Arkansas Business Weekly Edition

February 1, 2016

East Little Rock's 'Innovation Alley' Drawing Grit, Funk Lovers

East Little Rock's 'Innovation Alley' Drawing Grit, Funk Lovers
Michael Pirnique

Margaret McEntire has found herself in the midst of a second redevelopment wave in downtown Little Rock. A player on the River Market scene since 1999, McEntire is now hosting change instead of making it happen. read more >

Bentonville Urbanites Pick Pocket Community

Pocket neighborhoods are growing in popularity with people who are looking to scale down their residential footprint. Proponents said the concept is most popular with baby boomers who are looking to live out retirement in such a setting and millennials who eschew subdivision life. read more >

StudioMAIN Developing LR Financial Quarter

Aiming to help downtown revitalization reach its true potential, a nonprofit group called StudioMAIN has unveiled plans to market an area of downtown it's calling the Financial Quarter. read more >

Executive Q&A

Architect Kyle Cook Says Jonesboro Region's Growth Keeps Him Close to Home

Architect Kyle Cook Says Jonesboro Region's Growth Keeps Him Close to Home

Kyle Cook, president of Brackett Krennerich & Associates, says broad experience is the ticket to working in northeast Arkansas. read more >

Spotlight: Architecture & Engineering

Annual Pay for Architects and Engineers Above National Median

Annual Pay for Architects and Engineers Above National Median

The median annual pay for architects in the United States was $74,520 in May 2014, the latest figures available. That compares with $35,540 median annual pay for all occupations. read more >

I-30 Changes Worry East Little Rock Property Owners

I-30 Changes Worry East Little Rock Property Owners

The unknown changes wrought by a future improvement of Interstate 30 have downtown Little Rock players concerned. read more >

East Little Rock's 'Innovation Alley' Drawing Grit, Funk Lovers

East Little Rock's 'Innovation Alley' Drawing Grit, Funk Lovers

Margaret McEntire has found herself in the midst of a second redevelopment wave in downtown Little Rock. A player on the River Market scene since 1999, McEntire is now hosting change instead of making it happen. read more >

StudioMAIN Developing LR Financial Quarter

StudioMAIN Developing LR Financial Quarter

Aiming to help downtown revitalization reach its true potential, a nonprofit group called StudioMAIN has unveiled plans to market an area of downtown it's calling the Financial Quarter. read more >

Bentonville Urbanites Pick Pocket Community

Bentonville Urbanites Pick Pocket Community

Pocket neighborhoods are growing in popularity with people who are looking to scale down their residential footprint. Proponents said the concept is most popular with baby boomers who are looking to live out retirement in such a setting and millennials who eschew subdivision life. read more >

Opinion & Analysis

The Art of the Plea Deal (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

The Art of the Plea Deal (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

While the sentence was up to Judge Holmes, defense lawyer W.H. Taylor of Fayetteville negotiated a deal in which Dennis Smiley Jr. pleaded guilty to only a single count of bank fraud — but he had to accept responsibility and restitution for more than 20 bank victims and their combined losses of nearly $5 million. read more >

You Deserve a Break Today (Craig Douglass On Consumers)

You Deserve a Break Today (Craig Douglass On Consumers)

McDonald's, under new CEO Steve Easterbrook, has decided to heed national consumer research and take a bold, new and yet simple step: The most important meal of the day now has become the most important meal of the day, as McDonald's unveiled in October its all-day breakfast menu. read more >

Attention Must Be Paid (Editorial)

Attention Must Be Paid (Editorial)

Robert Brown, the retired Arkansas Supreme Court justice, best summarized the problem with the state's court system: “I think you have to do something about the money. That's what it comes down to.” read more >