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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.

Help Wanted: Cotton Immigration Measure Can Be Improved, Zook Says

by Gwen Moritz 4/3/2017 12:00 am

While Randy Zook, CEO of the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce/Associated Industries of Arkansas, applauds the RAISE bill’s reform of the family reunification preference, he does not believe the proposal actually meets the needs of the economy.

Arkansas Industry Leaders Say Temporary Workers in Short Supply

by Gwen Moritz 4/3/2017 12:00 am

The RAISE Act that U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton introduced in February would slash permanent legal immigration, but it doesn’t address at all the immigration issue that may be most pressing back home in Arkansas: temporary workers.

Transgender Bathroom Bill Draws Criticism

by Sarah Campbell-Miller 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.

Issue 3, Jobs for Arkansas: It's Local (Randy Zook Commentary)

by Randy Zook 11/2/2016 2:03 pm

Randy Zook says Issue 3 will arm Arkansas cities and towns — no matter the size — with the tools needed to effectively compete for jobs.

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.

Welspun in Little Rock Gets $47M Diamond Pipeline Order

by Kyle Massey 8/8/2016 1:57 pm

Welspun Tubular LLC of Little Rock has landed an order for more than $47 million in coated 20-inch pipe for the Diamond Pipeline, a 440-mile project to move crude oil from Cushing, Oklahoma, to Memphis.

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 Midland, Magellan Pipeline Settle on Easement

by Mark Friedman 4/18/2016 12:00 am

Arkansas Midland Railroad Co. last week settled its easement dispute over Magellan Pipeline Co.’s $200 million pipeline project from Fort Smith to Little Rock.

Arkansas Business Power List 2016: Economic Development

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/21/2016 12:00 am

An economic development resource to help navigate the leadership of the largest Arkansas companies or institutions.

State Chamber Plan Aims to Recruit Skilled, Technical Workers

by Alexis Crowe 3/8/2016 1:05 pm

The Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce announces the "Be Pro Be Proud" initiative, an effort to bring new professionals into the state's skilled technical workforce.

Arkansas Panel: Look at Tax Hikes, Revenue Shifts for Roads

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 11/19/2015 5:30 pm

A task force on Thursday recommended several options for boosting money for Arkansas roads, including tapping into car sales tax revenue and raising fuel taxes, but stopped short of endorsing a specific plan to address a highway funding shortfall.

Leading From The Front on Ex-Im Bank (Randy Zook Commentary)

by Randy Zook 11/6/2015 8:18 am

The U.S. House overwhelmingly voted to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank, which supported more than $250 billion in U.S. exports and 1.3 million American jobs since 2009.

Proposed Overtime Rule Divorced From Reality (Randy Zook Commentary)

by Randy Zook 8/10/2015 12:00 am

The Obama administration’s recent proposal to expand overtime eligibility to some 5 million more Americans will curtail work hours and suppress job growth as employers work around the rule to control costs. The plan would more than double the eligibility threshold for overtime pay, to $970 a week from the current cutoff of $455 a week, last adjusted in 2004.

State Chamber Investigation Follows Resignation of SVP Susie Marks

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/3/2015 12:00 am

Susie Marks resigned suddenly as senior vice president of programs for the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce in June, and that resignation has been followed by an investigation into missing money.

Johnny Key, Randy Zook to Speak at Educators Symposium

by Alexis Crowe 6/8/2015 2:10 pm

The Northwest Arkansas P-20 Task Force is offering a free, daylong symposium for pre-K-college educators, legislators and industry leaders.

TPA Promotes Job Creation (Randy Zook Commentary)

by Randy Zook 5/18/2015 12:00 am

Congress faces an important choice in the months ahead as it considers a bill to renew Trade Promotion Authority. TPA is vital because economic growth and job creation at home depend on our ability to sell American goods and services to the 95 percent of the world’s customers living outside the United States.

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.

Randy Zook Expects Court Challenges Over Amendment 3

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 12/8/2014 6:31 pm

The head of the state's largest business lobbying group says he expects court challenges aimed at clarifying questions surrounding a new constitutional amendment that imposes new ethics restrictions on lawmakers and loosens term limits.

Clinton School of Public Service Releases December Speaker Lineup

by Jess Ardrey 12/2/2014 7:12 am

Fresh off the hugely successful Clinton Library anniversary celebrations, the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service recently released its list of December speakers, proving it has no intention of slowing down anytime soon.

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