Forbes List of Best Places for Business and Careers
Little Rock Makes the List
Little Rock operated under a city manager form of government until 2007 when voters elected to convert the city to a strong-mayor form of government, making the mayor's position a full-time position with veto power. One of the largest public employers in the state with over 10,552 employees is the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and its affiliates which have a total economic impact in Arkansas of about $5 billion per year. The Little Rock port is an intermodal river port with a large industrial business complex. Consequently, international corporations such as LM Glasfiber have established new facilities adjacent to the port in recent years.