Eddie Powell, Vice Chair for Central Arkansas Water Board of Commissioners, is a retired businessman and native of North Little Rock. He is an avid supporter of the performing arts and since the 1970s has been a leader in governmental affairs, economic development, and efforts to improve opportunities and services to senior citizens and youth.
He was a City Councilman for the City of North Little Rock from 1973 – 1974 and was mayor from 1974 – 1979. During his tenure as mayor, the city expanded the corporate boundaries of the municipality and its water service area and formed the first North Little Rock History Commission. As chairman of the North Little Rock Senior Citizens Task Group in 2001, he led in the successful development of an expanded program and construction agenda for senior citizens services. The task group broke ground in October 2001, for a new $5 million center in the heart of the city. The center opened in 2003. In addition, the History Commission has published two of its most ambitious projects since its creation in 1975: North Little Rock: The Unique City and On the Opposite Shore: The Making of North Little Rock, both written compilations on the City’s history.
Commissioner Powell’s business background includes 35 years as president of the Jack Powell Company of North Little Rock, a brokerage firm founded by his father. He is a past vice president of the North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce, and, as a chamber officer, he was instrumental in the recruitment of new businesses and industries and the growth of existing businesses and industries. He also is a past president of the Arkansas Food Brokers Association and, in 1986, was a board member for the Arkansas Retail Grocers Association, which represented 700 retail stores and associate members and 45,000 employees in the state’s food industry. Commissioner Powell is a past board member for the Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, and Youth Home, Inc., a residential care center. He also is past chairman of the Staff Pastor-Parish Relations Committee for Lakewood United Methodist Church in North Little Rock.
His greatest civic and business accomplishments have been in the areas of senior citizen and youth programs, quality basic municipal services, city employee relations and benefits, economic development, and the performing arts.
His educational achievements include a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology, with a minor in history, from Henderson State University at Arkadelphia. Commissioner Powell is a North Little Rock representative on the CAW Board.