Tuesday, February 24, 2009

The Morning News reports that Fayetteville mayor, Lioneld Jordan, is headed to D.C.

The Morning News

Local News for Northwest Arkansas

Jordan Heads To Washington, Announces Economic Summit

By Skip Descant
FAYETTEVILLE -- Call it ticking off another campaign promise. Or following in the footsteps of his predecessor. But Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan announced Tuesday his economic summit, a four-day community conference will be March 31 to April 4, except for April Fool's Day.

Jordan also announced travel plans at Tuesday's City Council agenda session. With Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce President Steve Clark at his side, Jordan heads to Washington today on his first official trip as mayor to meet with the state's Congressional delegation and the city's Washington lobbying arm Van Scoyoc and Associates. The $100,000 a year annual contract is up for renewal.

But before going forward, the mayor says he'd like to get a firmer picture of what a new presidential administration and the recent economic stimulus package passed by Congress will mean for cities such as Fayetteville.

"I want to go to Washington and meet with them and get a feel for what they're doing," Jordan told the council. "I hate to commit to another $100,000 contract before we meet and see what they will provide."

The economic summit, which the administration has termed "Fayetteville Forward," is a much-mentioned campaign talking point. Jordan said he wanted a plan in place in his first 90 days. The ice storm slowed down that process.

The $39,500 city summit hopes to build on work accomplished several months ago by Eva Klein and Associates, an economic consulting firm jointly contracted by the city and the University of Arkansas. The Jordan administration has said tapping local experts is a central tenet of Fayetteville Forward.

"Instead of relying on a lot of outside expertise, we're relying on the expertise we have," said Michele Halsell, who served on Jordan's transition team, and who focused specifically on how the administration should develop an economic development strategy.

An ongoing and immediate concern for residents is storm debris pickup. The city Web site now has an interactive map, updated daily with streets covered and streets scheduled, said Don Marr, chief of staff for Mayor Jordan. Some 39,000 cubic yards of debris have been picked up in the couple days since the contracted debris removal teams began work.

"They're doing in a day what we could do in a week," said Terry Gulley, transportation director for Fayetteville.

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Anonymous said...

"Hello Amerka, I'm tha mayer of Fetvul arkiesaw, Lioneld Jordan, and this is my sidekick Fatty Marr."

Good Lord, we are going to look like an episode of the Andy Griffith Show when Lioneld opens his mouth to speak and Gomer Pyle comes out (as always).

I think they need to take someone along to wipe Jabba Marr's chin as he always appears to be drooling in anticipation of his next meal.

Good luck, guys. Do us a favor and wear disguises, and please don't tell anyone you represent our fine city. The recent ice storm was nothing compared to the potential damage these goofballs will do to the reputation of Fayetteville.

Anonymous said...

You mean how Lioneld projects honesty, integrity, sincerity, common sense and respect for everyone? D.C. hasn't had much of those characteristics showing up from Arkansas in the past eight years.

Anonymous said...

No, I mean how Lioneld talks like Gomer Pyle and sounds like a stupid redneck.

He projects naivete, which apparently is mistaken by some for all of those things you mentioned.