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Conway, Arkansas

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Conway is located in the central portion of the current U.S. state of Arkansas.  Prior to United States settlement, this area was inhabited by the Osage and Quapaw peoples.  Following discovery and removal of the initial native nations, this land was promised to the western Cherokee Nation.  They never saw an acre.

As for Conway, Arkansas itself, the city was founded by Asa P. Robinson, who was the chief engineer for the Little Rock-Fort Smith Railroad (which is now known as Union Pacific).  He was awarded this particular tract of land as compensation for his duties.  Robinson originally named the town “Conway Station”, in honor of a famous Arkansas family, in 1872.  Conway, Arkansas would officially be incorporated on October 16th, 1875.

Today, according to a 2015 estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau, the city of Conway, Arkansas has a total population of 64,980 people.  This makes it the seventh most populous city in the state of Arkansas.  Conway, Arkansas is considered part of the Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, Arkansas Metropolitan Statistical Area.  The Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, Arkansas Metropolitan Statistical area, according to that same 2015 estimate, has a total population of 731,612 people.  This makes it the 76th most populous metropolitan area in the United States.

Conway, Arkansas’s present-day economy is dominated by the Acxiom Corporation.  This “global interactive marketing services company” founded in 1969 in Conway, is the largest employer in the city, responsible for 1,500 jobs in total.  One of Conway, Arkansas’s other largest employers is Hewlett Packard Enterprise, who employ 1,200 locals.  Hewlett Packard arrived on the scene in Conway, Arkansas in 2008, when they announced the opening of a facility in the area.

Conway, Arkansas isn’t all about business, however.  The University of Central Arkansas is also located in the city.  The University of Central Arkansas, which was established in 1907 and as of 2015 has a $48.6 million endowment, is a public research university.  UCA, which began operation as a Normal School, has the distinction of historically being the primary source of teachers in Arkansas.  Presently, though, the University of Central Arkansas is known for its programs in nursing, education, physical therapy, business, performing arts, and psychology.  Additionally, the school is home to the Norbert O. Schedler Honors College, one of the first of its kind in the country.  The University of Central Arkansas’ Bears & Sugar Bears play in NCAA Division I – Southland Conference.

Elsewhere in the city of Conway, Arkansas, is the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre.  The Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre is Arkansas’s only professional Shakespeare theater.  Conway, Arkansas is also well known as a sport-fishing destination.  In fact, it is home “to the largest man-made Game and Fish commission lake in the United States,” Lake Conway.  Lake Conway is home to largemouth bass, crappie, gar, catfish, bream, bowfin, and many other fascinating aquatic species.  It hosts the annual Arkansas Crappie Masters State Tournament.  Conway, Arkansas also hosts the annual Toad Suck Daze festival.

Any chance you own a small business in the Conway, Arkansas area?  Considering embarking upon such an endeavor?  These resources could help you if such an accomplishment is your eventual goal:

Apply for a Business License in Conway, Arkansas:

https://www.businesslicenses.com/Licenses/AR/Faulkner/Conway-0504515190/

Operating a Business in Conway, Arkansas:

http://cityofconway.org/media/government/city-clerk-treasurers-office/Operating_a_Business_Generally_in_Conway.pdf

Conway Area Chamber of Commerce:

http://www.conwaychamber.org/

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