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Arkansas Approves $5M for Filmmaking Incentives

The Arkansas Cinema Society and the Fort Smith International Film Festival announced Friday that state lawmakers have approved a $5 million appropriation for film rebates. The Arkansas Legislative Council approved […] read more >
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Government & Politics / Manufacturing / Transportation

Dassault Plans $100M Expansion of Little Rock Facility

Aircraft manufacturer Dassault Falcon Jet on Tuesday announced a $100 million expansion of its Little Rock facility, a project expected to create 800 jobs over the next four to five […] read more >
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Elopak to Build $70M Packaging Plant at Little Rock Port

Elopak of Norway says it will build its first U.S. production plant in the Port of Little Rock, spending about $70 million and eventually employing more than 100 people. read more >

Bad Boy Mowers to Expand, Add 300 Jobs Over 5 Years

Bad Boy Mowers says it will expand its campus in Batesville and create 300 new jobs over the next five years. read more >
Education / Government & Politics / Small Business

Newport Completes $4.3M Tech Depot Training Center

The Newport Economic Development Commission finishes a nearly $4.3 million workforce and technology complex. read more >

Boyd Metals Expanding at LR Port, Will Add 20 Jobs

Boyd Metals has announces plans to expand its facility at the Port of Little Rock, adding 40,500 SF for processing equipment and increased inventory and making room for 20 new jobs. read more >
Education / Government & Politics / Health Care

DRA Awards $2.3M to 6 Projects in Arkansas

The Delta Regional Authority awards more than $2.3 million to six projects in Arkansas through the States' Economic Development Assistance Program. read more >
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Arkansas Leaders See Utah’s High-Tech Success as Model for Economic Transformation

Utah, with its emphasis on research, entrepreneurship and quality of life, has become one of the top states for high-tech industries. Arkansas is looking to borrow from the western state's playbook. read more >
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Building Steam: Helena’s Industrial Growth Boosts Rail TrafficLock Icon

Commercial expansion and transportation-related investment at the Helena Port Industrial Park have sparked millions of dollars of infrastructure construction and capital improvements. read more >

PSR and Arkansas Class 1 Railroads (Letter to the Editor)

The [April 3] Arkansas Business article on the East Palestine, Ohio, event did not mention precision scheduled railroading (PSR) and tended to leave the reader with the impression that since the Arkansas railroad regulatory authorities are “not running around,” things are fine. read more >
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Esperanza Massana Crane Named Director of AEDC’s Small Business & Entrepreneurship Development Division (Movers & Shakers)

She has been with the AEDC since 2013 and has been director of the Minority & Women-Owned Business Enterprise Division. read more >
Manufacturing / Public Companies

Update: Husqvarna Says Factory Closure Part of Efficiency Push

The Swedish manufacturer is shutting down its 874,000-SF production facility in Nashville, affecting about 700 jobs. read more >
Business Services / Small Business

AEDC Restructures Small Business & Entrepreneurship Division

Esperanza Massana-Crane of Little Rock was named director of the division. read more >
Education / Government & Politics / Legal / Small Business

51-27 House Vote Kills Bill to End Affirmative Action

The bipartisan vote to defeat the bill came after powerful opposition from groups including the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas. read more >
Gov.-elect Sarah Huckabee Sanders talks to Commerce Secretary Mike Preston (center) and Hugh McDonald, the former Entergy Arkansas Inc. CEO who she will nominate to lead the Commerce Department.
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New Commerce Secretary Focuses on Selling Arkansas as Entrepreneurial HubLock Icon

Hugh McDonald, the former president and CEO of Entergy Arkansas Inc., has big plans in his new role to reshape Arkansas' workforce and attract talent and businesses. read more >
Owens Corning's headquarters in Toledo, Ohio. The building materials company is expanding its Arkansas footprint with a new facility in Russellville.
Construction / Government & Politics / Manufacturing

Owens Corning to Build New Facility in Russellville

The 150,000-SF project is expected to create 50 new jobs over two years. read more >
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Sanders Picks Clint O’Neal to Lead AEDC

Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders names Clint O’Neal the executive director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. read more >
Workers at an Albemarle Corp. plant in Magnolia.
Energy / Manufacturing

Albemarle to Invest $540M in Magnolia Expansion

The company expects the project to create 250 construction jobs and a result in a 15% increase in total jobs at the two facilities. read more >
Construction / Government & Politics

AEDC Awards $352K in Community and Block Grants

The grants fund projects including new construction or renovation of community centers, fire stations, or multi-purpose buildings. read more >
A Google Street View image of the entrance to Owens Corning's facility in Fort Smith
Construction / Manufacturing / Public Companies

Owens Corning Continues Growth in Fort Smith With $24.5M Expansion

The publicly traded company is increasing capacity, adding new machinery and creating 50 jobs. read more >