Tourism Archive

Chaffee Crossing Continues Growth in Fort Smith

by Marty Cook 9/19/2016 12:00 am

While it seems today that Chaffee Crossing is one of those blessed developments that seems to fall into one handsome deal after another, Ivy Owen, the executive director of the Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority in Fort Smith, remembers a much leaner time.

Batesville Impact Plan Living Up to Its Name

by Gwen Moritz 9/19/2016 12:00 am

Fresh eyes, strategic planning, youthful energy and cold, hard cash are shaking up Batesville, a college town on the jagged edge of the Ozarks that is burdened with many of the same challenges as the Delta that's just minutes away.

Education a Cornerstone of Batesville's Strategic Plan

by Gwen Moritz 9/19/2016 12:00 am

Making sure the children of Independence County have the educational opportunities necessary to escape poverty is a cornerstone of the Impact strategic plan that Baldwin worked on when he was chairman of the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce.

Pro-Casino Group in Arkansas Outraises Opponents in August

by Associated Press 9/16/2016 07:25 am

An Oklahoma-based tribe has given $400,000 to a group working to legalize casinos in three Arkansas counties. Cherokee Nation Businesses, based in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, gave $1 million to the effort in June.

Arkansas' 2 Racetracks Give $109,500 to Anti-Casino Group

by Associated Press 9/15/2016 02:45 pm

Operators of Arkansas' two racetracks gave more than $100,000 last month to a committee fighting a proposed constitutional amendment that would legalize casinos in three counties.

US Retail Sales Slump 0.3 Percent, Ending 4 Months of Gains

by Associated Press 9/15/2016 11:49 am

U.S. shoppers retreated in August, cutting back their spending at auto dealers, furnishers and building material stores to depress overall retail sales after four straight monthly gains.

Americans Got Raise Last Year for First Time Since 2007

by Associated Press 9/13/2016 11:41 am

The typical U.S. household's income rose 5.2 percent in 2015 to $56,516, the Census Bureau said Tuesday.

40 Arkansas Lawmakers Back Anti-Casino Campaign

by Associated Press 9/12/2016 01:34 pm

Forty state legislators are opposing a ballot measure that would legalize casinos in three Arkansas counties.

Meet 20 In Their 20s: The New Influentials Class of 2016

by Gwen Moritz 9/12/2016 12:00 am

Twenty of Arkansas' young leaders show the energy and ambition and adventurous spirit that is obvious in our state's business legends, even decades after they were in their 20s. We're proud to introduce these New Influentials and to consider all the potential they offer our state in the decades to come.

TEDx Coming Back to Little Rock (Barry Goldberg On Leadership)

by Barry Goldberg 9/12/2016 12:00 am

You may not agree with what you hear at a TEDx conference, but you will learn something new. You may not get the full picture — since speakers are given 18 minutes — but you will be escorted into territory occupied by that speaker that is likely to be new, controversial and challenging.

Are We Really Such Chumps? (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 9/12/2016 12:00 am

When we start writing companies into the constitution for exclusive privileges that can only be rescinded by another statewide vote, why stop with just Missouri casino operators? What's to stop any other company, foreign or domestic, from hiring lawyers to draw up self-serving amendments, getting the wording approved by the attorney general and paying canvassers to get enough signatures to get on the ballot?

Molly Rawn on How Fayetteville Pays It Forward With A&P Fund

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/12/2016 12:00 am

Before joining the Fayetteville Advertising & Promotion Commission as executive director in August, Molly Rawn was director of development and communications at the Scott Family Amazeum in Bentonville, where she led capital campaigns before overseeing fundraising, membership and PR.

Casino Fight Shows Gambling's Reach in Arkansas (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 9/11/2016 04:56 pm

The fight over a ballot measure to legalize casinos in three Arkansas counties isn't focusing on whether gambling is good or bad. Instead, it's highlighting how much gambling has become a way of life in this Bible Belt state.

25th Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival Starts Oct. 7

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/8/2016 09:51 am

The 25th Annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival will open on Oct. 7 with "Command and Control," a documentary about the 1980 missile explosion at a Titan II launch complex near Damascus.

Tourism Department, Arvest Unveil Specialty Debit Cards

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/7/2016 03:57 pm

The Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism and Arvest Bank announced on Wednesday that they've created eight limited-edition specialty debit cards that showcase some of the state's most scenic and popular attractions.

Lawsuit Filed to Block Arkansas Casinos Ballot Proposal

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 9/7/2016 06:56 am

A lawsuit filed Tuesday with the Arkansas Supreme Court asks the justices to block an effort to legalize casinos in three counties, the latest in a growing list of attempts to disqualify measures from the November ballot.

Slideshow: 9 Inductees Honored at Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame

by Gwen Moritz 9/5/2016 12:00 am

Eight women and a congregation of Catholic nuns were the second class of inductees honored by the Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame at a banquet in Little Rock on Aug. 25.

Measure Allowing Casinos in 3 Arkansas Counties Makes Ballot

by Associated Press 9/1/2016 10:17 am

Arkansas election officials have approved for the ballot a measure that would legalize casinos in three border counties.

Miss Arkansas Pageant Moving to Little Rock in 2017

by Associated Press 9/1/2016 06:55 am

The Miss Arkansas pageant is moving to Little Rock after spending nearly six decades in Hot Springs.

Walton Arts Center Announces Hiring of New Executive

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/30/2016 04:09 pm

The Walton Arts Center announced on Tuesday that Scott Galbraith will join its staff as vice president of programming and executive producer.