In a tweet, the Little Rock Regional Chamber's vice president of economic development, Ben France, asked cities in Arkansas's 501 area code to celebrate our region's successes on May 1, or #501Day.
Happy #501day everyone! Let’s celebrate our region’s successes! @lrchamber @Thenlrchamber @LonokeChamber @Metroplan @Conway_Chamber @SalineCountyAR @CabotChamber @CityOfMaumelle @sherwoodchamber @Morrilton @Jacksonvillearkansas pic.twitter.com/jLYUaOI6k9— Ben France (@bfrancescangeli) May 1, 2019
We were intrigued by the idea of #501Day and welcomed the opportunity to showcase the economic successes of central Arkansas and the Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway metropolitan statistical area. Our region has the state's largest concentration of the GDP, population, employment, and total earnings.
Gross Domestic Product (GDP)
The Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway metro generates nearly one-third of the state's gross domestic product.
The Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway metro area is the largest in Arkansas, making up nearly a quarter of the population.
With 28% of all employment, the Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway metro area has the largest concentration of jobs in the state.
Nearly 30% of the earned wages in Arkansas come from the Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway metro area.
Let's take Ben's lead and make May 1 a day when we celebrate all that makes our region great.