The City of Trumann is one step closer to making the Sims/Talbot Adult Education and Worker Training Center a reality after receiving a grant for $206,000 from the Delta Regional Authority. Trumann's future education center was one of seven projects in the Delta that recently received grants from the DRA this month.
The project has steadily been taking in grants and donations to reach its goal with $250,000 donated by the Sims family, $8,100 raised by the Friday Night at the Show event, and an Arkansas Economic Development Commission federal block grant of $82,500.
With the latest grant, Trumann Chamber of Commerce member Barbara Lewallen said the city is very close to getting the total funding needed for the project. The center will offer basic adult education classes, industry workforce training, and will serve as a training center for local industries. The center will be built on land on Melton Street donated by the Patterson family of Jonesboro.
"We had a lot of help," Lewallen said. "This project was undertaken by the Trumann Chamber of Commerce and the Trumann Industrial Development Commission for the benefit of the citizens of Trumann. We all understand education is the key to economic development. The city as a whole supports education. We feel that is crucial to development."