Low Cost of Living in Conway, Arkansas
Best Places In the USA
Some of the Best Places in America for work and living across the lifespan are college towns. One of these is both a hot spot for students and retires - Gainesville. You find these places throughout the nation while searching for schools and work.
Some college towns are attractive to new business because of lower or no state taxes, or tax incentives to new companies. This is especially true of towns and cities that have federally designated Enterprise Zones like that in NYC for commercial and residential development.
Hewlett Packard brought hundreds of job openings with them to Arkansas when they opened their 150,000 square-foot facility in Conway, Arkansas in 2009.
Acxiom Corporation is the leading IT company in Conway, however, and the largest employer overall with an employee pool of at least 2,300 people.
Conway is home to 16 manufacturing companies, including big names like Kimberly Clark, Snap-On, Virco, and International Paper.
Oil & Natural Gas are major contributors to the economy through at least four major companies: Southwestern Energy, Schlumberger, Saxon Drilling, and Cudd Energy Services. Since 2010 we have heard about oil and natural gas discoveries and ramp ups for production in North Dakota, Ohio, and Pennsylvania; but Conway holds a natural gas deposit that can produce hundreds of new jobs in short order.
The Conway Development Corporation maintains a website that is better than most development corporation sites I have seen in the last 15 years. Conway shows that it plans to succeed.
Local universities are among the largest in the state of Arkansas.
University of Central Arkansas in Conway, Faulkner County, is respected for its programs in Education, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy. It offers four Residential Colleges as well.
- Is a Residential College an Effective Choice?
A number of American colleges offer students of a particular subject the opportunity to live together with faculty of the college throughout their time in school. It may be a good idea.
American Idol Kris Allen lives in Conway. He attended University of Central Arkansas.
The New Zone
In keeping with regional sports culture, one small business in Conway is called The Hog Zone, specializing in sports-related items for parties and other gatherings. The Hog Zone on Facebook
Other businesses in Downtown Conway have been improved, with 10 major buildings refurbished between 2006 - 2010. Streets and sidewalks have also been under reconstruction to upgrade this Enterprise-type zone. Hewett-Packard is one of the corporate partners in this ongoing project that began ion 2001, along with 50+ others. Eight Season Winner of American Idol Kris Allen, lives in Downtown Conway already and additional living spaces are under construction.
In addition to living spaces, new businesses include shops, clubs (the county is "dry", though - no alcohol served), service agencies, a Christmas store, dining opportunities, business services, and several others - including the fun of Arkansas Portable Toilets. You have to see their colorful trucks arportabletoilets.com.
Development in the Downtown urban area is spurred more heavily by the participation of small private businesses than by government participation, although the City of Conway is a partner in the ongoing development project.
Front Street, Conway, 25 Miles Northwest of Little Rock
CENTER OF DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT.
Only In Conway - and Nearby
- Bikes, Blues & BBQ
- Chuck Wagon Races
- Pickles Gap Village
- North Shore Riverwalk
North Little Rock, AR Official Visitors Site. North Little Rock Hotels, Clinton Library, Restaurants in North Little Rock and more.
- Riverfest Arkansas | Art, music, food and fun for the whole family!
- Toad Suck Daze in Conway
Toad Suck Daze is a FREE ADMISSION festival. A 3-day festival of food, family and fun held on the streets of downtown Conway, Arkansas.
The Toad Suck Festival Story -- Steamship captains anchored here & drank in local taverns, waiting for the river to rise. Folks said they drink beer 'til they burst like fat toads.
Toad Suck Legacy
Steamship captains anchored here & drank in local taverns, waiting for the river to rise. Folks said they drink beer 'til they burst like fat toad
Employment Trends - Jobs Increasing in Conway
Low Cost of Living and triple the Jobs
Conway, Arkansas offers a lower cost of living index than most of the other communities in the US, but not an incredible abundance of jobs to go with it.
However, 4,700 job listings were available on the Internet for this area in a snapshot of February 2012 -- Increasing to 13,000 jobs in April 2015.
The salaries of half of these listed job vacancies falls between $40K - 79K/year. With a lower cost of living than the national average, these higher salaries will go even farther in their spending power.
Most of the available jobs listed in this snapshot involve customer and business services, with a large number in Management, Health, and Information Technology..
Top 10 High Demand Jobs
- Retail Sales People
- Taco Bell and McDonald's Crews
- Baristas and related Shift Supervisors
- Pizza Hut Jobs: Shift Managers, Assistant Managers, Team Members, Drivers, General Managers
- Trucking - Owner Operators
- Assistant Managers - Fields other than food service.
- Nursing Assistants and Patient Care Techs
- Event Specialists
- Store Managers
- Product Data Specialists
Additional High Demand Jobs in Conway
- Field Compliance Operators and other Engineers
- AT&T Full-Time Retail Sales
- Multi-Skilled Assistants
- Surgical Technologists
- Healthcare support jobs - Certified Nursing Assistants and others.
Top Employers in Conway
The most frequently hiring employers in the Conway area include those in Little Rock, which is fewer than 25 miles to the southeast. These companies are:
- Whole Foods Market, which is purchasing many smaller health-food stores and markets in the 2010s;
- Hewlett Packard and Acxiom;
- Rush Trucking, United Vision Logistics, Builders Transport, and Gordon Trucking;
- Lighthouse Academies;
- US National Guard;
- Southwestern Energy;
- Caterpillar - Equipment and trucks;
- Dining places like McDonald's, Pizza Hit, Taco Bell, and Cracker Barrel;
- Wyzant Tutoring,
- Conway Regional Health, Advanced Medical, Children's' Hospital, Baptist Health;
- Little Rock City Government;
- Staffmark; and
- Kelly Services.
Conway Job Market
Education and Training
- Arthur's Beauty School of Arkansas www.arthursbeautycollege.com/
- BMA Seminary 1501 College Avenue in Conway AR. Next to Central Baptist College.
- Central Baptist College www.cbc.edu/
- Conway OB-GYN College www.conwayobgyn.com/ Next to the College park Family Clinic.
- Conway Vocational Center (public school) 2300 Prince Street AR.
- Hendrix College www.hendrix,edu/
- University of Central Arkansas www.uca.edu
Largest Colleges and Universities
Central High School, Little Rock
© 2012 Patty Inglish
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