Allison Thompson, the President and CEO of the Economic Development Alliance for Jefferson County said Thursday that she was happy that Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders had decided to keep Clifton O’Neal as the head of the Arkansas Economic Development Commissions.

Appearing on the Oldies 1013 morning show, Thompson said she and O’Neal had worked with Jefferson County very closely in the past.

Morning show host Greg Horne asked Thompson what projects they are working on in an effort to recruit new businesses and industries to Pine Bluff, Jefferson County and Southeast Arkansas and Thompson said this.

Thompson was asked to expand on the efforts.

“It’s less expensive to buy here, the cost of living is lower, the cost of real estate is lower, the cost of doing business is lower, and the state is talking about lowering the tax rates so we talk about that a lot when we talk to companies,” she said.

She was also asked about the decision by Chick-fil-A to locate a store in Pine Bluff rather than in White Hall.