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Jessica Rodgers, an assistant vice president of National Bank of Arkansas, will serve as the next president of the Sherwood of Commerce for 2013.

Rodgers officially takes on her new role in February when Sherwood holds its awards banquet and installation of officers. The banquet is slated for Feb. 7 at Sherwood Forest.

She will be sworn in to replace Steve Cobb who served as the 2012 chamber president. During Cobb’s tenure, Sherwood set up the office of city economic development director and helped create a first-ever city Farmer’s Market during the summer months which was held in a vacant lot located at the corner of Country Club Road and North Hills Boulevard.

Rodgers has been a part of the Sherwood chamber since 2009. She currently resides in Jacksonville but grew up in Sherwood and graduated in 2001 from Sylvan Hills High School.

Rodgers said she would like to see the chamber continue setting up a Sherwood Young Professionals group, much like the group operating in the North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce.

Rodgers said setting up such a group would be a way to get younger Sherwood professionals more active in the chamber.

She added she would also like to see the chamber help conduct a study to see what people would like to see in Sherwood.

“You have a lot of young professionals who go to Little Rock and North Little Rock and spend their money,” Rodgers said.

Rodgers said a significant percentage of Sherwood’s population is older and the study would be helpful to help city leaders attract younger populations.

Rodgers said the chamber wants to continue focusing on economic development and promoting Sherwood to prospective businesses.

Rodgers said Sherwood has a lot of offer prospective residents and businesses and implementing objectives such as enhancing park development can lead to more growth and an enhanced quality of life.

She said she wants to do more to help city businesses increase networking opportunities.

“I would like to see us try some out-of-the ordinary ideas,” Rodgers said.

Rodgers said a recent initiative known as “speed networking” received good response from chamber members where members had the opportunity to network quickly with other professionals.

Rodgers has been married since 2004 and has one six-year-old son.

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