It's an exciting time to be a part of the Benton community. The Event Center has now seen in excess of 110,000 visitors since October 1, 2013. UALR continues to make improvements and enrollment has remained stable. Exit 121 will bring the Kroger Marketplace, Academy Sports, and many first class stores and restaurants, with the grand opening still scheduled for June/July 2015. As you are aware, Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott had its grand opening last September, the first new hotel in Benton in 27 years. Street improvements are underway for Riverside Park and the groundbreaking ceremony is set for July 4th, which will be held in conjunction with the City of Benton's Independence Day Bash. 2014 was an exciting year, and set the stage for an even more eventful 2015. I am excited to have the chance to continue as your mayor for the next 4 years and look forward to many positive things that are going to be happening in our community.
Mayor David Mattingly