Issued by the Jonesboro Chamber of Commerce in 1922 1. Craighead County population was 12,000 2. Eighteen miles of asphalt streets, more per capita than any city in the United States 3. Seventy-five miles of cement sidewalks 4. Jonesboro owns its own water and light system which is recognized to be superior to any in the state 5. Four Railroad Lines with … 6. … Twenty-two passenger trains 7. Three Building & Loan Associations 8. Arkansas State College 9. Five Hotels 10. One Modern Hospital 11. Sixteen Churches 12. Six Public Schools 13. Four Banks Washington looking west. Jonesboro and Craighead County Collection, Public Library 1960s Owned by Raycom Media, KAIT maintains studios on County Road 766 in Jonesboro, and transmitter facilities in Egypt, Arkansas 1970s In 1940, the Chamber initiated the Five Point Program for organizing the work of the chamber. Those five divisions were Highway Promotion, Dairy and Livestock Development, Industrial Expansion, Trade Extension and Coordination of Civic Projects. Industry in the area grew slightly, with the major industry being Frolic Footwear. The year 1953 was the year of the recruitment of General Electric. The cost of the project was $1,892.00. An excerpt from the annual report explains how the money was spent. “This dividend accrues from the Industrial Committee’s efforts in securing the General Electric Plant. From its inception, General Electric as an industrial prospect was handled by the Chamber office and men appointed by the President of the Chamber to meet with representatives of General Electric. The chamber staff surveyed the community at the beginning of the year and published an industrial survey which covered all the points of interest to an industrial prospect such as General Electric. From the stand point of sites, city government, and all those tangible factors which make up a community, which major industries are interested in. The Chamber sent and paid for expenses of the specially appointed committee to Ft. Wayne, home office of General Electric, to negotiate with their officials.” 1954 brought a new slogan for Jonesboro through a contest sponsored by the publicity committee of the Chamber. The winner slogan was “Jonesboro – The City Ready for Tomorrow.” In 1955 under the leadership of President Ed Cherry (who would later become Governor of Arkansas), the Chamber of Commerce purchased the city transit system for $10,000. The Jonesboro Industrial Development Corporation was organized in 1956 and this was the year that consolidation of Jonesboro and Nettleton began. The Highways Committee began working toward securing Highway 63 on the Interstate System. As the 50’s ended, industrial growth began in earnest with the location of Arkansas Glass Container, Colson Corporation, Fasweet Company, Passmore Printing, Pepsi Cola Bottling and the expansion of Frolic Footwear. In the 1960’s “Welcome” signs were erected at all entrances to the city, the City Beautiful Committee was added, the Welcome to Jonesboro Committee was added and the development of a sound financing program for the new Chamber of Commerce building was begun. In March 1964 the new Chamber of Commerce building was opened at the corner of Madison and Jackson Streets. Also that year the library and student union were nearing completion at Arkansas State College, the new Jonesboro Library construction was well underway and both Nettleton and Jonesboro Public Schools were adding buildings. City Water and Light constructed a new building, the Holiday Inn opened on Caraway Road and the Holiday Motel on Gee Street opened. January 17, 1967 the Arkansas General Assembly voted to grant university status to Arkansas State College. Other notable events in the 1960’s were the opening of Indian Mall, the first four-color city map, expansions at Hytrol and General Electric, the ASU Bypass, and plans to widen Highway 63 from Trumann to Payneway. Some of our new industries were Crane Company, Delta Inc., Jimco Lamp Factory, and Master Printing Company. JONESBORO, ARKANSAS CITY GUIDE 2018 : 17