Crawford promotes employers in state
U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford, whose district is in northeast Arkansas, held what he called a STEM and Manufacturers Tour last week.
The five-day event kicked off Monday at Arkansas State University and wrapped up Friday with stops at Nucor in Blytheville and Big River Steel in Osceola.
Educators from the district traveled to 14 plants and factories, learning about the businesses’ operations and workforce needs.
The Republican from Jonesboro was on hand for the tour’s first and final days.
“We have so many excellent, dynamic, and caring educators who want their kids to grow and succeed here at home, and what we’re trying to do is connect those educators to future employers and continue to build an education-to-career ecosystem in rural Arkansas,” Crawford said in a written statement.
In Washington, Crawford attended a meeting of the House Agriculture Committee as well as a meeting of its subcommittee on nutrition.
Crawford also met last week with Gregory Wood, executive director of Mountain Home’s Hospice of the Ozarks; with 2007 Arkansas Teacher of the Year Justin Minkel; and with Todd Martin, executive director and chief executive officer of the Jonesboro-based Independent Professional Seed Association.