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Tech Park Has $522M Impact, UA Study Finds

Tech Park Has $522M Impact, UA Study Finds
The Enterprise Center, which holds office, lab and manufacturing space, is the latest addition to the UA's Arkansas Research & Technology Park, which celebrated 10 years on Thursday.

The Arkansas Research & Technology Park has had an economic impact of more than a half-billion dollars since it was opened 10 years ago, according to a new economic impact analysis released Thursday by the Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Arkansas.
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ASU's Zhou Receives ASTA Grant for Novel Cancer Research

Hong Zhou of Arkansas State University has received an Arkansas Science & Technology Authority grant of $43,374 to fund his research into early detection and prevention of skin cancer.
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Bentonville's Transformation Subject of Ad Age Spotlight

Bentonville finds itself in the Advertising Age spotlight Tuesday. Ad Age has a look at how Bentonville -- aka Vendorville -- and the region have been transformed by the growth of Wal-Mart and its cache of vendors on the ground in northwest Arkansas.
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Mentoring and Entrepreneurship (James Wilbanks Commentary)

For close to 40 years now, mentoring in the workplace has been examined extensively in hundreds of peer-reviewed studies. The results of these studies demonstrate many benefits to the career success of the protege, the career of the mentor and the organizations that encourage informal mentoring or have developed formal mentoring programs. read more >

University of Arkansas Technology Park To Celebrate 10 Years

The park encompasses a total of 126 acres, with three multitenant facilities and three multidisciplinary research facilities comprising roughly 285,000 SF of research and development capacity. More than 20 UA research centers, institutes and labs call the park home. read more >

Bioenergy Push Spurs 2 New Wood Pellet Plants in Pine Bluff, Monticello

Europe's increasing emphasis on renewable energy lies behind the announcements this summer that two companies plan to build wood pellet plants in Arkansas. read more >

Picasolar Receives $800k DOE Grant for Solar Efficiency

The $800,000 DOE grant will be matched by $200,000 from Picasolar. Douglas Hutchings, CEO of both Picasolar and Silicon Solar Solutions, said the SunShot awards are the most prestigious and competitive grants a solar startup can receive. read more >

Wal-Mart Cheered, Jeered for Solar Power Efforts

No matter the situation the world's largest retailer involves itself in, rest assured, it will be analyzed, critiqued and questioned to excruciating levels. The latest area is solar power. read more >

State of the South Report Cites Innovation Hub as Key to Arkansas Growth

The Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub in North Little Rock and its efforts to foster innovation, entrepreneurship and access to the "knowledge" economy were lauded in the just-released 2014 State of the South report from MDC. read more >

ARK Challenge: Fair Share Data Swinging for Fences, Consumers

Matt Bakke's idea for an "anti-loyalty" program for businesses and consumers led to the founding Fair Share Data in Bentonville and applying for the ARK Challenge's fall installment in Little Rock. read more >

UA Study: Well Connected CEOs Can Be Bad for Firms They Lead

A University of Arkansas study suggests that the more socially connected a chief executive officer is, the less success his firm experiences. read more >

Trash Bag Alternative on Fayetteville Shelves

Fayetteville's grocery co-operative Ozark Natural Foods is now carrying a compostable substitute for the traditional plastic trash bag created by two University of Arkansas graduates. read more >

UA Confronts Old Infrastructure to Make Campus Wireless

During the past two years, UA has installed 1,000 wireless access points in residence halls and academic buildings; officials say that's the halfway point of getting the UA tuned in wirelessly to the Internet. read more >

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