Governor Hutchinson’s Strategy for Arkansas
STATE OF ARKANSAS
April 19, 2017
One of my highest priority goals as Governor of the State of Arkansas has been to provide integrity and accountability to all executive operations by ensuring the efficient and responsive administration of the state’s agencies, commissions, and boards.
In addition to the moves already taken to consolidate agencies, streamline services and better utilize taxpayer dollars, I have named Amy Fecher as Chief Transformation Officer (CTO). I have no doubt that her experience will provide valuable insight and direction as we take these first steps to reach our goals to increase savings, modernize operations, and reduce excessive bureaucracy. This effort will require the assistance of all state agencies, commissions, and boards.
I will prioritize efficiencies such as formulating a statewide strategic plan, centralizing state services and increasing utilization of online services and citizen participation. Increasing efficiencies to conserve state resources is the best way to return money to the pockets of hard-working taxpayers and deliver better state services to Arkansans.
As we turn our focus more and more on creating leaner government services in Arkansas, I am issuing these Guidelines and Instructions for Preparing and Submitting Agency Strategic Plans along with my Strategy for Arkansas. Under my leadership and the steadfast guidance of Ms. Fecher, I am confident that these agency strategic plans will begin the process of transforming Arkansas to an efficient and responsive state government tied to my core values of leadership, efficiency, accountability, integrity, results, and transparency.
In the words of Henry Ford, “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” When we work together, there is nothing our state can’t accomplish. It’s not a Model T, but it’s a model that’s reliable, efficient, and makes state government work well for everyone.
Governor Hutchinson’s Strategy for Arkansas
Providing integrity and accountability to all Executive operations of state government by efficiently and responsively leading Arkansas’s investment in our citizens, businesses, communities, and institutions.
Grow the economy of Arkansas by efficiently and responsively leveraging state investments in human, physical, and fiscal resources, while improving the quality of life for Arkansans.
Leadership, Efficiency, Accountability, Integrity, Results, Transparency, Urgency, Excellence
Grow: Create jobs and grow Arkansas’s economy
- Implement strategic tax and regulatory reforms that encourage entrepreneurial initiative, capital investment, and job creation
- Promote business growth, entrepreneurship, and commercialization
- Maximize access to capital for startups and growing businesses
- Build and maintain a quality state government workforce
- Conserve and enhance natural resources
- Enhance global connectivity of Arkansas’s physical, digital, and capital infrastructure
Educate: Support a path of life-long learning for Arkansans
- Increase student performance at all grade levels
- Expand science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and computer coding education
- Raise enrollment and graduation rates of secondary and post-secondary students in demand fields
- Increase teacher and school leader effectiveness
- Empower citizens with public school options and local flexibility for the purpose of improving student achievement
- Support the Higher Education Productivity Funding Model to bring consistency and efficiency to the State’s career education and workforce development efforts
- Align education and economic development initiatives with the needs of business
Healthy: Accessible care and active lifestyles
- Increase access to health services throughout the state
- Increase consumer choice and personal responsibility (healthy dietary choices and increased physical activity) in health care
- Improve access to treatment and community options for those with disabilities
- Enhance business productivity through reduced absenteeism and lower health care costs to employers
Safe: Protecting the public’s safety and security
- Implement alternative sentencing options to improve offender rehabilitation
- Promote successful offender re-entry and compliance
- Promote safe communities and stable families where children thrive
Efficient and Responsive: Transform the culture of state government
- Increase availability of state services through innovative technology solutions
- Focus state resources on essential services and employ enterprise solutions
- Enlist community support and public-private partnerships to leverage available resources
Quality of Life:
- Make Arkansas the best state to work, live, and raise a family
- Build assets which retain residents, attract workers, and welcome visitors
Arkansas Act 423 Establishment of Crisis Stabilization Units
Act 423 (2017) established authority and framework for operation of Crisis Stabilization Units (CSU) in the state of Arkansas. A CSU will provide the community an option to divert from the county jail a person experiencing an acute crisis due to a mental illness or other behavioral health condition who commits a low-level offense. CSU’s are short-term clinical facilities that are in operation for 24 hours per day, seven days per week to provide assessment and treatment services that effectively address a person’s behavioral health condition(s) and facilitate successful return to the community. Arkansas’s 2017 budget included an allocation of General Fund monies for the operation of up to three CSUs.
A primary goal of the state’s investment in CSUs is to reduce the number of people with mental illness and other behavioral health conditions entering jails or other facilities, such as emergency departments, not designed to effectively address their underlying behavioral health conditions. CSUs have the potential to improve outcomes for people with acute behavioral health conditions and reduce overall system costs to both the state and counties.
Eligible Arkansas governmental entities are hereby invited to submit applications for state funding up to approximately $1.6M for the operation of a sixteen-bed CSU facility. For the purposes of this request, Arkansas governmental entities are defined as:
a) Any Arkansas county, city, town, state agency, and any other subdivision of the state or public agency thereof;
b) Any Arkansas public authority; and,
c) Any Arkansas public educational, health, or other institution
The selected Arkansas governmental entities are required to provide an appropriate physical site suitable and sufficient to house and operate a CSU, considering adequacy of space, proximity to both the county’s criminal justice institutions and to a partnering behavioral health facility, and the cost of continuing maintenance of the facilities.
Continued state funding beyond this initial investment will depend upon the availability of funds, the cost-effectiveness of each site, and demonstrate to the state the measurable success of the facility, among other factors. Each applicant entity must formulate and present a method for measuring, in terms of successful outcomes for clients and resulting cost savings to the county and/or the state, the effectiveness of their programs. After selection, CSUs will report findings to the state no less than once per quarter. If CSUs prove successful, and funding is available, priority would be given to sustaining those successful existing CSUs, with the potential to fund additional sites replicating those programs an option to consider for future funding.
To be considered, please complete this application and submit it electronically no later than midnight on June 30, 2017 to (Kathryn Griffin, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Applications will be reviewed by committee and provided to the Act 423 Interagency Task Force for the Implementation of Criminal Justice Prevention Initiatives for final selection.. Note that the need for these services is urgent and priority will be given to sites that can demonstrate a readiness to successfully open and operate a CSU in the coming months.
Selections will be announced in July 2017. The Division of Behavioral Health Services will then work with each selected site to ensure it has a comprehensive and suitable plan that meets all state and federal regulations and requirements for the safe and effective operation of the proposed CSU.
For any questions, please contact Kelly Eichler at Governor Hutchinson’s office, 501-683-6442.
Please review the application criteria below and provide responses. Please limit each response to 1-2 brief paragraphs (no more than 300 words).
For more informations, visit the Arkansas Department of Higher Education's website.
Governor Asa Hutchinson's Intiatives
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For more information about Arkansas Works, please see links below.
- Arkansas Works Legislation
- Overview of Arkansas Works Legislation
- Letter from HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell
- Transcript of Gov. Hutchinson's Arkansas Works Address
April 11, 2016 - Budget Consequences
April 7, 2016 - Governor Asa Hutchinson to Hold Arkansas Works Bill Signing, Media Availability Friday
April 7, 2016 - Governor Asa Hutchinson Releases Statement on House and Senate Passage of Arkansas Works
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Artist Laureate of the State of Arkansas
Aspiring Scholars Grant Program Advisory Committee
Auctioneers Licensing Board
Baby Sharon's Children's Catastrophic Illness Grant Program Committee
Black History Commission of Arkansas
Blytheville-Gosnell Regional Airport Authority
Board of Control for Southern Regional Education
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State Council for the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children
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State Parks, Recreation and Travel Commission
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State Review Committee For Historic Preservation
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Supervisory Board for the Arkansas Crime Information Center
Technology Equipment Revolving Loan Fund Committee
Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Advisory Committee
Trauma Advisory Council
Universal Newborn Hearing Screening, Tracking, and Intervention Advisory Board
Veterinary Medical Examining Board
War Memorial Stadium Commission
Water Provider Legislative Task Force
Workers' Compensation Commission
December 1, 2015
Since Governor Hutchinson’s Faith-Based Summit – a two-day conference held in Little Rock this past August – Arkansas has made substantial gains in key areas, including:
- 109 new foster homes
- In November alone, 50 foster family homes opened, bringing the statewide total to 1,385.
- 232 new beds
- Eliminated the backlog in contacting interested foster care applicants (more than 1,200 applications)
- Since August, DCFS has sent 394 In Home Consults to the field (First stage in the foster home licensing process)
- At the end of October, 136 homes were on the wait list to begin training, which – for many – began November 5.
- For the first time, an Applicant Tracking log has been developed and implemented which allows the agency to track where applicants are in the foster home process
- For the first time, Foster/Adoptive/Foster & Adoptive Inquiry Queues have been developed which will allow the agency to know how many inquiries are coming in on a daily basis.
In addition to these key advancements, the state has increased and/or expanded its partnerships, including examples like:
- Agape House - Opened family style group homes for children.
- Fort Smith Children’s Shelter – Bought an apartment complex which will be used to house youth who are transitioning to adulthood.
- Maggie’s House – Opened an emergency shelter.
- C4K – Expanded coverage beyond Craighead County
- Arkansas Baptist – Recruited volunteers and will start training foster parents
In March 2015 Governor Asa Hutchinson directed that a broad study of the State’s child welfare system be conducted to identify strengths and challenges within the system. Nationally recognized child welfare consultant Mr. Paul Vincent of the Child Welfare Policy and Practice Group was selected to perform the study. The study was conducted between April and June and included a review of DCFS policies and procedures, agency performance and trend data, internal studies and interviews with over 200 DCFS staff and external stakeholders. DCFS staff at all levels were interviewed and external stakeholders consisted of legislators, judges, other state agency representatives, other legal partners, foster and adoptive parents, service providers, former foster youth, advocates and other individuals and groups with an interest in the welfare of children.
The final report dated July 6, 2015 provided a summary of key child and family workload and resource related factors that impact system performance and child and family outcomes. The report provided a snapshot of the system and DCFS strengths and challenges. It specifically addressed the areas of child safety, permanency, adoptions, child well-being frontline DCFS environment, resource availability, workload and caseloads and DCFS Relationships with state and community partners.
The report included 11 recommendations, including providing leadership from Governor’s Office to coordinate interagency planning, building DCFS Capacity to partner with Stakeholders, addressing shortage of placements and in-home and community based mental health services, addressing administrative flexibility between DCFS Central office and field staff. In addition, the report recommended that the Legislature develop a three-year plan for reducing caseloads and provide fiscal and workload notes to any bill introduced affecting workloads in the child welfare system.
The Governor accepted all of the recommendations and appointed a Child Welfare Advisor in his office. In addition he invited representative stakeholders from the legislative, judicial, and executive branches, service providers and child advocacy groups to serve on an Oversight Panel. The Panel will ensure meaningful stakeholder involvement in all aspects of planning and development. The Panel members, along with DCFS staff, will serve on working groups focusing on five areas, including 1) Child Safety, 2) Permanency and Placement, 3) Administrative Flexibility and Worker Support, 4) Stakeholder partnerships, and 5) Resource Availability/In-home Services.
All Oversight Panel meeting notes, reports and handouts will be placed on this website for public review and comment. Please feel free to contact Betty Guhman (email@example.com) or Courtney Massey (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have questions or for more information.
Governor's Scheduling Office
Director – Jennifer Bruce
The Governor’s Scheduling Office has the primary function of managing the Governor’s daily schedule. This involves a great deal of communication and coordination among the scheduling office and a number of internal and external entities.
To request the attendance of Governor Hutchinson at a meeting or function, please fill out the Online Scheduling Request for consideration.
Governor's Legislative and Agency Affairs Office
Director - Andy Goodman
The Governor’s Legislative and Agency Affairs Office is comprised of staff members whose primary job is to research and promote implementation of the Governor’s ideas, initiatives and legislative agenda on a variety of subjects, including the state’s budget, health care, economic development, education and criminal justice.
Legislative and Agency Affairs Teams
Health Policy Team Cabinet Agencies:
Education, Labor, and Workforce Policy Team Cabinet Agencies:
Department of Arkansas Heritage
Arkansas Department of Education
Arkansas Department of Higher Education
Arkansas Department of Career Education
Arkansas Educational Television Network
Department of Labor
Department of Workforce Services
Military, Veterans, and Public Safety Policy Team Cabinet Agencies:
Arkansas Military Department
Arkansas Department of Veteran Affairs
Arkansas Department of Emergency Management
Arkansas Department of Aeronautics
Arkansas State Police
Arkansas Crime Information Center
Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy
Assessment Coordination Department
Game and Fish Commission
Agriculture, Energy, Natural Resources, and Transportation Policy Team Cabinet Agencies:
Criminal Justice Team Cabinet Agencies:
Finance and Technology Policy Team Cabinet Agencies:
Department of Information Systems
Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration
Arkansas Securities Department
Arkansas State Banking Department
Arkansas State Board of Pharmacy
Arkansas Tobacco Control Board
Alcoholic Beverage Control Board
Arkansas Lottery Commission
Arkansas Racing Commission
Economic Development Policy Team Cabinet Agencies:
Governor's Constituent Services Office
Director - Hunter Ballard
The Governor’s Constituent Services Department has direct contact with the citizens of the State of Arkansas on the Governor’s behalf. The members of this team answer letters, e-mails and phone calls of those constituents who have questions or complaints about the agencies, boards and commissions of the State. It is the responsibility of the counselor assigned to that agency, board or commission to respond to the individuals promptly.
The Governor does not have jurisdiction over federal agencies or programs, such as Medicare, Social Security and Immigration. Federal elected officials for the State of Arkansas are suited to assist or answer questions that relate to the United States federal government.
Contacts for Federal Issues/Questions:
President Donald Trump: www.whitehouse.gov
Governor Hutchinson does not have jurisdiction over city or county issues. Any questions or issues on the local level should be addressed with your elected representatives of local government or your Arkansas State Representative.
Questions and issues related to city government should be directed towards the Mayor or City Council members. Visit http://local.arkansas.gov/index.php to find your city elected officials and contact information.
Questions and issues related to county government should be directed towards your county’s elected officials. You can find your county elected officials by visiting http://www.arcounties.org/counties/.
The Governor’s office cannot provide legal advice or assistance to his constituents. Governor Hutchinson cannot intervene in court cases, handle judicial matters such as complaints against judges or other legal offices.
If you are needing legal counsel and cannot afford an attorney, Arkansas Legal Aid offers civil legal assistance for low-income Arkansans. Information on Arkansas Legal Aid can be requested online at http://arlegalaid.org/, or by calling (800) 952-9243.
For consumer complaints, you can contact the Office of the Attorney General by visiting https://www.arkansasag.gov, or calling (501) 682-2007.
If your complaint is against an attorney, you can contact the Arkansas Judiciary at (501) 376-0313, or visiting their website https://courts.arkansas.gov.
If you have a complaint against a judge or the courts, contact the Arkansas Judicial Discipline & Disability Commission. They can be reached at (501) 682-1050, or by their website http://www.arkansas.gov/jddc.
Constituent Services can help citizens in the following areas:
Health and Human Services
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Governor's Executive Staff
The Executive Staff aid and advise the Governor on various issues as well as lead their employees in their respective departments.
Contact: (501) 682-2345
Governor's Correspondence Office
Director – Tory Dee Freeman
The Governor’s Correspondence Department prepares and produces all correspondence critical to the function of state government, including proclamations prepared in cooperation with the office of the Chief Legal Counsel.
- Select "Request Letter from Governor" in the Category dropdown menu
- Please allow three weeks for letter requests.
Please click here to view the Proclamations Request Guidelines.
To request a Proclamation, please submit an Online Proclamation Request for consideration. Please allow thirty days for proclamation requests.
To request a photo with the Governor and your Proclamation please fill out the Online Scheduling Request for consideration. (Availability for photo opportunity is at the discretion of the Scheduling Department and Senior Staff.)
Contact: (501) 682-3613
Governor's Clemency and Extraditions Office
The Governor's Clemency Office processes all requests for and inquiries about Executive Clemency, prepares reports and drafts Executive Clemency Orders for the Governor. This office also acts as the liaison with government officials (federal, state, and county), various agencies, and parties interested in clemency.
Under Arkansas Statute §16-93-204, the Parole Board has the authority to assist the Governor in exercising his authority in granting reprieves, commutations, and pardons, and shall perform such other services as may be required by the Governor in exercising his powers of executive clemency.
For more information about Executive Clemency, including a downloadable application forms, please visit the Parole Board’s website at paroleboard.arkansas.gov.
Press Releases Announcing
Intent to Grant Executive Clemency:
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Governor's Working Group On Highway Funding
May 23, 2016 - Governor Signs Arkansas Highway Improvement Plan of 2016 Into Law
Governor Hutchinson gives opening remarks at the preliminary meeting for the Working Group on Highway Funding, with Chairman Duncan Baird on June 24, 2015. The Governor encouraged the group to be creative and forward-thinking in their approach.
LITTLE ROCK - The Governor’s Working Group on Highway Funding held it’s first meeting in June. The meeting was kicked off with opening remarks by Governor Asa Hutchinson. He told the group that highways are critical to economic development in Arkansas and he encouraged the members to think creatively but realistically about possible funding solutions. The Governor has tasked the group, which is made up of stakeholders from around the state, with coming up with a menu of highway funding options by December of this year.
Arkansas State Highway Reports:
- Blue Ribbon Committee Report
- Arkansas Highways Report
- Status of State Highway Funding Report
- Sources and Distribution of Highway Revenue
Past Meeting Notes and Documents:
Members of the Working Group on Highway Funding as directed by executive order:
Duncan Baird, Budget Director for Governor Hutchinson, Chairman
Scott Bennett, Director of the State Highway and Transportation Department
Alec Farmer, State Highway Commissioner Appointee
Rep. Dan Douglas, House Public Transportation Committee Appointee
Sen. Bill Sample, Senate Transportation, Technology & Legislative Affairs Committee Appointee
Rep. Andy Davis, Joint Budget Committee Appointee
Cleburne County Judge Jerry Holmes, Countywide Elected Official Appointee
Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin, Municipal Elected Official
Randy Zook, Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce Appointee
Philip Taldo, Arkansas Economic Development Commission Appointee
Brett Powell, Department of Higher Education Appointee
Larry Walther, Department of Finance & Administration Appointee
Guy Washburn, Arkansas Asphalt Pavement Association, At-large Appointee
Shannon Newton, Arkansas Truckers Association, At-large Appointee
Charlie Weaver, President of Weaver-Bailey Contractors, Inc., At-large Appointee
Craig Douglass, Arkansas Good Roads and Transportation Council, At-large Appointee
Jackson Williams, Attorney at Williams & Anderson PLC, At-large Appointee
Frank Scott Jr., State Highway Commissioner, At-large Appointee
Dr. Robin Bowen, President of Arkansas Tech University, At-large Appointee
Rep. Prissy Hickerson, At-large Appointee
The Governor’s Biennial Restore Hope Summit:
Equipping Business & Faith Leaders on Foster Care and Prison Re-entry
Governor Hutchinson's invitation to the 2017 Restore Hope Summit
About the Governor's Restore Hope Summit
The Governor’s Restore Hope Summit aims at engaging business and faith leaders across Arkansas in caring for kids in the state foster care system and individuals who are re-entering society from prison. The governor’s call to engage business and faith leaders cuts across differences in religion, politics, and geography, and recognizes that communities offer personal relationships, accountability, and a hope of a greater future.
The Governor’s Restore Hope Summit will include remarks from Governor Hutchinson, leadership from the Arkansas Department of Human Services and the Department of Community Correction, leaders in re-entry and foster care ministry, businesses and not-for-profit organizations, as well as keynote speakers that will inspire attendees to be Voices of Hope for our fellow Arkansans. This means more homes and mentors for foster children, and more housing and jobs for those leaving incarceration.
Finally, the Governor’s Restore Hope Summit will offer business owners, faith leaders, clergy and lay leaders alike, the tools and the ability to expand, refine, or even partner with existing programs in the local community.
Recap of the Governor's 2015 Restore Hope Summit
Governor's Press Conference on Restore Hope Summit
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JLTV Press Conference
The application period for the Arkansas Governor’s Intern Program is CLOSED.
This select group of young men and women from across the Natural State dedicate their time, talents, energy, and service to the office of Governor. These committed citizens become a part of the Governor’s team. The assignments given to an intern on any given day could include but are not limited to researching a topic, managing incoming inquiries, attending legislative interim committee meetings, and writing memos.
While the interns’ responsibilities and tasks vary by department, all interns are united through weekly events including a bi-weekly speaker series and small group meetings exploring different policy aspects of the Executive Office of the Governor. Most importantly, the internship experience includes an emphasis on serving others with a service project organized and fulfilled by interns and selected staff members.
All application materials, including recommendations, must be submitted on or before the application deadline. Please read all of the following instructions and see Internship FAQs before starting your application.
Am I eligible to apply for a Governor’s Internship?
Applicants must be U.S. citizens, 18 years of age on or before the first day of the internship, and meet at least one of the following criteria:
- Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at a college, community college, or university (two-to-four year institution). Applicants need to have completed their freshman year of college.
- Graduated from an undergraduate or graduate degree program at a college, community college, or university (two-to-four year institution) no more than two years before the first day of the internship. Graduate and law students are encouraged to apply.
- A veteran of the United States Armed Forces who possesses a high school diploma or its equivalent and has served on active duty, for any length of time, in the two years preceding the first day of the internship.
What should I submit with my application?
- Current resume
- A minimum of two references or recommendations
How do I submit my application correctly?
- All applications must be submitted online
- All application materials, including recommendations, must be submitted on or before the application deadline.
Internship and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
When is the application deadline?
The application deadline is Monday, March 5, 2018.
What are the dates of the internship?
Monday, June 4th - Friday, July 27th
May I mail my application?
No. Only applications submitted via our website will be reviewed.
Do you have to be a U.S. citizen to apply?
Yes. To be eligible for the Governor’s Summer Intern Program you must be a United States citizen.
Is the Governor’s Summer Intern Program a Paid Position?
No. The Governor’s Summer Intern Program is unpaid. Applicants are encouraged to contact educational institutions and other non-profit organizations to apply for assistance as needed.
Do you have to be in college to apply?
Yes. Current undergraduate students will need to have completed their first year in college to be eligible to apply. Graduate and law students are encouraged to apply.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens, 18 years of age on or before the first day of the internship, and meet at least one of the following criteria:
- Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at a college, community college, or university (two-to-four year institution)
- Graduated from an undergraduate or graduate degree program at a college, community college, or university (two-to-four year institution) no more than two years before the first day of the internship
- A veteran of the United States Armed Forces who possesses a high school diploma or its equivalent and has served on active duty, for any length of time, in the two years preceding the first day of the internship
Is my political preference a deciding factor in applying for the Governor’s Summer Intern Program?
No. It is essential, however, that applicants are dedicated to the ideals and mission of the Governor’s Internship Program.
The following form is to be filled out by School Counselors ONLY.
On behalf of Governor Asa Hutchinson, the Arkansas Department of Education is pleased to announce that the Governor’s Scholastic Honors Day will be held April 28, 2018, at the Governor's Mansion in Little Rock.
Scholastic Honors Day recognizes Arkansas’ best and brightest students. Public and private high schools are encouraged to select two students who best represent academic achievement in the senior class. Selection criteria are at the school’s discretion.
Registration must be completed by the schools’ counselors and submitted online by 4 p.m. April 6, 2018.
After registering online, each student’s high school counselor and parents will receive a letter with more information.
Information for Students and Families Invited to Attend Scholastic Honors Day 2018.
- The address to the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion is 1800 Center Street, Little Rock (Do not go to the State Capitol).
- Arrive 15 minutes earlier than your designated arrival time.
- Business attire is strongly encouraged.
- Immediate family is invited.
- Your picture will be taken with the Governor and the First Lady.
- You will receive a certificate of recognition.
- Honors Day activities include touring the Mansion and its landscaped gardens.
- There is no formal program.
- Refreshments and light snacks will be served.
- A voter-registration booth will be provided by the Secretary of State’s Office.
Things to Do in Little Rock
Little Rock’s attractions are as diverse as the city’s landscape, and offer a wide variety of fun. We cover it all – history, arts and culture, sustainability, nature, sports, urban outdoor adventure, family fun, and everything in between.
For a complete list of things to do while in Little Rock, visit: http://www.littlerock.com/things-to-do/.
Governor Asa Hutchinson's Middle Class Income Tax Cut
In his first major act in office, Governor Asa Hutchinson signed his Middle Class Income Tax Cut into law, fulfilling his top campaign commitment. This tax cut will return as much as $540 annually to nearly 500,000 taxpayers, and is the largest income tax rate reduction in the history of Arkansas.
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The tax cut lowers the top 7% rate to 6% and the 6% rate to 5%. In a two-worker household this reduction is available for both earners, meaning a middle class Arkansas family with two wage earners could see savings of up to $1080 per year.
Adam and Melissa Koehler of Cabot, both educators, accompanied Governor Hutchinson as he signed the tax cut into law. They would save more than $500 annually under the new law.
The Governor’s tax cut received broad bi-partisan support in both chambers, which demonstrates a strong desire in Arkansas to provide relief to taxpayers, and make our tax code more competitive, starting with the middle class.
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Launched in 2013, Code.org® is a non-profit dedicated to expanding participation in computer science by making it available in more schools, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. Our vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science. We believe computer science and computer programming should be part of the core curriculum in education, alongside other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses, such as biology, physics, chemistry and algebra.
CoderDojo is a global volunteer-led community of free programming clubs for young people. These young people, between 7 and 17, learn how to code, develop websites, apps, programs, games and explore technology. In addition to learning to code
Citizen Schools is dedicated to helping all children discover and achieve their dreams.
We mobilize a team to enable public middle schools in low-income communities to provide alonger learning day rich with opportunities. Our deep partnerships with schools put young adultson track to succeed by connecting the resources of communities, companies, governments, andphilanthropies.
Play My Code
A great many people have at least one great game in them. And what those people want- often more than anything- is to get that game out and in front of the world. Problem is, today's game creation tools are somewhere between prohibitively complex and just plain flawed, and if they're not hopelessly broken then they're so "simple" (read: restrictive) that prospective game designers are effectively just filling in the gaps of someone else's unfinished game.
The Governor's Communications Department
Director - J.R. Davis (@JR__Davis)
Governor Hutchinson’s Communications Department – also known as the “press shop” – handles all things media for the office on a daily basis. Those responsibilities are comprised of a number of different tasks, including, but not limited to, preparing all public statements from the Governor, crafting and distributing news releases, radio addresses, and talking points for speeches, news conferences and interviews, as well as video production and photography. The Department also maintains the Governor’s website and social media platforms.
For all media inquiries, please email email@example.com or call (501) 682-3642.
NOTE: Flag notifications are displayed prominently at the bottom of the homepage. There you will find the status of both the Arkansas flag and the United States flag on any given day. To receive special notifications from the Governor’s Office, CLICK HERE for “Citizens Alerts," choose the notifications you would like to receive and enter your email address.
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YOUniversal Scholarship Application
We understand that the scholarship application process can be confusing at times. In order to try to minimize this, the Arkansas Department of Education has compiled a complete guide to using the YOUniversal system to manage your state scholarships. This document contains detailed instructions and tips for using the YOUniversal system.
Arkansas Special Nutrition Program
The Special Nutrition Programs (SNP) provide reimbursement for well-balanced, nutritious meals served to individuals enrolled in the Child Care Food Program (CACFP), National School Lunch Program (NSLP), Special Milk Program (SMP), and the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). For additional information about a specific program, please use the links to the left. In Arkansas these programs are administered by the Arkansas Department of Human Services, Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education, Special Nutrition Programs.
No Kid Hungry
More than one in four (27.8 percent) of children in Arkansas face a constant struggle against hunger.
Hungry children have trouble concentrating, get more headaches and infections, are more likely to be hospitalized and are less likely to perform well on athletic fields and in classrooms. It's simply much harder for children at risk of hunger to thrive.
On May 28, 2009 an Executive Order to encourage the reduction of energy consumption by state agencies and the environmental impact of state agency operations. The Executive Order requires all executive branch agencies under the jurisdiction of the Governor to develop and submit individual Strategic Energy Plans (SEPs) with the following goals:
- Reducing each agency’s annual agency maintenance and operating budget devoted to energy consumption, and
- Promoting agency operations and practices that will reduce, to the extent practicable, the environmental impact of the agency’s overall operation
Green.Arkansas.Gov was created to serve as a central information repository for state agencies as well as the general public, providing information on 'Go Green' initiatives and energy saving ideas at the state and national level.
Arkansas College and Career Planning System
Deciding what you want to do with your life can be an overwhelming decision. And no matter how prepared you are, life can sometimes throw you a curveball. Going to college, enrolling in career and technical training programs, finding your dream job, or starting your own business are all possibilities. This Web site has tools and information to help you make informed decisions.
Arkansas's First Lady
First Lady Susan Hutchinson brings to the Governor’s Mansion a lifetime of experience advocating for and working with children.
Immediately prior to assuming the role of First Lady, the former schoolteacher spent several years on the board of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Benton County, one of 16 non-profit Children’s Advocacy Centers around the state that work with abused children. Among other initiatives, Mrs. Hutchinson hopes to see the establishment of more Children’s Advocacy Centers throughout Arkansas.
As Arkansas’s first lady, Mrs. Hutchinson also hopes to inspire educators to incorporate music into the daily lives of students. Ideally, she believes every child should have the chance to learn to play a musical instrument — at least for one full school year. The first lady herself plays the piano and all four of her children learned to play instruments.
Mrs. Hutchinson sees the arts as “brain builders” for children and hopes to advocate for more exposure to the arts in general for students in Arkansas.
Among the organizations with which the first lady is committed to working are the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra (she’s served as a member of the ASO guild for several years), the Museum of Discovery and Arkansas Children’s Hospital. In the past, Mrs. Hutchinson has served on regional boards of the American Heart Association and the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.
A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Susan grew up “as blue-collar as you can get” as the second of seven children. She was the valedictorian of Fulton High School with designs on being a doctor once she attended college at Bob Jones University in South Carolina. Instead, after graduation she taught biology and algebra in Memphis, where she maintained a relationship with an ambitious Arkansas man she met in college named Asa Hutchinson.
The governor and first lady have now been married for 44 years. They have four children, six grandchildren and a 10-year-old rescue cat named Snowflake.
On August 13, 2015, the first lady was named co-chairman of the L.C. and Daisy Bates Museum Foundation's brick fundraiser to preserve Little Rock's rich history in the civil rights movement. Proceeds will go toward renovations at the former home of civil-rights activist Daisy Lee Gatson Bates. To participate in the ongoing initiative, click here.
Please fill out our form below or download and print the paper form and mail in.
Proclamation guidelines are issued by the Office of the Governor to provide recognition for special events or significant issues. The goal of a proclamation is to honor and celebrate events or to increase awareness of significant issues of importance to Arkansans.
- Proclamation requests and wording may be submitted using the Proclamation Request Form.
- All proclamations must be submitted to the Office of Correspondence with at least a 30-day notice to allow for the approval process and the production of the document itself.
- Proclamations may recognize a day, week, or month.
- Each proclamation request MUST come from an Arkansas resident. This includes requests from national, international, or out-of-state organizations.
- Proclamations are not issued in honor of living individuals or of organizations. Other forms of recognition for individuals are provided. For more information, contact the Office of Correspondence at 501-682-3623.
- Proclamations must have statewide significance.
- Proclamations should reflect inclusiveness, not exclusiveness, and recognize that the strength of our democracy is our diversity. It must not take sides in matters of political, ideological, or religious controversy, or individual convictions.
- Proclamations are not automatically renewed. Requests must be made on an annual basis. If the request is for a repeat of a previous proclamation, a copy of that document should be included with the request form.
- Proclamations are issued at the discretion of the Governor and must be approved by the Governor's Office.
- Each request should include the exact wording of your proclamation. However, the Governor's Office reserves the right to alter the wording of any requested proclamation.
- If your request for a proclamation is denied, you may be offered a letter from the Governor in its place.
- Organizations are limited to two proclamation requests within the same calendar year. Please prioritize your requests.
- Please do not make announcements or plans for the proclamation until you have received word of its approval from the Governor's staff.
- Proclamations must not be used in whole or as part of a for-profit advertisement or commercial promotion.
- All proclamations, once finalized, are posted on the Governor's Web site.
The Seal will not be used in connection with alcohol or tobacco related products. It will not be used in connection with products carrying sexist, religious, or racist statements, products disparaging other states or used for profit purposes.
Guidelines for Seal
The Seal is not to be redrawn on or altered in any way, including changing proportions of any of the components. Other design elements such as lines, rules, or type must not touch or overlap the Seal in any way. All parts of the Seal must be printed solid, not screened or textured. The Seal can only be used in two colors, gold and black. When the Seal is used in one color, black ink must be used.
Please choose the appropriate request form from the drop down below and answer as accurately as possible.
Please read the Proclamations Request Guidelines before submitting a request.
Requests for Proclamations are only accepted from Arkansas residents. Please provide the following information regarding your proclamation request. All fields are required for consideration.
Governor's Boards and Commissions Office
Director - Bruce Campbell
The Governor is responsible for appointing members to approximately 350 boards and commissions in the State and seeks the most qualified candidates for these appointed positions. He encourages all Arkansans to participate in state government by applying for appointment to one of these boards or commissions.
Interested applicants may fill out the Online Application for Appointment for consideration.
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The Governor's Office provides executive leadership to the State through many daily functions administered by the departments listed below.
The Governor and his staff would like to hear your comments. Your message will go to the appropriate staff member.
To request the attendance of Governor Hutchinson at a meeting or function, please fill out the Online Scheduling Request for consideration.
The Governor's Office offers several online services to constituents. We've provided a list of them below for ease of access and use. Please let us know if there are additional services that you would like to see online.
To request the attendance of Governor Hutchinson at meeting or function, please fill out the Online Scheduling Request for consideration.
Boards and Commissions Application for Appointment
To be considered for an appointment to an Arkansas Board or Commission, please fill out the Online Application for Appointment.
Proclamation Request Form
To request a proclamation from Governor Hutchinson, please read the Proclamations Request Guidelines first and then submit a request using the Online Proclamation Request for consideration. Once they are submitted and approved, you may view the Proclamations online.
Contact Us Form
If you have a question or comment for the Governor's Office, you may use the Contact Us Form to submit your information.
State Seal Use Form
To request the use of the Arkansas State Seal, please fill out the State Seal Form.
Application for Internship
Interesting in becoming an intern for the Office of the Governor? Apply now for consideration in our intern program.
Application for Employment
If you are interested in being added to the Governor's staff, please apply today.
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Governor Asa Hutchinson
Asa Hutchinson was sworn in as the 46th Governor of Arkansas in January 2015, and immediately set in motion his plan to bring more jobs and economic growth to his native state.
Governor Hutchinson kept a major campaign promise by working to pass the biggest income tax rate cut in state history. His initiative to require computer-coding classes in every public high school makes Arkansas a national leader and signals to businesses everywhere that our students will be prepared for the 21st century economy.
In addition, the Governor’s emphasis on government efficiencies — including a hiring freeze instituted on his first day — have resulted in taxpayer savings and better focused state services.
As part of his strategy to market Arkansas and attract more jobs and businesses to the state, Governor Hutchinson already has met with CEOs of major industries across the globe from Silicon Valley to France, Japan, Israel, Germany, China and Cuba.
On the national stage, Governor Hutchinson has been a key leader on energy, security and education.
The Governor is the former chairman of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC), Southern States Energy Board (SSEB) and the Southern Regional Education Board.
Before being elected governor, Asa Hutchinson served as Director of the Drug Enforcement Administration and as the first Undersecretary of the Department of Homeland Security. Voters in Arkansas’s Third District also elected him to Congress three times.
A graduate of the University of Arkansas law school, Asa Hutchinson, at age 31, was appointed by President Reagan as the nation's youngest U.S. attorney.
He and his wife Susan have been married 44 years. They have four children and six grandchildren.