About TSG Little Rock Editor Valerie Shively:
Born and raised in southwest Arkansas, Valerie Shively fell in love with all things local while working on a governor’s campaign after graduating college. Shaking hands with business owners and entrepreneurs in small towns across the state, Valerie became passionate about the one-of-a-kind craftsmanship and entrepreneurial spirit found in the heart of these precious and vibrant communities. She also developed a strong appreciation for shopping local as much and as often as possible, which her husband has lovingly learned to accept.
After working in the Governor’s office to advance a robust agenda of growth and success, Valerie moved to Washington, D.C. to work for her hometown congressman, returning to Arkansas to earn a Master’s degree in Public Service before continuing work for many years as a government affairs enthusiast for many of the state’s major corporations and largest industries.
Valerie eventually moved out of politics, with the opportunity to take on the role of Editor of The Scout Guide Little Rock a perfect fit given her adoration for promoting the city she loves. In addition to her busy work schedule, Valerie supports myriad local nonprofits in her spare time. She’s a member of The Junior League of Little Rock, Arkansas Children’s Hospital Auxiliary, and active in Our House, the city’s shelter for the working homeless.
Today, Valerie continues to dabble in local politics while aiming to improve her tennis game, and spends as many evenings as possible strolling through the Heights with her two children, two dogs, and husband Jonathan, who runs a commercial construction company with a strong focus on Downtown Little Rock revitalization efforts.
Valerie’s Three Favorite Reasons to Visit Little Rock:
- The Revitalization Efforts. “Little Rock is currently in a wonderful transition of revitalization. So many historic buildings are being restored into restaurants and condos for downtown living, and abandoned warehouses are being turned into local craft breweries or company headquarters. It’s a very exciting time for our city’s future.”
- The Food. “Since Arkansas is such an agrarian state, so many of our local chefs work hard to promote farm-to-table, and source local produce, meats, and dairy as frequently as possible. We’re so lucky to be able to say it’s easy to have an entire meal from our state and know where your food came from and how it was grown.”
- The Cycling Scene. “Our amazing bicycling scene is no longer a best-kept secret. Little Rock has so many beautiful cycling and mountain biking trails, and so many bike shops have popped up encouraging everyone to get their own bikes, get fit, and enjoy nature.”
Words Valerie Lives By:
“Do what you love, and you’ll never work another day in your life.”