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Gene Higginbotham Takes Helm of Arkansas Waterways Commission

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I’m very proud of my brother!  Congratulations Gene, I know your hard work and dedication is what got you there!

Arkansas Waterways Commission names new Executive Director
Gene Higginbotham Takes Helm of Arkansas Waterways Commission

LITTLE ROCK, AR (April 26, 2012): Gene Higginbotham has been selected by Arkansas Waterways Commission to replace Keith Garrison, who served as Executive Director for ten years, and retires May 31, 2012.

Before joining Arkansas Waterways Commission, Higginbotham served as Deputy District Director for United States Representative Mike Ross. He also held several staff positions with United States Senator Mark Pryor.

Higginbotham holds degrees from Arkansas State University-Beebe, Southeastern Oklahoma State University and Georgia State University.

“Gene Higginbotham has served as my Deputy District Director for almost 5 years,” said Ross. “While I’m sad to lose a valuable member of my staff, I know the Arkansas Waterways Commission has hired the best person for the job of Executive Director of the Arkansas Waterways Commission. Gene is very knowledgeable of the needs and challenges facing waterways issues and has forged key relationships with important stakeholders like the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission, numerous Levee Districts, as well as many other organizations. Gene will truly be an asset to the State of Arkansas and the Commission as its next Executive Director.”

“Gene is one of the hardest working people I know,” Pryor said. “He earned the name ‘Road Warrior’ for his tireless effort traveling the state working to help Arkansas communities with their needs. Gene’s experience and enthusiasm will serve the Arkansas Waterways Commission well.”

Arkansas Waterways Commission was established in 1967 to develop, promote, and protect the commercially navigable waterways of Arkansas for waterborne transportation and economic development for the welfare of the people of Arkansas. A 2002 study by Arkansas Waterways Commission, in partnership with the Mack-Blackwell Transportation Center, reported that the water transportation industry impacts the Arkansas economy at $811 million.

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