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Jonesboro Unlimited is committed to developing our consistently rich pipeline of talent.  Our programs are designed to enhance existing talent by surrounding them with strong mentors and engaging them at every level.

Workforce Development Diagram
Jr. Leadership

Led by the Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce, Jr. Leadership is a networking and leadership program for high school Juniors.  Jr. Leadership exposes students to a broad spectrum of careers, develops a spirit of service, and offers a behind-the-scenes look at Jonesboro.

Emerging Leaders

Through training and mentorship, 15 young leaders from the community get introduced to crucial leadership perspectives in both business and economic development.  In addition, program members undergo additional leadership assessments and training that ensure their growth for years to come.

Get To Know Jonesboro

Our program for newly-relocated employees to make connections and learn about their new home.  This program features a day of fun and education about things that are uniquely Jonesboro.  It meets in the Spring and Fall.  We have added a program for interns who are in Jonesboro for the summer.


TekStarz: Educators Externship

The best teachers don't solely teach from the textbook.  They teach from their own learned experiences.  TekStarz: Educators Externship drops local educators into the heart of Jonesboro's manufacturing sector.  For two days, they get their hands dirty and their ideas flowing about the career possibilities in STEM fields that await their students in the future.


Growing Talent Together

A framework of teamwork. Growing Talent Together brings together local employers and educators to develop an understanding of the future needs of regional employers.

Student Recognition

Our annual awards presented to local K-6 students by local business professionals for excellence in the classroom in spite of personal challenges and barriers.

Arkansas Scholars

A state-wide initiative designed to promote academic success by encouraging students to stay in school.

Entrepreneurship Academy

A local program designed to create an interest in entrepreneurship in Jonesboro-area high school students.

Workforce Training Consortium

A non-profit made up of industry professionals who work with Arkansas State University-Newport to deliver employee training.

Leadership Jonesboro

Cultivates future leaders with community service projects. Leadership Jonesboro is designed to identify, educate, and motivate potential leaders to become involved in the future of our community. Participants are challenged by speakers from many sectors to make a personal commitment to become part of the rich leadership pool, which has made Jonesboro’s quality of life what it is today.

AEDC MFG Solutions

An AEDC program affiliated with N.I.S.T. that provides services to maximize manufacturers' enterprise value. Arkansas Economic Development Commission Manufacturing Solutions (AEDC-MS) was established in 1995 and is a program of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. 

Jonesboro Young Professionals Network

JYPN is the premier young professionals organization in Northeast Arkansas. Through professional development and networking, these emerging community leaders engage in community involvement committees designed to give them opportunities to exchange ideas, grow professionally, and share common interests.

ASU Delta Center For Economic Development

The Delta Center provides customized training and support for area businesses, existing organizations and entrepreneurs. The Delta Center for Economic Development coordinates the economic development outreach services of A-State and works to provide a comprehensive approach to serving businesses, governments, and citizens of Arkansas. 


Contact Our Team
Mark Young - President & CEO
Mark Young
President & CEO
Steven Lamm - V.P. of Economic Development
Steven Lamm
V.P. of Economic Development
Donna Holt - Executive Assistant
Donna Holt
Executive Assistant
Shelle Randall - Director of Workforce Development & Existing Industry
Shelle Randall
Director of Workforce Development & Existing Industry
Bethania Baray-Harrison - Director of Talent Attraction
Bethania Baray-Harrison
Director of Talent Attraction
Brandon Carter - Director of Communications
Brandon Carter
Director of Communications