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Central Arkansas Commercial Vacancy Rate Drops

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/16/2015 12:00 am

The vacancy rate for commercial office space in central Arkansas declined in the fourth quarter, Central Arkansas Commercial Data Exchange said in its latest report.

A&P Accuse White Water Tavern of Having Choppy Tax Bill

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/16/2015 12:00 am

The Little Rock Advertising & Promotion Commission is trying to shut down the White Water Tavern, claiming the bar and restaurant has not paid A&P taxes for seven months of 2014.

The Perfect Arkansas Business Story (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 2/16/2015 12:00 am

I was reminded of David Allan Coe's recording of Steve Goodman's perfect country and western song when I saw the truly astonishing traffic to the ArkansasBusiness.com website generated by last week's story on the Dunklin family land feud.

Greater Little Rock Home Builders Pick Nathan Cooper as President (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/16/2015 12:00 am

Nathan Cooper of River Valley Builders has been named 2015 president of the Home Builders Association of Greater Little Rock. Cooper has been a member of the Home Builders Association since 2009 and has served on the board of directors. Justin Keener of Billy Hartness Construction will be vice president, and Tony Dillon of The Dillon Group will be secretary/treasurer.

AB Exec of '09 Joe Stanley On Building One Architecture Firm Out of Two

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/16/2015 12:00 am

A graduate of the Jones School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas, Joe Stanley started his architectural career in 1971 in Memphis. In 1977, he moved back to Arkansas to start Polk Stanley. In 2009, after a merger with The Wilcox Group, Stanley was named CEO.

Asa Hutchinson Announces Five Appointments

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/10/2015 04:32 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson Thursday announced appointments to the State Police Commission, the State Parks Commission, the Real Estate Commission, and also named two special associate justices to the state Supreme Court.

University of Arkansas Touts $1.2B Economic Impact in 2014

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/10/2015 10:56 am

The University of Arkansas released a report Tuesday that says the university has an economic impact on "state and local economies" of $1.2 billion, up 66 percent from the previous year.

Verizon Arena Tops List of North Little Rock Mixed Drink Sales

by Jan Cottingham 2/9/2015 12:00 am

The North Little Rock Advertising & Promotion Commission shared its latest tallies of restaurant taxes, including those on mixed drinks, and the same 10 were at the top in 2013, though some of the rankings have changed.

Wine, Beer Sales Total $235K at Razorback Stadium

by Jan Cottingham 2/9/2015 12:00 am

Wine and beer sales at Razorback Stadium during this football season netted the Athletics Department at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville $26,126, according to figures provided by the department.

Chambers of Commerce Worried Over Judge's Payment Ruling

by Mark Friedman 2/9/2015 12:00 am

A Pulaski County Circuit Court judge's ruling last month that ordered the cities of Little Rock and North Little Rock to stop paying chambers of commerce and related entities for economic development programs sent shock waves through chamber offices across the state.

Sibling Dispute Leads to Sale of Farm & Hunting Land in Delta

by George Waldon 2/9/2015 12:00 am

A long-running sibling dispute is culminating this month in a court-ordered sale expected to yield a $50 million-plus transaction.

Texarkana Directors Feel Misled on Land Deals Made by City Manager

by Sean Beherec 2/9/2015 12:00 am

In the wake of a state audit, a criminal probe, a whistleblower lawsuit and an investigation by private citizens, the former mayor of Texarkana has concluded that he and other city directors were rooked.

Asa Hutchinson Appoints 6 to Boards, Supreme Court

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/3/2015 03:15 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced the appointments to state boards, commissions and the Supreme Court.

El Dorado Chamber Debuts New Website

by Sean Beherec 2/2/2015 12:00 am

The El Dorado Chamber of Commerce has a new website aimed at economic development in the area.

Central Arkansas Employment Realigns After Recession

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/2/2015 12:00 am

Manufacturing, unsurprisingly, took the greatest hit in central Arkansas during the Great Recession.

Flexibility Key To Cromwell Architects Engineers' 130-Year Survival

by Jan Cottingham 2/2/2015 12:00 am

After more than 30 years at Cromwell Architects Engineers Inc., CEO Charley Penix has the long view of the firm, on what has allowed it to survive 130 years to become the oldest architecture firm in Arkansas and one of the oldest in the United States.

Architecture Events Scheduled at Crystal Bridges in February

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/2/2015 12:00 am

Architecture critic Sarah Goldhagen, author of “Louis Kahn's Situated Modernism” and a contributor to The New York Times and other publications, will speak on Sunday, Feb. 8. On Feb. 23, the museum will reveal two portfolios of Wright's work in anticipation of the completion of the Bachman Wilson installation.

Seeing Green in LEDs: Technology, Efficiency Driving Increased Sales of Lights

by Sean Beherec 2/2/2015 12:00 am

Colorful lights on the Union Plaza Building or the Arkansas River bridges in downtown Little Rock are the latest installations in a series of energy efficiency projects that allow businesses to cash in by making short-term investments in lighting.

John Waters, Charles Morgan on Tap for 12th Arkansas Literary Festival

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/28/2015 10:16 am

The 12th annual Arkansas Literary Festival, hosted by the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS), is set for April 23-26. Speakers include filmmaker John Waters and "Divine Sisters of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood" author Rebecca Wells.

Report: State Jobless Rate Down to 5.7 Percent

by Mark Carter 1/27/2015 09:35 am

Arkansas' unemployment rate fell to 5.7 percent in December, dropping two-tenths of a percentage point from November, according to a report from the state Department of Workforce Services.

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