Jonesboro set for "extremely strong" year, mayor says

JONESBORO, Ark. – Before a packed house full of business leaders, media outlets and elected officials, Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin said the state of the city is “extremely strong” and predicted big success for 2017.

“I think 2017 is probably going to be one of the most exciting years we’ve had in the city of Jonesboro,” Perrin said, Thursday.

Perrin told the packed Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce meeting at the Cooper Alumni Center the state of the city was “extremely strong” and said he believed it would continue to grow into 2017. The mayor discussed various elements of the city, all of which can be watched in the live video below. 



  • Perrin said public safety and comfort for the city is important and he recognized crime as an obstacle for the city, but said he planned to add two to three officers a year to Jonesboro Police Department to continue providing safety to visitors and residents.
  • $184 million in building permits for construction were issued in 2016 and Perrin predicted over $200 million for 2017.
  • 30 demolitions of condemned properties were performed in 2016
  • Bike trails were mentioned, along with a recent meeting with the Walton Foundation about the trails
  • A website, called, has been set up to organize volunteerism across the area.
  • There are 585 miles of paved roads in Jonesboro and almost half of that was restriped in 2016
  • Several new overpasses are planned to begin to come to fruition in 2017. The first two will be on Highway 18 and Nettleton, along with Nettleton and Watson. The notorious train tracks will block access to and from factories no more once constructed.
  • More lanes are planned for the intersection of Southwest and Highland. NEA Report has reported on the renovations in the area this month.
  • Highway 49/Southwest Drive at Parker Road will have lanes added
  • A Bark Park at Fort Rotary in Craighead Forest Park will also begin

This was Perrin’s 9th time giving the State of the City address, he said. He gave thanks to God for blessing the city.

“There’s not one second of the day that someone is not at work for you in the city,” Perrin said.

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