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Opinions Divided On Dillard's REIT

Opinions Divided On Dillard's REIT
Dillard’s created a REIT in 2011 as a wholly owned subsidiary but hasn’t said much about the move or what properties are in it. | (Photo by Bob Coleman)

Marcato Capital Management LP of San Francisco, which owns 4.9 percent of Dillard's Inc. stock, said in a news release last month that it wants the company to create a stand-alone real estate investment trust for its assets.
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Big River Pushes Construction Total to $2.2B

The valuation of large commercial projects underway in Arkansas approached $2.2 billion, nearly double the tally from a year ago. The big leap was thanks in no small measure to the $700 million construction contract for the Big River Steel Mill manufacturing facility near Osceola.
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Stocks Gain After Hiring Surge; Dow Nears 18,000

U.S. stocks are moving higher in midday trading after the government reported a surge in hiring last month.
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FDA's $1.2M Grant Extends ARA, NCTR Research into Graphene

The Arkansas Research Alliance announced Wednesday that it has been awarded a $1.2 million contract from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that will extend a collaborative research program focused on graphene-based nanomaterials. read more >

UALR Receives ASTA Grant to Develop Bioenergy Nanotech

The Arkansas Science and Technology Authority has awarded a $37,000 grant for a University of Arkansas at Little Rock biology professor who says nanomaterials could increase the germination rate and biomass yield of bioenergy crops. read more >

Early-Stage Startups Shine at AVC's Pre-Flight Pitch Day

The Arkansas Venture Center introduced its first class of Pre-Flight graduates Tuesday night with promising, early-stage startups pitching ideas developed over the course of a 14-week, pre-accelerator program. Pre-Flight is a program created by the Nashville Entrepreneur Center in 2011 and licensed this year by the AVC in Little Rock. read more >

Asa Hutchinson Will Replace Heath Abshure at Securities Department

Arkansas Securities Commissioner Heath Abshure says he will be replaced by Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson. In an interview Tuesday, Abshure said it's too early to say what his plans are after a new commissioner is appointed. read more >

SAU President David Rankin on the Importance of Economic Literacy

David Rankin was named the president of Southern Arkansas University in January 2002 and plans to retire next June. read more >

Funding a College Education (Jane Wayland Commentary)

Many articles and reports have been written about the value of a college education. The cost continues to climb, and the opportunities in the marketplace are a struggle for some college graduates. It is no wonder that the value of earning the degree is being questioned. read more >

Shadow Lake, Turtle Creek Apartments Tandem Sales Surpass $40.5 Million (Real Deals)

The 296-unit Shadow Lake Apartments at 13111 W. Markham St. sold for $26.87 million and the 216-unit Turtle Creek Apartments at 601 Napa Valley Drive went for $13.71 million. read more >

Prudent Planning Pays Off for Cooper Communities

John Cooper III is president and chairman of the board of directors of Cooper Communities Inc. of Rogers, a prolific land development company for the past 50-plus years. How prolific is a company secret, as Cooper politely declines to share the private company's revenue or employment figures. He did sit down at his company's headquarters for an interview, his first ever with the media. read more >

Divorces Threaten Retirement Assets

The divorce rate for those 50 and older doubled between 1990 and 2010, and the numbers are expected to continue to rise at an alarming rate. Those who find themselves newly single will have to manage with half the assets the couple saved for retirement — with little time to restore their accounts. read more >

Financial Scams Burden Seniors, Investments

A growing number of Arkansas seniors are being targeted in fraudulent schemes and investment opportunities, derailing a lifetime of planning and absorbing money that could be used on real investments. read more >

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