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Meeting Planner 2023: From the Editor

This year’s meeting planner helps those planning events know how best to add value to their meetings.

Attendees wear masks at the 2020 Arkansas Business CFO of the Year Awards.

Live Events Returning With Pandemic-related Changes in Place

It will be important for event organizers to consider the government, city or facility COVID-19 restrictions and safety measures with which they will have to contend.

This year’s Best Places to Work honorees maintained and enhanced their company culture.

Company Culture vs. COVID-19

Trying times force employers to re-think what makes their company tick

Aarron Hale

Paragould’s Fidus Global Charts Course With State Air Quality Project

Rather than be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, controls engineering firm Fidus Global LLC of Paragould is leaning into the aftermath as it completes its first year of operation.

Conway Sets Course With 2035 Strategic Plan

Thriving communities have certain things in common — successful job creation, quality of life for residents and visitors and, above all, a plan for making these things happen.

First Service Bank Committed to Helping Conway Grow

In close to six decades of service, First Service Bank has helped back the region’s robust, diverse economy, providing opportunities for lenders to support not only customers, but to finance new construction and help develop new businesses, housing and commercial development.

Wonder State Box Pitches in During Pandemic Packaging Push

Conway-based packaging manufacturer Wonder State Box wanted to do its part to help fight the virus, and luckily, it has a far reach.

Conway Corporation Works Toward a High-Tech Future

Conway Corp. developed its mission to produce safe, affordable and reliable utility and telecommunications services that are innovative and environmentally sound, while also striving to enhance the quality of life in the community.

Dr. Shane Speights, dean of the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University

ASU, NYITCOM Find Plenty of Reasons for Renewal

Arkansas State University and the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine have decided to re-up for the long haul.

Steven Lamm

Economic Development VP Finds Promising Situation In Jonesboro Return

On March 15, Steven Lamm begins his new job as vice president of economic development for Jonesboro Unlimited, returning to the city where he graduated Arkansas State University and met his future spouse.

A production worker at Hytrol, the world’s top manufacturer of conveyors, according to President David Peacock. “The two larger material-handling equipment suppliers are larger because they do other things,” he said.

Hytrol Expansion A Tale Of Two Cities

Not only does its expansion in Fort Smith mark Hytrol’s first new location since arriving in Jonesboro in 1962, it begins a mutually supportive arrangement between the two sites.

Meeting and event planners are finding that hosting a successful virtual event means tailoring the format to online platforms and using the technology to create memorable moments. It is important not to simply to recreate the live format and stream it, but to rethink the event's purpose and plan accordingly.

LET’S GET REAL: Making Live Events Memorable In The Virtual Age

In this age of virtual meetings and events, people are getting ready for their closeup.

ON THE COVER: The Little Rock skyline with the Statehouse Convention Center and Robinson Auditorium.

FROM THE EDITOR: Inside Meeting Planner 2021

The “gee whiz” factor of company-wide Zoom meetings or scheduling a face-to-face on Google Meet has faded. What was once new has become routine.

Change of Scenery: COVID-19 Pandemic Could Accelerate Workplace Evolution

As much as employers have tried to give their workplaces the comforts of home, nothing has succeeded as well as the COVID-19 pandemic, during which people are literally working from the comforts of home.

Kelly Damphousse, chancellor of Arkansas State University.

ASU Enrollment Shows Signs Of Health Despite Pandemic

It may not be much of a surprise that in the midst of a global pandemic, Arkansas State University’s fall enrollment is down from a year ago. What may be surprising is how little the enrollment actually dropped.

Joshua H. Brown 
Principal of Haag Brown Commercial Real Estate & Development of Jonesboro

Jonesboro Economy Keeps Distance From Pandemic Woes

After a few months of dormancy, Jonesboro’s economy is getting up to speed as business owners and developers use unexpected savings, federal stimulus money and assistance programs to build, enhance and improve.

Centennial Bank’s headquarters 
on Harkrider Street in Conway.

Centennial Bank Sold on Conway and Communities

In just over 20 years, Centennial Bank has kept community service as a pillar of its foundation.

Construction at Conway Regional Medical Center.

Construction Companies Click With Conway

The city of Conway has been doing its best to keep construction companies close to home.

A roundabout is planned at the corner of Donaghey and College avenues (schematic shown at right).

Conway Takes to the Street With Donaghey Avenue

If something happens in Conway, there’s a good chance it’s happening along the Donaghey Avenue corridor.

Structurlam is the leading mass timber manufacturer in North America.

Conway the Place to Be as Businesses Branch Out

Conway’s manufacturing and technology sectors are getting a boost thanks to local expansion and a newcomer from the United States’ neighbor to the north.