CENTERTON, AR-- Passing through Centerton on highway 102, orange construction cones can be seen for miles. It's a small town, turning boom town.
Mayor Bill Edwards said, "We operate on a very small budget so you know the more commercial development we get here, the more revenue we get and the more things we can do for our community. In the past all we had is just a lot of houses and not a lot of accommodations for our folks but now like i said with the nursing homes and things, there is a lot more for our citizens here."
From corner store coffee shops to liquor stores, businesses are booking space in Centerton. Mayor Edwards says 2014 will be a year of growth for the city.
"We estimate our population is about 11,000 people and every one of our employees work very hard. with the new school being built we see a lot more traffic and more students and activities coming here and we'll need to make accommodations for those folks," Edwards said.
With a new school in the works and fresh facilities filling the town there are hundreds of new opportunities.
Edwards said, "Additional jobs is the big thing. Between the three that are under construction now, that's the equivalent to about 250 jobs and then when the new school comes that will be another 250 jobs for our area and then as more development comes that's just huge for our area as far as jobs for our people."
In addition, added revenue means larger budgets for full-time emergency services.
"We're adding police every year in our budgets you know some of our goals are to add some officers every year in our budget to keep up with things," Edwards said.
You could be seeing new construction signs for a while, but for the city of Centerton it's a step in the right direction.
Mayor Edwards said, "A lot of other cities have a lot more but you know we're getting there."
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