Harrison, Arkansas

One of the "Best Small Towns in America"

 Located in the heart of the Ozarks, HARRISON, County Seat of Boone County, Arkansas, is a community of approximately 13,000 residents who live, work and play in a city that has the conveniences of an urban area with the benefit of small town friendliness. Harrison is 35 miles south of Branson, MO and 43 miles east of Eureka Springs, AR. It is nationally recognized as one of the "Best Small Towns in America" with a downtown lake and a beautifully renovated town square complete with hanging flower baskets and old-time whittlers relaxing on the park benches.

Climate

The CLIMATE is moderate with four distinct seasons and favors outdoor activities. Each season is special; from flowering springtime, through summer fun and colorful autumn to exciting winter which offers both sunshine and snowfall. The average winter temperature is 45 degrees, and the average summer temperature is 92 degrees. Precipitation is usually well distributed throughout the year. One or more snowfalls occur each winter, but the snow cover usually only remains for a few days. Elevation is 1,359 above sea level.

Economy

The ECONOMY is strong, and unemployment is low thanks to diverse segments that are anchored by a large manufacturing community. Wood products, die-casting, trucking, electronics, and warehousing all play a key role. Agriculture, tourism and a growing retirement population all play a large part in the booming Harrison economy.

Potential Labor Supply

The recruiting area covers a 30 mile radius, approximately 35-45 minutes driving time. The area includes portions of the following counties: Boone, Carroll, Madison, Marion, Newton, and Searcy. The Civilian Labor Force (individuals eligible for employment) for this recruiting area, totals 44,875 persons (March 1998).

Education

The PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM is fully accredited with four elementary schools, a middle school, a Junior High and a Senior High. A broad curriculum includes music and sports. North Arkansas College, offering a wide variety of courses and fields, provides POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION. In addition to traditional liberal arts classes, NAC has one of the leading RN and LPN Nursing Programs in Arkansas. A full range of student activities is available.

Recreation & Sports

Many RECREATIONAL AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES are available in the area. Boone County has two country clubs with golf courses and a racquet club. Five major lakes (Bull Shoals, Norfork, Table Rock, Beaver and Taneycomo) and three major rivers (White, Buffalo and Kings) are close by for fishing, boating and other water sports. City parks provide tennis and basketball courts, picnic facilities, a walking trail, fishing, playground equipment and a municipal pool. There are baseball, softball and soccer fields for league play. The Sports Complex hosts annual sports tournaments, and the large multi-purpose Youth Center is a facility for groups and organizations of all types and ages.

Clubs & Organizations

There are many diverse CIVIC, SERVICE AND SOCIAL CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS available in the area. Kiwanis, Lions, Rotary, Business and Professional Women, Newcomers, League of Women Voters, Senior, RSVP and Garden Clubs are available as well as VETERAN AND FRATERNAL ORGANIZATIONS. The Ozark Arts Council was formed in 1996 as a non-profit organization to promote and encourage the arts in Harrison. The O.A.C. is made up of seven arts-related organizations: The Buffalo River Concert Association, The Harrison Art League, The North Central Arkansas College Pioneer Players, The Theatre Company, The Twentieth Century Club and The Woman's Book Club. The Lyric Theater on the Harrison downtown square was purchased by the O.A.C. in 1999 and is being renovated for live performances. In this first year of operation over 30 plays, concerts, youth events and community activities took place in the theater. As funds become available and renovation is completed, a year-round schedule of weekly events will be established.

Library

The BOONE COUNTY LIBRARY, located in Harrison, serves the 33,000 residents of Boone County. Over 65,000 volumes in the collection provide a full range of materials that patrons normally desire. As with any modern library, if an item is not in the collection, it can be obtained by inter-library loan. Other facilities and services of note are the children's collection, the large print collection, the genealogy collection, the small forms collection, Internet access computers and meetings and program facilities. There is also a display area for exhibits.

Health Care

The NORTH ARKANSAS REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER in Harrison is a 174 bed fully certified medical facility providing a wide range of hospital services. NARMC has 700 employees, 49 active medical staff members, 33 consultant physicians and 24-hour emergency service with physician, staff and ambulances.

Travel

TRAVEL is easy, because all of the major roads in Northwest Arkansas intersect in Harrison. US Highways 62, 65 and 412 as well as Arkansas Highway 7 all come through the city. Harrison is also accessible by COMMERCIAL AIR SERVICE at the BOONE COUNTY REGIONAL AIRPORT. Airline service is provided by SeaPort Airlines with daily flights to Memphis, TN. Ground transportation is provided by AVIS rental car at private and corporate travel providing fuel, catering and maintenance. The airport has the 4th largest runway in the state with a runway length of 6,160. The airport has ILS, VOR, NDB, and GPS approaches available.