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Governor Appoints Arkansas CEOs to Study State's Computer, Data Sector

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/17/2017 10:19 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson forms a blue ribbon commission to study how to grow the state's computer science and data analytics sector. The 19-member commission is co-chaired by Acxiom Corp. founder Charles Morgan and Arkansas Economic Development Commission Executive Director Mike Preston.

Sabin Withdraws Transparency Bill as AEDC Pledges Openness on Incentives

by Kyle Massey 3/16/2017 12:13 pm

State Rep. Warwick Sabin withdraws a transparency bill after receiving assurances from the AEDC that it will make data about state economic incentives to businesses available to the public online.

Clean Harbors Opens $120M Expansion, Will Add 120 Jobs

by Sarah Campbell 12/7/2016 10:21 am

Clean Harbors unveils a $120 million expansion of its El Dorado facility, which it said will create 120 full-time jobs.

Tianyuan Garment Factory Turns Tide: 400 Jobs ‘Reshored’ to Little Rock

by Sarah Campbell 11/28/2016 12:00 am

A Chinese garment maker’s plan to spend $20 million building a factory in Little Rock is an example of a manufacturing phenomenon that is picking up steam as automation begins to wash out the labor cost advantage that for decades enticed manufacturers to move overseas.

Chinese Garment Manufacturer Made First Move on Arkansas

by Sarah Campbell 11/28/2016 12:00 am

Suzhou Industrial Park Tianyuan Garment Co., the company spending $20 million to open a garment plant in Little Rock late next year, made the first move on Arkansas in December 2015.

Asa Hutchinson to Promote Rice, Poultry on China Trip

by Lance Turner 10/13/2016 11:54 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson will travel to China to meet with existing and prospective business contacts and with government officials about opening the country to Arkansas rice and poultry.

Clean Line Meets Resistance from Arkansas Lawmakers

by Kyle Massey 9/26/2016 12:00 am

Despite the promise of jobs and clean wind energy for Arkansas, the Clean Line has met resistance in court and from the state’s entire congressional delegation.

Amfuel to Close Magnolia Plant, Move Operations to Texas

by Lance Turner 9/20/2016 11:40 am

American Fuel Cell & Coated Fabrics Co. of Magnolia is closing its plant in Magnolia, a move that will affect up to 300 jobs, as it brings a new plant online in Texas.

Issue 3: A Job-Luring Amendment, or Corporate Welfare?

by Mark Friedman 8/22/2016 12:00 am

If Arkansas voters approve an amendment to the state Constitution in November, supporters say it will help bring more companies and jobs to the state. Opponents say it’s corporate welfare.

Traveling the Globe in Search of Jobs (Mike Preston Commentary)

by Mike Preston 8/22/2016 12:00 am

Over the last year, your Arkansas Economic Development Commission has traveled almost 20,000 miles around the world searching for good-paying jobs for the people of Arkansas. It’s a reflection of the times in which we live. Ours is a global economy, and the competition for new jobs is no longer with surrounding states only, but with every country around the globe.

Shared Services Center in Fort Smith to Add More Than 100 Jobs

by Alexis Crowe 8/15/2016 4:32 pm

Shared Services Center-Fort Smith, a provider of business office support functions for hospitals and health care facilities, will expand its presence in Fort Smith's Phoenix Center.

Hutchinson Expects Results From European Trip, Cites Business Leads

by Lance Turner 7/13/2016 10:48 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Arkansas Economic Development Commission Executive Director Mike Preston officially opened an office in Berlin on Tuesday, as the pair begins to wrap up a trade mission in Europe.

Hutchinson, Preston to Open Berlin Office, Attend Farnborough Airshow

by Lance Turner 7/5/2016 11:54 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Arkansas Economic Development Commission Executive Director Mike Preston announced details of another trade mission to Europe, which begins Saturday.

250 Attend HubX-Life Sciences Demo Day at Innovation Hub

by Sarah Campbell 7/1/2016 11:37 am

The demo day hosted by the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub in North Little Rock for teams that completed its first 13-week HubX-Life Sciences accelerator program attracted more than 250 people, including U.S. Rep. French Hill, R-Ark.

Demo Day for HubX-LifeSciences Teams is Thursday

by Sarah Campbell 6/29/2016 10:54 am

Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub in North Little Rock is hosting a demo day from 1-4 p.m. Thursday for teams that have now completed its 13-week HubX-LifeSciences, the state's first privately funded and industry-specific accelerator.

Bike-Maker Orbea Marks HQ Move North of the River

by Sarah Campbell 6/16/2016 2:52 pm

Orbea of Mallabia, Spain, on Thursday celebrated its new North American headquarters at The Works at Rockwater at 700 W. Broadway St. in North Little Rock.

In Conway, Leaders Find Education at Root of Economic Growth

by Alexis Crowe 5/17/2016 2:09 pm

A skilled, educated workforce is key to attracting and growing business in a particular region. That was the message repeated by economic developers during a panel at Outlook Conway, an economic development conference examining various industries in the north metro region.

Arkansas Moves Up on List of Chief Executive Magazine's Best States for Business

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/11/2016 4:12 pm

Arkansas jumped 10 spots to No. 23 in Chief Executive magazine's latest Best & Worst States for Business annual survey.

GW Communications to Open Paragould Office, Employ 28

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/28/2016 11:14 am

GW Communications of Coppell, Texas, says it will open a new office in Paragould and employ 28.

Update: Sun Paper of China Picks Clark County for $1.3B Pulp Mill

by Gwen Moritz and Lance Turner 4/26/2016 9:57 am

Shandong Sun Paper Industry of China has selected Arkadelphia (Clark County) for a pulp mill plant that will cost between $1 billion and $1.3 billion to build, employ 250 people directly and have an economic impact of up to $100 million a year in the timberlands of south Arkansas.

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