Military members and their families will now have a new employment resource in Arkansas as part of the state’s “Place to Call Home” initiative.
Arkansas officials unveiled HomeBaseArkansas.com on Nov. 11, 2020 – Veteran’s Day – which is designed to be a “one-stop website for service members and their families,” according to an Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC) news release. The site is a collaboration between AEDC, the Arkansas Development Finance Authority and the Northwest Arkansas Council.
According to the Home Base Arkansas website, the site was developed with service members in mind who are considering Arkansas as a new home. “Home Base Arkansas was created to support service members who are relocating to Arkansas, or those transitioning out of uniform and looking for a permanent home,” Colonel Robert Ator, Director of Military Affairs for AEDC, said in a statement
Home Base Arkansas provides an array of information and resources for service members, including information on military benefits, employment, education and relocation assistance. In addition, the website lists available tax exemptions, licensure portability and housing information.
The centerpiece of the site, though, is the Workforce Connection job database. Using this database, military members will be able to locate available positions throughout Arkansas. Individuals will be able to identify jobs that are relevant to their degrees and experience.
“Our veterans, retired military service members, and active duty service members all bring a variety of skills and experiences that are unique to military service,” Gov. Asa Hutchinson said. “They enhance a community in ways that no others can. Thus, we have partnered with industry to provide employment, apprenticeships, and educational opportunities to veterans and service members transitioning to civilian life. This tool will allow them to look for opportunities that match interests, training, and skills.”
Home Base Arkansas will also have an in-person representative who will be available to discuss living resources in Arkansas. Brad West will serve as the representative and will be contracted to attend Transition Assistance Program briefings.