Energy Archive

Arkansas Unemployment Rate Unchanged at 3.9 Percent

by Lance Turner 9/20/2016 09:28 am

Arkansas' August unemployment rate was unchanged at 3.9 percent, according to the state Department of Workforce Services.

Batesville Impact Plan Living Up to Its Name

by Gwen Moritz 9/19/2016 12:00 am

Fresh eyes, strategic planning, youthful energy and cold, hard cash are shaking up Batesville, a college town on the jagged edge of the Ozarks that is burdened with many of the same challenges as the Delta that's just minutes away.

Rodney Baker To Lead Producers & Owners Association (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/19/2016 12:00 am

Rodney Baker has been hired as executive director of the Arkansas Independent Producers & Royalty Owners Association in Little Rock.

WattGlass of Fayetteville Gets $679K SunShot Grant

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/14/2016 02:07 pm

WattGlass of Fayetteville gets a $679,413 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative to help commercialize its anti-reflective glass coating technology.

UALR, eStem Break Ground on $11.4M High School

by Sarah Campbell 9/14/2016 11:45 am

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock and eStem Public Schools breaks ground on eStem's new $11.4 million high school. The new campus is set to open in time for the 2017-18 school year.

Meet 20 In Their 20s: The New Influentials Class of 2016

by Gwen Moritz 9/12/2016 12:00 am

Twenty of Arkansas' young leaders show the energy and ambition and adventurous spirit that is obvious in our state's business legends, even decades after they were in their 20s. We're proud to introduce these New Influentials and to consider all the potential they offer our state in the decades to come.

TEDx Coming Back to Little Rock (Barry Goldberg On Leadership)

by Barry Goldberg 9/12/2016 12:00 am

You may not agree with what you hear at a TEDx conference, but you will learn something new. You may not get the full picture — since speakers are given 18 minutes — but you will be escorted into territory occupied by that speaker that is likely to be new, controversial and challenging.

Coleman: Broadband Efforts Take Cues from Rural Electrification

by Kyle Massey 9/6/2016 03:14 pm

Today's push to expand broadband internet access is very much like the country's effort to bring electric power to rural areas during the Great Depression and World War II, electric company executive Mel Coleman says.

Whisenhunt Appeals Case Against Exxon Mobile, XTO

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/5/2016 12:00 am

The investment arm of Little Rock commercial developer Joe Whisenhunt will appeal a ruling involving allegations that it was shortchanged on natural gas royalties by Exxon Mobile Corp., its subsidiary XTO Energy and other firms.

Fiscal Pain Shared By Walter Quinn, Heartland Bank

by George Waldon 9/5/2016 12:00 am

More than five years down the road from the bursting real estate bubble, Little Rock's Heartland Bank and its largest shareholder were battered by loans related to another sector: oil and gas.

Slideshow: 9 Inductees Honored at Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame

by Gwen Moritz 9/5/2016 12:00 am

Eight women and a congregation of Catholic nuns were the second class of inductees honored by the Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame at a banquet in Little Rock on Aug. 25.

New Options for Watermill Express

by Jan Cottingham 9/5/2016 12:00 am

Watermill Express is seeking franchisees in the Little Rock area to open its water-selling kiosks.

Who'll Stop the Rain? (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 9/5/2016 12:00 am

Businesspeople are supposed to be known for their ability to face facts — e.g., “businesslike” — and to learn from the mistakes of others. Last month's devastating floods in Louisiana provide just such opportunities.

Electric Puzzlement (Craig Douglass On Consumers)

by Craig Douglass 9/5/2016 12:00 am

The rapid development and marketing of all-electric cars, accelerating in the wake of a plethora of plug-in hybrids, is changing consumer acceptance of the future-is-now concept. It is reality.

Picasolar Gets $2M for Solar Cell Technology Pilot

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/31/2016 10:26 am

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded $2 million to Picasolar Inc. for a pilot manufacturing program connected to solar cell technology developed at the university.

Trucking Calls Out for More Young Drivers

by Marty Cook 8/29/2016 12:00 am

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced a pilot program earlier this month in which a group of military veterans aged 18-21, all of whom have to have heavy vehicle training, would be allowed to drive trucks across state lines in order to study their safety capabilities against a group of older drivers.

Wal-Mart's McMillon Tops Compensation List of 100 Arkansas Public Company Execs

by Gwen Moritz 8/29/2016 12:00 am

C. Douglas McMillon, CEO of Wal-Mart Stores Inc., has returned to the No. 1 spot on the annual list of executive compensation at publicly traded companies headquartered in the state.

Broadway Bridge Will Close Sept. 28

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/25/2016 03:58 pm

The Arkansas State Highway & Transportation Department says the Broadway Bridge will close on Sept. 28 for at least six months as contractor Massman Construction Co. of Kansas City, Missouri, installs the new $98.4 million bridge.

Seedlings to Sawmills: Forestry Is Key to Arkansas Economy (Commentary)

by U.S. Sen. John Boozman and U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman 8/23/2016 10:29 am

Arkansas forestry has a total economic impact of $3.2 billion annually, with wages averaging $49,000 per year. Of the forests covering more than 19 million acres of Arkansas, only 13 percent is owned by private industry.

Aromatique Moves Debbie Isaacs to CFO (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/22/2016 12:00 am

Debbie Isaacs has been promoted to vice president and chief financial officer of Aromatique Inc. of Heber Springs. She was previously controller.