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Biggest Deals in Arkansas Rise 11 Percent in 2016

by Jan Cottingham 2/20/2017 12:00 am

Both the value and the volume of mergers and acquisitions in Arkansas rose last year, with the value increasing 11 percent to $9.8 billion and the volume rising 10 percent to 92.

Searcy Upgrades Infrastructure for Chance at New 'Power Center' for Shopping

by George Waldon 2/20/2017 12:00 am

Public, private and public-private developments representing tens of millions of dollars in construction are in motion in Searcy. Three projects highlighting each category alone tally more than $42 million.

Solutions In Search of Problems (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 2/20/2017 12:00 am

For reasons that cannot be practical, a couple of legislators are trying to bring to Arkansas all the consequences of a “bathroom bill” like that adopted in North Carolina to force transgendered persons to use public restrooms that correspond with the sex on their birth certificates.

Collision Center Buy Tops $2.5 Million (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 2/20/2017 12:00 am

LLArk Properties LLC of St. Louis Park, Minnesota, purchased the 40,000-SF Landers Collision Center at 10005 Col. Glenn Road from Aimco Equipment Co. LLC, led by Frank, Herren and Todd Hickingbotham.

Hive Chef Matthew McClure Sees Opportunity in Having a Full Plate

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/20/2017 12:00 am

Matthew McClure has been named a semifinalist for three consecutive years for the James Beard Foundation Awards' best chef in the South. This year's semifinalists are announced this month.

Louisiana Purchase Survey Sculpture to be Dedicated in Little Rock

by Lydia McAllister 2/17/2017 10:57 am

State and local officials will dedicate a new sculpture commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Louisiana Purchase survey at 10 a.m. Monday in front of the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock.

Transgender Bathroom Bill Draws Criticism

by Sarah Campbell 2/16/2017 10:10 am

A bill filed Tuesday that "concerns gender identity and bathroom privileges" has already been rebuked by Gov. Asa Hutchinson and the Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau.

State Seeks Pricing in New Bids for Tourism Ad Contract

by Kyle Massey 2/15/2017 04:52 pm

The state reopened the bidding process on its largest advertising contract Wednesday afternoon, seeking pricing information from ad agencies hoping to land a $14 million-a-year pact for marketing Arkansas tourism and the state parks system.

Wildwood Park Names Bevan Keating Artistic Director

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/15/2017 03:00 pm

Bevan Keating is named artistic director of Wildwood Park for the Arts in Little Rock.

Asa Hutchinson Makes Appointments to Boards, Commissions

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/15/2017 09:15 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on announces appointments to boards and commissions.

Arkansas Business Recognizes Finalists of 29th Annual Business of the Year Awards

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/13/2017 12:00 am

Since 1988, Arkansas Business has honored the state's top executives, small businesses and nonprofits with the annual Arkansas Business of the Year Awards.

Reservoir Road Apartments Sold for $8.3 Million

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/13/2017 12:00 am

Two apartment complexes, two mini-storage projects and a Heights home in Little Rock teamed up with a North Little Rock motel to build a six-pack of multimillion-dollar deals.

Core Brewing Turns from Fort Smith, Ready To Head East

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/13/2017 12:00 am

Core Brewing & Distilling Co., the rapidly growing Springdale craft brewery, has abandoned its plans for a distillery in Fort Smith.

Texarkana Convention Center Could Soon Change Hands

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/13/2017 12:00 am

Texarkana Hotels, owned by Dr. Hiren D. Patel, has entered into a $6.6 million purchase agreement with James J. Naples, and will be seeking the court's approval of the sale.

WER Architects Adds Drew Short to Staff (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/13/2017 12:00 am

Drew Short has been hired as an intern architect at WER Architects/Planners in Little Rock.

State Cancels Bid Process for Tourism Advertising Contract

by Kyle Massey 2/10/2017 11:58 am

The State Office of Procurement canceled its bid solicitation for the state's biggest advertising contract — the $14 million-a-year deal for marketing state tourism — just days before written responses from agencies were due.

In Jonesboro, 2 Convention Center Projects Take Shape

by Todd Traub 2/7/2017 01:10 pm

After years of trying for one, the city now has two hotel and convention center facilities in various stages of development and construction, one near the interstate and one on the Arkansas State campus.

AGFC Renames Wildlife Area to Honor George Dunklin Jr.

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/6/2017 10:37 am

The Arkansas Game & Fish Commission votes to rename the Bayou Meto Wildlife Management Area in honor of George Dunklin Jr. of Stuttgart.

Lottery Ad Contract Process Reveals Fissures

by Kyle Massey 2/6/2017 12:00 am

It wasn't smooth, but the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery has a new advertising agency, CJRW of Little Rock.

Playing the Trading Card (Craig Douglass On Consumers)

by Craig Douglass 2/6/2017 12:00 am

If the United States were to impose onerous tariffs on foreign goods, the effect on Arkansas consumers would be higher prices.

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