New development brings more than 500 jobs to Pulaski County

More than 500 jobs with an average salary of $50,000 are coming to Pulaski County. Firearm manufacturer CZ-USA is building a new facility at the LR Port.

The new Development is made possible through a collaborative effort by Governor Hutchinson, the City of Little Rock, Pulaski County, Little Rock Port Authority, AEDC, Little Rock Chamber, UA-Pulaski Tech and Entergy Arkansas.

“This a huge victory for Pulaski County and the region. The City of Little Rock has been working to expand the Port for a number of years. I’m glad to see the fruits of that labor,” said Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde. “Through a partnership with the City of Little Rock, the County is developing the infrastructure to accommodate the new development within the expanded Little Rock Port.”

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Cozetta Jones
Communications Director

County free mulch giveaway May 3 and 4

This is the “We Load, You Go” event of the year … and just in time for Spring!!

FREE MULCH will be available at the old Smoky Hollow building.

Dates: Friday & Saturday, May 3rd & 4th

Times: 8am-4pm Friday, Saturday 8am-4pm, unless we run out before 4pm!

Where: Smoky Hollow Building (3200 Woodrow Street LR AR, 72204)

Look for the signs and please enter on Brown Street!

If you need mulch, you don’t want to miss this.

Governor Hutchinson signs bill adding benefits for members of the quorum court

Act 400 clarifies the law regarding compensation of elected county and township officers by including other benefits such as dental coverage.

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County Hires New Veterans Service Officer

Pulaski County Veterans Service Officer, Albert Hawkins represented the county at “Veterans Recognition Night” at the Arkansas Travelers baseball game.

Pulaski County proudly welcomes our new Veterans Service Officer, Al Harkins to serve our retired military service men and women.

As the Pulaski County VSO, Harkins will counsel and assist veterans and their dependents with completing VA paperwork and filing claims. He will ensure eligible veterans and their dependents receive their earned benefits through federal, state and/or local organizations.

“Veterans need someone who understands their needs and knows how to meet those needs in a timely manner,” said Harkins. “I expect to make this position proactive and very visible in the community to reach the many veterans in Pulaski County through a vast group of sources already available but previously not engaged.”

“I’m pleased to have Mr. Harkins as part of our team,” said County Judge Barry Hyde. “I am confident he will carry out the duties of the VSO with integrity and demonstrate total commitment to our veterans and their families.”

Born and raised in Alexandria, La., Harkins served in the Air Force 3902nd Combat Squadron, Blue Beret Elite Guard. He was stationed in Guantanamo; Thule, Greenland; and Goose Bay, Labrador where he learned “personal discipline, comradery and self-confidence.”

After his military service, he moved to Arkansas in 1964 and attended the University of Arkansas graduating with a degree in finance and accounting. He is also a banking graduate of Rutgers University and the CBS School of Broadcasting.

In addition to his experience in banking, Harkins was a wheat farmer in Woodson, Ark. for six years. He taught banking and economics at the University of Memphis, Arkansas State University and UA Little Rock.

He serves on the Arkansas State Board of Finance; is a member of the American Legion and Shriners International; he also works part-time at Rainwater, Holt and Sexton Law.

Harkins lives in Little Rock, is married with four children and five grandchildren. He attends Christ the King Catholic Church.

Welcome to the County Mr. Harkins!

Veterans, spouses or dependents who need assistance are encouraged to call 501-340-5622 or email


Cozetta Jones
Communications Director


County Judge highlights new projects on the horizon in county address

Strong, emboldened and concise could be used to describe Judge Barry Hyde’s annual State of the County address.

In his 20-minute speech, Judge Hyde laid out several areas of improvement including plans to restructure the county’s juvenile justice probation and intake process. He intends to hire a Director of Juvenile Justice Services who will draft a policy and procedure manual, clarify roles and responsibilities, develop a management structure and develop a training curriculum. These probation and intake improvements will be carried out in collaboration with the County Attorney and the County Judge. All improvements are based on recommendations from the Robert K. Kennedy National Resource Center for Juvenile Justice’s 2016 Probation System Review Final Report.

Additionally, Judge Hyde, in partnership with the Army Corps of Engineers and the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, will make improvements to Terry Park to make the park more welcoming to patrons.

Despite continued cuts to grant funding, the county will use carry over funds to expand out of school and afterschool program in Higgins, Oak Grove and McAlmont.

“If the state and federal government want to reduce funds for our out-of-school care and Pre-K programs, which provide assistance to lower-income families, Pulaski County has to find a way to do it,” said Hyde. “Ignoring their needs, robbing them of opportunity and reducing services to these children is simply not an option.”

Read more about County Judge Barry Hyde’s plans for the future of Pulaski County

Cozetta Jones
Communications Director


State of the County set for March 12

Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde will present the 2019 State of the County Address, Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 10 a.m. The address will be given in the 4th floor Quorum Court meeting room in the Pulaski County Administration Building at 201 S. Broadway in Downtown Little Rock.  Judge Hyde will highlight our 2018 accomplishments and 2019 goals and initiatives. He will discuss several ongoing projects such as our Crisis Stabilization Unit, Juvenile Justice Reform and the Southwest Trail.

Making Pulaski County Families Stronger

Housing and Urban Development Renews Funding for Family Self-Sufficiency Program

Pulaski County, AR – Pulaski County Government announced today that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded approximately $43,000 to renew support to the Pulaski County Housing Agency’s Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program.

U.S. Senator John Boozman, who serves on the U.S. Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Relate Agencies Subcommittee, gave his support and congratulations.

“This investment allows the Pulaski County Housing Agency to assist more families in creating a better future,” Senator Boozman said. “I’m proud to support this grant that enables Arkansans to gain vital job-training skills that will put them on the path to financial independence,” he said.

Established in 1990, the FSS program is funded by HUD to promote employment and increase assets for low-income families receiving federal rent subsidies or public housing. FSS is a five-year program that helps participants become self-sufficient by accomplishing goals such as completing a degree or certification, purchasing a home and securing stable employment.

Participants must be an active client of the Section 8 housing program for one year. If interested, the participant is placed on a waiting list until one of the 26 spots becomes available. When a spot is available, he or she attends a FSS briefing meeting where the participant sets goals and signs a contract.

An important part of the FSS program is the Escrow Savings Account. Each participating family has the opportunity to develop FSS escrowed savings through an account established and controlled by the Public Housing Agency (PHA). As a participant’s earned income increases, so does the percentage they must pay for rent. For FSS participants; however, an amount generally equal to their increased rent because of increased earnings is placed in the FSS escrow account.

“Our participants, overall, have been extremely successful in reaching their goals and completing the program,” Community Services Director Fredrick Love said. “This program allows individuals to improve their quality of life for themselves and their families and truly become—self-sufficient.”

In 2018, FSS had one participant whose goal was to find a more suitable career path and repair her credit. She graduated from the FSS program, became a homeowner and is no longer a Section 8 recipient. Of the remaining participants, 19 have a goal of homeownership, 13 have goals to pursue higher education, and seven are pursuing higher education goals. Three of the participants have goals of entrepreneurship. All FSS clients are working to establish or repair their credit to prepare for homeownership.

“I thank Senator Boozman for his continued support of this program for citizens of Pulaski County,” Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde said. “This program is proving to be a huge success for those who want to have more independence and cycle off government assistance,” he said. “Establishing goals with the help of our housing team and making a commitment to those goals, ensures accountability and completion of the program. I wish each participant continued success.”

ACT Prep Instructors Needed

Since 2006, the Pulaski County Youth Services ACT Prep Program has served over 4,000 students, offering classes that focus on English, math, reading, science reasoning, and test-taking strategies. This class has been offered in several models, including a six Saturday course, a once-per-month course, one-day boot camps and intensive summer camp programs. The purpose of our ACT Prep program is to assist students in achieving their highest potential on the ACT exam, making them eligible for more college scholarship opportunities and reducing the number of students required to complete remedial courses.

The last formal evaluation of the program showed an average of a one- to three-point score increase, with nine-points being our highest increase in 2018. It is our mission to help students avoid the need to take remedial courses at the college level, making it easier for them to complete their post-secondary education degree requirements.

As we kickoff our 2019 ACT Prep Program, we are in search of licensed and well-experienced instructors to facilitate these sessions. Sessions usually occur one Saturday mornings for about three hours. Instructors are expected to provide effective test-taking tips and strategies in the subjects of English, math, reading and science. If you are interested, please contact Kaprese Warren at

PCYS launches new reading program with Pulaski County Special School District

Pulaski County Youth Services launched a new program titled “Leadership Through Literacy.” This program was created to provide community leaders an opportunity to read to elementary school students throughout the county. The program aims to inspire youth by exposing them to different types of leaders in various job roles. The leader will read to the students and share a little about themselves. Pulaski County Youth Services will also make a book donation to the school library.

Today we kicked off Black History Month by having Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde and Pulaski County Special School District Superintendent Dr. Charles McNulty, read books to the Pre-K students at Daisy Bates Elementary. The students were excited to hear stories featuring African American characters and authors.

It was a great kickoff!

County Offices Closed for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

County Offices are closed Monday, January 21 in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday. Waste Management routes will run as normal.