Trends & Analysis

Finding Patterns in Counties' Statistics (Michael Pakko Commentary)

Finding Patterns in Counties' Statistics (Michael Pakko Commentary)

In preparation for a recent presentation to the Association of Arkansas Development Organizations, I gathered a set of statistics on demographics and economic development for Arkansas' 75 counties. Mapping the results yielded some interesting patterns, although in many cases not terribly surprising.
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JLTV Pursuit Offers Lesson for Future Deals (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

Arkansas' failure to land a major military vehicle contract is a disappointment for officials who hoped to tout another "superproject" in the state. But it's not the setback that other missed economic deals have been, nor will it prompt the same level of soul-searching.
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Central Arkansas Industrial Space Vacancy Rate Slips

The vacancy rate for industrial space in central Arkansas fell slightly in the second quarter compared with the year-ago quarter, to 11.7 percent compared with 11.9 percent in second-quarter 2014.
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Vacancy Rate Declines in Central Arkansas Office Space

The office market in central Arkansas continues to see improvement, with the second quarter of 2015 becoming the seventh quarter in a row to experience positive absorption.
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JLTV Pursuit Offers Lesson for Future Deals (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

Arkansas' failure to land a major military vehicle contract is a disappointment for officials who hoped to tout another "superproject" in the state. But it's not the setback that other missed economic deals have been, nor will it prompt the same level of soul-searching. read more >

Central Arkansas Industrial Space Vacancy Rate Slips

The vacancy rate for industrial space in central Arkansas fell slightly in the second quarter compared with the year-ago quarter, to 11.7 percent compared with 11.9 percent in second-quarter 2014. read more >

Finding Patterns in Counties' Statistics (Michael Pakko Commentary)

In preparation for a recent presentation to the Association of Arkansas Development Organizations, I gathered a set of statistics on demographics and economic development for Arkansas' 75 counties. Mapping the results yielded some interesting patterns, although in many cases not terribly surprising. read more >

By the Numbers: Gambling in Arkansas

Oaklawn, Southland, lottery and bingo: a look at wagers and payouts from games of chance in Arkansas. read more >

Vacancy Rate Declines in Central Arkansas Office Space

The office market in central Arkansas continues to see improvement, with the second quarter of 2015 becoming the seventh quarter in a row to experience positive absorption. read more >

Being Interesting to Buyers (Jim Karrh On Marketing)

The rules of customer engagement have changed dramatically in recent years: Your potential buyers know more — or at least believe that they know more — than ever. read more >

Austin Powers Central Arkansas Population Gains

Smaller cities in central Arkansas are seeing the biggest population gains by percentage, according to the most recent “Metrotrends” report, released last month by Metroplan. Metroplan is a voluntary association of local area governments that serves as the metropolitan region's planning agency. read more >

Population Trends Slowing in Central Arkansas

Population growth in central Arkansas has slowed during the last five years, though it has continued to exceed that of the U.S. as a whole, according to the most recent “Metrotrends” report. read more >