Publication to promote county’s infrastructure, quality of life

The Economic Development Alliance of Jefferson County will soon be distributing an annual magazine that will help market the area to businesses and industries that might be considering locating or expanding here.

Lou Ann Nisbett, the agency’s executive director, announced details on the “Business Image” magazine during a Wednesday meeting of the Pine Bluff-Jefferson County Port Authority. Nisbett said the magazine will be produced by the National Journal Company at no cost to The Alliance.

The first issue of the magazine, which will be financed with advertising revenues, is expected to be ready by February. A writing, advertising and photography team will be provided by NJC. The publication will provide an overview on the county’s assets, including infrastructure and quality of live, said Nisbett.

During the meeting, the panel heard reports on the public terminal and tonnage by Mike Murphy, and port prospect/activity and personal reports from Nisbett. Nisbett spoke in part on how the city’s street department provided assistance in bringing Port Street flooding under control.

Because not enough members were in attendance to establish a quorum, the group tabled ratification of some $38,840 in improvements to the port building — $29,240 for pressure washing, $7,500 in replacing its metal skin and $2,100 for screening 22 exhaust fans.

The board’s next regular meeting is scheduled for Dec. 12.