The Little Rock Regional Chamber has named a new director of business retention and expansion. Raymond Omar Long will serve as the chamber’s new director, where he will oversee the existing industry support program.
In his new role, Long will identify direct assistance needs and trends that the chamber and its partners can respond to. Over the course of a year, the chamber conducts more than one hundred visits to existing industries and businesses in the Little Rock area, as existing businesses propel the majority of economic growth and job creation.
“We’re excited to add a proven professional like Raymond to our chamber team,” Jay Chesshir, President and CEO of the Little Rock Regional Chamber, said in a statement. “His diverse experience and local community connections will allow him to easily transition into this new role and help grow the positive impact our team can have on local businesses.”
Most recently, Long served as the director of programs for the Urban League of the State of Arkansas. He also served as the founding executive director of Better Start Foundation from 2016 to 2019.
He has served on Mayor Frank Scott Jr.’s Transition Education Subcommittee and participated in Leadership Greater Little Rock Glass XXXV.