Congressman Tim Griffin, R-Ark., said his recently opened Conway office will grant greater access to his constituents, especially those in the western part of District 2.

Griffin and the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce officiated a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday at the office located at 1105 Deer Street, Suite 12.

Griffin said the district office near Conway's downtown will be a center for outreach and community events, but "more than anything," it will be a hub for the communities far removed from Little Rock.

Griffin's Little Rock office was reorganized, he said, and his lease renegotiated to cut down about 1,000 square feet for an annual savings of about $15,000.

With the new Conway office, savings are about $3,000 a year, he said.

The office will be staffed by two area residents, Phil Jarvis and Tom McNabb.

Jarvis is a district representative handling general affairs, and McNabb is a district representative for military and veterans affairs.

"This is the second-most populated county in my district, and we'll use this place for one-on-one meetings with staff and federal agencies. A lot of people have to drive to mid-town Little Rock," Griffin said.

Conway Chamber CEO Brad Lacy said Griffin's is the first congressional office to open in Conway.