Government & Politics Archive

Public-Private Partnerships Face Headwinds in Arkansas

by Marty Cook 7/17/2017 12:00 am

State Rep. Warwick Sabin finally got his public-private partnership bill passed in the Arkansas Legislature this year, but political compromises left some holes in its potential uses.

Epic I-30 Makeover Gearing to Go Through LR-NLR Urban Corridor

by George Waldon 7/17/2017 12:00 am

Widening a 6.7-mile section of Interstate 30 that runs through the middle of the state's largest metropolitan area alone represents a monumental task.

Mayor Bob McCaslin Says Bonds Spent on Bentonville Resources Show Crystal Clear Effects

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/17/2017 12:00 am

Bob McCaslin served two terms as an alderman before being elected to his first term as mayor of Bentonville in November 2006.

Commission Asks State Supreme Court to Suspend Judge

by Mark Friedman 7/14/2017 03:12 pm

The Arkansas Judicial Discipline & Disability Commission on Friday asked the Arkansas Supreme Court to temporary suspend Saline County Circuit Judge Bobby McCallister.

The Conductor Receives $30K

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/14/2017 02:47 pm

The Conductor in Conway received a $30,000 grant from the Central Arkansas Planning and Development District, with state Sen. Jason Rapert and Rep. David Meeks supported the awarding of those funds. The money will be used to cover the non-salary-related expenses of the Conductor's Brand Camp, High School Startup Day and other talent development initiatives. The Conductor is a public-private partnership of UCA, Startup Junkie Consulting and the Community Venture Foundation that aims to encourage innovation, entrepreneurship and economic development.

Governor Approves State's Participation in Emergency Communication System

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/13/2017 03:17 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Thursday announced that Arkansas will opt in to the First Responder Network Authority and AT&T plan to deliver a wireless broadband network to the state's public safety community.

Metroplan Report Finds People Live Where They Work

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/13/2017 09:39 am

Metroplan on Thursday released its 2017 Demographic Review and Outlook, noting demographic trends for the Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Lockheed Martin Wins $471M Contract to Produce Rockets

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/12/2017 03:18 pm

Lockheed Martin wins a $471 million contract from the U.S. Army for Lot 12 production of Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System rockets.

Is LR at Tipping Point After Shooting? PR Voices Weigh In

by Kyle Massey 7/12/2017 03:08 pm

Arkansas media and public relations professionals fear that negative perceptions of the capital city are reaching a critical mass after the mass shooting at the Power Ultra Lounge downtown.

UA Little Rock Teams with City, State Parks to Consider Football

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/12/2017 11:50 am

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock says it will conduct a feasibility study "to assess whether the university should consider adding a football and marching band program."

Update: Judge Bobby McCallister Charged with Failing to Pay Taxes

by Mark Friedman 7/11/2017 04:27 pm

Saline County Circuit Judge Bobby McCallister is charged in Saline County Circuit Court with four felony counts in connection with failing to pay state taxes.

Institute Receives $10K Grant to Compile Plan for Pine Bluff

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/11/2017 03:55 pm

The Arkansas Economic Development Institute at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock on Tuesday announced that it has received $10,000 from the Simmons First Foundation to compile a community economic development profile for Pine Bluff.

Hutchinson Appoints Stan Jones to Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/11/2017 02:24 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday appointed Stan Jones of Walnut Ridge to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

Arkansas Side of Texarkana Struggling with Dropping Alcohol Sales

by Karl Richter, Texarkana Gazette 7/11/2017 12:46 pm

Its beer and wine monopoly broken and grip on hard liquor sales slipping, Texarkana, Ark., faces a new economic reality that threatens both business and government.

Creating Insurance 'Captives' Helps Companies Save Cash

by Mark Friedman 7/10/2017 12:00 am

Arkansas Insurance Commissioner Allen Kerr is pushing for more companies to start captive insurance subsidiaries, which can write insurance only for its parent or related companies, and locate them in Arkansas.

Hot Springs Accentuates The Offbeat to Its Marketing Allure

by Kyle Massey 7/10/2017 12:00 am

So what does an inventive and industrious tourism marketer do when he already has many of the state's top attractions? In Hot Springs, one answer is coming up with weirder, stranger things.

Financial Priorities (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 7/10/2017 12:00 am

Poor allocation of available resources is epidemic among American households, which is not surprising since perpetuating the monthly payment mentality is a cornerstone of the American economy.

Plans for Bathhouse Hotel, Outdoor Spas, Bike Trails Percolate in Hot Springs

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/10/2017 12:00 am

News is bubbling up in Hot Springs, where Mayor Pat McCabe and his wife, Ellen, are planning a boutique hotel in the Hale Bathhouse and the city is brainstorming on what to do with the site of the old Majestic Hotel.

Mayor Pat McCabe on Moving Hot Springs Full Steam Ahead

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/10/2017 12:00 am

Pat McCabe was appointed mayor by the Hot Springs Board of Directors in April after the resignation of Mayor Ruth Carney in March.

Arkansas Tech's Sandra Cheffer Leaves Ozark for New Role in Russellville (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/10/2017 12:00 am

Sandra Cheffer has moved from the Ozark campus of Arkansas Tech University to the main campus in Russellville, where she will serve as the director of budget and financial reporting.

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