Pulaski County hires new economic development director

Michael Solomon PictureBy CALVIN PYNN



Pulaski County has found a new economic development director, according to an announcement early Wednesday afternoon.

Michael W. Solomon has been selected by the county to fill the position. Solomon will move to Pulaski County from Goodland, Kan., where he has been serving for three and a half years as the Director of Community Development for the City of Goodland and for Sherman County, Kan.

He has been serving as the Executive Director of the Goodland Area Chamber of Commerce.  Before coming to Goodland, Solomon was the Director of Planning and Economic Development for the City of Lowell, Ark. from 2007 through 2011.

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4 Responses to Pulaski County hires new economic development director

  1. Casper

    June 5, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    Really from Arkansas to the Appalachians? Not very impressive credentials. Economic development? He better hit the ground running because he doesn’t have the experience.

    “Solomon’s private sector employment included six years employment as Fleet Manager for J.B. Hunt Transportation where he was involved in testing Volvo trucks and three years serving as Production Supervisors for Tyson Foods. Michael earned a Bachelors’ Degree from the University of Arkansas where he majored in Political Science.”

    • Va Girl

      June 6, 2014 at 11:56 am

      Casper, did you even read the article? Try reading his LinkedIn profile. Since 2007 this man has been serving in the capacity of economic and community development. If you think it’s such a bad choice maybe you should have applied for the position to “show us all” the best way to do the job. Nice way to welcome someone new to the area…..just brilliant.

  2. James B

    June 6, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    The selection is a curious choice. The two locations that he acted in the capacity of economic development were a 6,000 person county in Kansas and a 7,000 person town/county in Arkansas. Pulaski County is much bigger at 35,000 and is next to two University towns.

    However, even though he doesn’t have the same type of experience, he may turn out to be very good at his job and I agree with VA Girl (may be a first) that he should certainly be welcomed to the community and given every benefit and opportunity to succeed!

  3. roseanna

    June 8, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    I think this is fantastic that they went out of town and got someone. WELCOME TO OUR COUNTY. I just hope you do not join the good ole boys club while you are here. If you do then GOOD BYE. We have enough that are members to that club. I think that we need to find some people to come in and bust this club up and put out of town people In all of the higher up positions. You know it is a shame that you have to be related to some people here to get jobs or whatever. I don’t want to be a member of this GOOD OLE BOYS CLUB. But, good luck to you and may the best come from this pick.

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