Schomburger shared some wisdom that should be instructive for those interested in economic development. He said the company's decision to locate and remain in Fayetteville was driven by several key factors. “I think schools are very good now; health care is very good. Our kids are in the school system here,” Schomburger said. “Secondly, the type of profile we tend to recruit wants to be close to
It should be clear to the Chamber of Cowbirds what was not said, that Procter & Gamble and its 250 employees were not attracted by large commercial billboards, sprawling suburban developments, strip malls, suicide lanes, cheap labor, business back-slapping and glad-handing, taxpayer subsidies, or other forms of corporate welfare. They were attracted by good schools, health care facilities, a funky Dickson Street environment, the University of Arkansas, and a community with parks and trails. That's what works for recruiting the kinds of corporate citizens we want in our community.