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Former Little Rock mayor named Arkansas’ next tourism director

Former Little Rock Mayor Jim Dailey will replace Joe David Rice as tourism director of the Arkansas Parks and Tourism Department. (KATV) 

Former Little Rock Mayor Jim Dailey will replace Joe David Rice as tourism director of the Arkansas Parks and Tourism Department. Rice, who is retiring after 30 years with the agency, is the final departure of a veteran management team responsible for managing and promoting the state’s park system and tourism assets.

Kane Webb, executive director of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism, announced late Wednesday (Sept. 20) that Dailey would succeed Rice, who retires Dec. 31. A Little Rock native, Dailey graduated from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and served for more than 20 years as an elected official, 14 of those as mayor of Little Rock from 1993 to 2006.

“Jim Dailey has been a dedicated public servant in The Natural State for most of his adult life and has devoted countless hours and energy to the tourism industry as a member of the Arkansas State Parks, Recreation and Travel Commission. He is a natural fit for this position, and I’m pleased that he has agreed to come on board in this new role. Tourism is one of the state’s leading industries and a major driver of economic development. I am confident that under Jim’s direction, Arkansas Tourism will continue to thrive, innovate and attract visitors from all across the world,” Webb said in a statement.

Dailey is a broker/consultant with Flake & Kelley Commercial Real Estate. He has been president of the National Office Products Association, president of the Arkansas Municipal League, chairman of the Advisory Committee of the National League of Cities, chairman of the FCC Intergovernmental Advisory Committee, a member of the Arkansas Broadband Council, chairman of Little Rock’s Airport Commission, and chairman of the Arkansas State Parks, Recreation and Travel Commission.

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