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Construction Starts on Hyatt Place, Convention Center in Jonesboro

Construction Starts on Hyatt Place, Convention Center in Jonesboro

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.
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Crystal Bridges Hires Lauren Haynes As Contemporary Art Curator

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art hired Lauren Haynes as its Curator of Contemporary Art, the museum announced Tuesday. Haynes will start at the museum in October. As curator, she will help the museum's contemporary art program with exhibits, presentations and publications.
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Arkansas Casino Group Turns in 50,000 Additional Signatures

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.
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Broadway Bridge Will Close Sept. 28

The Arkansas State Highway & Transportation Department says the Broadway Bridge will close on Sept. 28 for at least six months as contractor Massman Construction Co. of Kansas City, Missouri, installs the new $98.4 million bridge. read more >

LRCVB Moves Ahead on Deal for Cromwell Building

The Little Rock Advertising & Promotion Commission's $3.35 million purchase of the Cromwell Building for the Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau could be finalized within a month or so. read more >

Conway's 501 LIFE Circles World from Namesake Area Code

Even after eight years and 100 issues, Sonja Keith and Donna Spears don't completely feel that they own 501 LIFE. read more >

Mass Enthusiasm Expands Staff in Little Rock Office (Movers & Shakers)

Dillon Tuell and Baxley Aldworth have joined Mass Enthusiasm Inc., a digital advertising agency that recently expanded its office in downtown Little Rock. read more >

Holiday Inn Express Sale Checks In at $5.1 Million (Real Deals)

A limited liability company led by Ishverbhai Govind purchased the 1.5-acre, 69-room hotel on East McCain Boulevard in North Little Rock. read more >

Mike Malone Stepping Down As Northwest Arkansas Council CEO

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

Group Buys Legacy Hotel for $2.85M, Plans $5M in Renovations

Newly created SHG Management LLC of Sherwood recently purchased the Legacy Hotel in downtown Little Rock for $2.85 million and plans to spend another $5 million on renovations. read more >

Riverdale 10 Owner Plans Movie Meals in Spa City

Matt Smith's cinema formula in Little Rock, which includes 10 screens, the sale of beer and wine and reserved seating, has been so successful he's planning to introduce it at his Hot Springs Mall Cinema next month. read more >

Butcher & Deli To Become Bentonville Butcher & Pint

A mixed-drink permit application with the state and social media postings indicate that Bentonville Butcher & Deli is morphing into Bentonville Butcher & Pint, “a restaurant, bar and butcher concept focused on fresh, local meats, beer and cuisine.” read more >

Power and Pain of Consensus (Barry Goldberg On Leadership)

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. read more >

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