51: Meet Jamie Scott

Politco and entrepreneur Jamie Scott plans her work and works. her plan--and Arkansas is better because of it.

"Little Rock is certainly no place to dream small." 

"Little Rock is certainly no place to dream small." 

1. Name, Occupation, years in LR, neighborhood: I'm the Director of Upward Bound at Arkansas Baptist College and CEO and Founder of The Jamie Scott Group, LLC. Central Arkansas has been my home for 31 years--basically all my life. I received both my Bachelor Degrees and Master's Degree from Arkansas State University. I absolutely love Jonesboro as well--I lived there for six years. I came back and traveled across the country for a year working on Hillary Clinton's presidential election. I loved traveling but my heart was and still is in Arkansas. Seriously, I live at Arkansas Baptist College. It's pretty common for me to work late since I took the position almost four years ago. I love my students and my job. I've been blessed with a great opportunity, to prepare first generation low income students for post-secondary education. My program is impacting future generations. 

What is, hands down, your favorite meal you can only get in (or around) Little Rock? I'm almost embarrassed to say because I have so many. This is so hard but here goes.....I'll start with Lindsey's Bar-B-Que in NLR. Of course, I maybe biased because they're my family. The Arkansas State Fair is probably my second favorite spot to eat. It's unfortunate that I only get to eat it once a year. I like the normal favorites: corn dogs, spicy shrimp gyros with feta cheese, turkey legs, and funnel cakes. I also enjoy having breakfast at Ashley's in the Capital Hotel. I love the gumbo and soaked salad from Faded Rose. I seriously have an unhealthy obsession with Chipotle. It's one of my favorite lunch spots besides Starving Artist and Benihana's in NLR. I love the chicken enchiladas from Catina Laredo and their cheese dip. I'm almost equally obsessed with the half chicken half turkey salad supreme from US Pizza and the all the soups from Community Bakery. I occasionally treat myself to cupcakes from Brown Sugar Bakery

3. Finish this sentence: My perfect evening in Little Rock involves....A perfect evening would be spending time with my family, friends, or my little from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arkansas. We've been paired together for five years now. I love to frequent Barnes and Noble and the movies when I have time. With all the demands on my life lately, I don't really have a lot of free time. My free evenings usually consist of me working on various community projects, board commitments, or strategic planning, scheduling and platform development for my clients.  During the summer, I enjoy going to the Arkansas Travelers baseball games at the Dickey-Stephens Ballpark. I also enjoy running the four bridges downtown with my bootcamp class during the spring and summer. I have a love hate relationship with running. It's very therapeutic and I love the scenery. I attend the River Market Boot Camp with Bashay. We run the Broadway, Main Street, Junction and Clinton Bridge very often.

4. Where do you make sure to take out-of-town guests when they visit? I always take my guests to Central High and North Little Rock High School. I believe the impact the Little Rock Nine had was seen nationwide and it's very inspiring. I love the quote "Because of Them We Can." My grandfather was a member of the North Little Rock Six. This group of students attempted to integrate my Alma Mater, North Little Rock High School. I love the rich history of our state and enjoy sharing it with visitors. I always take visitors to eat at Lindsey's Bar- B-Que or Forty-Two. I recently added the new Hillary Clinton Children's Library and Learning Center to this list. It's a hidden gem off 12th street, and I am blown away by the facility and landscape. 

5. What do you think is LR's best kept secret? Little Rock is very family friendly and a city of limitless opportunities in my opinion. I've had numerous opportunities to leave and go work in other states. My heart is just here. I'm committed to making a difference in my state. I love the sense of civic responsibility in Little Rock and North Little Rock. Last year I was appointed by Governor Mike Beebe and Senator Joyce Elliott to serve on some of our legislative boards and commissions. So many people have inspired me since I moved back home from graduate school. These individuals supported me and gave me opportunities that I honestly don't feel I would've been given in a bigger city--especially at my age. I believe Little Rock is a great hub for small businesses and entrepreneurs. My business continues to grow. It's all very humbling. Little Rock is certainly no place to dream small.