Due to the presence of Tyson Foods, Inc., the largest meat producing company in the world, Springdale, Arkansas has long been referred to as the "Chicken Capital of the World."
On April 5, 2013, Governor Mike Beebe made it official when he signed Senator Jon Woods' Senate Bill No. 949 on April 5, 2013.
Senate Bill No. 949 declared that "Springdale, Arkansas shall hereafter be known and referred to as the Poultry Capital of the World".
The Associated Press reported that Senator Woods told them that a Springdale city council member had approached him about the idea to officially recognize Springdale as a way to market the northwest Arkansas city.
State of Arkansas
89th General Assembly
Regular Session, 2013
SENATE BILL 949
By: Senator J. Woods
By: Representatives Neal, Alexander, Ballinger
For An Act To Be Entitled
AN ACT TO PROCLAIM THE CITY OF SPRINGDALE, ARKANSAS, TO BE THE POULTRY CAPITAL OF THE WORLD; AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.
AN ACT TO PROCLAIM THE CITY OF SPRINGDALE, ARKANSAS, TO BE THE POULTRY CAPITAL OF THE WORLD.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ARKANSAS:
SECTION 1. Title 1, Chapter 4, Subchapter 1 of the Arkansas Code is amended to add an additional section to read as follows:
1-4-131. Poultry Capital of the World.
The City of Springdale, Arkansas, shall hereafter be known and may be referred to as the "Poultry Capital of the World".
Woods, Jon. "AN ACT TO PROCLAIM THE CITY OF SPRINGDALE, ARKANSAS, TO BE THE POULTRY CAPITAL OF THE WORLD." Arkansas State Legislature. State of Arkansas, 06 Apr 2013. Web. 29 Apr 2013.
"Arkansas Senate backs proposal to name Springdale world's poultry capital." The Republic. The Associated Press, 22 March 2013. Web. 8 Apr 2013.
Springdale: Official website of the city of Springdale, Arkansas.
Springdale Chamber of Commerce: Official website of the Springdale Chamber of Commerce.
Springdale, Arkansas: Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism.
More symbols & emblems: Complete list of official Arkansas state symbols from NETSTATE.COM.
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