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Why El Dorado?

Why El Dorado?

Union County is home to the world's largest medium density fiberboard plant, Del-Tin MDF and boasts the country's largest merchant power plant, Entergy- Union Power Station.


El Dorado lies over the second largest Brine reserve in the world, the Dead Sea being the largest. The first U.S. commercial bromine plant was built just south of the El Dorado City limits, and operates today as LanXess- Great Lakes Solutions.


You will find a "can-do" attitude amongst the people of El Dorado and Union County, Arkansas. To grow the industrial base of the region while at the same time preserving the water table of the Sparta Aquifer, regional leaders worked together to develop a second source of water at the Ouachita River. Due to this foresight and partnership, El Dorado and Union County boast 13,000,000 gallons of excess water capacity daily while many other areas of the country suffer from depleting water resources.  We can also now offer "grey water" to industries.


El Dorado has an award winning downtown with a vibrant music scene.  There is something always going on in El Dorado and Union County. Our Main Street and Festival and Events organizations are able to bring in top musical talent throughout the year to our downtown and area cultural venues. The El Dorado Symphony and Orchestra annually offers a robust schedule of performances.  El Dorado's cultural scene is also well represented with the ever evolving art gallery at the Southern Arkansas Culture Center.


The Ouachita River forms part of Union County's northern and eastern borders. Calion Lake is on the northern border and Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge is on the south east border. Public and private outdoor recreational activities abound. El Dorado is home to three golf courses, dozens of baseball/softball fields, eleven city parks, a state park and Union County maintains a public park at Felsenthal. Smackover, another 1920's boomtown, is Union County's second largest city. There are seven towns in Union County and four public school districts.


El Dorado has gained national publicity and recognition for the El Dorado Promise program. Through the generosity of the Murphy Foundation, over $50 million has been invested in providing college scholarships to all El Dorado public school graduating seniors. Up to five years of college education can be paid for through the scholarship program at any college or university in the United States. The Promise program will pay an amount up to the highest university cost in Arkansas.... Read more about the promise!


The El Dorado Promise program is fortified by the very strong South Arkansas Community College. SACC provides a wide array of two year and certificate programs in the technology, business, and medical fields at its downtown location. The East Campus is right across the street from the industrial park, and works hand in hand with local industries to develop customized training in welding, machining, process technology, maintenance technician, logistics, and other manufacturing programs.


On the heels of the establishment of the El Dorado Promise program, the citizens of El Dorado voted to tax themselves twice to build a new High School and to provide public funding for community development projects. A millage increase made the new El Dorado High School a reality. The El Dorado Conference Center was the first project completed with the funds from a one-cent local sales tax. Public improvements, sidewalk replacements, investments in infrastructure for new and expanding industries, equipment for SouthArk programs and many other projects have been funded by the over $30 million in local sales tax collections to date. Included in the total is a $9.2 million real estate and infrastructure investment in a new downtown entertainment district, being funded by over $40 million in private donations to non-profit El Dorado Festivals & Events, Inc. . . . . Read more about El Dorado Festivals & Events at www.eldomad.com.








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