Government & Politics Archive

Banker Randy Scott Plays Part on East Arkansas Farm Team

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/25/2016 12:00 am

Randy Scott is the president and chief operating officer of Farmers Bank & Trust in Blytheville. A 26-year veteran of banking, he has worked the last 16 years at Farmers.

Dallas Entrepreneur: Hubs Can Connect Startups With Experts, Experience

by Sarah Campbell 7/22/2016 02:24 pm

More than 100 people, including more than 20 mayors from across the state, attended Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola's first Mayor's Summit on Entrepreneurship on Friday.

Arkansas Small Business & Tech Development Center Gets $200,000 Grant

by Sarah Campbell 7/22/2016 10:59 am

The Arkansas Small Business & Technology Development Center gets a $200,000 grant to provide consulting services to entrepreneurs seeking funding through the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs.

Arkansas Unemployment Rate Unchanged at 3.8 Percent

by Alexis Hosticka 7/22/2016 09:36 am

Arkansas' seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained stable at 3.8 percent between May and June, according to a report Friday by the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services.

USA Rice Elects Brian King Board Chairman

by Sarah Campbell 7/21/2016 11:05 am

The USA Rice board of directors elects Brian King of Erwin Keith Inc. as its new chairman.

Under 40 Forum Report Identifies Ways to Recruit, Retain Talent

by Alexis Hosticka 7/20/2016 11:26 am

Young leaders from across the state have identified key issues for retaining and recruiting young talent to Arkansas, including education initiatives and the marketing and branding of the state.

Webb: State Needs 'More Swagger' in Approach to Tourism

by Alexis Hosticka 7/20/2016 10:16 am

Tourism is changing as millennials' interests and spending habits affect the industry, according to Kane Webb, executive director of the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism.

Video: Watch Asa Hutchinson, Leslie Rutledge Speak at the Republican National Convention

by Lance Turner 7/20/2016 06:50 am

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson and state Attorney General Leslie Rutledge spoke during last night's Republican National Convention in Cleveland, with both criticizing Hillary Clinton more than they praised the GOP nominee, Donald Trump.

Hutchinson Advisor Betty Guhman to Oversee Youth Services Division

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/19/2016 11:33 am

The state Department of Human Services announced Tuesday that Betty Guhman, a senior advisor to Gov. Asa Hutchinson since 2014, will serve as interim director of the DHS Division of Youth Services while the agency searches for a permanent director.

Video: Watch Tom Cotton's Republican National Convention Speech

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/19/2016 06:58 am

U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., spoke during the opening night of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Watch video of the address here.

Asa Hutchinson Makes Appointments to Boards, Commissions

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/18/2016 09:12 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Friday announced the following appointments to state boards and commissions.

Helena Harbor Gets Back On Track

by Mark Friedman 7/18/2016 12:00 am

A dedication for Enviro Tech Chemical Co.'s $15 million plant at the Helena Harbor in 2015 attracted more than 300 people, including Gov. Asa Hutchinson. But behind the scenes, trouble loomed for the Phillips County harbor.

Report: 7 Percent of Arkansas Bridges Structurally Deficient

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/18/2016 12:00 am

Of the 12,853 bridges in the state, 845, or 7 percent, are classified as structurally deficient, meaning that one or more of the key bridge elements — such as the deck, superstructure or substructure — are considered to be in “poor” or worse condition.

Ralph Vines on Paving the Road to Success with Good Decisions

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/18/2016 12:00 am

Ralph Vines started Kesser International in 1987 as a sole proprietorship while he also was serving in the U.S. Army.

Upcoming Mayor's Summit to Focus on Entrepreneurial Growth

by Sarah Campbell 7/15/2016 11:32 am

Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola, in partnership with the private, nonpartisan Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation of Kansas City, Missouri, and the Venture Center in Little Rock, will hold the city's first Mayor's Summit on Entrepreneurship July 21-22.

Hutchinson Expects Results From European Trip, Cites Business Leads

by Lance Turner 7/13/2016 10:48 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Arkansas Economic Development Commission Executive Director Mike Preston officially opened an office in Berlin on Tuesday, as the pair begins to wrap up a trade mission in Europe.

Nation's Income Inequality Rising Since Late 1970s

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/11/2016 12:00 am

The increase in income inequality in the United States began in the late 1970s and has continued since the end of the Great Recession, according to a report released last month by the Economic Policy Institute of Washington, D.C.

Politics as Usual? (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 7/11/2016 12:00 am

The reporting that uncovered Maggio's corruption and the reporting that continues to reveal the tentacles of improper influence have been a great service to the state.

Hutchinson Appoints Bobby Martin to Game & Fish Commission

by Alexis Hosticka 7/7/2016 02:38 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Thursday appointed Bobby L. Martin of Rogers to the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission to serve a 7-year term, replacing outgoing commissioner Emon Mahony.

Design Group Wins $220K Little Rock Wastewater Contract

by Kyle Massey 7/7/2016 10:24 am

The Design Group, a Little Rock marketing firm, has won a two-year, $220,000 contract to help Little Rock Wastewater, the city's sewer service provider, develop public education and outreach programs.