Arkansas Business Weekly Edition

June 29, 2015

Modern Grid Improvements Drawing Billions of Dollars

Modern Grid Improvements Drawing Billions of Dollars

In the utility industry, the ongoing pursuit of greater efficiency and reliability drives many large-scale capital improvements. From new computer modeling to upgrading building materials to maximize efficiency, utilities and operators around the state are focusing on ways to modernize the grid. read more >

Cable TV Adapting To New Realities

Sixty-seven years after its almost simultaneous development in Oregon, Pennsylvania and Arkansas, cable TV is old-school. The industry and business plan that Arkansas helped create are under pressure from then unimaginable competitors, and the infrastructure developed to deliver a broad menu of programming is being converted to other uses. read more >

Northwest Arkansas Transforming Into a Tech Hub

Northwest Arkansas isn't California's Silicon Valley and has a long way to go before it can be considered remotely comparable, but technology industry leaders say the area is proving to be on the short list of best places in the field. read more >

Executive Q&A

Startup Junkie's Jeff Amerine on Using Entrepreneurship to Innovate Arkansas

Startup Junkie's Jeff Amerine on Using Entrepreneurship to Innovate Arkansas

Jeff Amerine recently left his position as director of Technology Ventures at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville to devote himself full time to Startup Junkie Consulting, the firm he began in 2008. read more >

Spotlight: Research & Innovation

Improvements to Grid Include Advancing Cyber Security

Improvements to Grid Include Advancing Cyber Security

In addition to grid improvements, the energy industry in Arkansas is also working together on advancements in cyber security, said Nick Brown, the CEO of Southwest Power Pool. In his opinion, cyber attacks present the most significant risk to the grid. read more >

Northwest Arkansas Transforming Into a Tech Hub

Northwest Arkansas Transforming Into a Tech Hub

Northwest Arkansas isn't California's Silicon Valley and has a long way to go before it can be considered remotely comparable, but technology industry leaders say the area is proving to be on the short list of best places in the field. read more >

Wal-Mart SVP Rick Webb: NWA Needs Employees Educated in STEM

Wal-Mart SVP Rick Webb: NWA Needs Employees Educated in STEM

Wal-Mart needs vast numbers of technologically advanced workers and needs them as soon as possible, says SVP Rick Webb. read more >

Modern Grid Improvements Drawing Billions of Dollars

Modern Grid Improvements Drawing Billions of Dollars

In the utility industry, the ongoing pursuit of greater efficiency and reliability drives many large-scale capital improvements. From new computer modeling to upgrading building materials to maximize efficiency, utilities and operators around the state are focusing on ways to modernize the grid. read more >

Startup Junkie's Jeff Amerine on Using Entrepreneurship to Innovate Arkansas

Startup Junkie's Jeff Amerine on Using Entrepreneurship to Innovate Arkansas

Jeff Amerine recently left his position as director of Technology Ventures at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville to devote himself full time to Startup Junkie Consulting, the firm he began in 2008. read more >

Opinion & Analysis

Wal-Mart's Job 1 (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

Wal-Mart's Job 1 (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

When Wal-Mart announced in February that it would raise the hourly pay of its lowest-paid employees to at least $10 within the following 12 months, I thought the company had finally decided its Everyday Low Price strategy might not be the be-all and end-all at Wal-Mart going forward. read more >

Home Ownership in Arkansas (Scott McElmurry Commentary)

Home Ownership in Arkansas (Scott McElmurry Commentary)

For several generations, owning a home has represented the biggest investment most people make, and it's at the top of the list of items that define the “American Dream.” Conventional wisdom has held that homeownership is a critical facet to overall financial stability. A recent survey revealed that while most respondents thought that owning a home is a good investment, their perception of the investment as “safe” has changed. read more >

It Ain't Over Till … (Editorial)

It Ain't Over Till … (Editorial)

The U.S. Supreme Court handed President Barack Obama a major victory on Thursday, upholding a key component of the Affordable Care Act by a comfortable 6-3 vote. read more >

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