Energy Archive

HR Director Michele Burns on the Soft Skills Employers Want

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/6/2015 12:00 am

Michele Burns is the state director for the Arkansas Society for Human Resource Management and is the director of classification and compensation with the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

Pitfalls and Potholes (Craig Douglass On Consumers)

by Craig Douglass 4/6/2015 12:00 am

Arkansas consumers have not been shy about expressing their opinions concerning road conditions. Recent research findings — as well as online comments, letters to the editors of local newspapers and conversations over coffee or other adult beverages — have given rise to a collective angst.

Vistage Provides Group Therapy for Executives

by Gwen Moritz 4/6/2015 12:00 am

When Arkansas CEOs come together at their Vistage support group, egos are checked at the door.

In Northwest Arkansas, Boozman Talks GMOs, Bank Regulations, Highways

by Marty Cook 4/2/2015 09:35 am

U.S. Sen. John Boozman talks GMO labeling, banking regulations and the Federal Highway Trust Fund in meetings with northwest Arkansas political and business leaders Wednesday.

FEMA's Climate Change Rule Could Make States Liable in Natural Disasters

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/30/2015 12:00 am

A climate change expert says FEMA's requirement states consider the effects of climate change if they want to receive federal mitigation money was simply “a way to protect the federal treasury by minimizing claims for FEMA money from places that don't take adequate precautions.

Arkansas Labor Force Rises by 9,000

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/30/2015 12:00 am

As the unemployment rate in Arkansas is falling the size of the labor force is increasing, as these charts by Michael Pakko, the state's economic forecaster, show.

Arkansas Department of Emergency Management Seeks to Cope With Climate Change

by Jan Cottingham 3/30/2015 12:00 am

Call it what you will, the chief of the Arkansas Department of Emergency Services says that the state is facing a new normal, one in which extreme weather events are occurring more often and with greater intensity.

Arkansas Jobless Rate Down to 5.5 Percent

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/27/2015 09:47 am

The state's unemployment rate fell to 5.5 percent in February, down a tenth of a percentage point from January, according to data released Friday by the state Department of Workforce Services.

Asa Hutchinson Names Mike Preston as New AEDC Director

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/26/2015 10:58 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Thursday announced Mike Preston as the new executive director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.

2 Murphy USA Executives See Total Compensation Rise

by Lance Turner 3/25/2015 03:15 pm

Two top executives at Murphy USA Inc. of El Dorado received boosts to total compensation in 2014, according to the company's proxy filed Thursday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Arkansas Personal Income Up 3 Percent in 2014

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/25/2015 10:41 am

Arkansas' state personal income rose 3.1 percent in 2014, according to the latest report by the Bureau of Economic Analysis at the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Arkansas State University to Hold Women's Business Leadership Conference April 2

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/23/2015 02:41 pm

Arkansas State University in Jonesboro is holding a Women's Business Leadership Conference on April 2 in Centennial Hall at the Carl R. Reng Student Union and at the Delta Center for Economic Development.

Magellan Submits More Eminent Domain Petitions for Pipeline

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/23/2015 12:00 am

The company, a subsidiary of Magellan Midstream Partners LP of Tulsa, has filed at least five petitions in Sebastian County and two more petitions in Pulaski County in the last three weeks, according to court records.

$6 Million Transaction Visits LR Airport Hotel (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 3/23/2015 12:00 am

A 201-room hotel and adjoining restaurant in east Little Rock tipped the scales at $6 million. Two Walgreens were sold for a combined $10.7 million. And the Village Shopping Center in Little Rock rang up a $3.04 million sale.

Arkansas Unemployment Rate Falls to 5.6 Percent in January

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/17/2015 10:17 am

The state's unemployment rate fell to 5.6 percent to January from December, and is a full percentage point below what it was the same time last year.

Southwestern Energy Subsidiary Asks for Hold on Royalties Lawsuits

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/16/2015 12:00 am

An attorney for Southwestern Energy Co. subsidiary Seeco Inc. is asking the Arkansas Supreme Court to put a hold on a class-action lawsuit in Conway County pending an appeal.

Innovation Hub Will Host Maker Faire Event in Argenta on May 2

by Mark Carter 3/12/2015 08:00 am

The event will run in conjuction with the fourth-annual Argenta Arts Festival and will take place on about three acres of property surrounding the Hub at Poplar and Broadway in downtown North Little Rock.

AEDC Wants Seed Money Back from Oxane Materials

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/9/2015 12:00 am

AEDC has filed a complaint against Oxane Materials of Houston, Texas, seeking to recoup money given to the company in hopes of creating jobs in Van Buren.

Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield Promotes Two (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/9/2015 12:00 am

Dan Stevens has been named director of provider network operations with Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield in Little Rock and Joy Evans has been named director of internal operations training.

Gander Mountain Draws $7.2 Million Transaction (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 3/9/2015 12:00 am

The sale of a 123,872-SF store in Sherwood tipped the scales at $7.2 million. A 25,000-SF office-warehouse facility in North Little Rock weighed in at $2.19 million. And the location for a convenience store development in west Little Rock was assembled in two deals totaling $2.1 million.