The Conway Corp. Board of Directors voted a 3 percent raise for its employees on Tuesday.

CEO Richard Arnold said: "We’ve had a great year. It’s a fair increase in this economy and it keeps pace with other utilities in the state."

"No question they deserve it," said director Brad Hegeman.

The wage increase will take effect at the first full pay period in October.

The board also approved a mission statement in preparation for a day-long strategic planning retreat set for Nov. 27.

The statement reads:

"Conway Corp., operator of Conway’s city-owned utility systems, is dedicated to exceeding our customers’ expectations in producing and delivering safe, affordable, reliable, innovative and environmentally sound utility and telecom services while enhancing the quality of life in our community."

(Staff writer Becky Harris can be reached at and 505-1234.)