Government & Politics Archive

It Takes a Village (Editorial)

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

It took the efforts of many people over half a decade and two state administrations to land the Shandong Sun Paper plant that has the potential to transform the economy of Clark County and beyond.

Issue 3: A Job-Luring Amendment, or Corporate Welfare?

by Mark Friedman 8/22/2016 12:00 am

If Arkansas voters approve an amendment to the state Constitution in November, supporters say it will help bring more companies and jobs to the state. Opponents say it's corporate welfare.

Cornelius Schnitzler: Air Industry Lifts Arkansas in Berlin

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

Cornelius Schnitzler is the director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission office in Berlin. The office, which opened in July, is the state's base of operations in Europe, where it aims to maintain existing business relationships and cultivate new ones.

Traveling the Globe in Search of Jobs (Mike Preston Commentary)

by Mike Preston 8/22/2016 12:00 am

Over the last year, your Arkansas Economic Development Commission has traveled almost 20,000 miles around the world searching for good-paying jobs for the people of Arkansas. It's a reflection of the times in which we live. Ours is a global economy, and the competition for new jobs is no longer with surrounding states only, but with every country around the globe.

Arkansas Ballot Deep with Amendments, Initiatives (Kelly P. Kissel Analysis)

by Kelly P. Kissel, The Associated Press 8/21/2016 01:17 pm

Remember all the times in the past 20 years when Arkansas voters were so overwhelmed by ballot questions that they just voted against everything? It didn't happen.

More Signatures Submitted on Arkansas Medical Marijuana Plan

by Associated Press 8/19/2016 11:30 am

Supporters of a plan to legalize medical marijuana in Arkansas have turned in additional signatures in hopes of qualifying for the November ballot.

Pinnacle Foods to Add New Line, 25 Jobs at Fayetteville Site

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/18/2016 03:59 pm

Pinnacle Foods Inc. plans to expand its food manufacturing plant in Fayetteville by adding a new brand line called EVOL.

Mike Malone Stepping Down As Northwest Arkansas Council CEO

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/18/2016 03:41 pm

Mike Malone announced he will leave the Northwest Arkansas Council where he has served as president and CEO of the nonprofit since 2006.

Construction Starts on Hyatt Place, Convention Center in Jonesboro

by Graycen Colbert Bigger 8/17/2016 11:51 am

Dodging rainy weather, local officials and members of the Keller Family Hyatt Group marked the start of construction on a $30 million Hyatt Place Hotel & Convention Center in Jonesboro.

Jay Chesshir Named Chair of National Association Board

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/17/2016 09:51 am

Jay Chesshir, president and CEO of the Little Rock Regional Chamber, was elected 2016-17 chairman of the board of the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.

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At Rotary, Johnny Key Touts 'Student-Focused Education'

by Sarah Campbell 8/16/2016 02:00 pm

The Arkansas Department of Education can transform the state to lead the nation in student-focused education, Commissioner Johnny Key tells the Rotary Club of Little Rock.

Federal Lawsuit Challenges Clean Line Transmission Project

by Kyle Massey 8/16/2016 10:02 am

Two groups representing landowners are suing to block an electric transmission line planned for delivering wind-generated power across Arkansas from Oklahoma to Tennessee.

Little Rock Port Authority Marks $6M Grant for Improvements

by Sarah Campbell 8/15/2016 03:32 pm

U.S. Rep. French Hill, R-Ark., joined the Little Rock Port Authority to mark a $6.2 million federal grant to make improvements to Blackwater Harbor.

Arkansas Casino Group Turns in 50,000 Additional Signatures

by Kelly P. Kissel, The Associated Press 8/15/2016 01:53 pm

A group hoping to develop casinos in three Arkansas counties says it has turned in another 50,000 signatures in its effort to place a constitutional amendment on the Nov. 8 ballot.

Arkansas Employers Help With Retirement Advice, Tools

by Marty Cook 8/15/2016 12:00 am

David George doesn't apologize for using scare tactics when he gives seminars at part of the Investor Education Program for the Arkansas Securities Department.

The Truth Is Out There (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 8/15/2016 12:00 am

This keeps me awake at night: The knowledge that there are important stories of value and interest to my readers, or of importance to our community or our country, that aren't being reported because news organizations don't know about them and there might not be enough warm bodies to do the work even if we did.

John Stacks Sees Charges Dismissed

by Mark Friedman 8/15/2016 12:00 am

The five-year battle between the federal government and John Stacks ended July 20 when the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas dismissed an indictment against the former owner of Mountain Pure LLC.

Power and Pain of Consensus (Barry Goldberg On Leadership)

by Barry Goldberg 8/15/2016 12:00 am

Mainstream, action-oriented leadership thinkers tend to hate the idea of consensus, opting instead for rapid-fire, quick-decision meetings. The efficiency of pushing quickly for a clear path forward is hard to resist; however, it often steps over or forces underground the kind of resistance that will kill a new idea or initiative — but usually not until most of the time and money are spent.

Unemployment Rates in Arkansas Cities Vary Widely

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/15/2016 12:00 am

Unemployment rates rose slightly in Arkansas metro areas in June, but rates are still lower than a year ago, notes Michael Pakko, chief economist at the Institute for Economic Advancement at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.