Tourism Archive

No More Stalling on Marketplace Fairness (Randy Zook Commentary)

by Randy Zook 12/1/2014 12:00 am

It has been widely reported that U.S. House Speaker John Boehner has promised that the Marketplace Fairness Act will not surface in 2014. Congress' failure to act on this important measure is a huge setback for Arkansas' businesses, for our retail and commercial industries, and is another blow by Washington to Arkansas' economy.

The Glass Is Half Full (Mitch Bettis Publisher's Note)

by Mitch Bettis 12/1/2014 12:00 am

Arkansans and Americans in general seem to be feeling blue these days. Maybe a deluge of negative political advertising bludgeoned us into sadness. Perhaps I'm a “glass half-full” guy because I keep noticing that, nationally and within Arkansas, there are positive economic indicators.

No Daily Report, Morning Report or E-newsletters on Thursday, Friday

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/26/2014 11:03 am

Arkansas Business will not send the Daily Report, Morning Report or weekly industry e-newsletters on Thursday and Friday in recognition of the Thanksgiving holiday.

NLR Leaders Want To Deep Six Motel 6

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/24/2014 12:00 am

The city of North Little Rock is asking a Pulaski County court to declare a Motel 6 by the Laman Library a public nuisance.

Conway Sees Two Recent Million-Dollar Deals

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/24/2014 12:00 am

Conway hosted a pair of recent million-dollar real estate transactions. At $2.7 million, the larger of the two is the 71-room Microtel Inn & Suits. About 2 miles south as the crow flies, FNT Professional Leasing LLC of Little Rock purchased a 9,574-SF commercial building for $1.25 million.

Wendy Riggs Assumes Role as Vice President of Operations for Walton Arts Center

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/24/2014 12:00 am

As VP of operations for the Walton Arts Center, a new position, Wendy Riggs will manage and maintain practices and policies for all facilities, according to Peter B. Lane, president and CEO of the Walton Arts Center.

Evaluating New Minimum Wage's Effects (Michael Pakko Commentary)

by Michael Pakko 11/24/2014 12:00 am

With the passage of ballot initiative No. 4, the minimum wage in Arkansas will increase in three steps to $8.50 per hour in 2017, $1.25 above the current federal minimum, making Arkansas one of many states to increase the minimum wage above the federally mandated level.

Fayetteville Anti-bias Ordinance Splits City, Chamber

by Marty Cook 11/24/2014 12:00 am

On Dec. 9, Fayetteville voters will decide the fate of Ordinance 5703 — commonly known as Chapter 119 — which would prohibit discrimination in the workplace or in housing based on veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic background.

Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival Gets $10,000 Grant

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/21/2014 02:58 pm

The Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival has received a $10,000 grant from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

Wendy Riggs Named Walton Arts Center's VP of Operations

by Lee Hogan 11/19/2014 04:38 pm

Walton Arts Center named Wendy Riggs as its vice president of operations. Riggs' management will include the oversight of a $20 million renovation of the Walton Arts Center and the newly opened Wal-Mart AMP in Rogers.

Report: Clinton Presidential Center Boosts Downtown Economy, Tourism

by Lee Hogan 11/19/2014 03:10 pm

Ten years since its construction, the $165 million Clinton Presidential Center has more than covered its cost.

Nascar's Mark Martin Named Grand Marshal of World's Shortest St. Patrick's Parade

by Lee Hogan 11/19/2014 01:01 pm

Batesville native and Nascar legend Mark Martin will lead the World's Shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 17 in Hot Springs as the celebrity grand marshal.

Mid-America Science Museum Renovation on Schedule, Re-opening Set for March

by Mark Carter 11/19/2014 09:53 am

The museum closed in August to begin remodeling and adding exhibits and new features, thanks to a $7.8 million grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation.

Arvest Consumer Survey: Arkansans' Opinion of Economy Improving

by Lee Hogan 11/18/2014 09:31 am

Arkansas consumer sentiment is up slightly in Arvest Bank's most recent survey, but it's still lower than surrounding states and considerably lower than the national outlook on the economy.

Photos: Inside the Celebrate 10 Event at the Clinton Library

by Lance Turner 11/17/2014 11:16 am

Arkansas Business' sister publication, Little Rock Soirée, goes inside the star-studded celebration marking the 10th anniversary of the Clinton Presidential Library.

UPDATE: Don Bacigalupi Leaving Crystal Bridges to Lead George Lucas' Chicago Museum

by Jan Cottingham 11/17/2014 10:14 am

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville announces that Don Bacigalupi will leave as president but will retain his place on the museum's board.

Tyson Family Stock Nears $3 Billion; Waltons No. 1 On Top Stockholders List

by Gwen Moritz 11/17/2014 12:00 am

The second-wealthiest family in northwest Arkansas, the Tysons, saw their stock holdings increase by nearly $1 billion over the past year — an increase of more than 40 percent.

Tire Center Transaction Tops $1.5M in NLR (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 11/17/2014 12:00 am

A 43,444-SF tire center in North Little Rock tipped the scales at $1.52 million.

Has Alice Walton Made Another Art Purchase?

by Lance Turner 11/12/2014 11:25 am

Today, the New York Times notes speculation surrounding the new owner of one of Jasper John's "Flag" paintings, which sold Tuesday at Sotheby's. Could it be a certain art collector with a museum in northwest Arkansas?

The People Have Spoken, So Let Them Speak (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 11/10/2014 12:00 am

Last Tuesday, Saline County became the seventh county in Arkansas to switch from “dry” to “wet” under the onerous law that requires proponents to collect signatures from 38 percent of registered voters just to get the referendum on the ballot.