Construction Archive

$16M Renovation Planned For Downtown Little Rock Marriott

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/14/2014 11:30 am

Downtown's Little Rock Marriott will be undergoing a $16 million renovation, hotel officials announced Friday. The renovation will include all 418 guest rooms and all public meeting and dining spaces and is scheduled for completion in late summer.

Realtors: January Home Sales Up More Than 8 Percent

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/14/2014 09:14 am

The number of homes sold in January was up more than 8 percent over the previous year, the group said, while the average price of those homes rose by more than 1 percent.

Arkansas Business Seeking 40 Under 40 Nominations

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/14/2014 08:15 am

The 2014 class of 40 Under 40 honorees will be profiled in the June 23 issue of Arkansas Business. Included in this issue will be a listing of their accomplishments within their businesses, organizations and/or community.

ASU Negotiating with Firm for Hotel, Convention Center

by Lee Hogan 3/12/2014 09:54 am

Arkansas State University says it's negotiating with Jonesboro Hotel and Convention Center LLC of Effingham, Ill., to build the proposed hotel and convention center at the university's Jonesboro campus.

Survey: Northwest Arkansas Expects 2,000 New Jobs, $195M in Expansion

by Marty Cook 3/10/2014 03:03 pm

Northwest Arkansas companies plan to create more than 2,000 jobs and invest more than $195 million in expansion during the next three years, according to a regional employer survey.

Report: Queen Wilhelmina Delays Cost $11.5M

by Lance Turner 3/10/2014 01:50 pm

The Polk County Pulse has an update on the ongoing Queen Wilhelmina renovation saga, which Arkansas Business began noting back in September.

Minimum Wage Proposals Spark Disagreement

by Mark Friedman 3/10/2014 12:00 am

Whether raising the minimum wage — a burning issue in the tourism and hospitality industries — will actually help all the people it's aimed at is a question of deep disagreement, even among experts. There does appear to be, however, consensus on the minimum conditions necessary to have a sustainable economy.

Henderson State Gets $342K From Entergy Arkansas For Energy Efficiency

by Luke Jones 3/10/2014 12:00 am

Henderson State University in Arkadelphia has received $342,218 in incentives from Entergy Arkansas Inc. for energy-efficient lighting upgrades.

Arkansas Restaurants Projected To See Sales Growth of 3.2 Percent This Year

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/10/2014 12:00 am

Arkansas is expected to see an increase of 3.2 percent. Arizona, North Dakota, Texas, Florida and Colorado will see the fastest restaurant sales growth this year, the association predicts.

WLR Retail Project Trails $1.8M Land Purchase (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 3/10/2014 12:00 am

An 8,245-SF retail project in west Little Rock is in the works after a $1.8 million land deal. A $1.75 million land buy in North Little Rock is preceding development of a 350,000-SF distribution facility. And a north Pulaski County enterprise is under new ownership after a $550,000 foreclosure sale.

Paul Latture Gives Port of Little Rock Last Glance

by Marty Cook 3/10/2014 12:00 am

Paul Latture has announced his retirement effective July 1, which is about the time the Port Authority's new $1.9 million headquarters building is scheduled to open. The new Arkansas River Resource Center occupies 4.2 acres on the banks of the Arkansas River and will also be home to the Little Rock Port Authority Shortline Railroad and the Arkansas Waterways Commission.

Accountability Sans Jerkiness (Barry Goldberg On Leadership)

by Barry Goldberg 3/10/2014 12:00 am

A CEO can delegate just about everything except culture. And every company will have a culture, whether it just happens or is implemented purposefully and continually by leadership in every decision and hire.

UALR Lab Translates Big Data Into Dollars

by Jan Cottingham 3/3/2014 12:00 am

Humans are digitizing every aspect of life, translating every thought, every endeavor into something that can be read on a computer screen. This act of translation is creating infinite bits of new information — big data, to use the phrase popular in the world of technology.

Dillard's Snubs Local Ronald McDonald House Over Contractor Choice

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/3/2014 12:00 am

Dillard's Inc. apparently was so unhappy that its construction arm wasn't considered to build the Ronald McDonald House in Little Rock that it withheld a donation to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkansas.

Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce To Seek Expansion of Rupple Road

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/3/2014 12:00 am

The Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce will officially recommend four lanes of construction on Rupple Road in west Fayetteville. The Fayetteville City Council will hear arguments on the issue on March 18.

CJRW Stakes Out New Space at Third & Main in Little Rock

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/27/2014 03:02 pm

Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods of Little Rock plans to move its downtown headquarters to the Fulk Building at the southwest intersection of Third and Main streets by late 2015.

Conway Council Approves Rezoning of Baptist Health Property

by Lee Hogan 2/26/2014 10:26 am

Baptist Health System clears another hurdle in its plan to build a 200,000-SF hospital in Conway.

John Hugg, Jill Darling Named Top Executives at Arkansas Business of the Year Awards

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/26/2014 07:31 am

Each year, Arkansas Business Publishing Group sponsors the awards to honor businesses in three categories related to number of employees as well as business executives, nonprofit executives and nonprofit organizations in Arkansas.

AEDC Gives Innovation Hub $575K for Argenta Innovation Center

by Mark Carter 2/25/2014 11:08 am

The Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub begins renovating what will become the Argenta Innovation Center, thanks to a $575,000 grant from the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.

$1.1 Billion Big River Steel Project Making Progress

by Jan Cottingham 2/24/2014 12:00 am

A year after the highly publicized announcement that a $1.1 billion steel mill was coming to Mississippi County, economic development officials say the project is moving forward despite a rival's objections.

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