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Chuck Spohn

Chuck Spohn Follows Broadcast Career with Media & More

For 15 years, Media & More President/CEO Chuck Spohn was the man at Little Rock television stations KLRT and KASN, the market’s Fox and UPN affiliates. Spohn was vice president and general manager from 1997 to 2013, when his stations were sold and consolidation led to his launching a new career.

Marketing Little Rock Metro Never Easier for Chamber

The chamber is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year and recently unveiled a new logo and slightly altered name to mark the milestone. The chamber is just that now. No more “of Commerce.” Sleek and modern, just how chamber officials want the city to be seen.

Made by Few Conference Moves to Bentonville; Innovation Hub To Host Open House

Made by Few, the tech conference for “makers of the Web” from Little Rock agency Few, will move to northwest Arkansas for its 2016 installment.

FIS FinTech Set To Start at Venture Center

This spring, global banking technology services provider FIS will kick off its first fintech startup accelerator program in partnership with the Venture Center in downtown Little Rock.

Chris Gilreath

RinseWell Water Device Appears Headed to Market

The RinseWell dipper well controller from Recycled Hydro Solutions in Rogers enables restaurants and other businesses that serve food or drinks to save water.

The Exchange Bank building at 421 Main St. is a historic building set to be part of the new $22 million Little Rock Tech Park.

Tech Park Sets April 1 Target Date for Work to Begin

Renovation work on the first phase of the Little Rock Technology Park on the 400 block of Main Street is scheduled to begin on April 1, board members said Wednesday.

Kim Lane

Kim Lane Moves from AMP, AY to Innovation Hub

Kim Lane is the new director of digital and entrepreneurial programming for the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub.

Film Chronicles Spring Training in Hot Springs

“The First Boys of Spring” chronicles the story of how Hot Springs, with its famed therapeutic mineral baths, became a home for spring training from the 1880s through the 1930s.

Carolina Cruz-Neira is taking the virtual reality programs from UALR’s Emerging Analytics Center on the road to conferences across the country and in Europe.

Virtual Reality Opens Brave New Worlds At UALR

Carolina Cruz-Neira’s visualization technology lab in the Emerging Analytics Center at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock is a playground for the imagination. And the virtual reality that unfolds within it is helping envision better companies and cities — both modern and ancient — and even train better medical students.

A rendering of the new Jacksonville High School.

Jacksonville Mayor: Millage Vote a ‘Game Changer’

Jacksonville’s new high school should be open by the fall 2019, thanks to voters who on Tuesday approved a 7.6 mill property tax increase to fund facilities.

The KATV building, at 401 Main Street, beside an empty lot, is also set to be part of the Little Rock Tech Park.

Tech Park Talks Timeline with KATV; Mary Good to Step Down

Sinclair Broadcasting will need at least three years to move its Little Rock ABC affiliate, KATV Channel 7, from its building at Main and Fourth, Little Rock Technology Park Director Brent Birch told board members Wednesday.

A rendering of the planned kitchen area in the Technology Park.

Tech Park Closes on Phase 1 Properties

Renovation for the first phase of the planned Little Rock Technology Park is expected to begin in April after tech park board members on Monday signed closing documents to purchase properties along Main Street.

The UALR marketing team: (from left) Glen Ritta; Professor Gary Geissler; Cathy Heathscott; Quay Allen-Smith; Monika Bickert, head of product policy with Facebook; Hillary Darby; and Shannon Carroll.

UALR Helping Defuse Terrorism Recruitment

Perpetrators of violent extremism successfully recruit potential members through social media, and a campaign including a team from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock is underway to counter their efforts.

Team members of the Sugar Sweets team: (from left) Rachel Reynolds, Alli Swatsenbarg and Shelby Whitehurst.

YES Competition Recognizes Top Student Entrepreneurs

The 2016 Youth Entrepreur Showcase brought together the top 25 student teams, representing students in grades 5-8, for the competition’s Expo Day.

Vance Clement

Spencer Jones’ LineGard Med Adds Vance Clement as COO

LineGard Med, the medical device startup from Little Rock entrepreneur Spencer Jones, has added Vance Clement of Fayetteville’s BlueInGreen as its chief operating officer, the company announced.

As Expected, Most Hog Football Tickets Going Up

As expected, most Fayetteville tickets to Arkansas Razorback football games are going up in price, but ticket prices for the Hogs’ one Little Rock game per year are going down, the University of Arkansas announced Tuesday.

Jerry Adams, Sonja Hubbard

E-Z Mart CEO Sonja Hubbard Appointed to Chair Arkansas Research Alliance

The Arkansas Research Alliance has named Sonja Hubbard, president and CEO of Texarkana’s E-Z Mart Stores Inc., chairman of its board of directors and added four new board members.

Metova Acquires New Tech

Metova, a tech services and app development firm with offices in Conway, Cabot and Fayetteville, announced that it had purchased Camber Corp.’s Cyber Operations Enhanced Network & Training Simulator and SLAM-R Cyber Range technology for an undisclosed price.

Jeff VonDeylen

Stand-alone Acxiom IT Rebrands as Ensono

Ensono is based in suburban Chicago, where Acxiom’s IT division was based, and employs around 700 workers in all, 350 at its headquarters. But roughly 150 employees, transitioned from Acxiom, work at its Conway data center.

An aerial view of the area being branded as the 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.