This past November, Arkansas voters passed Issue 1, a constitutional amendment allowing a temporary, 1/2¢ sales tax that will directly support highways, roads and streets across The Natural State. The project will continue construction of four-lane highways to connect all four corners of the state, and widening existing highways to help ease congestion over the next 10 years. The tax goes into effect on July 1, 2013.
On Tuesday, March 5, Scott Bennett, director of the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department, will discuss Issue 1 and how it affects us all during “Breakfast with Bennett” at 7:45 a.m. during the 39th annual Arkansas Governor’s Conference on Tourism in Hot Springs. The annual conference, which focuses on tourism and hospitality industries and issues, will be held March 3-5.
Scott Bennett has served as the director of the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department since September 2011.
Bennett began his career with AHTD as a summer employee in the department’s District 10 office. Following graduation from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, he began working full time for the department’s Planning and Research Division as a civil engineer. He held various titles in the Statewide Planning and Research sections until completing his master’s degree in 1994. Bennett became the section head of Technical Services in 1995 and assistant division head of Planning and Research in 1996. In 1998, he transferred to assistant division head of Programs and Contract and was promoted to the division head of Planning and Research in 2002. In April of 2004, he was named the department’s assistant chief engineer for Planning, where his responsibilities included administration of the Department’s highway needs studies, long-range transportation planning, financial planning, policy planning, research programs, traffic safety programs, environmental studies, surveying, and construction project scheduling.
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