Gene Fortson:

Strong Consistent Leadership for our City

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Gene Fortson for City Director
PO Box 23076
Little Rock, AR 72221


Gene Fortson with constituent

A Little Rock native, Gene has degrees from Little Rock Junior College (now UALR), the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and the Kellogg Management School of Northwestern University. He has also completed graduate work at Wichita State University. He has been a banker, investor, and business executive for over 35 years.

Gene is the current Position 9 At-Large City Director. He was appointed to fill a vacancy on the City Board in September 2006 and has been elected to terms in 2008 and 2012. From January 2009 until December 2010, he served as Vice Mayor of the City of Little Rock.

Gene has continuously given back to the community throughout his life. He was appointed by President Bill Clinton to be one of the founding trustees of Pulaski Technical College. He has served on the St. Vincent Infirmary Medical System Board of Directors and was President of the

Centers for Youth and Families Board. He is a past member of 50 for the Future. Prior to his service on the City Board of Directors, he served on the Little Rock Airport Commission, including three terms as chairman. From 1999 to 2001, he served as Co-Chairman, Transportation Task Force of Vision Little Rock.

Gene and his wife, Gaylia, have two adult children and six grandchildren, all of whom reside in Little Rock. Gene and his family are members of St. James United Methodist Church. Gene places a high importance on family, community, and quality of life as he works tirelessly to push the city of Little Rock towards progress as a major community leader.

Gene Fortson’s involvement on the City Board is all about service. Gene’s doesn’t get bogged down in politics. He listens to people in our neighborhoods and helps get things done at City Hall. Gene has proven that he’ll do the hard work, look into issues, and forge agreements at any level.


As a businessman in Little Rock for over 35 years, Gene understands how to create a climate here that fosters economic growth, brings in good new jobs and attracts investment.
  • Over 430 new jobs created in the past year
  • Sprint opened regional headquarters in Little Rock in April 2016
  • Little Rock Air Forces Base fuels more than $813 million in economic impact through revenue and job development
  • Departments like Public Works, Fleet Services, the Zoo, Housing, and LRPD, along with our contact partners, Goodwill & Our House, have placed 304 ex-offenders in various employment programs or permanent jobs
  • Top 100 of Forbes’ list of Best Places for Business and Careers
  • 14 on Forbes’ List of 15 best cities for young adults
  • 15 on Forbes’ City in Cost of Doing Business
Gene Fortson


Fire Station 23
Gene has long supported strengthening partnerships between neighborhoods and police. With violent crime down, he’ll continue to invest in technology and resources that helps keep our city safe. Investment in new fire stations and modern equipment, additional personnel, and a rigorous internal training program for our fire fighters have helped Little Rock attain one of the top insurance ratings in the U.S. by ensuring quicker response times.
  • 26% reduction in Part 1 offenses in Little Rock
  • 30% reduction in homicides in Little Rock
  • Little Rock Fire Department attained a Class 1 rating through the Insurance Services Organization in 2015
    • Fire Station 23 first LEED Certified fire station in the state (2013)
    • 12th Street Station was the city’s first LEED Silver Certified building (2014)


Robinson Auditorium Gene Fortson with constituent
From parks to public institutions, Gene has helped our city become a regional jewel:
  • Robinson Auditorium revitalization to be completed in Fall of 2016
  • Arkansas Arts Center revitalization
  • West Central Community Center to be completed by end of 2016
  • Passage of City’s non-discrimination ordinance
  • “What Works City Initiative” partners with other national organizations to move Little Rock to an open data project
  • #1 on Kiplinger’s “10 Great Places to Live”
  • Livability’s “Top 10 Best Downtowns”
  • #14 on Forbes’ “Best Cities for Young Adults”
  • Among Forbes’ “25 Places to Retire in 2013”
  • Forbes 5 Secret Foodie Cities
  • Livability’s 99 Beer Cities
  • 2015 Arkansas Recreation & Parks Association Program of the Year
  • 2014 Arkansas Recreation & Parks Association Facility of the Year for War Memorial Park Playground


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