- Associated Press - Monday, April 11, 2016

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Two planning agencies in central Arkansas are contemplating a possible merger with the pending retirement of two top officials at one of them.

Executive Director Jim McKenzie and his top deputy at Metroplan plan to retire in December. Cabot Mayor Bill Cypert said it might be time to merge Metroplan with the Central Arkansas Planning and Development District.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported Monday (https://bit.ly/1XqO2vk) that McKenzie has been at Metroplan 28 years and Richard Magee has been there four decades.

Metroplan was created in 1955 and largely addresses transportation needs. The Central Arkansas Planning and Development District helps cities and counties seek grants for economic development.

Nine Metroplan board members also sit on the district board, including Cypert.



McKenzie said now was a good time to explore linking the agencies.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.arkansasonline.com

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