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Cross County, Arkansas

No community is an island. We are connected to those around us by ties that are sometimes intangible, sometimes invisible, yet they are there.

We’re connected to our past. Our history and culture has shaped us, leading us up the path we’re on today. We must do what is right to honor those who came before us, making sure that their investments – time, effort, resources and heart – do not go to waste. We are standing on the shoulders of giants who gave their all for the community. They have entrusted us to uphold that tradition, and we will make the most of the opportunity.

We’re connected to our future. Every step we take sets the stage for those who will follow. Our endeavors must be well-thought-out and well-executed. We want our children and grandchildren to be proud to live here because of what we do today.

We are connected to this moment. Now is the time for action, and this strategic planning process gets us organized and motivated to do more than we ever imagined. We’ve been ambitious with our plans but that’s not unusual for our county. We know that we have a lot to offer – our plan reflects that knowledge.

In Cross County, we’re not strangers to leading the way – we have a deep bench of very skilled people throughout the county who have proven themselves again and again. It is through these leaders that we will move ahead, harnessing our energy to become even better. Yet, we also want to cultivate new leaders, encouraging our citizens of all ages to get involved. There is much to do – it will take a united effort to accomplish our goals.

We’re connected to each other, to our neighbors in East Arkansas and to our country. This is a unique opportunity for Cross County, and we’re thankful to be a part of it. What we learn we will gladly share with those around us, as we also learn from others. While our nation continues to climb out of the grips of recession, we will all have to consider new ways of doing what we’ve always done. By forging new partnerships, we can rise together. We are all connected: our people, our communities, our roots, our heritage and our possibilities.

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