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Contractor Says Jonesboro Hotel & Convention Center Owes $1.5M

by Mark Friedman 4/25/2017 11:42 am

The troubled Jonesboro Hyatt Place Hotel & Convention Center hasn't made any payments to the general contractor and now owes $1.5 million to subcontractors and a supplier, according to court filings.

State to Hear Final Presentations from Potential Parks & Tourism Promoters

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/24/2017 12:00 am

Presentations to be made by the three final advertising firms vying for the state's parks and tourism account, which used to be open to the public, will be closed this time.

Hospitality Arrives Before Hotel at Arkansas State

by Kyle Massey 4/24/2017 12:00 am

Arkansas State University's new hospitality management program has plenty of vacancies, partly because few students know about it: Officials are waiting for a $50 million billboard to point to.

Courtni Champion Claims Exec Seat at Apartment Hunters (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/24/2017 12:00 am

Courtni Champion has been promoted to leasing and relocation director at Apartment Hunters/Tuggle Services Inc. of Little Rock, where she was previously a leasing and relocation specialist.

Arkansas Trucking Association Highlights Parking Problem

by Marty Cook 4/24/2017 12:00 am

Finding safe, quality parking is harder than you would think. Imagine the millions of trucks on the road and then realize that there are a little more than 300,000 public and private parking spots allotted for them.

The High Cost of Bad Moods (Barry Goldberg On Leadership)

by Barry Goldberg 4/24/2017 12:00 am

Research in behavioral science is showing that there is a trend toward higher irritability in the workplace — especially in the United States — and it has been more pronounced over the last 24 months.

Wayne Smith Says Balance the Key to Keeping Oaklawn On Track

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/24/2017 12:00 am

Wayne Smith was named general manager in March, becoming Oaklawn's sixth general manager.

Arkansas Unemployment Falls to Record Low 3.6 Percent

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/21/2017 10:36 am

Arkansas' unemployment record fell to another record low, dropping to 3.6 percent in March from 3.7 percent in February.

Video: Fitz Hill Talks Transparency in Leadership, Work at Scott Ford Center

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/18/2017 10:55 am

Leaders should tell the truth, be transparent and communicate regularly with stakeholders during a crisis, says Fitz Hill in Part 2 of Arkansas Business' new video series on leadership.

State Keeps Tight Lid on Tourism Finalists

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/17/2017 12:00 am

Did you see that announcement about the three finalists chosen for the state's richest advertising contract — the $14 million-a-year pact for marketing the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism?

National Register Listings Light a Towering Inferno

by Marty Cook 4/17/2017 12:00 am

Some downtown Little Rock property owners are surprised and upset that three public housing towers have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places despite being rejected by the state's review board.

Jonesboro Hotel Liens Raise Early ‘Red Flags'

by Mark Friedman 4/17/2017 12:00 am

The $30 million Jonesboro Hyatt Place Hotel & Convention Center is facing contractors' liens totaling nearly $900,000 and might not open next spring as planned.

ASU Convention Center Project Also Delayed

by Mark Friedman 4/17/2017 12:00 am

The other convention center being developed in Jonesboro hasn't broken ground, but it is on schedule to open on the Arkansas State University campus before the start of the fall 2018 semester.

Quapaw Quarter's Patricia Blick Says Historic Preservation Can Bring Forth Economic Benefits

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/17/2017 12:00 am

Patricia Blick, the new head of the Quapaw Quarter Association, seeks to clear up misconceptions about preserving historic properties.

Asa Hutchinson Among Speakers at 2nd Conference on Delta's Future

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/10/2017 11:33 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson will be the featured luncheon speaker at a conference on the future of the Arkansas Delta on May 19 at the Pine Bluff Convention Center.

Redesign of LittleRock.com Coming Soon

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/10/2017 12:00 am

Readers who remember the Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau's contract with marketing firm Team SI for a website overhaul have been asking when they might see it.

Arkansas Highway & Transportation Approves Bids In Northeast Arkansas

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/10/2017 12:00 am

The Arkansas State Highway Commission in March approved bids for several road improvement projects throughout northeast Arkansas.

Kansas City REIT Buys Magic Springs Theme Park

by Gwen Moritz 4/6/2017 05:02 pm

EPR Properties, a specialty real estate investment trust, announced Thursday a deal to purchase Magic Springs Theme & Water Park in Hot Springs and to retain Premier Parks LLC as its operator.

Shifting Labor Rules Keep Arkansas Attorneys Busy

by Mark Friedman 4/3/2017 12:00 am

Arkansas labor and employment attorneys are keeping an eye on challenges to the U.S. Department of Labor's overtime rules as well as a bill that would amend the Minimum Wage Act in Arkansas.

Boutique Hotel To Fill 'Opportunity Gap' at The Fields at Pinnacle

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/3/2017 12:00 am

An upscale multifamily complex and a boutique hotel are heading for The Fields at Pinnacle, a Rogers development led by Chad and Monika Hatfield of Hatfield Properties.

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