On Thursday morning, Hempstead Hall simultaneously hosted its ninth and tenth events of the week; only these weren't the headliner concerts, magic shows, or musical outings that are well associated with the facility.
On Thursday morning, Hempstead Hall simultaneously hosted its ninth and tenth events of the week; only these weren’t the headliner concerts, magic shows, or musical outings that are well associated with the facility.
The Arkansas Dept. of Labor held its annual Regional Employee Safety seminar with some 120 persons from across the area, while Rainbow of Challenges had a smaller training session with 40 persons in an adjacent suite; both happening at the same time.
Hempstead Hall Director Dolly Henley said, “Training is big business for Hempstead Hall. Last fiscal year, Hempstead Hall hosted 119 training events representing 2621 people. The Safety Conference with over 100 participants today and the Nursing Training with over 300 participants make an impact on our local economy. Several from these conferences and the law enforcement training stay overnight in Hope.”
Overall, last year, Hempstead Hall saw 32,108 guests — excluding concerts, movies and graduations — from the 278 other events held there, according to Henley.
The current month of October has been especially busy at Hempstead Hall. Henley said that total numbers for the month to date are just under 3800 guests. Of those, 40-percent represent academic/student training, 18-percent community events, 22-percent industry training, and 20-percent entertainment.
“Just for the month of October 2017, we have hosted Academic Trainings for FBLA and FCCLA, Academic Nursing Training, Academic Testing, Police Dept. Training, Emergency Management, EMS Training, plus the community events like the Quilters Guild Show, Mass Flu Vaccination, Relay for Life fundraiser and several business luncheons,” Henley said.
Ralph Hudson, the deputy director of the Arkansas Dept. of Labor, who had his team of five presenting at Hempstead Hall on Thursday, said “This is a beautiful facility; we are lucky to have such a great place to be for these conferences.”
Other than the obvious state-of-the-art building that Hempstead Hall is, Henley said “The available space and technical "plug and go" system make it attractive for groups to want to do training here at Hempstead Hall. Location is a huge factor, too. Hope is thought of as centrally located to the southwest region of the state. Although we book a couple of statewide trainings, we do more business scheduling with state agencies and industry who are more interested on a regional basis.”
Hudson noted that his group has been to Hope the past couple of years, and he said “It is a good centralized location for southwestern Arkansas; we hold 10 of these conferences a year around geographic parts of the state. This is our go-to place for this part of the state,” he said.
Henley also said, “We also attract trainings due to long lasting relationships with UAHT employees and certain training groups, for example, the Dept. of Labor that we have here today, and Criminal Justice Institute. Also, I believe our staff does an exceptional job in taking care of the training needs.”