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ABOUT THE ARKANSAS GOOD ROADS FOUNDATION

The Arkansas Good Roads /Transportation Council was established in 1975 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit, tax-exempt and tax-deductible organization. In 2015, the council was re-established and re-branded as a foundation in order to be a more visible and credible voice on behalf of the mission of the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department and the Arkansas Highway Commission.

The purpose of the Foundation is to promote adequate funding and financing for the planning, development, construction and maintenance of a safe and efficient highway, road, street and bridge system that facilitates statewide economic growth, thus increasing private-sector job creation and retention. With your help, our success in this purpose can help ensure the following results:

  • More private-sector jobs
  • Safer motor vehicle travel
  • Reduced congestion
  • Easier access to Arkansas businesses and industries
  • Increased consumer activity
  • Savings on vehicle and fleet maintenance cost
  • Enhanced tourism and economic development
  • Efficient connectivity among all regions of Arkansas

OUR HISTORY

Arkansas Good Roads traces its roots as an organization to 1896 when then-Governor James P. Clarke scheduled a Good Roads Convention in Little Rock. Over 200 delegates from 44 counties attended the convention, appointing a committee that founded “The Good Roads League of the State of Arkansas.” Dr. A.C. Millar, then President of Hendrix College, was selected as Chairman of the League.

The League adopted five basic goals:

To stimulate general interest in improved public roads

To collect and disseminate better methods of road building and maintenance

To encourage state and federal legislation favoring road improvements, especially on farm-to-market roads

To publish material necessary and useful in promoting the movement

To promote the formation of a five-member committee in each county to organize local activities for road improvement

Arkansas Good Roads Transportation Council was officially incorporated in 1975 with a grant from the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce and the Associated Industries of Arkansas. The first president of Arkansas Good Roads was Dr. Silas Snow, who summed up the organization’s purpose by stating that Good Roads’ purpose was, “…to increase highway safety and provide a statewide information service concerning transportation matters.”

To these ends, the Arkansas Good Roads Foundation worked directly with the Move Arkansas Forward Committee to successfully pass temporary funding initiatives for Interstate rehabilitation and continued construction on Arkansas’s four-lane highway system. In the 2011 special election campaign to authorize the Arkansas Highway Commission to re-issue bonds for the financing of Interstate rehabilitation, over 80 percent of Arkansas voters agreed with Good Roads’ position to pass the issue. And in 2012, over 58 percent of Arkansas voters agreed to temporarily increase their own general sales tax by ½-cent to help fund statewide highway improvements. Through research, communication and education, Good Roads was instrumental in these successes at the polls.

ARKANSAS GOOD ROADS FOUNDATION LEADERSHIP

Executive Board Members
January 2019

President
Dan Flowers (North Little Rock)
dsjflowers@sbcglobal.net
501-813-0451
Former Director, Arkansas Dept of Transportation

Vice President
D.B. Hill (Little Rock)
db.hill@cranfordasphalt.com
501-690-4327
Cranford Construction Company

Secretary / Treasurer
Bob Crafton (Rogers)
bbcraft@swbell.net
479-636-3850
Crafton and Tull Engineering

Arkansas Highway Commission Chair Seat
(Tom Schuek) (Non-voting)
toms@lexgrpinc.com
Arkansas Highway Commissioner

Arkansas Municipal League Seat
Mark Hayes (Little Rock)
mhayes@arml.org
501-607-3910
Executive Director
Alternate: Steve Napper / Jack Critcher

Association of Arkansas Counties Seat
Chris Villines (Little Rock)
cvillines@arcounties.org
501-249-2308
Executive Director
Alternate: Mark Whitmore

Harold Beaver (Rogers)
hdbeaver@sbcglobal.net
479-719-5650
Former Arkansas Department of Transportation Engineer

Jim Wooten
wjewooten@aol.com
501-882-5220
State Representative Elect

 

Mark Lamberth (Batesville)
mhlamberth@gmail.com
870-251-2371
Atlas Asphalt Company

Clay McGeorge (Little Rock)
clay.mcgeorge@jeffreysand.com
501-680-4011
Jeffrey Sand Company

Shannon Newton (Bryant)
shannonnewton@arkansastrucking.com
501-372-3462
President, Arkansas Trucking Association

JoAnne Bush (Lake Village)
lvjhb@hotmail.com
870-265-1164
Former Mayor of Lake Village

Robert Moery (Little Rock)
rmoery@broadviewstrategies.com
501-516-5067
Broadview Strategies

Executive Director
Joe Quinn (Rogers) (Ex Officio)
goodroadsfoundation@gmail.com
479-426-5931

The Arkansas Good Roads Foundation Board of Directors includes representatives from each of the 10 Arkansas Highway Commission districts. The organization’s Executive Committee includes the Arkansas Good Roads Foundation Executive Director, and several Board members including three who are elected annually to serve as executive officers.