The Delta Symphony Orchestra serves the Northeast Arkansas Delta Region, and its headquarters are located in Jonesboro, a city of distinction in Northeast Arkansas. We are the 5th largest city in Arkansas, with a population of over 71,000. Our Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) is over 125,000. Jonesboro is centrally located with easy access to other major markets, including America's Distribution Center, Memphis, Tennessee.
Jonesboro provides a positive business environment with a diversified economic foundation. A well qualified workforce, low cost utilities, the training capabilities of Arkansas State University and an overall low cost of doing business are just a few reasons why many companies are proud to call Jonesboro home. In addition, the quality of life is exceptional, with a high-quality educational system, excellent healthcare facilities, abundant retail opportunities and numerous recreational and cultural activities available. Jonesboro is a proven leader in a number of categories attractive to business, including geography, favorable climate, viable economy, advantageous tax structure, affordable housing, low crime rate, growing medical community, opportunity for education, expanding retail and industrial community, recreational opportunities, cultural, sports and civic organizations, plus low utility costs.
The Jonesboro MSA was recently recognized as 7th strongest in the nation for manufacturing. There are more than 100 industrial plants or facilities in the Jonesboro area. The city includes not only attractive plant sites in four industrial parks, but also a high-quality transportation infrastructure. Jonesboro is served by two railroads; 42 trucking companies, and a regional airport which offers airline service to Dallas/Fort Worth. Memphis International Airport is only 1 hour away.Jonesboro’s industrial community includes plants of major U.S. firms such as Nestlé, Butterball, L.L.C., Frito-Lay, Hytrol, Post Cereals, Riceland Foods, International Paper, Thomas & Betts, Great Dane Trailers, Quebecor World, Alberto - Culver, Nice-Pak, and Nordex.
About Arkansas State University
Established in 1909, Arkansas State University (A-State) is a public research university and is the flagship campus of the Arkansas State University System, the state's second largest college system and second largest university by enrollment. It is located atop 1,376 acres (5.6 km2) on Crowley's Ridge in Jonesboro.
The ASU system includes campuses in Jonesboro (Craighead County), which offers degree programs through the doctoral level; Beebe (White County), Mountain Home (Baxter County), and Newport (Jackson County), where associate degree programs are offered; and at Heber Springs, Marked Tree, and Searcy. Arkansas State University-Beebe became part of the ASU System in 1955. It associated with White River Vo-Tech at Newport in 1992; that campus attained stand-alone status and is now Arkansas State University-Newport. The Mountain Home campus officially became ASU-Mountain Home on July 1, 1995. Delta Technical Institute at Marked Tree merged with ASU and became Arkansas State University Technical Center on July 1, 2001. A new campus was built for ASU-Heber Springs, which operates as a sister campus of ASU-Beebe. Foothills Technical Institute at Searcy was merged with ASU-Beebe on July 1, 2003, and is now ASU-Searcy, a technical institute of ASU-Beebe.
ASU offers bachelor's degree programs, master's degree programs and upper level courses through ASU degree centers at ASU-Beebe, ASU-Mountain Home, and three other cities -- Blytheville, Forrest City, and West Memphis—where partnership agreements have been established in cooperation with the local community colleges. ASU also operates an instructional site at nearby Paragould in Greene County.
A-State has grown rapidly over the past 20 years. Current enrollment for the Jonesboro campus stands close to 14,000, and the system has an enrollment of greater than 21,000.