Arkansas Business Weekly Edition

August 25, 2014

Trinity Renewed: Keller Links Health of Episcopal Church to Community

Trinity Renewed: Keller Links Health of Episcopal Church to Community

The Rev. Christoph Keller III, interim dean and rector of Trinity Cathedral in Little Rock. | (Photo by Michael Pirnique)

When he took office six months ago, the Rev. Christoph Keller III told Little Rock developer Rett Tucker, a longtime church member who helped recruit Keller, that he intended to be an “energetic interim.” To that end, Keller has launched an effort to reinvigorate the cathedral, which will mark the 130th anniversary of its downtown founding on Oct. 30. read more >

$50M Revitalization Plan Aims To Turn El Dorado into Cultural Mecca

With a declining population and an unstable job market, the city of El Dorado is investing in quality of life in an effort to boost its economy. read more >

Superior Closure Sparks Northwest Arkansas Efforts To Find Jobs for Workers

Melissa Turner says it was a somber day said when the news came that Superior Industries was closing its Rogers plant. But then the community stepped in, and not just Rogers either. read more >

Real Deals

A look at important real estate deals & transactions in Pulaski County.

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NWA Real Deals

A look at important real estate deals & transactions in Washington and Benton Counties.

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Outtakes

A weekly column on local media & marketing news and notes.

Whispers

Friends of Brandon Barber Call for Leniency

Friends of Brandon Barber Call for Leniency

Disgraced northwest Arkansas real estate developer Brandon Barber wants to be sentenced to five years or less in federal prison instead of the nearly 20 years that federal prosecutors are pushing for. His friends have filled a court filing with supportive statements. read more >

Executive Q&A

Lou Ann Nisbett On What Attracts Industry to Pine Bluff

Lou Ann Nisbett On What Attracts Industry to Pine Bluff

Lou Ann Nisbett is the president and CEO of the Economic Development Alliance for Jefferson County. read more >

Spotlight: Development & Redevelopment

Planned LR Marina Remains on Inactive Status

Planned LR Marina Remains on Inactive Status

The Rock City Marina & Yacht Club in Little Rock remains a drawing board project along the Arkansas River, and the proposed site at the end of East Second Street awaits groundbreaking. read more >

VIC Develops Own Startup ‘Venture Ecosystem'

VIC Develops Own Startup ‘Venture Ecosystem'

A unique technology transfer model is helping a Fayetteville company incubate early-stage, high-tech startups and place them on a path to market success. read more >

Superior Closure Sparks Northwest Arkansas Efforts To Find Jobs for Workers

Superior Closure Sparks Northwest Arkansas Efforts To Find Jobs for Workers

Melissa Turner says it was a somber day said when the news came that Superior Industries was closing its Rogers plant. But then the community stepped in, and not just Rogers either. read more >

Opinion & Analysis

Buying From You (Jim Karrh On Marketing)

Buying From You (Jim Karrh On Marketing)

What is it like to buy from your company? I have been reminded of this seemingly simple question during the past few weeks while presenting to two groups on customer service, prepping conversations for a nationally dispersed sales force, and even re-examining my own outbound marketing tactics. read more >

Ozone Standard Threatens Arkansas (Feedback)

Ozone Standard Threatens Arkansas (Feedback)

How does the government expect the companies we advise to comply with a regulation when the agency pushing the rule sees no path toward meeting its standard? read more >

Let the Sunshine In (Editorial)

Let the Sunshine In (Editorial)

If Jonesboro wants to be perceived as a player in economic development — and an effort by Arkansas State University to create an osteopathic medical school and hundreds of millions of dollars in commercial construction in the last few years indicate it does — then it should consider reining in its “Dukes of Hazzard”-quality police chief, Michael Yates. read more >