Arkansas Business Weekly Edition

August 31, 2015

Peco Foods Development Heading to 2016 Launch

Peco Foods Development Heading to 2016 Launch
Jason Burt

Work on the new $200 million integrated poultry operation of Peco Foods Inc. is changing the landscape in northeast Arkansas. The nearly 200-acre poultry plant complex site near Pocahontas, assembled in three buys totaling almost $1.4 million in February 2014, is the centerpiece of construction activity. read more >

Supply Lags Demand for Osteopathic Residencies

Two new osteopathic medical schools preparing to open in Arkansas aim to address the state's shortage of primary care physicians, but the pipeline of required residencies may be too narrow to handle a flood of new medical school graduates beginning in 2021. read more >

Little Rock's Original Fern Bar: How Buster's Birthed Dave & Buster's

Next summer, Dave & Buster's, based in Dallas and co-founded by Corley and Corriveau in 1982, will be opening a location in Little Rock, its first in Arkansas. D&B now has almost 11,000 employees and 73 stores, including one in New York's Times Square. The Arkansas arrival comes 33 years after its founders opened Buster's in Little Rock's Union Station. read more >

Whispers

Hard Drives Not His To Take, Receiver Says About John Rogers

Hard Drives Not His To Take, Receiver Says About John Rogers

Perhaps you heard the security protocol recently was revamped at the Sports Cards Plus complex in North Little Rock. The change in who has access and how they gain access followed an “unlawful” visit just before midnight on Saturday, Aug. 22, by alleged serial fraudster John Rogers, former owner of the business. read more >

Executive Q&A

Jeannette Balleza Collins on the Agility of Arkansas Startups

Jeannette Balleza Collins on the Agility of Arkansas Startups

Jeannette Balleza Collins is a freelance strategic consultant with Scribe Marketing, which she founded in 2004, as well as the manager of the Tonic NWA Fund, an angel investment fund she co-founded. read more >

Spotlight: Economic Development

Supply Lags Demand for Osteopathic Residencies

Supply Lags Demand for Osteopathic Residencies

Two new osteopathic medical schools preparing to open in Arkansas aim to address the state's shortage of primary care physicians, but the pipeline of required residencies may be too narrow to handle a flood of new medical school graduates beginning in 2021. read more >

Economic Benefits Touted for Osteopathic Locations

Economic Benefits Touted for Osteopathic Locations

The two osteopathic medical schools under development in Arkansas are expected to give their areas a financial lift. read more >

Emails: Osteopathic Association Opposed Jonesboro Location

Emails: Osteopathic Association Opposed Jonesboro Location

The Arkansas Osteopathic Medical Association spent more than a year opposing the establishment of an osteopathic medical school on the campus of Arkansas State University. read more >

Peco Foods Development Heading to 2016 Launch

Peco Foods Development Heading to 2016 Launch

Work on the new $200 million integrated poultry operation of Peco Foods Inc. is changing the landscape in northeast Arkansas. The nearly 200-acre poultry plant complex site near Pocahontas, assembled in three buys totaling almost $1.4 million in February 2014, is the centerpiece of construction activity. read more >

Eat. Drink. Play: A Timeline of Dave & Buster's

Eat. Drink. Play: A Timeline of Dave & Buster's

A look at 41 years in the life of one of America's most successful restaurant and game parlors. read more >

Little Rock's Original Fern Bar: How Buster's Birthed Dave & Buster's

Little Rock's Original Fern Bar: How Buster's Birthed Dave & Buster's

Next summer, Dave & Buster's, based in Dallas and co-founded by Corley and Corriveau in 1982, will be opening a location in Little Rock, its first in Arkansas. D&B now has almost 11,000 employees and 73 stores, including one in New York's Times Square. The Arkansas arrival comes 33 years after its founders opened Buster's in Little Rock's Union Station. read more >

Opinion & Analysis

Sins of Commission And Omission (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

Sins of Commission And Omission (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

Waiving his right to be indicted by a federal grand jury and pleading guilty has made Dennis Smiley Jr.'s prosecution faster and cheaper for all concerned, but it also means that there are a lot of things we'll probably never know about his crimes. read more >

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. read more >

The Problem With Percentages (Editorial)

The Problem With Percentages (Editorial)

Big numbers made for a technically accurate but deeply misleading story in The New York Times. But even knowing the approved changes isn't very helpful. read more >