year, is an excellent opportunity for children ages 612. The well s u p e r v i s e d program will ofler recreation with swimming instruction, group games, cookouts. crafts, movies and fishing. Four two-week sessions of day camp running from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday will be offered, this ·ummer. From June 6 to July 2 the Youth Center will also be iponsoring a workshop in c h i l d r e n ' s Literature cooperation with the Department of Elementary Education at the University of Arkansas. The workshop, offered f o r elementary school children, will include working with puppets, drama activities, listening to find reading books and choral reading. It will be offered from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Children will be transported by bus from the Youth Center. SAILING OFFERED Other new programs include tailing for beginners or experienced sailors at Lake Fayette ville on Tuesday mornings, and * canoe club with float trips down the Buffalo and White Rivers planned for ages 14 and over. Rugby and soccer will he offered at the Youth Center. A tiny tots swimming class for children ages 3-6 will offer a new twist this summer with one class set up for children «nd their mothers. Mothers, in the pool with their children, wil learn techniques to teach their children how to swim. There will still be a class offered for children only and one for mothers who are afraid water. Beginners and swimmer Intermediate and adult lessons will also be offered at the Youth Center pool in five two-week jessions from June 3 through Aug. 9. One of the most poputa programs, according to Clark is the nature trail hiking s c h e d u l e d f o r Wednesday, beginning June 12. There is ; limit of 40 children on each bu: trip and parents are needed fo: trip chaperoncs. Trips sched ed this summer wiil be to e v i I s Den State Park, Despatch, Eureka Springs-Onyx "lave-Cosmic Caverns, Tsa La }i Indian Village (ages 12 and iver), Dinosaur Park, Beaver ^ake Dam, Silver Dollar City, Marvel Cave and Lost Valley. SKATING PROGRAM A skating program at the link will again be offered by he Youth Center with transpor- ation provided from 10 a.m.-12 noon each Thursday. E l e m e n t a r y , junior a n d senior high gymnastics will be iffered with classes taught in hree-week sessions at the High School. Judo wiil be offered on T u e s d a y a n d Thursday jegininning June 4, by David Hurphy with classes for beginning juniors, advanced uniors and advanced men and women. Fishing for boys and girls wil be offered every Monday al :,ake Fayetteville. All equipment and transportation to and "rom the Youth Center will be furnished. Family swimming at the Youth Center is scheduled for Monday, Wednesday and Friday om 6:30 until 7 p.m. Two four-week tennis sessions starting June 3 will be offered o all school aged children both jegtnner and advanced. The lour-long lessons will be taughj )y Alan Beauchamp at the high school and Wilson Park tennis courts. Recreation supervisors will be at Jefferson, Asbell, Root Buiterfield and Happy Hollow Schools from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday starting June 3. Fishing, swimming, films Softball games, physical fitness testing, gymnastics, archery twwling and crafts for boys anc girls, 6-18 years old, will be included in the program at eac of the schools. All of the equipment an transportation for activities no on the school grounds will be furnished. A schedule for daily activities planned for each school ar available at the Youth Center. More information on ai program concerning regis tration, time schedules, etc may be obtained by calling th Fayetteville Youth Center am Boys Club. increase Suspended LITTLE ROCK (AP) -- Th state Public Service Comm sion suspended the applicati for a rate increase by Ar kansas--Missouri Power Co Wednesday for six months. The suspension was a routi PSC action designed to give it staff time to investigate th reasonableness of (he proposi rates. hristry said, while defending I in someone who can cause more Despite its emphasis on quality and not quantity of industry, Christy stressed that the chamber is working constantly to bring in the right amount of industry. "We're more interested in improvement of the general economy," he said, "than in the number of new jobs so people do better in the way of making a living." "We want to maintain a balance between the University, the public sector (government) and the profit-maker enterprises so that none get out of balance, 1 ' he said. "If we become strictly an industrial complex, it really doesn't tie in with an academic community and Fayetteville is an accdernic community," be stressed. "But", he added, "you have to have industries on the tax books to provide the lax revenues for community improvements, etc. If not, we can't afford the non-tax paying (public sector and educational) part." he small number of new indus- ies which arc locating in Fay- tteville. "We have a very favorable ndustrial climate as far as our resent industries are con- erned," Christy said. "We ave a responsibility to those aeople to keep growth patterns n such perspective that they existing industries) can con- 'nue to be stable," "This isn't a protective situa- ion," Christy stressed, 'rit is ust one where we want to be ure they can hire people when hey want to expand." Only two new industries have ntered Fayetteville in the past 0 years, but existing industries ave made major expansions. EXPANSION PLANNED Several existing industries re contemplating expansion lis year, Christy said. He eclined to identify those induj ries, but said that "the only reason they are expanding is Because they can do it and be rofi table." Although the unemployment jgure for Washington and Bcn- on Counties, as reported by the Employment Security Division, was 2,600 in March, Christy said taking all things into con ideration, probably for the ext five years, labor-wise we an only handle about 500 more obs without causing someone iroblems." "I can't emphasize too trongly", he said, "our feelings hat we have an obligation to hose (industries) already here o maintain a business climate or them." Industrial development, he :aid, is not limited to new mildings or new companies. 'You have to. be able to take care of the people that are here. If the labor market is not here o allow them to expand." he said, "then they tend to close hese plants and move elsewhere. We're just trying to maintain a situation where they can expand." As far as seeking industry is concerned Christy said, "we're letting in prospects all the ime. The situation in North- vest Arkansas is that we do not have a lot of unemployed eople. How fast industries come in depends on the labor Christy added that Fayette- ville has been "very fortunate" in the quality of the Industrie! now here in that all are paying their own way on the tax books NO BOND ISSUES "We haven't built industries with bond issues," he said "There is none of this tax-free stuff." Christy added that in the future a bond issue might be sought for a particular industry but he emphasized that if such an industry came to Fayette ville it would "pay the fill' amount in lieu of taxes." "It's not fair to one (an in dustry) already here and paying taxes," he said, "to bring in one Chat doesn't." Another way in which this area is fortunate, he said, "is that it is a place to which people want to come. We don- have to offer them some incen live to come here." He added "we don't want to get too many industries here because there are many people who don't want more industry.' "And," he concluded, "we're encouraging higher salaries We're not talking to thosi looking for cheap labor." NEWS WHILE IT IS NEWS IN THE TIMES MOVING MEANS PROGRESS! In our modern times, moving is considered synonymous with progress -- that new job, new horizons, promotion -- and when you think of moving, you think of the mover who docs more of it than anyone else -- move -- meet new friends and neighbors -- grow! Southwest Piano Van Service AGENTS FOR ALLIED VAN LINES Highway 71 South Fayettevtlle, Ark. .upplv/ SILENT SITUATION Christy admitted that the general public probably doesn't jnderstand what the city is trying to do industry-wise but added, "In industrial development you can't shout everything from the rooftops. It's all confi dential." He added the quickest way to scare off a prospective industry is for news that the industry is interested in locating in some city to "hit the newspaper" before Die plans mature. "We're trying to be selective and trying to get the best industry and the best jobs we can get. We're trying to eliminate environmental problems and low paying industries,'* he said. "We're trying to upgrade as we go along." We could go out and get industries, he said, adding: "we don't even talk to everybody who comes in." The city turned down one industry not long ago, Christy said, because it had a water pollution problem which "1 didn't think the people would want to tackle." "We have to be careful," he added, "we don't want to bring Everybody Needs A Good Place To Buy Their Furniture! Buy With Confidence At McPherson's You'll Discover A Store Full of Exciting New Fashion* and Quality, Charm and Comfort, Always Exciting Savings! 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