Greenbrier Chamber of Commerce
For over 15 years, the Greenbrier Chamber has served as an integral part of what makes our community a great place to work, play and call home. In the past few years especially, we have made the transition from civic organization to true business resource. We realize that the actions we take, or neglect to take this year to improve our community will affect it for years to come. Now, every strategy, program and service is created specifically to provide a direct business benefit to our chamber members.
The Greenbrier Chamber of Commerce is meant to be an agent of growth and change--designed to meet the needs of our community. We are the only agency with a three-part reach that involves business development, community development and political advocacy. We know we must have a broad view and a helpful hand in order to achieve these goals.
Our organization of individuals and businesses are progressively joining together to advance the commercial, financial, industrial and civic interests of our area. We are given our mission and strategic goals from our Board of Directors who are selected from the Chamber’s membership each year and are responsible for setting the policies of the organization.
The Greenbrier Chamber of Commerce is loosely affiliated with The Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce and The U.S. Chamber of Commerce--which is the world's largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations. More than 96% of U.S. Chamber members are small businesses with 100 employees or fewer.
If you would like to be a part of laying the foundation and setting the goals for Greenbrier’s next generation of business, community and economic growth, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
City of Greenbrier
For many years the Greenbrier Chamber of Commerce has been instrumental in the success that the community and its residents have enjoyed. “Greenbrier is a unique community in that we have experienced tremendous growth while keeping our commitment to a small town, family-focused lifestyle,” said Amie Regester, past executive director of the chamber.
Many are drawn to the city’s warm and inviting atmosphere. Local schools provide a quality education, with additional opportunity afforded through several colleges and universities. The many recreational opportunities–available for all ages–as well as the scenic beauty that the area offers are certainly an added plus. (Copy courtesy of 501 Advertising and Publishing)
Prior to European settlement, Native American tribes, including the Quapaw and later the Cherokee Indians, lived in the area. Several historical figures of the Wild West such as Jim Bowie and Jesse James passed through the Greenbrier region toward Oklahoma and Texas. Settlers such as the Wiley brothers settled near East Fork Cadron around 1818, which is about eight miles east of Greenbrier today. In 1837, Jonathan Hardin settled near the Wiley settlement. Also in the early 19th century, the Casharagos settled north of Greenbrier in the present community of Republican.
Greenbrier is a town that developed from a minor brothel on the Butterfield Stagecoach route into a bustling city. The town was named for the painfully prickly greenbriar vines which grew along the creek through the town; removing these dense and thorny thickets was apparently a memorable experience for the founders. Greenbrier is located 12 miles north of Conway on Highway 65. Recent years have seen continued growth as Greenbrier becomes a bedroom community for nearby Conway.
Geography / Location
Greenbrier is located at 35°13′46″N 92°23′21″W (35.229444, -92.389052) in Faulkner County, Arkansas and in terms of size, the population was 4,706 in the 2010 U.S. Census. Also, according to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.8 square miles (20 km2), ubiquitously land.
As of the census of 2000, there were 3,042 people, 1,137 households, and 892 families residing in the city. The population density was 392.6 people per square mile (151.6/km²). There were 1,247 housing units at an average density of 160.9 per square mile (62.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.37% White, 0.59% Black or African American, 0.46% Native American, 0.07% Asian, 0.36% from other races, and 1.15% from two or more races. 0.99% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 1,137 households out of which 42.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.7% were married couples living together, 13.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.5% were non-families. 19.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.06.
In the city, the population was spread out with 30.3% under the age of 18, 9.1% from 18 to 24, 31.9% from 25 to 44, 18.9% from 45 to 64, and 9.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 92.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.6 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $37,351, and the median income for a family was $43,125. Males had a median income of $28,699 versus $24,630 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,950. About 7.2% of families and 9.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.0% of those under age 18 and 10.5% of those age 65 or over.