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Crawford Announces New Advisory Board

Board members will serve as advisors on policy matters that deal with the Arkansas River system and inland waterways

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Jonesboro, May 31, 2013 | Jonah Shumate (202.225.4076) | comments
Today, Congressman Rick Crawford (R-AR) announced the formation of an advisory board that will provide input and analysis on policy matters that will affect the Mississippi River, its tributaries, and inland waterways. The Arkansas Rivers and Maritime Advisory Council (ARMAC) will be led by Rob Rash of West Memphis. Rash, who is currently the Executive Director of the St. Francis Levee District, has spent most of his professional career working on issues dealing with the Mississippi River and flood control matters.
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Today, Congressman Rick Crawford (R-AR) announced the formation of an advisory board that will provide input and analysis on policy matters that will affect the Mississippi River, its tributaries, and inland waterways. The Arkansas Rivers and Maritime Advisory Council (ARMAC) will be led by Rob Rash of West Memphis. Rash, who is currently the Executive Director of the St. Francis Levee District, has spent most of his professional career working on issues dealing with the Mississippi River and flood control matters.

“I am excited to announce the formation of my Arkansas Rivers and Maritime Advisory Council”, said Crawford. “The Mississippi River and its tributaries are among the greatest natural resources the state of Arkansas has to offer for commerce and transportation. The members of this advisory board will play a critical role in helping to shape river and maritime policy in Washington. I am grateful for the leadership of Rob Rash as well as the participation of each individual who has agreed to serve on this board. I look forward to their input as we prepare to address legislation in Washington that will affect those who work along these rivers and waterways on a regular basis.”

Members of the Arkansas Rivers and Maritime Advisory Council (ARMAC) include:

Bill Reed Riceland Foods
Gene Higginbotham Arkansas Waterways Commission
Randy McNeil Poinsett Rice
Mickey Pendergrass County Judge, Baxter County
Keith Harmon Harmon Farms
Bill Weaver Edmondson, AR
Gay Lacy Arkansas Waterways Commission
George Leavell Wepfer Marine, Inc.
Eric Williams Bunge of Blytheville
Sam Angel Mississippi River Commission
Jason Gustofson Bunge
Wilma Carlock Consolidated Grain & Barge
Raymond Mannis Bruce Oakley - Pendleton
Harry Stephens Cotton Belt Levee District
Charlie Porter Bruce Oakley - Yellow Bend
Scott McGeorge Pine Bluff Sand & Gravel
Martin Chaffin Helena Port Authority
Denny East West Memphis, AR
Dicky Kennemore City of Osceola
Rob Rash St. Francis Levee District
Paul Luker West Memphis Port Authority
Kyle Baltz Baltz Farms of Randolph County
Kenny Gober Yellow Bend Port Authority
Jeremy Baltz Baltz Farms of Randolph County
Lou Ann Nisbett Pine Bluff Port Authority
David Hunt Riceland Foods
Patrick Turley Kinder Morgan - Blytheville
Vince Lawson Lawson & Lawson Towing Co.
Roberts, Chris Farm Credit Mid-South
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