Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton held roundtable discussions Tuesday with various local leaders in Rutledge’s hometown of Batesville.

The attorney general and the senator heard directly from members of the community on topics including education, manufacturing, healthcare, financial regulations and criminal justice.

“It was a pleasure to host my good friend Sen. Cotton in my hometown and to discuss with community members how we can grow more jobs locally while creating additional economic opportunities not only in Arkansas but around the world,” Rutledge said. “I look forward to continuing the partnership between our offices to make Arkansas a leader in job creation and a safer, even better place to live.”

Since taking office, Rutledge has held 335 Rutledge Roundtables with more than 3,576 attendees.

Tuesday’s roundtables held at First Community Bank and Spartan Mowers, involved representatives from several Independence County businesses and local government offices as well as a tour of Spartan Mowers new production facility.